Sunday, April 14, 2013

Weekend Box Office

Baseball is still our national pastime as evident by the over-performing success of the Jackie Robinson story with Brian Helgeland's 42.  It was also a bad weekend for long in the tooth franchises as Dimension Films' Scary Movie 5 debuted with less than half of the opening weekend total of the previous installment which came out back in the stone age of 2006.  Regardless, 2013 is still fairly meh.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation meanwhile became the fourth film of 2013 to break $100 million, while Ryan Gosling's The Place Beyond the Pines proved a successful expansion showing up in the top ten in less than 500 screens.

  1. 42- $27.2 million
  2. Scary Movie 5- $15.1 million
  3. The Croods- $13.2 million / $142.5 million
  4. G.I. Joe: Retaliation- $10.8 million / $102.4 million
  5. Evil Dead- $9.5 million / $41.5 million
  6. Jurassic Park 3-D- $8.8 million / $31.9 million
  7. Olympus Has Fallen- $7.2 million / $81.8 million
  8. Oz: The Great & Powerful- $4.9 million / $219.4 million
  9. Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor- $4.5 million / 45.4 million
  10. The Place Beyond the Pines- $4.0 million / $5.4 million

Lower down the roster:
  • Trance- Danny Boyle's mindbender expanding to nearly the same level as The Place Beyond the Pines in its second week of limited release but with only a fraction of the success.  More to come on my thoughts soon.  It's earned $1.1 million in two weeks.
  • The Company You Keep- Robert Redford's film starring every actor of a certain age may well be a low key success story as it earned a $7,000+ per-screen average in its second week of limited release, and so far has earned $400,000.
  • The Sapphires-The film that Weinstein famously snatched up at last years Cannes Film Festival only to dump in the spring with little fanfare has earned $700,000 in four weeks of very limited release.
  • No- The spectacular Chilean film which was nominated for the Foreign Language Academy Award has earned $1.1 million in nine weeks of limited release-- a solid number for a foreign entry.  YAY!  A must see.
  • Disconnect- The technology-dependent ensemble drama starring Jason Bateman and Hope Davis was the limited winner of the weekend earning $8,000 on fifteen screens for an okay take of $130,000+.
  • To the Wonder- Terrence Malick's latest earned $7,000 on seventeen screens with a take of $130,000.  A far cry from the wall set by The Tree of Life's $93,000 per-screen average two years ago, but that film had a major push from distributor Fox Searchlight, a Palme D'Or and Brad Pitt.  To the Wonder has mixed reviews and a lesser than push from Magnolia Pictures.  The film was, however, the top independent download on iTunes.

What did you see this weekend?

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