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?
There were a lot of options for movie goers this weekend in terms of genre. You could go laugh your butt with Kristen Wiig and co. in Bridesmaids or you could cheer for the Priest warding off evil spirits. If that didn’t tickle your fancy, there was a comic book hero to save the day or some criminals driving off in fast cars. Ultimately, the comic book hero Thor took all the power at the box office earning the top spot with 34.5 million. Not bad considering that was it’s second weekend and had a heavy hitter comedy biting at it’s heels.
I’m talking about Bridesmaids starring Kristen Wiig, and Maya Rudolph. Patrick and I were fortunate enough to catch a preview of the film before the weekend and I haven’t seen Patrick laugh so hard in a long time. I mean tears streaming down his face. The uncomfortable humor in this comedy is enough to make your belly ache for hours afterwards. I highly recommend hitting this comedy with some close friends. Just make sure you go to the restroom before hand or you may find that large pop you ordered with your popcorn in your lap if you catch my drift.
With sexy leading man, Chris Hemsworth, Thor succeeded in taking the top spot at the box office this weekend. The film brought in an astounding $66 million, showing in 3,955 theatres. Fast Five is still doing quite well, coming in second with an additional $32.5 million, bringing its total to almost $140 million. Yeah, no big deal.
The romantic comedies that opened this weekend weren’t as strong. Jumping The Broom and Something Borrowed both came in short of $14 million. Clearly the weekend was once again dominated by action films. It’ll be interested to see how Bridesmaids does next weekend, pinned against these manlier flicks. Although it’s kind of a romantic comedy and it’s an all female cast, the film was produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin), so it’s catered to both men and women. If you haven’t seen the preview yet, do it. It’s effing hilarious. Check out the Top 10 movies at the box office this weekend. Three films were only around the $2 million mark – yikes!
Very impressive! Fast Five absolutely dominated the box office this weekend, making a “Ludacris” amount of money in it’s opening weekend. This fifth instalment in the Fast and the Furious film series opened in 3,644 locations and brought in $83.6 million! That’s insane! To put that in perspective, Rio, the film that has been dominating the box office the last two weekends (and was in second this past weekend) has $103.6 million in total. Fast Five nearly caught up in one weekend. Fast Five was advertised as the best of the five, which it very well could be.I watched it myself and thoroughly enjoyed it. The film budget was $125 million, so they’re well on their way to becoming profitable.
While Fast Five did amazingly in it’s opening weekend, other films that premiered could have used a tow truck. “Prom,” the token highschool (you guessed it) prom movie brought in $5 million, while “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil” only brought in just over $4 million.
I think it had been a while since a new noteworthy action film hit theatres. Fast Five was just the ticket.
It’s a very competitive time of year at the box office, with so many movies coming out lately. This weekend, the animated feature “Rio” came out on top once again with almost $26.8 million…bringing it’s total to over $80 million now. In a close second was the third in the Madea-titled films, “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family,” with $25.7 million in ticket sales. Lastly, in third place was the book to movie story called “Water For Elephants,” starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon.
The remaining films consists of bunnies, cats, and killers among a few others. African Cats opened this weekend, a nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild. The film opened with $6.4 million this weekend.
Last night, I finally saw Scream 4. I definitely enjoyed it, but at the same time I was a little disappointed. I would definitely be interested in seeing what they had changed in the script rewrites because there were a few parts in the story that could have easily been changed for the better. I can see why it dropped so much this weekend from last, where it was second at the box office. That said, aside from making fun of itself, the film did stay true to the classic “scary movie” formula which I liked.