It was an eventful box office this weekend, with four new films and some healthy numbers. The Vow, starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams took the top spot this weekend with $40.7 million, according to early estimates. The tear jerker is based on the true story of a newlywed couple recovering from an accident that puts the wife in a coma. She wakes up with severe memory loss and can’t remember any of her life with her new husband… so he has to fight to win her heart all over again. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ll definitely have some tissue handy when I do.
Also opening this weekend was Safe House, starring Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington, bringing in an impressive $39.3 million. The two stars go head to head in this film, as a young CIA agent (Reynolds) is tasked with looking after a fugitive (Washington) in a safe house. Things get crazy when the safe house is attacked, and Reynolds is on the run with his charge.
Two other new films opened this weekend. See how they performed in the Top 10 list below and check out how Chronicle, the winner of last weekend’s box office, did in it’s second weekend.
This weekend, between Chronicle, The Woman In Black, and The Grey, it was clear that movie goers were out for a thrill. According to the current estimates, Chronicle takes the top spot in this, it’s opening weekend. The “found footage” style film about boys who obtain super telekinetic powers brought in $22 million this weekend. I saw the film and absolutely loved it (you can read my review here). In case you’re wondering, “Apex Predator” is a reference from the movie. Watch it!
Very close behind was The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, bringing in $21 million this weekend. In fact, it’s so close that when the actual numbers are reviewed tomorrow, The Woman in Black may actually come out on top. In it’s favor is the fact that Radcliffe has an extensive female fan base and films that capture the interest of the ladies naturally tend to hold up better on Super Bowl Sunday.
Finally, The Grey took the third spot this weekend. Last weekend, the plane crash survival thriller dominated the box office and this week in third place, the film brought in $9.5 million, bringing its total to $34.7 million. I haven’t yet seen the film, but it looks pretty freaking incredible. Check out how the other films faired this weekend below.
To my surprise, Underworld: Awakening has taken the top spot at the box office this weekend, with an estimated total of $25.4 million. The 3D film, starring Kate Beckinsale hasn’t received the best reviews, with one reviewer saying “Put a stake in it already”. This is the fourth film in the series, but who knows if it will be the last.
Also opening this weekend and falling in second place was Red Tails, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. The film, inspired by true events, tells the story of a crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program (having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II) that are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard. The inspiring story brought in $19.1 million this weekend.
I am surprised that Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close only brought in $11.2 since it’s opening, and Haywire only did $9 million. Extremely Loud tells a story about 9/11 (with Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks), so you might think that many would want to see it, but I suppose it can sometimes be a sensitive topic. Haywire, on the other hand, just looks amazing in terms of a fierce chick kicking some serious butt (and lots of hot eye candy in the film). Check out where these films placed below, as well as what other movies made the top 10 at the box office this weekend.
This weekend, the thriller Contraband which opened on Friday led the box office with an opening total of $24.1 million. The films stars the sexy Mark Wahlberg caught up in dangerous situation where in order to protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, he has to head to Panama to smuggle millions of dollars in counterfeit bills himself. I actually watched the film myself last week with Tyrell and I loved it. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and I’m hoping word of mouth will help this film continue to do well in the weeks to come. I certainly recommend seeing it.
Also opening this weekend was a tale as old as time with the latest Disney classic to go 3D, Beauty and the Beast. The film came in second, bringing in $18.4 million. Is it just me, or did this come out of nowhere? Personally, I don’t recall seeing a lot of heavy promotion for this one.
Lastly, Joyful Noise also opened this weekend, with the not so loud debut of Joyful Noise. Dubbed by many as the new Sister Act sequel, the film brought in $11.3 million and ranked fourth this weekend. Although not as many people seemed to have gone out to see this Dolly Parton & Queen Latifah flick, rest assured that Donovan thoroughly enjoyed the film.
How did The Devil Inside do this weekend, after terrible word of mouth since it possessed the box office it’s opening weekend last weekend? Which films are on their way to cross the $200 million threshold? Find out below.
To end 2011 and kick off 2012, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol has taken the top spot at the box office for its second weekend in a row. The film brought in $31.2 million over the weekend, bringing its total to $134 million. It actually went up 6% over last weekend (Christmas) which of course is a very good sign. Personally, I’ve actually only heard good reviews about this film and look forward to checking it out myself.
Before I see Ghost Protocol, I’m going to check out Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, which actually took the second place spot at the box office this weekend. In fact, I’m going to see it in a couple of hours. The film brought in an additional $22 million this weekend, up 9% from last week, bringing its total to $132 million.
Next weekend, I plan on checking out The Devil Inside, which looks like it has potential to be one of the scariest movies I’ve seen. GULP. For now, check out how the films currently playing faired this weekend in the top 10 list below.
I always find it interesting to see what will do well over Christmas, and this year, it looks like Mission: Impossible, Ghost Protocol led the pack. The fourth in the series of film has had some great reviews and brought in an impressive $46.2 million, and $78.6 million in total since it opened.
Santa brought so many new films to theatres. In addition to Ghost Protocol, films that also opened earlier this week include The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Adventures of Tintin, We Bought A Zoo, War Horse, and The Darkest Hour. What to see, what to see, right!? It seems like there are almost too many new options for films to see while many people relax in holiday mode.
The only new film I have seen from the ones that came out this week is Tintin, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The 3D film came in 5th this weekend at the box office. Find out how how all the films did below. Did you hit the theatres this weekend?
It’s the time of year when it’s less about the thrillers and horror films and it’s more about the feel good classics that you can watch with the family during the holidays. The stats for this weekend certainly reflect that and with Tintin opening this week, I’m sure it will be no different.
This weekend, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows took the top spot at the box office in its opening weekend, with over $40 million. The sequel was directed by Guy Ritchie and has received good ratings from critics. Word of mouth will certainly help the film along in the weeks to come.
Also opening this weekend was the third Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, titled “Chipwrecked“. Although the film only brought in a little over half as much as the Holmes film, it did take the second place spot this weekend. Random flashback, but I remember one Christmas as a kid I got The Chipmunks tour van, which had a fold out stage so that Alvin, Simon, and Theodore could perform on the go. I used to love that cartoon!
As for the rest of the films in theatres, it was pretty weak. Well, what do they expect? It’s a busy time of year! Check out the list below to see how much they each brought in and where they placed in the top ten.
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.