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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

(via boxofficemojo.com)

[Image Credit: Marvel Studios]
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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]
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