Who knew Ethan Hawke was such a box office draw? The 42-year-old scored his biggest opening to date with The Purge. The film which cost only $3 million to make, shattered all industry expectations by raking in a massive $36.4 million. Not too shabby. Long term prospects for the film don’t look too optimistic though. It dropped a discouraging 38 percent from Friday to Saturday and received a C CinemaScore grade. Still, Universal is going to make a nice little profit.
Hawke also did well on the indie circuit this weekend. Before Midnight scored $585,000 from just 52 locations for an early $1.5 million total. The sequel scored the highest per theater average in the Top 20 next to The Purge.
Also opening this weekend was Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s latest film together. The Internship opened in fourth place with less than half of The Purge. Definitely disappointing given the marketing dollars spent on the comedy as opposed to The Purge. The one silver lining is the comedy earned a better CinemaScore B+ grade than the thriller. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
The first time Will Smith teamed up with his son Jaden back in 2006, the two scored with The Pursuit of Happyness. The stunt casting proved unsuccessful the second time around. The $130 million M. Night Shyamalan-directed sci-fi film, based on an original story idea by Will Smith himself grossed just $27 million and landed in third place. Reportedly, Sony was hoping for an opening in the $35 million neighborhood for After Earth. Smith used to by synonymous with summer blockbusters, but his latest represents his lowest summer opening in 20 years. Better fast track that Men In Black 4 script ;)
Taking the top spot for a second lap was Fast and Furious 6 even though it dropped a steep 65 percent to $34.5 million. The film has already earned $170.4 million, making it the second-highest in the franchise behind Fast Five‘s $209 million haul. Here’s a little fun fact about one of the film’s co-stars. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been in the Top 10 since February 22 with a string of films: Fast & Furious 6, Pain & Gain, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Snitch. Who knew The Rock was such a box office draw?
Also opening this weekend was the magician thriller, Now You See Me. The film worked its magic at the box office and conjured up an unexpected $28.1 million from only 2,925 theaters. Most industry experts were predicting a $20 million-range bow. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
If you’re one of those people hoping that The Fast and Furious franchise dies soon, you’re out of luck. The sixth installment sped past the competition with a whopping $120 million during the four-day Memorial weekend. Not only is it a franchise best, but it’s the biggest debut for any Universal film. With an impressive debut like this, expect The Fast & The Furious 20 starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker’s kids to become a reality.
Trailing in second place was The Hangover Part III which partied with an estimated $63 million since its Thursday opening. Although the number is nothing to scoff at, it’s disappointing when you compare it to its predecessor which nabbed $135 million during the same weekend back in 2011. Clearly, people are tired of the Wolf Pack’s adventures. Good thing it’s the final installment of the series.
Debuting also this weekend was Epic. The animated film bowed with $42.6 million. Overall, Memorial Day ticket sales reach a record $314 million in North America. Check out the rest of the top ten below.
Star Trek into Darkness was projected to open in the neighborhood of $100 million. It didn’t quite reach that but raked in $70.6 million over the weekend and $84 million since its Thursday opening. The first Star Trek film opened in early May of 2009 and made an impressive $75.2 million on its first weekend out of the gates, without the benefit of 3-D surcharges. Perhaps the four year gap was too long and fans simply didn’t care anymore. With opening box office numbers so important these days, it’s a bit hilarious that a film that rakes in this much is considered somewhat of a disappointment.
Dropping to second in its third frame is Iron Man 3. The Robert Downey Jr. flick added another $35.2 million to its domestic total. The film also passed the $1.1 billion mark worldwide this weekend. Rounding out the Top 3 was The Great Gatsby. In its second weekend, the Baz Luhrmann adaptation brought in another $23.4 million to a total of $90.2 million. Believe it or not, the Australian director has never had a film gross more than $100 million domestically. Next week, he’ll finally achieve this milestone. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
Despite a stellar opening, The Great Gatsby had to settle for second place at the box office this weekend. The glitzy adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel opened with an impressive $51.2 million. The number far exceeded industry expectations. It’ll be interesting to see how the film holds up in the coming weeks given its middling reviews and “B” CinemaScore grade.
