Pain & Gain Muscles Its Way To The Top

For the first time since not directing a Transformers flick, Michael Bay returns to the top spot at the box office. However, the take was the 48-year-old director’s smallest opening since 2005’s The Island. Pain & Gain starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson muscled in an estimated $20 million during its opening frame. Not the most impressive total, but given its reported $26 million budget, the studio can breathe a sigh of relief. Supposedly, they only greenlit the film in exchange for Bay directing the upcoming fourth Transformer film.

Also opening this weekend was the ensemble romantic comedy, The Big Wedding. Even with a huge cast that includes, Diane Keaton, Robert Deniro, Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace and Robin Williams, not that many people RSVP’d to the big event. The flick earned a paltry $7.5 million.

Last week’s champ, Oblivion, took the runner-up slot with another $17.4 million. As expected it fell sharply by 53%. Also not holding up well is the baseball drama 42. Given its A- CinemaScore grade, most predicted it would have box office legs. It’s amassed $69.1 million to date but will have a hard road to reach the $100 million milestone. Check out the rest of the top 10 below.

  • 1. Pain & Gain : $20,000,000 (opening)
  • 2. Oblivion: $17,443,000 ($64,700,000 total)
  • 2. 42: $10,725,000 ($69,079,000 total)
  • 4. The Big Wedding: $7,500,000 (opening)
  • 5. The Croods: $6,600,000 ($163,025,000 total)
  • 6. G.I. Joe: Retaliation: $3,620,000 ($116,396,000 total)
  • 7. Scary Movie 5: $3,457,000 ($27,494,000 total)
  • 8. Olympus Has Fallen: $2,768,000 ($93,076,000 total)
  • 9. The Place Beyond The Pines: $2,699,000 ($16,205,000 total)
  • 10. Jurassic Park 3D: $2,300,000 ($42,000,000 total)