“Iron Man 3″ pulled off a superheroic weekend at the box office, with a $175.3 million domestic opening weekend for the Marvel threequel, reports the Associated Press.
According to the AP, Robert Downey Jr.’s third outing as the red-suited hero has blasted to a worldwide total of $680.1 million. That includes $175.9 million in its second weekend overseas, where the film has rung up $504.8 million so far.
“Iron Man 3″ had the second-biggest domestic debut ever, behind the $207.4 million start over the same weekend last year for Marvel Studios’ “The Avengers,” which teamed Downey’s Stark with other Marvel Comics heroes. The new sequel surpassed the $169.2 million opening for 2011′s “Harry Potter” finale, the previous second-place debut, according to the AP.
In just nine days, the film zipped past the $312 million international total for “Iron Man 2″ in its entire theatrical run.
Domestically, “Iron Man 3″ far outpaced the franchise’s first two movies. “Iron Man” launched the series with a $98.6 million domestic debut in 2008, while 2010′s “Iron Man 2″ opened with $128.1 million.
“Iron Man 3′s” superb box office performance makes him the most successful solo superhero ever to make it to the movies. The film opened higher than last year’s Batman finale “The Dark Knight Rises” ($160.9 million) and the biggest of the Spider-Man movies ($151.1 million for “Spider-Man 3″).
Of course, the big question is will Downey return for a fourth “Iron Man 4.” Mild spoiler alert here: “Iron Man 3″ hints that his Tony Stark might hang up his high-tech suits and live a normal life from now on. As the centerpiece behind not only the “Iron Man” flicks but also Marvel’s superhero ensemble “The Avengers,” Downey seems crucial to the Marvel Universe the studio has so carefully crafted.
“I honestly don’t know how you can go on with that character without Downey,” Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst with box-office tracker Hollywood.com, told the AP. “I think he’s as important to this franchise and to Marvel as any actor is to any character.”
Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney, told the AP, “Marvel has found a way to tell interesting stories with a variety of characters over time, and it will continue to do so.”
“Iron Man 3″ did four times the domestic business of every other movie out there, according to the AP. The combined total of all other releases was $43.7 million.
1. “Iron Man 3,” $175.3 million ($175.9 million international).
2. “Pain & Gain,” $7.6 million.
3. “42,” $6.2 million.
4. “Oblivion,” $5.8 million ($6.5 million international).
5. “The Croods,” $4.2 million ($17.4 million international).
6. “The Big Wedding,” $3.9 million ($2.5 million international).
7. “Mud,” $2.2 million.
8. “Oz the Great and Powerful,” $1.8 million.
9. “Scary Movie 5,” $1.4 million ($4 million international).
10. “The Place Beyond the Pines,” $1.3 million.
The Jackie Robinson biopic “42″ took in $27.3 million to claim the weekend box-office championship domestically, according to the Associated Press.
Released by Warner Bros., “42″ easily beat the domestic start of an established franchise in “Scary Movie 5.” The Weinstein Co. sequel opened in second-place with $15.2 million, the smallest debut for the horror-comedy series.
Three of the previous four “Scary Movie” installments had debuts of $40 million or more, according to the AP.
On the other hand, “42″ outdid the usual expectations for baseball movies, which usually do modest business at best. Box-office trackers had expected “42″ to pull in less than $20 million.
The film stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, who brought No. 42 onto the team in 1947 as Major Leagues Baseball’s first black player. Choctaw native Ryan Merriman co-stars as Dodgers right fielder Dixie Walker, who opposed Robinson joining the team.
The success of the film was even sweeter since today was Jackie Robinson Day, when all big-leaguers wear No. 42 in his honor to mark his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.
The previous weekend’s top draw, Sony’s horror remake “Evil Dead,” tumbled to No. 5 with $9.5 million, raising its domestic haul to $41.5 million.
In limited release, Bartlesville-bred director Terrence Malick’s drama “To the Wonder” had a modest start, taking in $130,000 in 18 theaters for an average of $7,222 a cinema. That compares to a $9,074 average in 3,003 theaters for “42.”
Filmed in Bartlesville, Pawhuska, Tulsa and France, “To the Wonder” stars Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem in a dreamlike, poetic musing on love.
To read my review of “The the Wonder,” click here.
The film opens April 26 at Tulsa’s Circle Cinema, 10 S Lewis Ave, and May 9 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive.
1. “42,” $27.3 million.
2. “Scary Movie 5,” $15.2 million ($3.5 million international).
3. “The Croods,” $13.2 million ($25.5 million international).
4. “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” $10.8 million ($15.6 million international).
5. “Evil Dead,” $9.5 million ($2.9 million international).
6. “Jurassic Park” in 3-D, $8.8 million ($1.3 million international).
7. “Olympus Has Fallen,” $7.3 million.
8. “Oz the Great and Powerful,” $4.9 million ($5.2 million international).
9. “Tyler Perry’s Temptation,” $4.5 million.
10. “The Place Beyond the Pines,” $4.1 million ($2.2 million international).
Box office report for Dec. 17, 2012: “Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” opens by setting a box office record
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of three movies director Peter Jackson is making based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel of the same name, opened with a record-setting box office haul.
The prequel led the box office over the weekend with $84.6 million, which was better than the debut of Jackson’s three previous “Lord of the Rings” films, according to the Associated Press.
