BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
Yes, it's only Wednesday, but with tomorrow being Independence Day and a whole lot of people considering this a holiday weekend (not that we're jealous or anything!), all of the weekend's biggest releases are already open, and the box office reports are rolling in. The two biggest films, The Lone Ranger and Despicable Me 2, ought to have no trouble with competing with each other.
It's now on track for $120 million for the weekend proper, with another $12 million on top of that if you count a series of showing on Thursday night held at Wal-Mart (yes, that really happened). That's more than twice what Superman Returns made on its opening weekend in 2006-- that film debuted to $52 million and topped out with just $200 million in the United States, a number Man of Steel ought to be able to pass after its second weekend
Google says that it reached the basics of this formula by analyzing the top 99 movies of 2012. They say that they do not plan to sell the information they gather on upcoming movies, but they are not opposed to sharing the information with studios if it can help them better market their products.
Given some poor tracking, Jaden Smith’s unproven box office record and the incredible popularity of Fast & Furious 6, many experts went into this weekend willing to admit the young star’s After Earth might lose the money battle this weekend to the likeable holdover. If Friday’s estimates are any indication, not only is that definitely going to happen, there’s a distinct possibility the flick will also lose to Now You See Me
It looks like Now You See Me has already pulled a box office rabbit out of its figurative hat, by topping After Earth at the box office on Thursday night. The Summit film arrived in theaters last night and managed to bring in $1.5 million for its Thursday night haul, a half-million more than was earned by After Earth, which took in $1 million.
Fast & Furious 6 roared into theaters this weekend, and if the estimates hold true, the film has secured itself a high spot on the list of successful Memorial Day openers. It hasn't quite topped Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End or Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but it's in that ballpark, with reports putting the action film's 4-day estimate at about $120 million.
Remember when The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift couldn’t even muster $25 million at the domestic box office during its opening weekend seven years ago? Let the record show the franchise’s successes in the years since have not been flukes. The latest installment in the series not only looks poised to win the box office crown this weekend, it looks poised to leave tire tracks all over the competing films.
A lot of people were expecting Star Trek Into Darkness, with the added benefit of 3D and a big-time villain its center, to open a whole lot bigger than the first Star Trek film that J.J. Abrams directed in 2009. And while the movie is much bigger than the first one overseas-- which is what really counts these days-- it's not any bigger here at home, and that's even with the 3D bump.
It is not an easy thing to be a surprise hit these days. The Iron Man 3's and Avengers's of the world come with months and months of buzz-building and tracking and anticipation, to the point that when the movies actually come to theaters, the studios know by Friday morning what Monday morning's box office will tell them. And yet, this weekend we had The Great Gatsby
Don't have plans with your mom for Mother's Day yet? Go take her to see The Great Gatsby-- you'll have plenty of company. The glossy literary adaptation is exceeding nearly all box office expectations this weekend, making a whopping $19 million between midnight Thursday and Friday showings, and on track for a $53 million opening
The Great Gatsby was never going to have an opening as huge as Iron Man 3's, or really any movie with a superhero and a lot of explosions, but its box office so far has managed to be surprisingly strong for a film based on a 90-year-old book. Early estimates at Deadline say that Gatsby managed to make $3.2 million from midnight and Thursday night screenings
The huge blockbuster opening this weekend was made 20 years ago, and the horror film is a remake of a classic from the 80s, but the box office is humming as if both of them were brand new. According to the early numbers at Deadline, both Jurassic Park 3D and Evil Dead had huge Fridays, with Evil Dead at the head of the pack. The horror remake from director Fede Alvarez made $11.5 million on Friday, setting it up for an estimated $27 million weekend and an easy first place
The 2.5M earned by Retaliation on Wednesday evening was “a little more than we expected,” a studio source shared with Deadline, who also pointed at positive tracking in order to summarize, “Maybe we do have a shot at $50M in the U.S.”
Though there are pretty much no guarantees at the box office-- studios will pump hundreds of millions of dollars into films that seem like sure things and go on to be bombs-- it's hard to go wrong with an animated children's film around the season of spring break. DreamWorks Animation, which needed a hit after last fall's disappointing Rise of the Guardians , scored another this weekend with The Croods, which made $11.6 million on Friday and is on track for a $42 million weekend
Oz The Great And Powerful is a huge movie, and is easily the biggest of 2013 so far. But anyone who was getting excited for something record-shattering, or even on par with Disney's own Alice in Wonderland, may be disappointed today
When you think about the movies this weekend, your mind probably immediately goes to the Oscars, the Super Bowl for film geeks that gets started this Sunday. But in the meantime there are at least some people actually going to theaters this weekend… though not nearly as many as studios might hope.
It seems zombies aren't just in vogue when they're staggering around and threatening people on The Walking Dead. The quirky romantic comedy Warm Bodies, about a zombie who falls for one of the earth's few surviving humans, led the U.S. box office on Friday, making $8.1 million on its way toward an estimated $20 million for the weekend
None of the weekend's new releases got anything even remotely close to good reviews-- the closest is Parker, with a 35% Rotten Tomatoes score-- but the people need something to see, and it seems they've chosen Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Well, sort of
It's an interesting weekend at the box office, and it really doesn't have much to do with the big new releases Gangster Squad and A Haunted House. Both of those films did reasonably well on Friday, but they're likely to be topped by Zero Dark Thirty, finally expanding nationwide this weekend and clearly building off its Oscar buzz to take the #1 spot
With generally negative reviews that still seemed a little astonished that it wasn't more awful, Texas Chainsaw 3D seems a slight cut above the usual dreck that comes out in the first week of January-- and the box office is rewarding it in turn. Early Friday box office estimates say Texas Chainsaw will rank above all the huge holiday holdovers this weekend
This is a monumental mark, yet hardly an unprecedented mark. Two other films released in 2012 managed to race past $1 billion before Skyfall: Joss Whedon’s The Avengers ($1.5B) and Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises ($1.1B). Still, it is a significant achievement for a Bond film.
Friday estimates have Skyfall making $3.1 million on Friday, and according to Deadline it's on track for an $11 million weekend. That wouldn't be nearly enough to get #1 on your average weekend with a new release, but the only new wide release this weekend is Gerard Butler's Playing for Keeps
Here's something you probably wouldn't expect given the reputation of the holiday season for creating giant movie hits. No film released the weekend after Thanksgiving has opened to more than $10 million since 2005, when that dubious honor went to Aeon Flux. This weekend won't change the pattern
It's rare for a giant movie to open up overseas before it opens in the United States, much less a full two weeks ahead, but audiences in Europe and elsewhere have been enjoying James Bond's newest adventure Skyfall for two weekends now-- and they've been proving that enjoyment by buying lots and lots of tickets
After the many box office disappointments of last weekend, Hollywood was probably grateful to see things looking up last Friday, all led by yet another animated marvel from Disney. Wreck-It Ralph, released in both 2D and 3D, made $13.4 million on Friday-- which, for reference, is already more than the $12 million Argo brought in to win the weekend last week