Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Knocks Gravity Out Of #1 Box Office Spot
There's no Paranormal Activity movie coming to theaters this October, but that doesn't mean we've gotten rid of franchises that just keep coming back when you think they're gone. The latest installment of the Jackass series, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, is the undisputed champion of the weekend box office, bringing in an estimated $12.4 million on Friday, including $1.4 million from midnight screenings. Prepare to shake your heads, cinephiles, because Johnny Knoxville-as-Irving Zisman has knocked Gravity out of the #1 box office spot it held for three weeks in a row.
Of course, Gravity is doing just fine-- according to the early numbers at Deadline it made $6.1 million on Friday, and by the end of the weekend according to Box Office Mojo it will have made more than $300 million worldwide. A fellow awards hopeful, Captain Phillips, is also doing just fine, making $3.6 million on Friday on its way to an $11.7 million weekend.
The picture is much less rosy, though, for Ridley Scott's The Counselor, the star-studded noir drama that made just $3.2 million on Friday despite opening on more than 3,000 screens. The movie baffled critics, including us, and couldn't leverage its incredibly famous cast into audience attention. If you had the choice between seeing Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz stare blankly at each other or watching George Clooney and Sandra Bullock survive in space again, why wouldn't you go for the second viewing of Gravity?
We'll have a full box office report to you tomorrow, but in the meantime let us know what you're seeing and if you were among the handful who chose to be confused by The Counselor, or if watching Johnny Knoxville terrorize unsuspecting Americans was more your speed (no judging here!)
Also, totally unrelated to box office, but worth checking out-- if you read Deadline for box office reports as we do, today's report doesn't tell the story of the crazy drama going on behind the scenes there, with founder Nikki Finke preparing to leave the site and claiming she's been locked out of the site. Deadline's Mike Fleming has chimed in with a little more level-headed perspective, but the scene over there remains more dramatic than probably anything you could see at the actual movies this weekend.
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