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Ender’s Games Blasts Away The Competition

In: Donovan, Movies

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.

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Bad Grandpa Defies Gravity

In: Donovan, Movies

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.

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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.

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Gravity Tops The Box Office This Weekend

In: Movies, Patrick

This weekend Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney opened in theatres for a record breaking weekend. The film set a new unadjusted opening weekend record for October, which was previously held by 2011′s Paranormal Activity 3 with $52.57 million. When ticket price inflation is considered, 2003′s Scary Movie 3 is still on top with an adjusted debut of $65.11 million (from an actual gross of $48.11 million).

Although the film pulled in many eager viewers, I’ve heard that it didn’t live up to expectations and it wasn’t actually as good as people thought it was going to be. That’s disappointing because I was really looking forward to seeing this one as well but perhaps now I’ll wait until I can rent it on Apple TV. Did any of you watch it? If so, share your thoughts on the film in the comments. Also, check out how Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake‘s Runner Runner did in the list below of the top 10 films at the box office this weekend.

Check out the top 10 films this weekend after the jump…

Not even Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s porn-addiction or Chris Hemsworth’s flowing blond locks could stop the downpour of meatballs this weekend. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 was top dog at the box office, generating $35 million. The first Cloudy scored $30.3 million in its debut frame on the way to a $124.9 million finish. With its “A-” CinemaScore grade, the Sony animated film should have no trouble playing to parents and children for weeks to come.

The other three newbies didn’t fare as well with moviegoers. Ron Howard’s Formula One racing drama starring Chris Hemsworth drove away with a lackluster $10.3 million. Definitely a disappointment given Howard’s last sports drama, Cinderella Man, debuted with $18.3 million. And don’t even compare it with Hemsworth’s Thor take. However, when compared to the Aussie’s non superhero flicks, Rush still falls below The Cabin in the Woods and Red Dawn which opened with $14.7 million and $14.3 million respectively.

Coming in fourth place was Mrs. Robin Thicke aka Paula Patton’s stewardess comedy, Baggage Claim. It flew away with only $9.3 million. Guess Adam Brody playing a gay flight attendant wasn’t a big draw. Surprisingly though, even with harsh reviews from critics, Baggage Claim managed to score an “A-” CinemaScore grade. Meanwhile, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon experienced the opposite. It. earned rave reviews but only notched a “C+” CinemaScore. The porn-themed flick sexed up $9 million. The silver lining is that it only cost about $6 million to produce. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

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Battle of the Year? Definitely not. Chris Brown’s dancing flick bombed big time at the box office this weekend. Even though it opened in over 2,000 theaters and had the cache of Brown and Josh Holloway as the marquee names, it only managed to bring in an embarrassing $5 million. With bad reviews rolling in, I highly doubt it’ll recoup it’s relatively small budget of $20 million. Better stick to your day job Breezy.

On the flip side, Prisoners rode rave reviews to the top. With a two and a half hour run time, disturbing themes, and premise not being based on known source material, the film overcame its obstacles with solid results. The Hugh Jackman-Jake Gyllenhaal kidnapping tale opened to an estimated $21.4 million. With an A- CinemaScore, the drama should enjoy relatively small declines in the coming weeks.

The other new release this weekend, wasn’t very new at all. The Wizard of Oz was re-released in 3D/IMAX format and managed to pull in an additional $3 million to its lifetime total. Pretty impressive given it was only in about 300 theaters and almost matched Chris Brown’s film’s take. LOL. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

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After sitting pretty for three weeks, Lee Daniel’s The Butler finally relinquished its box office crown. It took Vin Diesel and his massive guns to get the job done. Riddick topped the first weekend of the fall movie season with $18.7 million. Not a huge number, but impressive given the fact the first film in the franchise, Pitch Black, opened 13 years ago. Clearly, Diesel fans were craving a sequel.

The Butler continued to impress adding another $8.9 million to its tally, inching ever so close to the magical $100 million milestone. Faring much less was One Direction’s 3D flick. It dropped a whopping 74 percent in weekend two, grossing $4.1m in its second frame. With that being said, the documentary only cost $10 million to produce and has already grossed $23.9 million. Simon Cowell is laughing all the way to the bank. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

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The Help opened to great numbers back in August 2011, beginning it’s great box office run and journey to successful awards season. Two years later, it’s The Butler serving it at theaters. The Lee Daniels film grossed an estimated $25 million during its first weekend. With stellar reviews, solid awards buzz for Oprah Winfrey’s performance, and glowing “A” CinemaScore, expect the potential Oscar contender to have a healthy run.

Failing to live up to its name was Kick-Ass 2. The super hero sequel failed to kick ass at anything. It only raked in $13.6 million. As disappointing as that was, two high-profile films tanked even more. Ashton Kutcher’s Apple biopic jOBS flopped with $6.7 million and Liam Hemsworth-Harrison Ford’s Paranoia completely bombed with $3.5 million. That number is the lowest opening ever for Ford. For Hemsworth, this doesn’t bode well for his post-Hunger Games career. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

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