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Box Office Results · April 22, 2012

It took five weeks, but the Box Office finally has a new victor.

The new relationship comedy ‘Think Like A Man’ stole the crown from ‘The Hunger Games’ over the weekend, ending its month-long reign atop the Box Office. The movie based on the popular Steve Harvey book ‘Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man’, pulled in $33M over the weekend. Apparently, audiences decided to trade the battle royale of ‘The Hunger Games’ for the Battle of the Sexes.

Speaking of relationships, Pretty Boy Zac Efron’s new romance flick ‘The Lucky One’ debuted in second place with $22.8M – much better than ol’ ‘Charlie St. Cloud’ did! (Remember that thing!?) But, this movie has Nicholas Sparks behind it, and evidently everything he cranks out is goddamn gold! Seriously, this is the SEVENTH film based on one of his novels!!

Disney’s ‘Chimpanzee’ also had a pretty good weekend. The film opened in the fourth spot with $10.2M, making it the most successful opening of all the DisneyNature documentaries; earning more than ‘Earth’, ‘Oceans’, and ‘African Cats’.

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

TW

LW

Movie Title

Weekend Gross

Total Gross

Week

1 Think Like a Man $33,000,000 $33,000,000 1
2 The Lucky One $22,805,000 $22,805,000 1
3 1 The Hunger Games $14,500,000 $356,900,000 5
4 Chimpanzee $10,205,000 $10,205,000 1
5 2 The Three Stooges $9,200,000 $29,355,000 2
6 3 The Cabin in the Woods $7,750,000 $26,980,000 2
7 5 American Reunion $5,200,000 $48,300,000 3
8 4 Titanic 3D $5,000,000 $52,828,000 3
9 8 21 Jump Street $4,600,000 $127,066,000 6
10 7 Mirror Mirror $4,114,000 $55,206,000 4

 (via boxofficemojo.com)

[Image Credit: Screen Gems]
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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

(via boxofficemojo.com)

[Image Credit: Lionsgate]

Box Office Results · March 25, 2012

Over the weekend ‘The Hunger Games’ feasted on essentially all of the money going into movie theatres! All of it!!

In three days Katniss and Company reaped an astounding $155M to dominate the Box Office. Let’s review the extensive list of records this movie broke since its release on Friday:

First of all, it is the third-best debut of all time, sitting just behind ‘The Dark Knight’ ($158M) and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’ ($169M). It is also the best opening for any film outside of the summer blockbuster season as well as the biggest opening for a non-sequel.

The big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel captured an estimated $68M on Friday alone, making it the fifth-best opening day ever.

Also, ‘The Hunger Games’ pulled in a nice chunk of change from its IMAX release. But, if you’d like to see it in the staggering majesty of IMAX you’d better hurry because it’s a limited one-week engagement. This Friday all the Tributes gets the boot for ‘Wrath of the Titans’.

Be sure to check out our review of ‘The Hunger Games’.

Since we’re chatting about sci-fi book-to-movie adaptations, let’s briefly touch on the fact that ‘John Carter’, which cost Disney $250M to make has only pulled in $62.3M in three weeks – that is less than ‘The Hunger Games’ grossed in one day… and it only cost Lionsgate $80M to produce. Yikes!

What’s that? Oh yeah, there were other movies that opened on Friday! The drama ‘October Baby’ entered the top ten in the 8th position with a decent $1.7M in just under 400 theatres.

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

TW LW

Movie Title

Weekend Gross Total Gross Week
1 The Hunger Games $155,000,000 $155,000,000 1
2 1 21 Jump Street $21,300,000 $71,051,000 2
3 2 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $13,100,000 $177,300,000 4
4 3 John Carter $5,014,000 $62,347,000 3
5 5 Act of Valor $2,062,000 $65,942,000 5
6 4 Project X $1,950,000 $51,752,000 4
7 6 A Thousand Words $1,925,000 $14,926,000 3
8 October Baby $1,718,000 $1,718,000 1
9 7 Safe House $1,400,000 $122,600,000 7
10 8 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $1,373,000 $97,155,000 7

 (via boxofficemojo.com)

[Image Credit: Lionsgate Entertainment]

New in Theatres · March 23, 2012

Let the Hunger Games begin!

There is only one major movie release this weekend, and it’s a big one. ‘The Hunger Games’. The cinematic adaptation of the ridiculously popular and beloved teen fiction series is finally here!

And with ticketing sites like Fandango reporting that ‘The Hunger Games’ has already sold more advance tickets than any other non-sequel; this series looks poised to pick up the “epic novel to epic movie franchise” torch that ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Twilight’ are relinquishing.

But, unlike the aforementioned ‘Twilight’, ‘The Hunger Games’ is receiving solid reviews and is currently listed at 87% Fresh on RottenTomatoes.com. Experts are also estimating this movie is going to be pulling in well over $100M at the Box Office this weekend. So, if you’re planning on taking a leisurely stroll down to the local movieplex to watch Katniss and her inner monologue kick some ass; you may want to rethink your strategy – because you’re really going to need a better game plan than that!

If you’re not feeling the whole “watching kids hunt each other down and fight to the death” thing, there’s always ’21 Jump Street’… That Tatum Channing, he’s so hot right now!

THE HUNGER GAMES
The Games Will Change Everyone.

Directing: Gary Ross
Writing: Gary Ross, Billy Ray (screenplay), Suzanne Collins (novel, screenplay)
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci

Price of Admission will get you: love triangles, brutal violence, a bleak dystopian future and attractive teenagers forced to slaughter each other for  entertainment. It’s everything a moviegoer could ask for!

Running Time · 142 min
Genre · Action / Drama / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Rating · PG-13

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