It doesn’t surprise me that a family comedy infused with a dab of Christmas storyline took led the box office this weekend. Fockers films are a proven success, so introducing the Little Fockers wasn’t much of a risk at all, earning $34 million this weekend, and $48 million in total, after opening last Wednesday. They still have a ways to go to recoup the cost of making it, which was rumored to be $100 million. The Western remake, True Grit, starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, surpassed expectations this weekend with $25.6 million and $36.8 in total. In third place was another remake, with Tron: Legacy raking in over $20 million, bringing their total to over $88 million now since they opened.
The flop of the weekend was Gulliver’s Travels, earning a little over $7 million at the box office this weekend. Not much traveling at all! To be fair, there was a lot of competition at the box office and it probably wasn’t the best time to release the film, in my opinion.
Did any of you check out an movies over the holidays?
This weekend, Tron: Legacy, took over the box office with a whopping $43.6 million. The 80s remake captivated audiences with the sexy lead, Garrett Hedlund, combined with the cool special effects. As Donovan put it, “Like the original the special effects are bar none and the acting is pretty good as well.”
Trailing behind in second this weekend was none other than Yogi Bear, with the voices of Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake. The film debuted with $16.7 million at the box office, which isn’t too shabby all things considered.
In my opinion, it was a disappointing opening weekend for How Do You Know, considering how hard they were pushing the flick. I saw ads everywhere – bus stops, websites, TV…everywhere I looked. I guess people weren’t in the mood for a romantic comedy this weekend. Did you watch any of the following movies this weekend?
The third story in The Chronicles of Narnia made a splash at the box office this weekend with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I happened to have seen the film and loved it, so it’s no surprise to me that it did so well, with a $24.5 millon opening weekend. Nothing like a little magical movie every now and then, right? Tommy, on the other hand, checked out The Tourist and only gave it a 2.5 out of 5 rating, and considering the caliber of the lead stars (Angelina Jolie and Jonny Depp), it wasn’t that strong of an opening at $17 million.
A lot of the remaining movies weren’t new at the box office this weekend. Tangled came in third with over $14.5 million, bringing it’s total to $115,622,873. Insanity! Harry Potter came in fourth bringing its new total to over $257 million which is even crazier. I guess it was all movies for the family that ruled the box office this weekend, and that will probably be the same as we move closer into the holiday season.
Did you watch any films this weekend?
Last weekend, Harry Potter was on top of the Weekend Box Office, but this week, the “Harrier” movie, Tangled came out on top. Tangled now reaches almost $100 million in box office sales after an addition $21.5 this weekend. Meanwhile, Harry Potter’s magic starts to fad with only an additional $16.7 million this weekend, bringing the total to an unimpressive $244 million. I’m obviously being sarcastic.
Well, nothing too interesting this week at the box office, as the Top 10 list is comprised of already released movies except for one: The Warriors Way. The film debuted this weekend, with not very strong numbers – only a little over $3 million! The film is about a warrior-assassin that is forced to hideout out in the “American Badlands” after refusing a mission, and stars Kate Bosworth among others. The other observation is that all of the family movies saw a drop after the Thanksgiving weekend, where many families made the outing then and now remain stuffed.
A fairy tale princess came close to toppling Harry Potter at the box office this weekend, but his magical powers proved too strong. In its second, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” raked in another $50.3 million over the Thanksgiving long weekend, bringing its total to an impressive $220 million in just two weeks. Its 10-day total also surpasses the previous high of $201 million set by “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and last year’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”.
Even though it came in second, Disney’s “Tangled” proved a more formidable foe than industry experts expected. The Rapunzel-themed film just missed the top spot by just a tad more than a million. It scored $49,100,000 in box office opening receipts, giving it the second-best Thanksgiving debut since “Toy Story 2″ which delivered $57.4 million.
The other three new films opening this holiday weekend didn’t fare so well. Christina Aguilera and Cher’s much-maligned film, “Burlesque” opened with $11.8 million for the weekend and a five-day total of $17.2 million since premiering Wednesday. Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal’s on-screen reunion, “Love & Other Drugs” wooed only $9.9 million and a total of $14 million since opening Wednesday. At the bottom of the freshmen flicks was Dwayne Johnson’s (formerly The Rock) action pic, “Faster“, which sped away with $8.7 million for the weekend and $12.2 million since its Wednesday debut placing it 7th for the weekend standings.
Looks like Harry Potter is going to go out with a bang. The movie franchise that started out nearly a decade ago, is as popular today, if not more so, than when it first came out. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” took in a whopping $125 million at the box office this weekend.
Not only does that number represent the best tally for the series, but it also places this latest installment sixth overall for biggest opening weekend. Ahead of Potter are “The Dark Knight“, “Spider-Man 3“, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon“, “Pirates of the Caribbean: DMC” and “Iron Man 2“. With the second part of the finale coming next summer in IMAX which means higher ticket prices, I expect the final Harry Potter movie to break into the Top 5.
Coming in at second was “Megamind” which won the box office the past two weeks. Dropping only 44% in its third week, the animated film is a bonafide hit for Paramount. Denzel Washington & Chris Pine raked in another $13,100,000 to rank third for their awesome action flick, “Unstoppable“. Rounding out the top 5 were “Due Date” with $9,150,000 and “The Next Three Days” with $6,750,000.
After Friday, it looked as though Unstoppable would derail Megamind for the top spot this weekend, but with the final numbers in, Megamind has succeed in taking over the box office for it’s second weekend in a row, bringing it’s total to almost $90 million. Unstoppable, directed by Tony Scott and starring Denzel Washington, didn’t do too shabby, bringing in $23.5 million for the weekend, showing on 4,300 screens at 3,207 locations.
There are only a two new movies this weekend in the Box Office Top 10 list. Unstoppable is one of them – the other is “Independance Day-ish” Skyline which was shown on 3,100 screens at 2,880 locations, landing in fourth place for the weekend with $11.7 million. What I find most interesting about the Top 10 list is that three of the films are sequels or part of a series. I remember back in the day when sequels were always cursed to be worse and often bombed at the box office. That doesn’t seem to be the case these days.
This weekend, the highly anticipated animated comedy, “Megamind” took the top spot at the box office. The superhero spoof is about Megamind, played by Will Ferrell and his nemesis hero Metro Man, played by Brad Pitt, who both get sent to earth after each of their respective planets get destroyed. Other big names for the film include Tina Fey plays reporter Roxie Ritchie, Jonah Hill as Hal, and David Cross as Minion. Funny people = Funny movie! Hmm, I wonder if Forbes will have to recalculate their numbers on Will Ferrell being the most overpaid actor. This film, for which he was the lead, brought in over $47 million in it’s opening weekend. Surely that will throw off those numbers that were not in Ferrell’s favor.
Coming in second, was another comedy called Due Date, with $33,500,000 for its opening weekend. The flick stars Robert Downey Jr. who plays a high-strung father-to-be (Peter Highman) who is forced to catch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay played by the hilarious Zach Galifianakis so he can make his child’s birth on time. I guess with Halloween being over, people were in the mood for something funny, and not too scary. And seriously, Zach Galifianakis of The Hangover is absolutely hilarious in everything he appears in.