The Leonardo Dicaprio flick is the third best opening for a film not to land at No. 1. In 2004, The Day After Tomorrow debuted with $68.7 million but couldn’t overtake Shrek 2. In 2009, Sherlock Holmes started with $62.3 million but Avatar still reigned supreme. In The Great Gatsby’s case, Iron Man 3 proved to be insurmountable. In its second frame, the Robert Downey Jr. film dropped 58% for a powerful $72.5 million take, bringing its total to $284.9 million after just 10 days.
Also opening this week with only a fraction of Gatsby’s numbers was Peeples. The Tyler Perry produced movie starring Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson raked in an embarrassing $4.9 million. Audiences also issued the film an unimpressive “B-” CinemaScore grade. I highly doubt it’ll recoup its reported $15 million budget. Oh well, at least Washington still has Scandal. The ABC show earned a third season after scoring its highest ratings ever this past Thursday. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
Typically the opening of a third film in a franchise is fully dependent on its predecessor. IMHO, Iron Man 2 wasn’t nearly as good as the first film and I don’t think I’m alone with that sentiment. Luckily for Robert Downey Jr. and company, last summer’s The Avengers was so well-received and loved that anticipation for this film was huge. Everyone wants to know what all the superheroes are up to after the events of that blockbuster.
As expected Iron Man 3 opened heroically. It raked in an enormous $175.3 million. Though falling short of the all-time record held by The Avengers ($207.4 million), it’s strong enough to land at No. 2. It pushes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 ($169.2 million) and The Dark Knight Rises ($160.9 million) down to third and fourth respectively. Internationally, Iron Man 3 continued to impress raising its total to $504 million overseas for a worldwide total of $680 million. I’m pretty sure an Iron Man 4 is on its way soon. Check out how the rest of the films fared given the Marvel film’s dominance.
For the first time since not directing a Transformers flick, Michael Bay returns to the top spot at the box office. However, the take was the 48-year-old director’s smallest opening since 2005′s The Island. Pain & Gain starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson muscled in an estimated $20 million during its opening frame. Not the most impressive total, but given its reported $26 million budget, the studio can breathe a sigh of relief. Supposedly, they only greenlit the film in exchange for Bay directing the upcoming fourth Transformer film.
Also opening this weekend was the ensemble romantic comedy, The Big Wedding. Even with a huge cast that includes, Diane Keaton, Robert Deniro, Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace and Robin Williams, not that many people RSVP’d to the big event. The flick earned a paltry $7.5 million.
Last week’s champ, Oblivion, took the runner-up slot with another $17.4 million. As expected it fell sharply by 53%. Also not holding up well is the baseball drama 42. Given its A- CinemaScore grade, most predicted it would have box office legs. It’s amassed $69.1 million to date but will have a hard road to reach the $100 million milestone. Check out the rest of the top 10 below.
After a couple of box office disappointments (Jack Reacher & Rock of Ages), Tom Cruise proves he can still pack a punch if given the right vehicle. His latest sci-fi flick opened to $38.2 million at the domestic box office. The movie marks the 50-year-old actor’s best North American opening outside the Mission: Impossible franchise and War of the Worlds.
I’m sure the fact no other films opening this weekend helped with his opening haul. With a disturbing B- CinemaScore, chances don’t look good for a long run. That said, Oblivion continued to impress internationally. It debuted last week and added another $33.7 million to the international cume of $112 million, giving the film an overall $150.2 million worldwide.
Coming in second was last week’s box office champ, 42. The sports flick dropped a very slim 34 percent. It added another $18 million. The baseball drama’s 10-day domestic total is $54.1 million. On the flip side, Scary Movie V dropped an expected 55 percent, bringing in another measly $6 million to a disappointing total of only $22 million. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.