This weekend Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney opened in theatres for a record breaking weekend. The film set a new unadjusted opening weekend record for October, which was previously held by 2011′s Paranormal Activity 3 with $52.57 million. When ticket price inflation is considered, 2003′s Scary Movie 3 is still on top with an adjusted debut of $65.11 million (from an actual gross of $48.11 million).
Although the film pulled in many eager viewers, I’ve heard that it didn’t live up to expectations and it wasn’t actually as good as people thought it was going to be. That’s disappointing because I was really looking forward to seeing this one as well but perhaps now I’ll wait until I can rent it on Apple TV. Did any of you watch it? If so, share your thoughts on the film in the comments. Also, check out how Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake‘s Runner Runner did in the list below of the top 10 films at the box office this weekend.
Not even Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s porn-addiction or Chris Hemsworth’s flowing blond locks could stop the downpour of meatballs this weekend. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 was top dog at the box office, generating $35 million. The first Cloudy scored $30.3 million in its debut frame on the way to a $124.9 million finish. With its “A-” CinemaScore grade, the Sony animated film should have no trouble playing to parents and children for weeks to come.
The other three newbies didn’t fare as well with moviegoers. Ron Howard’s Formula One racing drama starring Chris Hemsworth drove away with a lackluster $10.3 million. Definitely a disappointment given Howard’s last sports drama, Cinderella Man, debuted with $18.3 million. And don’t even compare it with Hemsworth’s Thor take. However, when compared to the Aussie’s non superhero flicks, Rush still falls below The Cabin in the Woods and Red Dawn which opened with $14.7 million and $14.3 million respectively.
Coming in fourth place was Mrs. Robin Thicke aka Paula Patton’s stewardess comedy, Baggage Claim. It flew away with only $9.3 million. Guess Adam Brody playing a gay flight attendant wasn’t a big draw. Surprisingly though, even with harsh reviews from critics, Baggage Claim managed to score an “A-” CinemaScore grade. Meanwhile, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon experienced the opposite. It. earned rave reviews but only notched a “C+” CinemaScore. The porn-themed flick sexed up $9 million. The silver lining is that it only cost about $6 million to produce. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
Battle of the Year? Definitely not. Chris Brown’s dancing flick bombed big time at the box office this weekend. Even though it opened in over 2,000 theaters and had the cache of Brown and Josh Holloway as the marquee names, it only managed to bring in an embarrassing $5 million. With bad reviews rolling in, I highly doubt it’ll recoup it’s relatively small budget of $20 million. Better stick to your day job Breezy.
On the flip side, Prisoners rode rave reviews to the top. With a two and a half hour run time, disturbing themes, and premise not being based on known source material, the film overcame its obstacles with solid results. The Hugh Jackman-Jake Gyllenhaal kidnapping tale opened to an estimated $21.4 million. With an A- CinemaScore, the drama should enjoy relatively small declines in the coming weeks.
The other new release this weekend, wasn’t very new at all. The Wizard of Oz was re-released in 3D/IMAX format and managed to pull in an additional $3 million to its lifetime total. Pretty impressive given it was only in about 300 theaters and almost matched Chris Brown’s film’s take. LOL. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
After sitting pretty for three weeks, Lee Daniel’s The Butler finally relinquished its box office crown. It took Vin Diesel and his massive guns to get the job done. Riddick topped the first weekend of the fall movie season with $18.7 million. Not a huge number, but impressive given the fact the first film in the franchise, Pitch Black, opened 13 years ago. Clearly, Diesel fans were craving a sequel.
The Butler continued to impress adding another $8.9 million to its tally, inching ever so close to the magical $100 million milestone. Faring much less was One Direction’s 3D flick. It dropped a whopping 74 percent in weekend two, grossing $4.1m in its second frame. With that being said, the documentary only cost $10 million to produce and has already grossed $23.9 million. Simon Cowell is laughing all the way to the bank. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
The Help opened to great numbers back in August 2011, beginning it’s great box office run and journey to successful awards season. Two years later, it’s The Butler serving it at theaters. The Lee Daniels film grossed an estimated $25 million during its first weekend. With stellar reviews, solid awards buzz for Oprah Winfrey’s performance, and glowing “A” CinemaScore, expect the potential Oscar contender to have a healthy run.
