Disney’s “Real Steel,” starring the sexy Hugh Jackman is off to a great start, opening this weekend with $27.3 million. The film has received great reviews and although some of Jackman’s films outside of X-Men haven’t all been so great, this one definitely won’t fall into that category. The film, which had a budget of $110 million, is set in the future where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech. An interesting little tidbit of information is that the climactic fight scene is a virtual punch-for-punch remake of the Ivan Drago/Rocky Balboa fight from Rocky IV.
Also opening this weekend was The Ides of March, starring two of Hollywood’s leading men, George Clooney and Ryan Gosling (Between these two who’d YOU rather?). With a budget of $12.5 million (much smaller than Real Steel), the film is already almost profitable, having come in second this weekend with $10.4 million. Not the biggest number, especially for something that came second this weekend, but already better “What’s Your Number?” The comedy has only brought in a total $10.3 million, and it opened last weekend. Find out what the rest of the Top 10 films were this weekend in the list below.
This weekend, it was Dolphin Tale that took the top spot at the Box Office, ousting The Lion Kind 3D in it’s two weekend reign on top. The film brought in $14.2 million bringing it’s total to $37.5 million. The Dolphin also managed to swim ahead of four new films that opened this weekend. It seems as though family films are the ones taking over theatres the past few weeks. Also ahead of the newcomers were Moneyball with $12.5 million and The Lion King 3D with $11 million.
It was a mediocre opening for some heavily promoted films this weekend. Regardless, 50/50, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, emerged as the strongest new film this weekend with a little over $8.8 million and some pretty great reviews. Courageous, the inspirational family drama fell close behind with $8.8 million as well. The spookiest film of the bunch, Dream House, brought in $8.2 million while what arguably looked like the funniest, What’s Your Number?, came in eight with only $5.6 million.
I didn’t go to the theatres at all this weekend, but if I did, I would have definitely gone to see “What’s your Number?” I love Anna Farris! See how the rest of the films faired this weekend below.
Even though there were so many new movies that opened in theaters this weekend, The Lion King 3D remained “king of the jungle,” taking the top spot for its second weekend in a row. The film brought in another $22.1 million, bringing its total to $61.6 million so far. With such great performance in theaters, the outlook is good for the upcoming Blu-Ray release of the film on October 4th.
Four new films opened this weekend and they took the next four spots in the top 10 list. Coming in second place was the baseball movie, Moneyball starring Brad Pitt, bringing in a respectable $20.6 million. The film has had good reviews and clearly that reflected at the box office. Very close behind was Dolphin Tale at $20.3 million. This movie, starring Harry Connick Jr., is based on a true story about a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who worked together to save her life. Next up (with a huge drop to fourth) was Abduction, starring the sexy Taylor Lautner. This film, which has received really bad reviews, only brought in $11.2 million. Not too good considering they heavy promotion. I was looking forward to this movie, but I’ll likely wait until I can watch it on Apple TV now. Lastly, Killer Elite came in fifth with opening weekend numbers of $9.5 million. This action flick got mediocre ratings and I have absolutely no interest in watching it.
“Hakuna matata, what a wonderful phrase! Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passing craze It means no worries for the rest of your days…” Those song lyrics proved to be true once again for Disney’s The Lion King 3D debut at the box office this weekend. Personally, I had know idea that the film was going to do so well, but I guess it’s a classic. I pretty much know all the words to all the songs and I haven’t even seen it in years. LOL. The film brought it an impressive $29.3 million on a weekend where overall box office performance was a little, “meh” to put it bluntly.
Contagion, which kicked off last weekend to a healthy (or “unhealthy” start if you catch my drift), kept pretty strong this weekend, adding almost $14.5 million to it’s total that is now just over $44 million.
