It was a slow weekend at the box office this weekend and I can only assume people were preoccupied with getting their holiday shopping done and/or attending Christmas parties. On top of that, there were only a couple new offerings to hit theatres this weekend.
The star-studded ‘New Year’s Eve‘ flick hit the theatres this weekend, and as Donovan put it in his review, “Just like real-life New Year’s Eve parties, it didn’t live up to the hype.” The film knocked Twilight off of it’s three week reign over the leading spot at the box office with a mere $13.7 million. Quite an underwhelming number for a debut and especially for a film sitting in the top spot. Word of mouth for NYE isn’t good so things aren’t look up for the this film in the weeks ahead. SNL did a parody of the film last night called “The Apolcalypse.” Watch it here.
Also opening this weekend was ‘Sitter,’ taking the number two spot this week with a $10 million opening. Sitter stars Jonah Hill as a college student on suspension who is coaxed into babysitting the kids next door. Little does he know the wild night that is take take place. The film was directed by David Gordon-Green and is the second dud movie for him this year, with ‘Your Highness’ also flopping.
This weekend, it was Fur VS. Fang at the box office, as The Muppets hit the theatres, while Twilight was still out for blood. Twilight’s Breaking Dawn Part 1 added another whopping $42 million to their total, bringing them to over $221 million. Happy Fangsgiving to them – madness I tell you! Meanwhile, The Muppets were off to a solid start, winning the battle between the weekend’s three new family flicks with a total of $29.5 million. Tyrell and I watched The Muppets with my nephew yesterday afternoon and the three of us loved it! “Mahna Mahna!”
Even though Happy Feet Two came in third place among all of the family movie competition (in it’s second weekend in theatres), it was especially disappointing when you compare it to 2006′s Happy Feet which fell only 11 percent in its second weekend. Happy Feet Two has grossed $43.77 million in ten days, placing it an astounding 56 percent behind the pace of Happy Feet… making them more UnHappy Feet.
The other two new 3D family films that hit theatres this weekend were Arthur Christmas and Hugo. It was a tight race between the two, but Arthur Christmas came out ahead at $12.7 million. Martin Scorsese’s Hugo finished with $11.3 million. Check out where the rest of the films fell in the Top 10 below. Did you see any of the movies in theatres this weekend?
This weekend, ‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1)‘ opened in theaters with $139.5 million, almost beating the franchise record set by ‘New Moon‘ at $142.8 million. An insanely successful opening nonetheless, but critics expect the number to drastically decrease next weekend with word of mouth. I haven’t seen the film yet, but someone this morning even told me it was so beyond cheesy that she was laughing (and she said she can normally handle cheesy movies).
Also opening this weekend was ‘Happy Feet Two‘, debuting at $22 million. Despite what you may think, this is actually quite underwhelming when you compare it to what the first ‘Happy Feet’ did in 2006, which was almost double at $41.5 million. This film will also struggle next week when you consider the fact that The Muppets, Arthur Christmas and Hugo will be hitting theaters.
Sidenote: The Muppets joined Jason Segal on SNL last night and were pretty awesome. They even did a “Really!? With Seth Meyers & Kermit“. Loved it. Anyway, did you watch Twilight or Happy Feet Two this weekend? What’d YOU think?
This weekend, ‘Immortals‘ opened in theatres and took the top spot with $32,000,000. The (shirtless) film tells the story of a mortal man (Henry Cavill) who is chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). Although it did well, it declined from Friday to Saturday, which isn’t always a good sign. I still wouldn’t mind seeing it: A cool movie with a bag of popcorn… and a side of eye candy? Count me in!
Also opening this weekend was ‘Jack and Jill‘, starring Adam Sandler… and Adam Sandler. You wouldn’t have caught me at the theatre watching this comedy (where Sandler plays the male and female lead characters) unless it was my job (which it sometimes is). Alas, it did take the number two spot this weekend with an impressive $26 million. This is a solid start for the film, despite the fact that critics have called this move a “drag,” for many reasons.
The highly anticipated biopic of J. Edgar brought in $11.5 million it this, it’s opening weekend. Dan raved about the movie when he saw the prescreen last week, saying that it was a “piece of cinematic brilliance” and that with all the Hollywood heavy-hitters in the film, there would definitely be Oscar buzz. The box office is reporting that 60% of the audience was over 50 and the word of mouth is mixed at best.
