Despite being on its third week out, the award season hopeful, Argo took a giant leap forward and took the number one spot at the weekend box office. Affleck’s project is proving to fair better at the box office than his previous work, The Town. With Halloween just around the corner, it was no surprise that the family friendly, animated film, Hotel Transylvania came in at number two. What about weekend openers?
The highly anticipated Cloud Atlas didn’t seem to have the impact on the box office the films creators had hoped despite it receiving mixed to rave review from critics. Halloween comedy Fun Size barely cracked the top ten while Silen Hill: Revelation held strong at number five. Surfer flick Chasing Mavericks was outshone by all the competition and couldn’t catch a wave into the top ten washing away to thirteen.
With Halloween coming up in just over a week, it’s no wonder that thrilling, scary and horror films are excelling in the box office numbers. This weekend, opening sequel Paranormal Activity 4 overwhelming won the box office over the competition bringing in an estimated $31 million. The film is said to be one of the scariest in the film’s franchise. I haven’t seen it yet but believe me, Patrick and I will be checking it out.
Another film opening this weekend was Alex Cross with Tyler Perry stepping into the lead role made famous by Morgan Freeman in the films Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider. Although there was a lot of hype surrounding Perry’s new portrayal of the character, the film just narrowly made it into the weekend’s top five. Check out the top ten estimates below and tell us what movies you checked out this weekend.
Despite a few new movies hitting theaters this weekend, it seems that nothing could over take the power of Taken 2 and Liam Neeson at the box office. For a second week in a row, the action-thriller sequel racked in enough dollars to inch above the competition. Not far behind the number one spot is Ben Affleck’s political drama, Argo which has already created a lot of Oscar buzz amongst a majority of film critics.
Those who were in the mood for a little Halloween thrill were more likely to check out Ethan Hawke in the possessing thriller, Sinister which came in third place overall this weekend. But what shocks me is that the star-studded comedy Seven Psychopaths didn’t even crack the top five. Instead, the Kevin James and Selma Hayek slapstick-style comedy Here Comes The Boom brought in the bigger numbers.
Last week, Hotel Transilvania dominated the box office in it’s opening weekend. Although still doing strong this week, it’s Taken 2 that leads the pack. I have yet to see it, but I definitely want to and will likely do so this week. The first one was so good! Matt reviewed the film and gave it 2.5 out of 5 stars.
So far, Taken 2 is estimated to bring in $50 million this weekend which is definitely a great start. Also opening this weekend was Frankenweenie, which brought in an estimated $11.5 million. I personally have no desire to see that film. If was to see anything else in theaters right now, Pitch Perfect would be at the top of my list. That movie looks absolutely hilarious.
Did you see Taken 2 this weekend? If so, share what you thought in the comments. I’ve listed the top 10 films at the box office below as well.
I’ve said it before, but when a family-friendly film hits the box office, all other films better take a step back because there is no stopping their success. This rang true once again with the debut of Hotel Transylvania over the weekend which stars the voices of Selena Gomez and Adam Sandler to name a few. The animated film centers around Dracula who runs a high-end resort away from the human world. However, the resort gets turned upside down when a human boy stumbles upon the hotel and falls from his daughter. Is it weird that I kind of want to check this movie out?
Landing at number two this weekend is the sci-fi action thriller, Looper which I am DYING to see. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, the story follows a hired gun man who is sent criminals from the future to kill. But one day when the target shows up, he realizes he is being forced to kill his future self. Another opening weekend film that didn’t do so well was school system drama, Won’t Back Down starring Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film debuted with a less than stellar 2.7 million despite its major promotional push. The weekend’s top ten are below.
This weekend was a pretty slow weekend at the box office, even though there were a handful of new films that opened this weekend. One of the films that opened this weekend was cop action/drama titled End of Watch, starring the sexy Jake Gyllenhaal. The film brought in an estimated $13 million this weekend. Coincidentally, that is the exact same amount that House At The End Of The Street is expected to be bringing in this weekend as well. The thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence just opened in theaters as well. Looks like this weekend was all about the “Ends”.
Coming in third place this weekend was Trouble With The Curve, starring Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake, and Amy Adams. Although there are lots of big names in it, it looks kind of boring to me in comparison to the competition. I could be wrong though. The film brought in $12.7 million this weekend, so it wasn’t too far behind the “Ends”.
Lastly, Dredd 3D also opened this weekend, but I think it was hurt by the fact that Resident Evil: Retribution opened in theatres last weekend and the same type of people watch that movie. Dredd only brought in $6.3 million this weekend.
Did you see any of these new films? Share your thoughts below on which one you personally recommend seeing. The top 10 films at the box office this weekend are listed below.
The early estimates are in for box office performance this weekend and it looks like Resident Evil: Retribution came out on top with an opening weekend of $21 million. Admittedly, I haven’t seen all of these films, but after seeing the preview for this fifth instalment, I was eager to watch it myself. The action flick stars Milla Jovovich as well as Michelle Rodriguez. No other video game-based movie series has come anywhere near this franchise’s successful longevity.
Finding Nemo 3D came in second place with an estimated $17.5 million in its opening weekend. This film definitely has to be one of my favorite Disney animations with Ellen DeGeneres as Dori – so hilarious. Another filmed that opened this weekend was The Master, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. The film was only limited release, but did super well considering that with an estimated $729,745. I can’t wait to see this one!
Check out the top 10 films for wide release this weekend below and be sure to share your thoughts if you saw any of the aforementioned ones!
This weekend, the literary film The Words starring Bradley Cooper hit theatres. The story follows a rejected writer and his girlfriend who after travelling to Paris discover a briefcase which contains a gripping manuscript. When Rory Jansen (Cooper) submits the manuscript to a publisher for himself and gets published, the real author (Jeremy Irons) comes to light and claims the piece is truly his own.
Despite a star-studded cast which also includes Dennis Quaid and Zoe Saldana, the film only managed to come in third-place with an estimated $5 million. Continuing to claim the top spot at the box office this weekend is the horrific and thrilling film, The Possession which brought in a rocking $9.5 million this weekend alone. The Western drama Lawless cames in second bring just over a cool $6 million.
Action-packed flicks The Expendables 2 and The Bourne Legacy managed to slide down fourth and fifth place with family friendly flick ParaNorman not far behind. Check out the weekend’s top ten box office estimates below.