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Box Office Results · May 07, 2012

Marvel’s The Avengers’ smashed almost every Box Office record in its path over the weekend.

Joss Whedon’s ensemble comic book masterpiece pulled in $200.3M in three days! Easily breaking the opening weekend record. The final chapter in the Harry Potter series had held the record, after conjuring up a $169.2M opening last summer.

In addition to breaking the best opening weekend record, ‘The Avengers’ took the title of second-best opening day, behind ‘Deathly Hallows — Part 2’, after earning $80.5M on Friday.  Oh, don’t forget to add to the list that the adaptation broke the record for the biggest Saturday gross and experts predict it will break the record for the biggest Sunday gross as well.

But, you don’t have to be a Tony Stark-level genius to realize that the combination of Marvel Universe All-Stars, Joss Whedon, and incredible CGI effects would equal Box Office gold. Just look at the earnings for the first and second place movies – there is a difference of about $190 million dollars?! That’s crazy!! No one was seeing anything other than ‘The Avengers‘ this weekend!

This is a great start to the Summer Movie Season… and judging from the previews running before ‘The Avengers’ we are going to be spending a lot of time in the theatres this summer.

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

TW LW Movie Title Weekend Gross Total Gross Week
1 Marvel’s The Avengers $200,300,000 $200,300,000 1
2 1 Think Like a Man $8,000,000 $73,029,000 3
3 3 The Hunger Games $5,700,000 $380,727,000 7
4 4 The Lucky One $5,510,000 $47,917,000 3
5 2 The Pirates! Band of Misfits $5,400,000 $18,563,000 2
6 5 The Five-Year Engagement $5,100,000 $19,200,000 2
7 7 The Raven $2,508,000 $12,047,000 2
8 6 Safe $2,470,000 $12,874,000 2
9 8 Chimpanzee $2,395,000 $23,012,000 3
10 9 The Three Stooges $1,800,000 $39,637,000 4


[Image Credit: Marvel Studios]

New in Theatres · April 27, 2012

Lots and lots of choices this week! There are four new major flicks fighting for your theatre-going dollars.

There’s Mr. High Fidelity in his macabre Edgar Allan Poe crime drama. You’ve got another raunchy romantic comedy from the unstoppable Apatow machine! Jason Statham and his gun show even make it out to kick the shit out of everyone in sight.

And if you’re thinking to yourself “Hey SurlyGurls, what about the families!? I’m not taking my kids to any of those!”… don’t you worry! The people behind ‘Chicken Run’ have an adorable little animated pirate movie for you! They’ve got your back! That’s so nice! You should do them a solid and go see their movie, it looks like your best bet at the Box Office this week.         

The only one who can stop a serial killer is the man who inspired him.

Directing: James McTeigue
Writing: Ben Livingston, Hannah Shakespeare
Starring: John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans, Brendan Gleeson

Price of Admission will get you: another example of Cusack’s recent poor movie choices. Sure, visually it looks good, but the whole idea is ridiculous – merging Edgar Allan Poe and ‘Seven’ is a terrible idea. We think John Cusack is well on his way to being the next Nicolas Cage!!

Running Time · 111 min  
Genre · Mystery / Thriller
Rating · R

A comedy about the journey between popping the question and tying the knot.

Directing: Nicholas Stoller
Writing: Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller
Starring: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie

Price of Admission will get you: an uncompromisingly formulaic and predictable rom-com about the unpredictability of love and life.

Running Time · 124 min  
Genre · Comedy / Romance
Rating · R

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Box Office Results · April 01, 2012

The Box Office phenomenon ‘The Hunger Games’ easily defeated both myth and magic over the weekend.

Katniss Everdeen just always gets the job done. Her and her fellow Tributes managed to pull in $251M in just ten days!! Making ‘The Hunger Games’ the fourth fastest movie to ever hit the quarter of a billion dollar mark! But, the three films in front of it are all sequels (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and The Dark Knight), which makes ‘THGthe fastest non-sequel to gross that much money!

