“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.
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.
For the second weekend in a row, Rise of the Planet of the Apes has ruled the box office. This weekend, the film brought in $27.5 million, bringing its total to $104.8 million. I’d say that’s a success, wouldn’t you? The Help opened midweek last week, but with this being it’s first weekend in theatres, it took the number two spot with $25.5 million, and its new total at $35.4 million. Dan saw the film and loved it. You can check out his review here.
Also new at the box office this weekend was Final Destination 5. The movie, which was filmed here in Vancouver (VERY evidently shown in the film), came in third this weekend and brought in $18.5 million. This horror flick didn’t live up to 2009′s The Final Destination and its $27.4 million opening. That being said, it did do better that 30 Minutes Or Less which opened this weekend, as well as Glee: The 3D Concert Movie. In fact, Glee didn’t even make it into the top 10 list. Sue Sylvester must be celebrating this disaster. It should have been straight to DVD. See where it actually fell in the list and how little it brought in below.
Beyonce claims girls run the world, but this weekend it was all about the primates. “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes” topped the box office with a better-than-expected haul of $54 million. And it did it without any annoying 3D gimmicks. The reboot/prequel to the classic ape film was produced for $90 million and surprised industry experts with its robust opening weekend. In fact, the flick earned the fifth-best August opening ever. Not bad for the dog days of summer. With a strong A- CinemaScore grade, the film should hold up very well in the coming weeks.
After last week’s virtual tie at the box office, “The Smurfs“, this time around, beat “Cowboys & Aliens” handily. Despite awful reviews, the blue creatures and their New York adventure earned another $21 million while the western took in $15.8 million. The figures represent a 41% and 56.8% drop respectively.
Earning his second flop of the summer, Ryan Reynolds’ comedy only managed to garner $14 million for its first weekend receipts. Thankfully “The Change Up’s” other co-star, Jason Bateman, has a summer hit on his hands with “Horrible Bosses”. Rounding out the top five was “Captain America: The First Avenger” which earned another $13 million raising its total to $143 million. Check out the rest of the Top Ten below.
Well, Captain America is off to a great start! With the estimated total for the weekend at $65.8 million, it is now the most successful superhero movie of the summer, beating Thor‘s $65.7 million debut record. Other superhero films have included X-Men: First Class at $55.1 million, while Green Lantern brought in $53.2 million. The film, starring the sexy Chris Evans, had a production budget of $140 million…so they’re well on their way to paying off their debt.
Also opening this weekend was Friends With Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. Although not a blockbuster film, the film still did quite well, bringing in $18.5 million this weekend, which is the third spot. Back in January, fellow “friends with benefits” sex comedy “No Strings Attached” (obviously a comparable film) did have a stronger opening weekend that this one when it first hit theatres. I think there’s just so many good movies to choose from right now, making for a lot of competition! Sidenote: Speaking of JT, It’s recently been announced that Justin Timberlake is going to go on tour next year! Can’t wait to hear some of his new stuff.
Another record setting weekend at the box office thanks to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. It all started on Friday, when the film brought in a record $92.1 million. Now that the Saturday is over, the weekend estimate for the film is over $168.5 million. This is the new record, which was previously held by The Dark Knight‘s opening weekend at $158.4 million – when you account for inflation, Harry Potter would actually be $173 million in comparison. After this weekend, the film now holds four records: largest midnight gross ($43.5 million), largest opening day ($92.1 million), largest opening weekend ($168.5 million) and largest IMAX opening ($15.5 million from 274 locations). I’d say the Potter franchise went out with band, don’t you think?
The other film that opened this weekend was Winnie The Pooh, which didn’t have that strong of an opening (probably because most people were at Potter). The film (which is the first traditional non-3D cartoon I’ve seen out in ages) brought in only $8 million this weekend, but experts feel that it should pick up because there is still a lot of online interest for the film.