Who knew Ethan Hawke was such a box office draw? The 42-year-old scored his biggest opening to date with The Purge. The film which cost only $3 million to make, shattered all industry expectations by raking in a massive $36.4 million. Not too shabby. Long term prospects for the film don’t look too optimistic though. It dropped a discouraging 38 percent from Friday to Saturday and received a C CinemaScore grade. Still, Universal is going to make a nice little profit.
Hawke also did well on the indie circuit this weekend. Before Midnight scored $585,000 from just 52 locations for an early $1.5 million total. The sequel scored the highest per theater average in the Top 20 next to The Purge.
Also opening this weekend was Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s latest film together. The Internship opened in fourth place with less than half of The Purge. Definitely disappointing given the marketing dollars spent on the comedy as opposed to The Purge. The one silver lining is the comedy earned a better CinemaScore B+ grade than the thriller. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
While summer isn’t officially here for a few more weeks, it’s certainly summer blockbuster time in theaters. Next month we’ve got two big comedies, a horror/thriller, a big superhero flick, and crime drama, which is sure to be a gem!
Check out my picks for June’s must see movies below!
America is a nation reborn. Unemployment is at 1%. Crime is at an all-time low because one night a year, all crime is legal. It all boils down to surviving that night. Brought to you by the producer of Paranormal Activity and Sinister, The Purge is a thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night. The film reunites Ethan Hawke with his Sinister producer, Jason Blum.
“In an America wracked by crime, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—is legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It is one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.”
Joining Hawke in the film are Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Tony Oller and Rhys Wakefield. James DeMonaco (Assault on Precinct 13) directs the film. The Purge hits theaters on May 31. Check out the intense trailer below. It sorta has a Panic Room meets The Hunger Games vibe.