In the second position was ‘Wrath of the Titans’, a sequel based on a mediocre remake and that evidently interested very few moviegoers. Despite the wildly improved CGI and 3D effects it just wasn’t enough to get people attracted to this flick. Not even Sam Worthington’s fancy new ‘time-period appropriate’ hair-do could heal the pain caused by his ‘Clash of the Titans’. The poor showing may also have something to do with the fact everyone saw basically the same story in ‘The Immortals’ a few months ago!
But, if you want to dump $150M bucks into a sequel for a movie that no one liked, starring an actor who can’t act and is nothing but Box Office poison lately, don’t be shocked when you only make $34.2M in your opening weekend. Just saying.

Also coming as no surprise to the SurlyGurls, or anyone else, ‘Mirror Mirror’ opened with some pretty lack-lustre numbers too. The Snow White comedy starring Julia Roberts secured the third position; hunting down about $19M. Really the only silver lining here is that the studio was able to throw ‘Mirror Mirror’ into the theatres before ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’.

Finally, in the limited release world of cinema, ‘Bully’ made its big five-theatre debut earning $115,000. For all those “mental math” haters, that’s an average of $23,000/theatre, a pretty solid haul. Considering all the pre-release buzz this un-rated film received, along with the strong reviews and emotional reactions over the weekend, we’ll all be hearing more about this flick.

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

TW LW Movie Title Weekend Gross Total Gross Week
1 1 The Hunger Games $61,100,000 $251,033,000 2
2 Wrath of the Titans $34,200,000 $34,200,000 1
3 Mirror Mirror $19,000,000 $19,000,000 1
4 2 21 Jump Street $15,000,000 $93,100,000 3
5 3 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $8,000,000 $189,600,000 5
6 4 John Carter $2,005,000 $66,210,000 4
7 16 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen $1,274,000 $3,171,000 4
8 5 Act of Valor $1,006,000 $67,750,000 6
9 6 A Thousand Words $915,000 $16,520,000 4
10 10 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $835,000 $98,480,000 8


[Image Credit: Lionsgate]

Box Office Results · March 18, 2012

For reasons that completely elude us, EVERYONE seems to love Channing Tatum! It’s only March and here is his second big Box Office win of the year! And he has two more movies scheduled for release in June! But, let’s give Jonah Hill some credit too! He is fresh off an Oscar nomination and is all BFF with Brangelina now!

So, it’s really no surprise that the comedy pairing of “Unstoppable Channing Tatum” and “Skinny Jonah Hill” proved to be a winning combination. ‘21 Jump Street’ easily leapt past ‘Dr. Suess’ The Lorax’ to grab the top spot at the Box Office with $35M.

Will Ferrell’s Spanish-language movie ‘Casa de Mi Padre’ opened in just under 400 theatres over the weekend yet still managed to pull in $2.2M for a debut in the 9th position. People sure do love that guy too!!

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

TW LW Movie Title Weekend Gross Total Gross Week
1 21 Jump Street $35,000,000 $35,000,000 1
2 1 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $22,800,000 $158,400,000 3
3 2 John Carter $13,515,000 $53,172,000 2
4 3 Project X $4,005,000 $48,131,000 3
5 6 A Thousand Words $3,750,000 $12,103,000 2
6 4 Act of Valor $3,678,000 $62,398,000 4
7 7 Safe House $2,800,000 $120,200,000 6
8 10 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $2,460,000 $95,066,000 6
9 Casa De Mi Padre $2,200,000 $2,200,000 1
10 9 This Means War $2,125,000 $50,525,000 5


 [Image Credit: Columbia Pictures]

Box Office Results · February 05, 2012

The big battle of the weekend was not fought down in Indianapolis, but at the Box Office, where a group of super-powered teenagers took on the legendary boy wizard.

Chronicle’, the found-footage thriller about a group of teenage boys who develop supernatural abilities ultimately took the win with $22M, giving this low-budget flick the fourth-highest Super Bowl debut.

Daniel Radcliffe and his first post-Potter picture did very nicely as well. ‘The Woman In Black’, his spooky supernatural horror film, conjured up $21M over the weekend. Though, story has it that most of the ticket sales came from teenage girls swooning over the grown-up Hogwart’s student. Nonetheless, this is the first time ever that two movies have grossed more than $20M on Super Bowl weekend.

Drew Barrymore and her trapped family of whales grabbed the fourth position. ‘Big Miracle’ pulled in $8.5M for a modest opening. Though ‘A Dolphin’s Tale’, the other recent “awww, poor aquatic mammal” movie had a better opening… proving that people prefer dolphins.
Sorry Drew. Maybe you should have at least put the word ‘whale’ in the movie title.
Just saying.

