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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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Sunday July 07, 2013

Weekend Box Office: 'Lone Ranger' Disappears in a Cloud of Dust Without Much Silver

We've know this since Wednesday, really, when the first numbers started coming in, but “The Lone Ranger,” starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, and directed by Gore Verbinski (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), is going to be riding off into the sunset sooner than anticipated.

It grossed $29.4 million over the weekend, compared with $82 million for “Despicable Me 2” and $25 million for the second weekend of “The Heat,” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.

Its five-day gross, including Tuesday midnight shows, is $48 million. For a Woody Allen movie, that would be dynamite. For a Gore Verbinski/Johnny Depp movie? Well, that doesn't even equal the one-day total of their second “Pirates” movie, which grossed $55 million on its opening day. And it's about 1/3 of the five-day total of “Despicable Me 2,” which has grossed $142 million.

On the plus side, it's the highest-grossing “Lone Ranger” movie ever.

“Monsters U” fell off by 57% for another $19 million and $216 total. “World War Z” earned $18 for $158 total. “White House Down” another $13.5 for $50 and “Man of Steel” another $11 for $271. But without a push, Superman looks to fall shy of $300 million—not a good sign after a $120 million open.

The hearty hi-yo numbers here.

Johnny Depp as Tonto in the box-office disappointment "The Lone Ranger"

Oops.

Posted at 04:12 PM on Jul 07, 2013 in category Movies - Box Office
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Monday July 01, 2013

Weekend Box Office: ‘The Heat’ Hot, ‘White House’ Down

Two people from opposite worlds—one Ivy-League-educated and respected, the other streetwise and impulsive—meet, argue, then come together in order to defeat various enemies intent on killing them. They bond, triumph and wind up working together permanently.  

This generic plot synopsis describes two movies that opened this weekend. Both starred a former Oscar winner in the Ivy-League-educated role and an up-and-comer in the scrappy role. The first had a budget of $150 million, the second a budget of $40 million. The first was directed by a man whose movies have grossed $3 billion worldwide, the second by a director whose movies have grossed a tenth of that. The first was an action movie laced with comedy, the second a comedy laced with action. The first starred men, the second women.

And when the weekend was over, the first, “White House Down,” starring Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, opened in fourth place with $25 million; the second, “The Heat,” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, opened in second place with $40 million.

Apparently women can open movies. Not that Hollywood studios will take much notice.

Neither movie is particularly good, by the way. But at least “Heat” is better at what it’s trying to do (make us laugh) than “Down” is at what it’s trying to do (thrill us).

Elsewhere, Pixar’s “Monsters University” dropped 44% but repeated as box-office champ for a second weekend with $46 million. “World War Z” dropped 55% for third place and $29 million. “Man of Steel” added another $20 million for fifth place and a domestic total of $248 million, which is second-best on the year, after “Iron Man 3.”

The weekend numbers.

Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy in "The Heat"

Posted at 10:17 AM on Jul 01, 2013 in category Movies - Box Office
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