The highly-anticipated adaptation of the best-selling book is off to a great start. Fifty Shades of Grey was released the night before it’s official launch date and scored $8.6 million in late night showings, giving Universal it’s best late night showing performance ever.
The number represents the second-highest showing for an R-rated film. The Jamie Dornan erotic thriller is only behind The Hangover 2′s $10.4 million showing. It also marks the best late night showing in February. Over the weekend, it’s expected to generate a scorching $75 million.
I saw a screening and have to say Dakota Johnson surprised me. I wasn’t a fan of her casting but she was a revelation to me. Perhaps, it was my low expectations but she had me engaged. Overall, the film wasn’t half bad. Do you plan on watching Fifty Shades of Grey? Or have you already checked it out? Weigh in below.
Typically, the first December weekend is a quiet one. Not surprisingly, all the films steeply declined after delivering huge numbers during the lucrative Thanksgiving long weekend.
After just falling short during its opening frame, Frozen stands atop the box office heap this week with $31.6 million. The Disney animated hit has amassed $134.3 million after 12 days in wide release. It’s progressing 39 percent better than 2010′s Tangled which only generated $96.6 million at the same point in its run.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s winning streaky finally cooled off. After two weeks on top, Katniss Everdeen had to settle for runner-up status. The sequel added another $27 million, giving the blockbuster a $336.7 million domestic total after just 17 days. It’s tracking about $34 million ahead of its predecessor.
Even with no other brand new competing films, Christian Bale’s latest drama, Out of the Furnace, failed to generate any heat. It pulled in only $5.3 million, yielding a tepid $2,523 location average. With a “C+” CinemaScore, expect this film to fade away quickly. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
There’s no doubt about it. The girl is still on fire. Lionsgate’s highly-anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire dominated the box office this weekend. Katniss Everdeen and her crew raked in an estimated $161.1 million, besting its predecessor’s take of $152.5 million. The number represents the best November opening of all time, edging out The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which bowed with $142.9 million in 2009.
Overall, only three films debuted better than Catching Fire- The Avengers ($207.4 million), Iron Man 3 ($174.1 million), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2 million). Had Jennifer Lawrence’s film been available in 3D, it probably would’ve generated more and passed one if not all those films. With an encouraging “A” CinemaScore grade and bringing in a wide demo of moviegoers, The Hunger Games sequel should continue its hot streak next Thanksgiving weekend and for weeks to follow.
Not doing nearly as well was Vince Vaughn’s latest flop. Disney attempted to counter-program with Delivery Man. Sadly, it failed to deliver and garnered just $8.2 million worth of ticket sales. After Vaughn’s hot streak of Wedding Crashers and The Break Up last decade, it’s been nothing but flops since. The Internship, The Dilemma and The Watch, did you watch any of them? Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
It was another big weekend for Thor: The Dark World at the box office, taking the number one spot with an estimated $38.5 million for a cumulative total of almost $150 million since it’s premiere.
The only new film among the top 10 movies at the box office this weekend was The Best Man Holiday, a sequel to the 1999 film, The Best Man. In this new film, the college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays and discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited. The film stars Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Morris Chestnut, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, and Regina Hall, reprising their original roles from the first film along with the supporting cast. The Best Man Holiday came in at second place on this, its opening weekend with an estimated $30.5 million.
Did any of you see The Best Man Holiday this weekend? If so, share your thoughts on the film in the comments below. The list of the top 10 films and their estimated earnings this weekend can be seen below.
Not suprisingly, Thor: The Dark World thundered its way to the top of the domestic box office this weekend. Rival movie studios were wise not to compete against the Norse superhero. The highly-anticipated sequel hammered up $86.1 million, easily taking the number one slot. The number represents a 31 percent increase over its predecessor. With an “A-” CinemaScore grade from audiences, the film should hold up relatively well. At least for a comic book film.
Thor’s take marks the best-ever November opening for Disney. The previous record holder was The Incredibles which grossed $70.5 million. Overall, the sequel is the ninth-best November opening behind four Harry Potter films, three Twilight flicks and Skyfall. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
For most films, a $28 million opening would be cause for a celebration. However, for a film that cost $110 million to produce, it has to be concerning for the movie studio. I’m sure Summit had high hopes Ender’s Game would be their next big franchise. Perhaps the controversy and the grass-roots campaigns to boycott the film due to anti-gay marriage comments made by the book’s author, Orson Scott Card, factored in the relatively low take. With a respectable “B+” Cinemascore and thumbs-up from most critics, long-run prospects might not be so bleak.
Last week’s champ Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa held up quite nicely. It dropped just 36 percent with $20.5 million. The number represents the smallest second-weekend drop for any of Johnny Knoxville’s Jackass films. Not bad.
Also opening this weekend were Last Vegas and Free Birds. The geriatric Hangover crew landed at No. 3 with $16.5 million from 3,065 theaters. With an “A-” CinemaScore grade, the film could be a huge moneymaker for CBS Films. After all the comedy only cost $28 million to produce.
Just behind with $16.2 million, the animated film landed at fourth place. Given there was not much other competition and Thanksgiving around the corner, Relativity must be a little worried they have a turkey on their hands. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
Even without his Jackass crew in tow, Johnny Knoxville proved he has some box office muscle. Bad Grandpa finally ended Gravity‘s three week reign on top, generating $32 million during its opening frame. Given its reported $15 million budget, Paramount and Knoxville are definitely laughing all the way to the bank.
Meanwhile on the flip side, The Counselor bombed big time. The Ridley Scott-directed film eked out just $8 million from 3,044 theaters. Given the star wattage of Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Brad Pitt, this paltry number must be a huge disappointment. Word of mouth isn’t going to help the film’s long-run prospects either. The film earned an embarrassing “D” CinemaScore grade.
In other disappointing news, Carrie continued to flop at the box office. Not even the Halloween weekend could bolster its revenue. The film plummeted by 63 percent earning just $5.9 million bringing its total to $26 million. Luckily for the studio, it only shelled out $30 million to produce the film. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
A teenage girl with telekinetic powers was no match for Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Gravity notched another $31 million for an impressive $171 million in just 17 days, scoring an elusive three-peat as box office top dog.
Meanwhile, the Carrie remake only managed to scare up $17 million, landing it in third place. Given no direction competition during this Halloween season and a wicked viral campaign, the Chloe Moretz film’s opening gross is definitely a disappointment. Analysts expected about $25 million. With most horror films doing the bulk of their business in their first weekend, its long-term prospects don’t look bright.
As unimpressive as Carrie‘s performance was, two other films tanked as well with one setting a box office record… and not in a good way. 80s action stars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger teamed up for Escape Plan, but audiences weren’t interested. Despite their muscular frames, the film only generated a puny $9.8 million.
Setting a record as the worst debut for a film opening in at least 1,500 theaters this year is The Fifth Estate. Benedict Cumberbatch’s loyal fanbase who call themselves the Cumberbitches deserted their idol. The WikiLeaks film floundered with a truly awful $1.7 million from 1,769 theaters. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.