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

TW LW Movie Title Weekend Gross Total Gross Week
1 Chronicle $22,000,000 $22,000,000 1
2 The Woman in Black $21,000,000 $21,000,000 1
3 1 The Grey $9,500,000 $34,756,000 2
4 Big Miracle $8,500,000 $8,500,000 1
5 2 Underworld Awakening $5,600,000 $54,353,000 3
6 3 One For the Money $5,250,000 $19,668,000 2
7 4 Red Tails $5,000,000 $41,323,000 3
8 8 The Descendants $4,600,000 $65,523,000 12
9 5 Man on a Ledge $4,500,000 $14,700,000 2
10 6 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close $3,925,000 $26,793,000 7


[ Image Credit: 20th Century Fox ]

Box Office Results · January 29, 2012

Alpha Male Liam Neeson and his bloody Man vs. Nature action flick dominated the Box Office this weekend. Neeson’s past box office wins with 2008’s ‘Taken’ and 2011’s ‘Unknown’ proved that audiences love watching him kill people. Now we also know that moviegoers love watching him slay bloodthirsty wolves!

The other two newcomers, ‘One For The Money’ and ‘Man On A Ledge’, also fell victim to tough guy Liam Neeson with weak openings. Though, that probably has more to do with the fact they both looked terrible.

The Katherine Heigl vehicle came in at #3 with just under $12M. Perhaps the cute no-name male co-star was part of the problem (but only a very little part). We certainly don’t think Heigl is good enough to carry a movie herself, and when you pair her with “that guy from that dinosaur tv show… you know, the one that was cancelled…” it’s just not enough.
(Sorry Jason O’Mara. We liked Terra Nova…)

Speaking of not good enough, Hollywood’s baffling love affair with Sam Worthington continued with ‘Man on a Ledge’. Too bad no one else feels the same way about him, his flick pulled in $8.3M for a #5 debut. The only positive thing we can say about this movie is that he is FINALLY sporting something other than that stupid crew cut!

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

LW TW Movie Title Weekend Gross Total Gross Week
1 The Grey $20,000,000 $20,000,000 1
1 2 Underworld Awakening $12,500,000 $45,126,000 2
3 One For the Money $11,750,000 $11,750,000 1
2 4 Red Tails $10,400,000 $33,780,000 2
5 Man on a Ledge $8,300,000 $8,300,000 1
4 6 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close $7,145,000 $21,106,000 6
16 7 The Descendants $6,550,000 $58,848,000 11
3 8 Contraband $6,500,000 $56,400,000 3
5 9 Beauty and the Beast (3D) $5,345,000 $41,147,000 3
6 10 Haywire $4,000,000 $15,279,000 2


Box Office Results · November 27, 2011

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 continued to suck money from its hapless victims… we mean fans; we mean…well, you know what we mean.

Looks like people wanted to spend the holiday pepper-spraying other customers, brawling over $2 Waffle Irons and watching a wussy vampire his bratty child-bride struggle through their marital troubles.

The reboot of the Muppets also did very well this weekend. This time those friendly and adorable little felt creatures were much more successful at the box office than in some of their previous ventures. With positive reviews from both critics and audiences it looks like they truly did save the ol’ Muppet Theatre! Glad to have you all back!

Arthur Christmas and Hugo rounded out the top 5, in the fourth and fifth spots respectively. With glowing reviews for both of these holiday flicks, they are sure to be around until all the presents are opened.

LW TW Movie Title Weekend Gross Total Gross Week #
1 1 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 $42,000,000 $221,300,000 2
2 The Muppets $29,500,000 $42,000,000 1
2 3 Happy Feet Two $13,400,000 $43,773,000 2
4 Arthur Christmas $12,700,000 $17,000,000 1
5 Hugo $11,350,000 $15,380,000 1
4 6 Jack and Jill $10,300,000 $57,417,000 3
3 7 Immortals $8,800,000 $68,632,000 3
5 8 Puss in Boots $7,450,000 $135,361,000 5
6 9 Tower Heist $7,323,000 $65,380,000 4
10 10 The Descendants $7,200,000 $10,741,000 2


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