Sunday, March 23, 2014

Weekend Box Office

  1. Divergent- $56 million / first weekend-  While no Hunger Games, this YA franchise in waiting proved better than recent bombs The Mortal Instruments, Beautiful Creatures and The Host.  Notable, however, was that Shailene Woodley's foray into movie stardom opened even less than the first Twilight movie all the way back in 1998.  Spring break is underway, so multiples might be decent.
  2. Muppets Most Wanted- $16.5 million / first weekend-  A downgrade from the 2011 revamp.
  3. Mr. Peabody & Sherman- $11.7 million / -46% / $81 million-  Supposedly, DreamWorks is losing money here, but for a project that's so dated, this seems so much more of a success than could have possibly been imagined.
  4. 300: Rise of An Empire- $8.6 million / -54% / $93 million-  The swords and pecs (and Eva Green) saga will become the third film (after Lego Movie and Ride Along) to cross the century mark of 2014.
  5. God's Not Dead- $8.5 million / first weekend-  Strong opener for limited faith-based film.  Expect it to fall quickly.
  6. Need for Speed- $7.7 million / -56% / $30 million-  Aaron Paul is apparently not quite a movie star.
  7. The Grand Budapest Hotel- $6.7 million / +85% / $12 million-  Wes Anderson's record breaking opener is on track to be the first big specialty title of the year.
  8. Non-Stop- $6.3 million / -40% / $78.6 million-  Liam Neeson on a plane-- not quite Taken, but better than Snakes on a Plane.
  9. The Lego Movie- $4.1 million / -46% / $243 million-  Still the highest grossing film of 2014.  "Everything is Awesome."
  10. Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club- $3.1 million / -61% / $12 million-  On track to be the lowest grossing film ever directed by Tyler Perry.
What did you see this weekend?  I've been off the grid lately (which is deeply unsettling)-- what must I see?

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