Aside from The Lion King 3D, the other new offerings didn’t do as well (but hey, that’s “The Circle of Life,” right?). Drive, a new “heist gone wrong” action film starring Ryan Gosling, was parked in third place this weekend with just over $11 million. Straw Dogs, the “everyone has a breaking point” thriller starring the sexy James Marsden and beautiful Kate Bosworth, brought in $5 million this weekend (also taking the 5th spot). I just watched the trailer for this and although some haven’t rated it the best, in my opinion it does look really good and I’m definitely going to watch it. For Sarah Jessica Parker’s “I Don’t Know How She Does It,”it was more like “…Doesn’t Do It”. The “Sex in the City with kids” film only brought in $4.5 million in it’s opening weekend. This film was available in even more locations than The Lion King 3D. Clearly the kids were dragging their mom’s to their movie, not giving her the chance to watch SJP’s flick.
After three consecutive weeks sitting on top, “The Help” finally let go of its grip on the box office. Still, the film managed to earn a few accolades during its reign. The film stayed at No. 1 for 25 days in a row which was the longest uninterrupted streak since “The Sixth Sense” achieved 35 straight days. The Emma Stone starrer also became the first film of 2011 to top the box office three straight weeks and the last since “Inception”. Not too shabby for the little film that could. With already $130 million raked in, I’m sure the studio which spent only $25 million to produce the film is laughing all the way to the bank.
Supplanting “The Help” at the box office was Steven Soderbergh’s thriller “Contagion“. The film starring Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon took in a respectable $23 million in a relatively slow weekend. The other two offerings this week didn’t far as well as “Contagion”.
“Warrior” starring Tom Hardy stalled at third place with a $5.6 million take. As low as that number is, it was lightyears ahead of “Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star“. The Adam Sandler-produced film didn’t even crack the Top 10 and earned a disappointing $1.5 million which is roughly $10,000 per screen. Ouch. Overall, this weekend’s box office was down 20 percent from last year when “Resident Evil: Afterlife” earned top honors. Check out this week’s Top 10 results below.
This weekend, The Help took it’s third “helping” of being at the top of the box office. The film added $14.2 million to it’s total, bringing it to $118.6 million. Overall though, it was a pretty weak weekend at the box office in terms of bringing in big numbers. I’m guessing a lot of people were on a long weekend getaway or a camping trip, getting their last taste of summer before heading into the fall. Also, there are just a lot of films out in wide releases in theatres right now, so I think it’s just spread a little too thin. That being said, overall August 2011 did better than August 2010, coming in at $894 million, which is up two percent over last August.
The Debt, starring Sam Worthington and Helen Mirren, opened this weekend and took the number two spot with just under $10 million. Also opening this weekend was Apollo 18 (which I really want to see) and Shark Night 3D. Apollo 18 brought in just under $9 million and didn’t get that great of reviews. Shark Night 3D was pretty much neck and neck with Apollo 18, and as for reviews, I think the name of the film says it all. Did you watch any of these films this weekend?
Hurricane Irene, which has now been downgraded to a tropical storm after 11 people have been confirmed dead, made it’s way onto the East Coast this weekend, shutting down Manhattan, and evacuating many other cities. Needless to say, this definitely affected the number of people who would be enjoying a “care free” night at the movie theatre this weekend and all of the numbers were significantly lower than the weekly average.
For it’s third week in a row, The Help has taken the top spot at the box office. This past weekend, the film brought in $14.3 million, bringing it’s total to almost $100 million now.
Three new films opened up in theatres for a wide release this weekend. The number two spot was taken by “Columbiana,” with an opening of $10.3 million. The film is about a woman who when she was young witnessed the murder of her parents, then grew up to be a stone-cold assassin – it looks really good actually!
After great review and a lot of word of mouth advertising for the film, The Help took the top spot at the box office this weekend, in it’s second week in theatres. It’s expected to continue doing well in the weeks to come.
Believe it or not, there were actually four new films at the box office this weekend – and none of which were very strong. Spy Kids: All The Time In The World brought in just over $12 million and Conan the Barbarian only brought in $10 million. That’s a very week opening for that type of movie. Fright Night only brought in $8.3 million. The original version opened to $6.1 million in 1985, working out to $13.6 million when adjusting for inflation. Looks like that was a dud too. I can’t say that I was even the least bit interested in watching that film.
Lastly, One Day starring Anne Hathaway opened this weekend to just over $5 million. This figure isn’t that bad actually as the film was shown in far fewer locations than the aforementioned ones.