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Sunday August 25, 2013

Weekend Box Office: 'You're Next' Isn't

From Box Office Mojo on Thursday:

Among new entries this weekend, horror movie You're Next seems like the strongest contender, and could claim first place ahead of Lee Daniels' The Butler.


“You're Next,” the horror movie with cute animal masks, finished 7th for the weekend, grossing $7 million in 2,437 theaters, for a lousy $2,893 average. “The Butler” came out on top again, grossing $17 million, but its total gross after a week-plus is still only $52 million. Meaning it probably won't do “The Help” kind of business, which was up to $71 million after its second weekend, on its way to $169 million. Because “Butler” lacks foregrounded white characters? Because it's about men rather than women and stories about men don't do as well at the box office? (Ha! Had to get that in there.) Because it's not as good? Not that “The Help” was ... you know.

Elsewhere, “We're the Millers” finished second and has now grossed $91 million; “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” surely one of the worst-titled movies in recent years, grossed $9.3 million in 3,118 theaters, while the British sci-fi apocalyptic comedy “The World's End” grossed almost the same ($8.9) in half as many theaters (1,549).

The breakdown:

  • Highest grossing: “The Butler,” $17 million
  • Most theaters: “We're the Millers,” 3,445
  • Best theater average: “The Grandmaster,” $18K in seven theaters
  • Best theater average > 1000 theaters: “The World's End,” $5,773
  • Biggest drop for a movie in wide release: “Kick Ass 2,” -68%

A lot of box office disappointment in August. “Planes” is at $59 million, “Elysium” $69m, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” $48. “Kick Ass 2” has only grossed $22 million, while “Jobs,” the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher of all people, has grossed only $12 million.

The totals.

You're Next

After you ... No, after you ... No, I insist.

Posted at 11:32 AM on Aug 25, 2013 in category Movies - Box Office
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Sunday August 04, 2013

Weekend Box Office: '2 Guns' Riddles 'Smurfs 2' with Bullets

Two movies opened wide this weekend, “2 Guns,” with Washington and Wahlberg (Denzel and Mark), and “The Smurfs 2,” with smurfs (and Neil Patrick Harris).

Correction: “Smurfs” actually opened Wednesday and in those five days has grossed what “Guns” grossed in three: about $27 mil. No great shakes either way. For the weekend, they finished 1st and 3rd.

Yawn. Yep, must be August.

“The Wolverine” didn't get great word-of-mouth and fell off by 59% for second place. A 59% fall-off ain't bad (“Wolverine” fell off by 69% in 2009) but the movie already opened below expectations and needed better-than-expected second weekend. Didn't get it. Bub.

How is summer box office shaping up overall? Here are the top 10 grossers:

Movie Total Gross Thtrs Opening Wknd
1 Iron Man 3 $407,436,786 4,253 $174,144,585
2 Despicable Me 2 $326,668,000 4,003 $83,517,315
3 Man of Steel $287,214,823 4,207 $116,619,362
4 Monsters University $258,597,000 4,004 $82,429,469
5 Fast & Furious 6 $238,015,000 3,771 $97,375,245
6 Star Trek Into Darkness $226,209,000 3,907 $70,165,559
7 World War Z $195,889,000 3,607 $66,411,834
8 The Heat $149,566,000 3,184 $39,115,043
9 The Great Gatsby $144,333,501 3,550 $50,085,185
10 Grown Ups 2 $116,400,000 3,491 $41,508,572

What a tepid lot, really. A bunch of shrugs, really. Plus a few stinkers. You know who I'm looking at, Adam Sandler.

Where are movies like “Up” (2009), “Toy Story 3,” “Karate Kid” and “Inception” (2010), “Bridesmaids” (2011) and “The Avengers” (2012)? The industry should be happy box office isn't down more. Or at all.

Summer underperfomers include “The Wolverine” ($95m), “Pacific Rim” ($92m), “The Lone Ranger” ($86m), “White House Down” ($71m), “After Earth” ($60m), “Reds 2” ($45m), “The Internship” ($44m), and “R.I.P.D.” ($30m).

The weekend numbers here.

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in "2 Guns"

“My, my, my! Such a lot of guns around town and so few brains!” — Philip Marlowe, “The Big Sleep” (1946)

Posted at 03:00 PM on Aug 04, 2013 in category Movies - Box Office
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Sunday July 28, 2013

Weekend Box Office: 'The Wolverine' Isn't the Best At What It Does

Among the things that happened at the weekend box office:

  • “The Wolverine,” starring Hugh Jackman, opened at $55 million domestic, which is the worst superhero opening since “Ghost Rider 2”  grossed $22 million last Feburary. Basically it's on par with “X-Men: First Class,” which opened at $55.1 million in June 2011. It's the 25th-best superhero opening overall but adjust for inflation and it drops to 36th. “Wolverine,” without the definite article, opened at $85 million in 2009, but to bad notices, and topped out at $179. Will be interesting to see if this Wolverine, which has gotten better reviews (mine up tomorrow), has any kind of legs.
  • Last weekend's No. 1, “The Conjuring,” fell off by only 47%, astonishingly good in a horror film, and looks poised to break the $100 million barrier.
  • No. 3, “Despicable Me,” grossed another $16 million and surpasses “Man of Steel” to become the second-highest-grossing movie of the year, after “Iron Man 3.”
  • “Grown Ups 2” fell off by only 42% and passed the $100 million mark. As I tweeted earlier today: Fuck you, America. 
  • “The Heat,” the Bullock/McCarthy cop comedy, fell off by only 26% and landed in eighth place. It's now at $141.2 million, which is McCarthy's second-best total after “Bridesmaids” ($169 million).
  • “Red 2” is dead: $35 million after two weekends.
  • “R.I.P.D.” is dead: $24 million after two weekends.
  • Have you seen “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” yet? Under the radar, it's grossed $31 million, which is the fourth highest-grossing stand-up comedy film of all-time, after Murphy, the Kings of Comedy, and Pryor.
  • Woody Allen's latest, “Blue Jasmine,” trailing positive reviews from the likes of David Thomson, opened in six theaters and wound up with the highest per-theater average of the year: $102K per for $613K overall.

The totals.

MONDAY UPDATE: Turns out “The Wolverine” didn't even open that well: It earned $53.1 million, which is 27th-best, and below “Green Lantern.” Ouch.

It's still a better movie.

Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine

“The Wolverine”: a weak opening despite the muscles.

Posted at 08:47 PM on Jul 28, 2013 in category Movies - Box Office
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Sunday July 21, 2013

Box Office: 'The Conjuring' Howls to First as 'Turbo' Sputters, 'Red 2' Redcarded and 'R.I.P.D.' Arrives D.O.A.

“The Conjuring,” an original, throwback horror movie with good reviews (85% on Rotten Tomatoes), won the weekend with a $41 million haul.

It's the second-best opening for a horror movie ever, after “Paranormal Activity 3,” which opened with $52 million in October 2011. It's also the 12th-best opening this year, and it did it in fewer than 3,000 theaters (2,903). Among the big-budget movies that had worse opening weekends?

“The Conjuring” also opened better than “Red 2,” “Turbo” and “R.I.P.D.,” all of which opened this weekend, none of which came close to “The Conjuring.”

“Turbo,” a Fox Studios cartoon with a 66% RT rating, actually opened Wednesday. But even if its five-day total is $31 mil, which doesn't come close.

“Red 2,” the sequel to “Red,” with a 40% RT score, opened at $18.5, which is less than the original, which is a bad sign for a sequel.

“R.I.P.D.,” with Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as ghost-busters, dead men attempting to police the dead the way that the Men in Black policed aliens, got ripped by the critics (11%) and ignored at the box office ($12.7). Not a good weekend for Reynolds, who was also the lead voice in “Turbo.”

These new movies were 1, 3, 5 and 7 respectively on the charts. The even numbers between them were taken up by “Despicable Me 2” ($25 mil, fell off 43%), “Grown Ups 2” ($20 mil, fell off 52%), and “Pacific Rim” ($16, fell off 57%, despite Uncle Vinny's entreaties). Bummer. Means Adam Sandler still has a career, even as Bruce Willis' and Ryan Reynolds' gets shakier.

The weekend numbers here.

The Conjuring, No. 1 at the weekend box office

Lili Taylor can now afford a flashlight.

Posted at 10:51 AM on Jul 21, 2013 in category Movies - Box Office
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Sunday July 14, 2013

Despicable Audience: “Grown Ups 2” Grosses $42 mil at Weekend Box Office

Adam Sandler's “Grown Ups 2” earned an abyssmal 7% rating from the movie critics on Rotten Tomatoes, an abyssmal 4.85 rating from the moviegoers on IMDb, and still managed to gross $42 million at the weekend box office—enough to finish just behind the second weekend of “Despicable Me 2” ($44.7 million), and just ahead of the sci-fi blockbuster “Pacific Rim” ($38.3 million), which earned ratings of 71% and 8.0, respectively.

What does this mean? Apparently not everybody's online and voting yet. Or reading. Or caring.

I was bummed to hear that “GU2” grossed $16 mil on Friday. I wanted Sandler to be over and done with. I wanted a fork in him. Here are the total domestic grosses for his last four comedies:

  • Grown Ups: $162 m
  • Just Go With It: $103 m
  • Jack and Jill: $74 m
  • That's My Boy: $36.9 m

Going down, down, down.

Then this.

It's like something is pissing in our face.

Grown Ups 2 deer-pissing scene

“Grown Ups 2”: It's funny cuz it's true.

Posted at 10:52 AM on Jul 14, 2013 in category Movies - Box Office
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