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North American Box Office Gets Possessed

In: Donovan, Movies

Typically, Labor Day long weekend brings in relatively low box office numbers. People usually opt out of seeing a movie in favor of enjoying the last weekend of the summer. So while beaches, parks and campgrounds are busy, movie theaters are not.

With that said, The Possession, which was produced by Sam Raimi, scared up $17.7 million making it the second-highest Labor Day opening ever. Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake of Halloween still holds the crown with $26.3 million. The Possession gives movie studio Lionsgate three weekends in a row with the top movie.

Coming in second place was Shia LaBeouf and Jessica Chastain’s drama, Lawless. The Prohibition-era film walked away with $9.6 million. A couple of action films came next with The Expendables 2 and The Bourne Legacy taking in $8.8 and $7.2 million respectively. In the fifth slot is Paranorm adding another $6.5 million to its total.

Proving you should never open a kids movie during Labor Day weekend is Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure. The film earns the distinction as having the WORST wide-release opening ever. With just $448,000 in sales receipts, the film averaged a embarrassing $207 from 2160 venues. That’s like 20-30 people for each screening. LOL. Poor Toni Braxton. Her heart keeps “unbreaking“. Reportedly, the film cost about $50-60 million to make. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

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This weekend, Premium Rush opened in theaters starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film is about a bike messenger in the Big Apple that picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city. Although he has become more popular thanks to Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, it seems as though he’s can’t pull in the crowd for his own movie just yet. Despite good ratings for the film, it came in 7th at the box office in this its opening weekend, bringing in only an estimated $6.3 million.

Taking the top spot once again was the action-star-studded sequel, The Expendables 2, which brought in an estimated $13.5 million, bringing it’s total to $52.4 million.

Also opening this weekend was 2016: Obama’s America, a documentary that examines the question, “If Barack Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?” The film brought in an estimated $6.2 million and is expected to become the most successful conservative documentary to date.

Did you see any of these films this weekend? Share your thoughts on them below if you did.

Top 10 films after the jump…

Veteran Action Stars Take Down Bourne & Whitney

In: Donovan, Movies

Sylvester Stallone and his crew of senior citizen mercenaries were top dogs at this weekend’s box office, walking away with $28 million. That said, even with more muscle, the “The Expendables 2” failed to match the opening of its predecessor. Back in 2010, “The Expendables” shot to the top with $35 million. Despite the lower grosses, the sequel is receiving better reviews and dipped only 3% from Friday to Saturday as opposed to the first film which dropped 11%. That should bode well for a lengthy run.

The action flick wasn’t the only newbie in theaters this weekend. Focus Features’ animated comedy “ParaNorman, about a boy leading the fight against zombies that rise from the grave, was No. 3 with $14 million. Debuting also in the Top 5 was Jordin Sparks’ acting debut and Whitney Houston’s last film, “Sparkle“. The remake of the 1976 film sang to fifth place with $12 million. With a reported budget of only $14, the film should prove profitable for Sony.

Rounding out the Top 5 were “The Bourne Legacy” which added another $17 million and “The Campaign” with $13.5 million landing at No. 2 and No. 4 respectively. The fourth installment of the spy franchise dropped a steep 55% from its debut, while the comedy dropped only 50%. Check out how other films fared at this weekend’s box office below.

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The early estimates are in and The Bourne Legacy has come out on top against The Campaign in what was the opening weekend for both films. Universal is estimating that the Matt Damon-less sequel-reboot hybrid titled ‘The Bourne Legacy’ will bring in $40.3 million this weekend. There is good word of mouth for the film but it’s hard to say if this film has staying power against some tough competition in the weeks to come.

Also opening this weekend was ‘The Campaign,’ starring the hilarious Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Homorazzi cast member Matt wasn’t a huge fan of the film as evident in his review, but it still is estimated to bring in $27.4 million taking the number two spot this weekend.

Hope Springs‘, starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones also opened this weekend (starting on Thursday for a three day weekend). Find out how this film did as well as the rest in the Top 10 list below. Did you see any movies in theatres this weekend? Tyrell and I watch ‘The Tall Man‘ starring Jessica Biel via iTunes last night and I loved it! I highly recommend it.

