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.
The highly anticipated Skyfall film opened in theatres this weekend with a bang and was the largest debut ever for a 007 film (both unadjusted and adjusted for ticket price inflation). Skyfall brought in a whopping $87.8 million, quite obviously earning the top spot at the box office this weekend.
This was also the the seventh largest opening weekend gross of all-time for the month of November. Ahead of Skyfall in this category are only Twilight and Harry Potter movies. I haven’t yet seen the film, but all I’ve heard is good things, with Facebook statuses like, “Skyfall…worth every penny.” Did you watch Skyfall this weekend? If so, share your thoughts in the comments on what you thought in comparison to past Bond films.
In second place this weekend was Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph which opened last weekend. The film brought it an additional $33 million this weekend taking it’s total to an estimated $93.7 million. Find out how the other films did in the top 10 list below.
Last week, Hotel Transilvania dominated the box office in it’s opening weekend. Although still doing strong this week, it’s Taken 2 that leads the pack. I have yet to see it, but I definitely want to and will likely do so this week. The first one was so good! Matt reviewed the film and gave it 2.5 out of 5 stars.
So far, Taken 2 is estimated to bring in $50 million this weekend which is definitely a great start. Also opening this weekend was Frankenweenie, which brought in an estimated $11.5 million. I personally have no desire to see that film. If was to see anything else in theaters right now, Pitch Perfect would be at the top of my list. That movie looks absolutely hilarious.
Did you see Taken 2 this weekend? If so, share what you thought in the comments. I’ve listed the top 10 films at the box office below as well.
This weekend was a pretty slow weekend at the box office, even though there were a handful of new films that opened this weekend. One of the films that opened this weekend was cop action/drama titled End of Watch, starring the sexy Jake Gyllenhaal. The film brought in an estimated $13 million this weekend. Coincidentally, that is the exact same amount that House At The End Of The Street is expected to be bringing in this weekend as well. The thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence just opened in theaters as well. Looks like this weekend was all about the “Ends”.
Coming in third place this weekend was Trouble With The Curve, starring Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake, and Amy Adams. Although there are lots of big names in it, it looks kind of boring to me in comparison to the competition. I could be wrong though. The film brought in $12.7 million this weekend, so it wasn’t too far behind the “Ends”.
Lastly, Dredd 3D also opened this weekend, but I think it was hurt by the fact that Resident Evil: Retribution opened in theatres last weekend and the same type of people watch that movie. Dredd only brought in $6.3 million this weekend.
Did you see any of these new films? Share your thoughts below on which one you personally recommend seeing. The top 10 films at the box office this weekend are listed below.
The early estimates are in for box office performance this weekend and it looks like Resident Evil: Retribution came out on top with an opening weekend of $21 million. Admittedly, I haven’t seen all of these films, but after seeing the preview for this fifth instalment, I was eager to watch it myself. The action flick stars Milla Jovovich as well as Michelle Rodriguez. No other video game-based movie series has come anywhere near this franchise’s successful longevity.
Finding Nemo 3D came in second place with an estimated $17.5 million in its opening weekend. This film definitely has to be one of my favorite Disney animations with Ellen DeGeneres as Dori – so hilarious. Another filmed that opened this weekend was The Master, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. The film was only limited release, but did super well considering that with an estimated $729,745. I can’t wait to see this one!
Check out the top 10 films for wide release this weekend below and be sure to share your thoughts if you saw any of the aforementioned ones!