Despite a stellar opening, The Great Gatsby had to settle for second place at the box office this weekend. The glitzy adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel opened with an impressive $51.2 million. The number far exceeded industry expectations. It’ll be interesting to see how the film holds up in the coming weeks given its middling reviews and “B” CinemaScore grade.
The Leonardo Dicaprio flick is the third best opening for a film not to land at No. 1. In 2004, The Day After Tomorrow debuted with $68.7 million but couldn’t overtake Shrek 2. In 2009, Sherlock Holmes started with $62.3 million but Avatar still reigned supreme. In The Great Gatsby’s case, Iron Man 3 proved to be insurmountable. In its second frame, the Robert Downey Jr. film dropped 58% for a powerful $72.5 million take, bringing its total to $284.9 million after just 10 days.
Also opening this week with only a fraction of Gatsby’s numbers was Peeples. The Tyler Perry produced movie starring Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson raked in an embarrassing $4.9 million. Audiences also issued the film an unimpressive “B-” CinemaScore grade. I highly doubt it’ll recoup its reported $15 million budget. Oh well, at least Washington still has Scandal. The ABC show earned a third season after scoring its highest ratings ever this past Thursday. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
Typically the opening of a third film in a franchise is fully dependent on its predecessor. IMHO, Iron Man 2 wasn’t nearly as good as the first film and I don’t think I’m alone with that sentiment. Luckily for Robert Downey Jr. and company, last summer’s The Avengers was so well-received and loved that anticipation for this film was huge. Everyone wants to know what all the superheroes are up to after the events of that blockbuster.
As expected Iron Man 3 opened heroically. It raked in an enormous $175.3 million. Though falling short of the all-time record held by The Avengers ($207.4 million), it’s strong enough to land at No. 2. It pushes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 ($169.2 million) and The Dark Knight Rises ($160.9 million) down to third and fourth respectively. Internationally, Iron Man 3 continued to impress raising its total to $504 million overseas for a worldwide total of $680 million. I’m pretty sure an Iron Man 4 is on its way soon. Check out how the rest of the films fared given the Marvel film’s dominance.
For the first time since not directing a Transformers flick, Michael Bay returns to the top spot at the box office. However, the take was the 48-year-old director’s smallest opening since 2005′s The Island. Pain & Gain starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson muscled in an estimated $20 million during its opening frame. Not the most impressive total, but given its reported $26 million budget, the studio can breathe a sigh of relief. Supposedly, they only greenlit the film in exchange for Bay directing the upcoming fourth Transformer film.
Also opening this weekend was the ensemble romantic comedy, The Big Wedding. Even with a huge cast that includes, Diane Keaton, Robert Deniro, Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace and Robin Williams, not that many people RSVP’d to the big event. The flick earned a paltry $7.5 million.
Last week’s champ, Oblivion, took the runner-up slot with another $17.4 million. As expected it fell sharply by 53%. Also not holding up well is the baseball drama 42. Given its A- CinemaScore grade, most predicted it would have box office legs. It’s amassed $69.1 million to date but will have a hard road to reach the $100 million milestone. Check out the rest of the top 10 below.
After a couple of box office disappointments (Jack Reacher & Rock of Ages), Tom Cruise proves he can still pack a punch if given the right vehicle. His latest sci-fi flick opened to $38.2 million at the domestic box office. The movie marks the 50-year-old actor’s best North American opening outside the Mission: Impossible franchise and War of the Worlds.
I’m sure the fact no other films opening this weekend helped with his opening haul. With a disturbing B- CinemaScore, chances don’t look good for a long run. That said, Oblivion continued to impress internationally. It debuted last week and added another $33.7 million to the international cume of $112 million, giving the film an overall $150.2 million worldwide.
Coming in second was last week’s box office champ, 42. The sports flick dropped a very slim 34 percent. It added another $18 million. The baseball drama’s 10-day domestic total is $54.1 million. On the flip side, Scary Movie V dropped an expected 55 percent, bringing in another measly $6 million to a disappointing total of only $22 million. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
It’s only fitting that 42 won the box office crown this weekend. Tomorrow, the Major Baseball League celebrates its annual Jackie Robinson Day celebrating the first African-American’s debut in the MLB. The biopic starring newcomer Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford raked in $27.3 million, besting recent baseball-themed films. Moneyball and Trouble With The Curve debuted with $19.5 million and $12.2 million respectively. 42 should have a healthy run given its A+ CinemaScore grade and playing well to different demos- African-American crowds, older moviegoers and women.
Also opening this weekend was the fifth installment of the Scary Movie franchise. The spoof sequel starring Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan and Ashley Tisdale earned a disappointing $15.2 million. It’s predecessor brought in $40.2 million in its opening weekend seven years ago. The silver lining here is it did better than Lohan’s last film. With a C- CinemaScore grade, the film’s future looks even scarier than Lohan’s ;) Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
Back in 1981 Sam Raimi released The Evil Dead which raked in roughly $2.4 million during its entire run. The 2013 remake where he serves as producer did gangbusters and slayed its predecessor and the rest of the competition. Evil Dead starring Jane Levy and Lou Taylor Pucci topped theaters this weekend with $26 million. The horror film did much better than pre-weekend forecasts.
The only other new major release this weekend came in fourth. The 3D rerelease of Jurassic Park earned a little over $18 million. Not too shabby considering the studio only spent $10 million to convert it. The dinosaur 3D flick did roughly a million more than Titanic 3D during the same weekend last year. The Croods and G.I. Joe: Retaliation tied in second place, both adding another $21.1 million to their totals. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
Looks like the decision to push back G.I. Joe: Retaliation from June 2012 to this weekend was a wise one. The film’s test scores during early screenings were so poor, Paramount decided to rework it. Reportedly, the focus groups complained there wasn’t enough Channing Tatum. The action film was made before Tatum hit a trifecta of hits- The Vow, 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike. Naturally, movie goers were craving more of him. G.I. Joe: Retaliation soldiered into the top spot, piling up $41.2 million over three days and bringing the four-day cume to $51.7 million. It fell short of breaking the Easter record set by Clash of the Titans ($61.2 million) back in 2010.
Also opening this weekend were Tyler Perry’s Temptation and The Host. The steamy thriller debuted in third with $22.3 million. Pretty impressive when you consider Madea was nowhere to be found in the film. Although it tried to capitalize on its Twilight connection, The Host bombed with just over $11 million landing in fifth spot. I’m sure the bad reviews and less-than-riveting trailers helped attribute to the poor showing.
Coming in the runner up slot was The Croods. The animated film continued its successful run, raking in another $26.5 million pushing it past the $200 million mark. Oz the Great and Powerful generated another $11.6 million, bringing its total to $198,278,000. The Wizard of Oz prequel will definitely pass the $200 benchmark in the next couple of days. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
This weekend, Oz: The Great And Powerful opened in theaters after tons of promotion and much anticipation from Oz lovers. The film brought in an estimated $80.2 million this weekend which is pretty incredible and I’d say it lives up to it’s name. The film stars James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz and has exceeded expectations so far in terms of it’s performance. Fellow cast member Tommy did a movie review for the film and he seemed to think it was just okay, but perhaps that’s just him. Did any of you see it?
Also opening this weekend was a crime thriller called Dead Man Down, starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace. The filmed brought in an estimated $5.5 million, landing in fourth place at the box office this weekend.
Find out what film has reached an estimated $116 million as of this weekend and how the rest of the top 10 films did in theaters this weekend by checking out the list below.