Three new movies opened in theaters this weekend, but it was Zero Dark Thirty that came out on top at the box office. The film is a chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011. The film has brought in a total of $29.4 million – not bad for it’s opening weekend!
Also opening this weekend was a film that was much more on the lighter side and that was A Haunted House. Despite the name, it’s actually a parody film from Marlon Wayans, making fun of the Paranormal Activity franchise, among other spooky films. The movie came in second place this weekend and brought in an estimated $18.8 million.
Lastly, Gangster Squad opened this weekend and came in third place with an estimated $16.7 million. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Emma Stone. Check out how the other films did this weekend and share your thoughts in the comments on any of the aforementioned films if you happened to have checked any of them out this weekend.
This weekend, Texas Chainsaw 3D opened in theatres and to my surprise, the horror franchise relaunch ended up taking the top spot with an estimated $23 million. January is apparently a good time for horror movie releases and this falls in line with that theory. In the coming weeks, this movie will face competition against Mama (which looks SO scary) and A Haunted House, which is a Paranormal Activity parody.
Here’s the premise of the film: “Texas Chainsaw 3D continues the legendary story of the homicidal Sawyer family, picking up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic left off in Newt, Texas, where for decades people went missing without a trace. Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansion’s dank cellars.”
Coming in second place was Django Unchained with an estimated $20.08 million. I haven’t yet seen the movie but I’ve heard it’s pretty gory, but that it has that Tarantino humor mixed in to lighten things up. Have any of you seen it? Find out how the rest of the films did in the box office by checking out the Top 10 list below.
Despite achieving the second best Christmas Day opening in history, Les Miserables had to settle for the bronze medal at the box office this weekend. The musical has amassed a sturdy $64 million since its opening. Even in third place, the Victor Hugo adaption has the best start for any musical. With the awards season kicking into high gear in the next few weeks, it’s numbers will undoubtedly continue to rise.
For the third week in a row, The Hobbit reigned supreme. Nabbing another $32 million, the Warner Bros. flick crashed through the $200 million barrier. With it’s small decline from last week’s numbers, the film has a good chance of reaching the $300 million milestone.
Landing in between Les Miserables and The Hobbit, is Quentin Tarantino’s latest- Django Unchained. The slave Western film is the best debut of Tarantino’s career with $30 million and $64 million since it’s Christmas Day launch. It’s projected to topple the director’s best film to date- Inglorious Basterds which notched $120.5 during its run. In other box office news, Skyfall crossed over $1 billion worldwide making it the 14th highest-grossing film. Check out the rest of this week’s Top 10 below.
So many movies are coming out this month and so many movie trailers have debuted as of late – it’s that time of year! For the second week in a row, The Hobbit has dominated the box office. With an additional $36.7 million estimated from this weekend, the film has now reached a total of just under $150 million.
Tom Cruise’s new movie, Jack Reacher opened this weekend and came in second with an estimated $15.6 million. In the film, Cruise plays a homicide investigator who delves deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Given the subject matter, it’s understandable as to why the film’s premiere in theatres was delayed by a week after the devastating school shooting in Connecticut.
Another newbie this weekend was the This Is 40 comedy, starring Paul Rudd, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Mann, and more. The R-Rated comedy serves as somewhat of a sequel to Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up movie.
Also opening within the past week were The Guilt Trip (check out Matt’s movie review here) and Monsters, Inc. 3D. See how these two films did and what other movies make up this weekend’s top 10 list below.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey absolutely dominated the box office in this, it’s opening weekend. Homorazzi cast member Matt reviewed the film and he absolutely love it (Check out his review here).
The film is estimated to have brought in almost $84.8 million. With that, the film set a new record for the largest December opening weekend performance on record by topping the $77.21 million debut of 2007′s I Am Legend. That being said, it didn’t set a new record when you adjust for ticket price inflation. In 2003, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King opened with $72.63 million in unadjusted terms, but when you adjust for inflation, it still holds the record with $95.6 million – precious!
Coming in a distant second was Rise Of The Guardians. Check out the list below to see how distant this second place spot was and how the rest of the top 10 films did at the box office this weekend. Also, I’ve included a funny video from Jimmy Kimmel that warns of the side effects of watching the film that was shot at 48 frames per second (double what most films are shot at)
After holding the second place position the past three weekends at the box office, Skyfall has finally managed to lead over The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Skyfall raked in an estimated $10.8 million, bringing it’s total to $261.4 million so far. That’s only slightly behind Twilight which is now at an estimated $268.5 million since it opened in theatres. Rise of The Guardians squeezed in between the two films to take second place this weekend.
The only new film opening in theatres for wide release this weekend was Playing For Keeps, starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dennis Quaid, Uma Thurman, Judy Greer, and Noah Lomax. Despite the big names that make up the cast, the film failed to lure in audiences and only brought in an estimated $6 million, landing in sixth place.
Did you go see Playing For Keeps, or any of the other films out in theatres this weekend? If so, share your thoughts below. The top 10 films and their estimated earnings at the box office are listed below.
Kristen Stewart and her blood-sucking crew once again ruled this weekend’s box office making it a three-peat for the final chapter of the Twilight franchise. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 added another 17.4 million to its impressive total. Landing in the runner-up slot (just barely) is the lastest James Bond flick which scored $17 million. Skyfall continues to increase its total as the biggest grossing 007 flick of all-time.
While Twilight and Skyfall continued their reign over the box office, a notable newcomer failed to create much excitement at the cash registers. Brad Pitt’s latest drama, Killing Them Softly, opened weakly with only $7 million. While critics were generally kind to the arty hit man flick, audiences were not. The film scored the very rare, and embarrassing, “F” from audiences via CinemaScore. OUCH. Someone might want to take a hit on whomever greenlit this project ;)
In other box office news, two Oscar frontrunners continued to impress. Silver Linings Playbook starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper had the highest theater average in the Top 10 and declined much smaller from last weekend’s Thanksgiving-inflated numbers than any other film. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck’s Argo crossed the all-important $100 million milestone in its 8th weekend of release. Check out what else landed in the Top 10 this week below.
This weekend, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 opened in theatres with an astounding estimated $141.3 million. This is the fifth and final instalment of the Twilight series was just above the $138.12 million start of last year’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and just below the $142.84 million start of 2009′s The Twilight Saga: New Moon. On it’s own, it was the eighth largest opening weekend performance of all-time, and tenth when inflation is taken into account.
Skyfall, which dominated the box office last weekend, came in second this weekend and brought in an estimated $41.5 million. That brings its total to $161.3 million so far. In third place was Lincoln, a Steven Spielberg-directed drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis that opened this weekend. Find out how much the film brought in and what other films make up the top 10 list below.