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The Dark Knight Rises For The Third Time

In: Donovan, Movies

Colin Farrell’s attempt to channel Arnold Schwarzenegger was no match for the Caped Crusader. For the third week in a row, “The Dark Knight Rises” topped the box office. The Christopher Nolan blockbuster added another $36 million, giving it a grand total of $354 thus far. Even though the film dropped only 41% compared to the previous film’s 43% during the same time frame, the Batman finale won’t reach its predecessor’s total of $533 in domestic sales. “The Dark Knight Rises”, however, has a good chance of topping “The Dark Knight” in worldwide sales thanks to strong international grosses.

Meanwhile, back to Sony’s reboot of “Total Recall“. The Colin Farrell-fronted film landed in the runner-up spot with only $26 million. Given the original 1990 film opened with $25.5, Sony has to be upset with the remake’s box office performance. Sony claims it spent $125 on the film, while other reports say it ballooned towards the $200 million mark. With its slow start, I don’t think “Total Recall” has a shot of becoming profitable for the studio.

Rounding out the Top 5 were “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”, “Ice Age: Continental Drift” and “The Watch” in descending order. A couple of films in the Top 10 reached milestones this weekend. “Ted” past the $200 million mark and “The Amazing Spider-Man” reached $250 million. Check out how the rest of the Top 10 films fared below.

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Out of respect for the awful tragedy that took place at a screening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘, the box office numbers were not released until now. Given the buzz surrounding the film and the build up for it’s release, it is definitely no a surprise that ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ took the top spot at the box office.

The film brought in $160.9 million this weekend. This is the third largest unadjusted opening weekend gross on record, behind ‘The Avengers‘ and 2011′s ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2‘. If you don’t take into consideration ticket price inflation, The Dark Knight Rises opened slightly ahead of the $158.41 million start of 2008′s The Dark Knight. When you do factor ticket price inflation, it places sixth on the adjusted opening weekend list.

I still haven’t seen the film yet but I definitely want to. Did you see the film and if so what did you think? Were any of you even a little scared to go watch it in light of that happened? It may sound ridiculous, but I’ll admit there was a tiny bit of fear there for me… thinking about the “what if,” but of course as we know that is no way to live. Anyway, check out how the rest of the films faired this weekend below.

Check out the top 10 films after the jump…

This weekend, the fourth installment of Ice Age opened in theaters and certainly succeeded in getting the nut at the box office. ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift‘ brought in an estimated $46 million this weekend and although it was the top film this weekend, it was slightly below expectations. This is the lowest opening for the franchise, with the original Ice Age opening with $46.3 million way back in 2002, without the 3D markup advantage. Some speculate that because ‘Brave‘ and ‘Madagascar 3‘ were still out in theaters, it did create some competition for this film.

No other films opened for wide release this weekend, and thus the top films at the box office consist of films that have already been out in theatres for a while. Savages, which had a week opening last weekend, dropped 45% this weekend. I’m surprised this film didn’t do better because it has so many good people in it! I’ll have to wait for it to come out on iTunes to see what the non-fuss is about.

Did you see any films this weekend? Matt saw Ice Age 4 and you can read what he thought of the film here. Otherwise, check out how the rest of the films did this weekend and where how they placed below.

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‘The Amazing Spiderman’ Tops Box Office

In: Movies, Patrick

This weekend, ‘The Amazing Spiderman‘ topped the box office charts with an estimated $65 million. After six days since opening, that has put the film at about $140 million. Pretty impressive for a reboot in my opinion! The film centers on the romance between Andrew Garfield‘s character Peter Parker and college student Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone. Did any of you watch it? What’d you think?

Opening this weekend was the star-studded crime-thriller ‘Savages‘. The film came in fourth this weekend with an estimated $16.1 million. The cast includes Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, John Travolta, Aaron Johnson, Uma Thurman, and more.

Katy Perry: Part Of Me‘ also opened in theatres this week and has brought in an estimated $10 million so far. Tyrell saw it the other day and quite liked it. Did any of you watch it or any other films this weekend? Check out the top 10 movies in theaters this weekend and how much they each brought in below.

Top 10 films after the jump…

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