Universal Studios is celebrating a big victory this weekend (besides the Fourth of July). The hilarious female driven comedy Bridesmaids has surpassed Sex & the City and become the top grossing female R-rated comedy ever. That’s an amazing feat for star Kirsten Wiig and producer Judd Apatow.
With this long weekend’s box office projections, Bridesmaids will domestically make an estimated $153.7 million. Sex & the City earned $152.6 million. And, it doesn’t look like Bridesmaids is giving an sign of slowing down.
Universal is also celebrating in the fact that this has now become the studios biggest romantic comedy success as well and the seventh most successful romantic comedy of all time. I know what you’re thinking… is Bridesmaids really a rom com? Well, Kristen Wiig’s character does get the boy in the end.
*All box offices numbers are a projected estimate of long weekend totals
This long weekend, those involved with Transformers: Dark of the Moon can share in the fireworks celebrations with an insanely successful opening weekend! The movie opened mid-week on Wednesday in 4,013 locations and since then has already surpassed $160 million! That’s already more than Bridesmaids has done since it opened! This is now the third biggest movie opening of all time.
A few other new films opened this weekend with less than stellar results. A film starring Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks, “Larry Crowne,” you’d think would do well given their star power, but the film wasn’t even able to reach $20 million over the four day period it has been opened for. Another new film starring a former Disney Kid turned pop star did even worse than that. Find out what it was (since you probably didn’t watch it) and how the rest of the Top 10 films did below.
I swear this is the year of the movie sequels/franchises. There seem to be several in theaters at any given time and they all seem to do so well. This weekend was no exception, the animated feature Cars 2 taking the top spot in its opening weekend. The film brought in $68 million, which was over double of what the second place movie brought in. The funny thing is that Cars 2 received the worst reviews of any Pixar film to date, yet it certainly still revved its engine at the box office this weekend.
In second place was the highly anticipated Bad Teacher film, starring Cameron Diaz, her ex Justin Timberlake, and many other familiar funny peeps. The film brought in $31 million, with 63% of the audience being female, and 57% of them were over 25. I have yet to see it, but definitely want to. That said, it’s not even close to being in the same league as Bridesmaids – one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen in my life.
There are four other sequels or franchise films that remained in the top 10 this weekend. Find out what they were and how they did below.
With Ryan Reynolds playing the leading man, Green Lantern had a very successful opening at the box office this past weekend. The comic book hero brought just under $52.7 million, which is just a little less than what X-Men: First Class brought in just a few weeks ago. It will definitely be interesting to see if there will be a franchise that will come out it. Personally, I haven’t seen it – did any of you watch it? If so, what’d you think?
Also new this weekend was Jim Carrey in Mr. Popper’s Penguins. In the film, Carrey plays a businessman that inherits six penguins, and after he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his career side starts to crumble. I don’t know why you’d want to watch this film unless you were 10 years old, but the film brought in $18.2 million for it’s opening weekend this weekend. Last weekend, Super 8 took the top spot in it’s opening weekend. This week, it dropped 40% to the number two spot. No other big films opened this weekend…so what else did everyone watch?
Find out how X-Men: First Class is doing and how much the hilarious Bridesmaids movie has brought in so far below.
Steven Spielberg’s Super 8 has exceeded expectations in its opening weekend, with tickets sales $37 million. This is the film synopsis: “After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon.” I’ve heard mixed reviews so far, but apparently that didn’t stop people from making a night of it this weekend. This opening weekend puts the film in line with it’s “alien movie” predecessors, District 9 and Battle: Los Angeles that did about the same in their opening weekend. Super 8 had a budget of $50 million, so they’re not too far from being profitable already.
X-Men First Class held the top spot last weekend, but this weekend the film was “second class” dropping 52% into the number two spot. They’ll be facing even more competition next weekend when Green Lantern comes out as well. I just saw a preview for that last night and it looks a lot better than I expected.
Three films in the Top 10 list are now over the $200 million mark. Find out which ones they are below.
The X-Men mutants definitely flexed their superpowers, propelling them to the head of the class. The prequel to the previous “X-Men” films scored an estimated $56 million this weekend, easily topping the box office. Though a solid number, it’s a little underwhelming when you compare it to other Marvel superhero flicks and even the first X-Men movie. In 2000, that debuted to a $54.4 million opening. “X-Men: First Class” earned just a bit more than that, but when you factor in increased ticket prices, it’s not so good.
Last week’s top dog, “The Hangover“, stumbled a steep 62.2% in its second weekend. Pretty much expected for a highly-anticipated sequel. The alcohol-themed flick raked in another $32 million, bringing its total to an impressive $186,872,000 in just two weeks. Last week’s runner-up, “Kung Fu Panda 2” held up much better and cashed in $24 million representing only a 49% decline from its opening weekend.
Rounding out the Top 5 were “The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Bridesmaids“. They earned $18 and $12 million respectively. Further down the box office, “Fast Five” sped past the $200 million mark, making it the best performer in the car racing series.
It was the first weekend in theatres for the Wolf Pack‘s sequel, The Hangover Part 2 this weekend. There was so much anticipation for this film because of how funny the first one was and how little the previews gave away for this sequel. It was a must see for so many! The film was shown in 6,700 screens at 3,615 locations and after this opening weekend, the film has now already brought in over $118 million. That’s insane. In fact, it kicked off the weekend as the top-grossing Friday ever for a live-action comedy, more than double of what Sex and the City 2 did.
Another sequel that also kicked butt at the box office this weekend was Kung Fu Panda 2, which has now brought in almost $54 million after only it’s first weekend. I have to admit, I haven’t even seen the first one, but I’ve heard good things.
Two more films from big movie franchises that are beyond their sequels were also in the top ten list again this weekend. Find out which films they are and what other flicks did well in the list below.
This weekend, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opened in theaters with a bang. The fourth installment of the series, which had a budget of $150 million to make, brought in a whopping $92 million dollars. This is now the top opening film of the year. This will be a bit of a boost to Depp’s ego, after The Tourist bombed last year. I know I’m likely in the minority, but I haven’t even seen the third Pirates film.
On the other hand, I have seen Bridesmaids, which came in second this weekend at the box office. The film opened last weekend and after two weeks, has brought in just under $60 million. You know, that’s actually really good for a comedy. Kristin Wiig should be proud.
In third this weekend, was Fast Five, which is slowing down a little but now nearing the $200 million mark. Definitely nothing to complain about.
Did you see any of the films in the Top 10 list below this weekend?