Failing to live up to its name was Kick-Ass 2. The super hero sequel failed to kick ass at anything. It only raked in $13.6 million. As disappointing as that was, two high-profile films tanked even more. Ashton Kutcher’s Apple biopic jOBS flopped with $6.7 million and Liam Hemsworth-Harrison Ford’s Paranoia completely bombed with $3.5 million. That number is the lowest opening ever for Ford. For Hemsworth, this doesn’t bode well for his post-Hunger Games career. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
Even though Elysium gave Matt Damon his best opening since his Jason Bourne days, it’s somewhat of a disappointment. Director Neill Blomkamp’s debut flick, District 9, stormed into theaters with $37.4 million. With a bigger budget (reportedly $115 million) and A-list cast (Jodie Foster and Damon), Elysium raked in only $30.5 million. Not bad, but not great. With less-than-stellar reviews and a “B” CinemaScore grade, its long-run prospects don’t look promising. I actually saw the film this Friday and while not the best, I enjoyed it. My biggest problems were the silly reboot syntax at the end and Foster’s odd accent. What exactly was that?
Coming in second place were Jennifer Aniston and her fake family in We’re The Millers. The R-rated comedy exceeded expectations with $26.6 million over the weekend and $38 million since its Wednesday opening. The film has already recouped its $37 million budget. With an impressive “A-” CinemaScore, We’re The Millers could become Aniston’s sixth film to cross over the magical $100 million mark. There’s no doubt she’s the most successful “Friend.”
Third and fourth place saw new family-friendly entries. Given the glutton of films aimed at kids this summer, it’s not surprising both Planes and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opened tepidly. Disney’s Planes barely took off with $22.5 million, while Percy Jackson only swam with $14.6 million. Which films did you see this weekend? Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
Good news. Wolverine was number one at the box office this weekend. Bad news. With no other new films to compete with, it earned less than what most industry insiders estimated it would pull, raking in just $55 million. While nothing to scoff at, the opening receipts are on the lower half of debuts from the X-Men franchise. X-Men: The Last Stand earned $122 million over Memorial Day weekend back in 2006.
With that being said, I don’t think FOX was expecting much from the sequel. The film’s budget was only 80 percent off what was spent on the original. I’m thinking The Wolverine was merely just an appetizer to whet fans’ appetites for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Speaking of which, if you stayed til the closing credits of Wolverine, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen make an appearance.
Dropping to second place was The Conjuring with $22 million. For a horror flick, the film held up extremely well, dropping only 47 percent. A drop basically unheard of for a horror film in today’s climate. In ten days, the possession thriller has earned $82 million, making it already the seventh-highest-grossing R-rated supernatural horror film of all-time. If it keeps this up, it could challenge The Blair Witch Project ($140 million) for the number two R-rated non-sequel horror film outside of The Exorcist. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
Four new films arrived in theaters this weekend hoping to unseat Despicable Me 2 from the box office throne. Even though animated films have been doing boffo business this summer, it wasn’t Turbo that took the crown but rather the horror flick, The Conjuring. The $20 million James Wan-directed flick opened with a scary $41.5 million. It’s the second-best debut ever for an R-rated horror film, trailing only Paranormal Activity 3, which opened with $52.6 million in 2011. In addition, it “conjured” up a fantastic “A-” CinemaScore grade which should bode well for its long-run prospects.
The second best debut of the weekend was the FOX and Dreamworks animated collaboration, Turbo. It came in at third place with only $21.5 million- the worst debut for a DreamWorks Animation film since 2006′s Flushed Away opened with $18.8 million. Bruce Willis’ sequel Red 2 landed at fifth place with $18.5 million, about 15 percent less than the original Red‘s $21.8 million opening in 2010.
The last of the freshmen flicks was R.I.P.D.. Johnny Depp and Channing Tatum better make some room for Ryan Reynolds on the loser couch. His new film is the latest high-profile box office bomb this summer, joining The Lone Ranger and White House Down. R.I.P.D., which reportedly had a $154 million budget, tanked with only $12.8 million in its first three days, good enough for seventh place. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.