This weekend, it was Battle: Los Angeles that won the Box Office war, pushing Rango (last week’s winner) into the number two spot. With an estimated production budget $70 million, lucky for them they’re already halfway there in terms of recouping their costs. The action thriller stars Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez fighting in a global offensive initiated by unknown extraterrestrial hostiles – the first good alien invasion movie in some time! The effects are amazing.
As for the other films, as mentioned, Rango came in second with just over $23 million, bringing its two weekend total to $68.6 million. Red Hiding Hood came in third this weekend with a mediocre $14.1 million, while Mars Needs Moms needed a lot more than Moms, bringing in a measly $6.8 million in its opening weekend. Check out the full top ten list below.
This week, the brave chameleon Rango showed his true colors at the box office, taking the top spot in its opening weekend. The animated film, with Johnny Depp as the voice of the lead character, brought in a whopping $38 million! I watched the film with Tyrell and I did like it, but we thought it was “Antz” good, but not “A Bugs Life” good. That said, the animation was phenomenal in the film – really well done.
In second place this weekend was The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Brian saw this film earlier this week and gave it a 4 out of 5 rating. Although it was second, the gap between first and second is quite significant, with Bureau bringing in $20.9 million.
The only other new film in the Top 10 list was Beastly, the modern day version of Beauty and the Beast, which ranked in third with earnings of $10.1 million. I only want to see this film because Mary-Kate Olsen plays the witch.
Did you see any of the films in the Top 10 list this weekend?
This weekend, Gnomeo & Juliet took the top spot at the Box Office, with $14.2 million. The porcelain dwarf animation edged out Hall Pass, which had an early lead on Friday, but a few hundred thousand in sales. Hall Pass, the hilarious new comedy starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, opened this weekend with $13.4 million. This was only one of two new movies that came out this weekend and made it into the top 10 list. I definitely recommend it.
The other new movie that opened this weekend was Drive Angry (which I had never heard of), starring Nicolas Cage. The film’s premise: “A vengeful father escapes from hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.” He escapes from hell? Really? The critics found that the movie lacked focus and was confusing, which combined with very little promotion, left this film with a measly $5.1 million in its opening weekend.
The King’s Speech added another $7.6 million to it’s earnings this weekend, bringing their total to over $114 million. Obviously, there were still people that wanted watch the film before it received a bunch of awards tonight at The Academy Awards.
Unknown made I Am Number Four say “I Am Number Two” at the box office this weekend. This was surprising to me, considering all of the promotion for I Am Number Four. Promoted as the followup to Taken, Unknown (starring Liam Neeson) brought in almost $22 million this weekend, well on it’s way for becoming profitable with a production budget of $30 million. I Am Number Four brought in $19.5 million, with a production budget that is double that of Unknown, at $60 million. This weekend it seems that most people were in the mood for a thriller!
Speaking of production budgets, did you know that Just Go With It cost $80 million? Yikes, it’s not even an action flick – Aniston and Sandler must have cost a pretty penny. The film was still pretty strong this week, taking the number four spot bringing in $18.2 million making their total earnings now $60.7 million.
One more new film opened this weekend…which would totally be a rental in my opinion. Find out which film this is and how the rest of the Top 10 list played out below.
A busy weekend at the box office this weekend, with a few big releases that all did exceptionally well! At number one is “Just Go With It,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. This film has received A LOT of press, with the two lead actors (namely Aniston) making their interview rounds on all the big talk shows. The extra promo definitely paid off big time, with the film surpassing $30 million in its opening weekend. Remember the flop that was The Tourist? Eat that, Jolie…clearly everyone is Team Aniston.
A close second this weekend was Justin Bieber‘s life story, that has been a dream come true, “Never Say Never” in it’s opening weekend as well. The 3D behind the scenes look at Bieber’s journey to fame nearly broke $30 million as well! I think Tyrell and I are going to go see this one tomorrow.
Two more films opened this weekend…one did well, and one was far behind in fourth. Find out which ones they were below. Did you see any of these new films this weekend? What’d you think?
Whether it was the aid of science or religion, Anthony Hopkins proved his star power at the box office this weekend, taking the number one spot for The Rite, earning over $15 million. Not as big of an opening as we’ve seen with other films over the past year, but it’s still number one for this weekend. Still stringing along for the ride in second this weekend was the romantic comedy No Strings Attached, starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman, bringing their total to nearly $40 million after opening last weekend.
With horror for scary movie lovers, a romantic comedy for those wanting something a little lighter, there was a market for an action flick with The Mechanic filling that void. This was the only other new film this weekend to make the top ten list at the box office.
Check out the rest of the Top 10 list below.
As the only new major release this weekend, No Strings Attached certainly didn’t suffer from performance anxiety, taking the number one spot with $20.3 million. Dan reviewed the film earlier this week, saying, “It’s nothing to write home about, but it wasn’t a waste of time either!” The film stars Bruce Willis’ son, Ashton Kutcher (haha), and The Black Swan Oscar nominee, Natalie Portman. Sounds like a recipe for success to me. This definitely Kutcher’s niche, considering his previous romantic comedies including “Just Married” and “What Happens In Vegas”.
Following the romantic comedy were two other recent films with a comedic element, The Green Hornet and The Dilemma. The Green Hornet, starring the hilarious Seth Rogen, brought in an additional $18.1 million this weekend, bringing the films earnings to a total of over $63 million. Trailing behind are Vince Vaughn & Kevin James with The Dilemma
This weekend, True Grit finally edged Little Fockers out of the top spot, after its two week reign. The western remake, starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon earned an estimated $14 million this weekend, bring their total past the $100 million mark. The film will now surpass the final grosses of fellow legendary western films, Unforgiven and Maverick. It’s definitely time for some new movies – it feels like the same ones have been dominating the top 10 list for way too long now.
The only two newcomers to the list this week were Season of the Witch and Country Strong. Season of the Witch trailed TRON: Legacy, falling in fourth overall with just under $10 million. I haven’t yet seen this film, but it certainly sounds intriguing: “knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague”. Who doesn’t love a good witch movie? Medieval movies usually have a tough time at the box office, but despite its positioning in this list, it actually did quite well. Country Strong on the other hand didn’t do so well, debuting at 6th at the box office. I thought with all of the promotion it’d do much better, but according to Donovan, the film should have been called Country Weak instead.