How did the rest of the films fare? Which film crossed the $100 million mark this weekend? Find out below.
This weekend at the box office, I thought there was going to be a lot of cat scratching going on for the top spot in ticket sales. However, only one movie remained on top for it’s second week in a row. The Shrek spin-off Puss In Boots starring the vocal skills of Antonio Banderas grossed an estimated $33,035,000 giving them a two week total of $75,508,038. Newbies Tower Heist and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas didn’t even stand a chance. The two opened with $25,100,000 and $13,065,000 respectively.
I didn’t get a chance to see the new ensemble comedy that is Tower Heist this weekend but Patrick and I were fortunate enough to catch an advanced screening of A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. After seeing how hilarious the film was, I thought that all of it’s cult stoner fanatics would have raised the haze to at least the number two spot but alas, it only peaked at #3. I guess all it’s movie fans are stuck in their #OccupyWallStreet tents. Another film that is still going strong is Paranormal Activity 3. Check out the top ten weekend results and PA3′s rocking overall total below.
It’s always a bit of a challenge for movies that are opening on Halloween weekend. Add to that it being game 7 of the World Series on Friday, a Northeastern snow storm and it gets even harder. That being said, since kids won’t be celebrating Halloween until Monday night anyway, it makes sense that they dragged their parents out to see “Puss In Boots” this weekend. The film brought in $34 million this weekend, becoming the record holder for Halloween weekend – previously held by Lionsgate’s “Saw III“, which grossed $33.16 million in 2006.
Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried‘s “In Time” did so-so this weekend, with an opening of $12 million, taking the third place spot. I think if it was any other weekend, the film would have opened with stronger numbers. With that, the film is expected to do much better next weekend when there aren’t so many distractions.
“The Rum Diary“, starring Johnny Depp & Aaron Eckhart was pretty much a flop, opening with a little over $5 million this weekend. It doesn’t surprise me that this film didn’t do much better considering for one thing, I’ve seen little to no promotion for the film. The film is about a journalist (Depp) who takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper and struggles to find balance between island culture and the expatriates that live there. Sounds interesting enough, but I’ll wait until I can rent it from iTunes.
Check out the Top 10 list after the jump and see the astounding amount Paranormal Activity 3 has brought in so far…
This weekend, Paranormal Activity 3 took the top spot at the box office as predicted, but it far surpassed expectations in it’s performance. The film was expected to debut with $30 million, but instead brought in an impressive $54 million this weekend. I saw the film last week and thought it was great. If you’re looking for a film to scare you pants off, watch it!
The Three Musketeers, a movie that’s already been done to death, is off to a slow start this weekend, opening with only $8.8 million and taking the fourth spot. One of the film’s stars, Milla Jovovich accused the US distributors of the film (Summit Entertainment) of making no effort promote the film. Over the weekend, the actress took to Twitter and said, “Are ‘summit’ promoting it as a family adventure movie? Or are they resting on their laurels from ‘twilight’ n making no effort? Let me know!” About an one hour later she added: “I think ‘summit’ hve swept ’3 Musketeers’, a grt family adventure film, under the rug in the US. Shame on them. SHAME ON YOU ‘SUMMIT’.”
Also opening this weekend was Johnny English Reborn, which has been a hit overseas already. Unfortunately, here in North America it had a pretty week debut with only $3.8 million. See what films made the Top 10 at the box office this weekend below.
For the second weekend in a row, Real Steel has taken the top spot at the box office in these early estimates. The futuristic “high-tech” boxing film, which stars Hugh Jackman, brought in $16.3 million this weekend. It wasn’t a total knock-out though, as the Footloose remake, which opened this weekend, was very close behind with $16.1 million. Considering how close the two films were, it could end up with Footloose on top when it all becomes official tomorrow.
A second remake opened this weekend, with The Thing opening in theatres and taking the third spot with $8.7 million. The science-fiction horror remake was actually done well, considering it’s placement at the box office and the reviews it has received. The same can’t be said for the other newcomer this weekend. The Big Year, starring Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black didn’t even break $5 million this weekend. Check out where it placed and how the other films in the Top 10 list this weekend. Did you see any new films this weekend?