Weekend Box Office - Scary Start For Fright Night, Conan Gets Impaled

By Scott Gwin 2011-08-21 20:21:07discussion comments
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You can always tell when the end of summer has arrived. Hollywood begins dropping off all the cinematic bombs they knew weren't going to do very well hoping that people tired of seeing major blockbusters for the umpteenth time might just buy a ticket for the sake of trying something different.

But that strategy was a no go this weekend as four new comers hit screens. The sound of those suckers bombing in theaters across the country sounded something like a London air raid from World War II.

Among the new contenders the one to fare the best was Spy Kids: All the Time in the World. At $12 million the movie scored the worst opening of the four movies in the Spy Kids series and was only good enough for third place this weekend. The Help and Rise of the Planet of the Apes remained at the top, taking first and second place respectively.

The remake of Conan the Barbarian made a giant thud, banking only $10 million. Distributor Lions Gate Films might have done better to buy distribution rights for the original and given it another go round in theaters. For that matter, they might have done better to simply take Conan's $90 million budget and flushed it down the toilet.

Fright Night, yet another remake foisted onto audiences this weekend, fared little better. With just $7 million it settled into sixth place right behind now month-old The Smurfs. Thanks to a minimal $30 million budget the movie is in less trouble than Conan, but it's going to have to rely heavily on DVD and Blu-ray sales to make it out of the red.

The final debut, One Day was only a blip on the box office radar. With $5 million dollars it squeaked into ninth place and has the distinguished honor of being the lowest ever opening total for an Anne Hathaway project in wide release. Guess she needed to do something quiet and artsy before spending the better part of a year in black plastic costumes for her turn as Catwoman in next year's The Dark Knight Rises.

For the full weekend top ten check out the chart below:

1.
The Help $20,479,000 Total: $71,801,000 LW: 2     WR: 2    
THTRS: 2,690
2.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes $16,300,000 Total: $133,764,000 LW: 1     WR: 3    
THTRS: 3,471
3.
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World * $12,020,000 Total: $12,020,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 3,295
4.
Conan the Barbarian (2011) * $10,000,000 Total: $10,000,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 3,015
5.
The Smurfs $8,000,000 Total: $117,745,000 LW: 4     WR: 4    
THTRS: 3,057
6.
Fright Night (2011) * $7,900,000 Total: $8,300,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 3,114
7.
Final Destination 5 $7,705,000 Total: $32,328,000 LW: 3     WR: 2    
THTRS: 3,155
8.
30 Minutes or Less $6,300,000 Total: $25,762,000 LW: 5     WR: 2    
THTRS: 2,888
9.
One Day * $5,128,000 Total: $5,128,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 1,719
10.
Crazy, Stupid, Love. $4,950,000 Total: $64,420,000 LW: 9     WR: 4    
THTRS: 1,940

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