The 3-D Middle-Earth epic scored the biggest December opening ever, surpassing Will Smith’s “I Am Legend,” which opened with $77.2 million in 2007, the AP reports.
Here are the top 10 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release:
1. “The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey,” Warner Bros., $84,617,303, 4,045 locations, $20,919 average, $84,617,303, one week.
2. “Rise of the Guardians,” Paramount, $7,143,445, 3,387 locations, $2,109 average, $71,085,268, four weeks.
3. “Lincoln,” Disney, $7,033,132, 2,285 locations, $3,078 average, $107,687,319, six weeks.
4. “Skyfall,” Sony, $6,555,732, 2,924 locations, $2,242 average, $271,921,795, six weeks.
5. “Life of Pi,” Fox, $5,413,066, 2,548 locations, $2,124 average, $69,572,472, four weeks.
6. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” Summit, $5,136,074, 3,042 locations, $1,688 average, $276,826,143, five weeks.
7. “Wreck-It Ralph,” Disney, $3,216,043, 2,249 locations, $1,430 average, $168,721,592, seven weeks.
8. “Playing For Keeps,” FilmDistrict, $3,146,443, 2,840 locations, $1,108 average, $10,737,535, two weeks.
9. “Red Dawn,” FilmDistrict, $2,408,882, 2,250 locations, $1,071 average, $40,904,305, four weeks.
10. “Silver Linings Playbook,” Weinstein Co., $2,109,274, 371 locations, $5,685 average, $16,979,323, five weeks.
Box office report for Nov. 19, 2012: “Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ sucks up $141.3 million opening weekend
The sun has set for “The Twilight Saga” with another blockbuster opening weekend.
The fifth and final film in the franchise, “Breaking Dawn — Part 2″ sucked up $141.3 million domestically over opening weekend and $199.6 million more overseas for a worldwide debut of $340.9 million, according to the Associated Press.
The AP reports that the finale ranks eighth on the list of all-time domestic debuts, and leaves “Twilight” with three of the top-10 openings, joining 2009′s “New Moon” (No. 7 with $142.8 million) and last year’s “Breaking Dawn — Part 1″ (No. 9 with $138.1 million).
Last May’s “The Avengers” is No. 1 with $207.4 million. “Batman” is the only other franchise with more than one top-10 opening: last July’s “The Dark Knight Rises” (No. 3 with $160.9 million) and 2008′s “The Dark Knight” (No. 4 with $158.4 million).
To read my “Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ review, click here.
The last “Twilight” film seized the No. 1 spot from Sony’s James Bond adventure “Skyfall,” which slipped to second-place with $41.5 million domestically in its second weekend. “Skyfall” raised its domestic total to $161.3 million, according to the AP.
The franchise’s third film starring Daniel Craig as Bond, “Skyfall” began rolling out overseas in late October and has hit $507.9 million internationally at the box office. The film’s global total climbed to $669.2 million, helping to lift Sony to its best year ever with $4 billion worldwide, topping the studio’s $3.6 billion haul in 2009.
“Skyfall” passed the previous franchise high of $599.2 million worldwide for 2006′s “Casino Royale.”
Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis’ Civil War drama “Lincoln” expanded nationwide after a week in limited release and came in at No. 3 with $21 million. Distributed by Disney, “Lincoln” lifted its domestic haul to $22.4 million.
Here is the list of last weekend’s top 10 movies, from the AP:
1. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” $141.3 million ($199.6 million international).
2. “Skyfall,” $41.5 million ($49.6 million international).
3. “Lincoln,” $21 million.
4. “Wreck-It Ralph,” $18.3 million ($4.8 million international).
5. “Flight,” $8.6 million ($1 million international).
6. “Argo,” $4.1 million ($8.7 million international).
7. “Taken 2,” $2.1 million ($2 million international).
8. “Pitch Perfect,” $1.3 million ($4.1 million international).
9. “Here Comes the Boom,” $1.2 million ($2.5 million international).
10 (tie). “Cloud Atlas,” $900,000 ($5 million international).
10 (tie). “Hotel Transylvania,” $900,000 ($7.8 million international).
10 (tie). “The Sessions,” $900,000.
Jeremy Renner’s spy spin-off “The Bourne Legacy” took over as the No. 1 movie with a $40.3 million debut over the weekend, according to the Associated Press.
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis’ political comedy “The Campaign” opened at No. 2 with $27.4 million.
The new movies bumped “The Dark Knight Rises” to No. 3 with $19.5 million, raising the superhero blockbuster’s three-week domestic total to $390.1 million.
“The Dark Knight Rises” had been the No. 1 movie for three-straight weekends since debuting amid tragedy as a gunman killed 12 people and wounded 58 at a midnight screening of the film on opening day in Colorado.
“The Dark Knight Rises” is nearing $400 million domestically and will become only the second film in Warner Bros. history to reach that mark. The first was 2008′s “The Dark Knight,” the middle chapter in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, which topped out at $533.3 million.
Revenues for the finale are running 12 percent behind “The Dark Knight,” which had climbed to $441.6 million at the same point in its theatrical run, according to the AP.
While the Colorado shootings may have scared away some viewers, the Olympics have dampened Hollywood’s overall business as fans stay home to watch the games. “The Dark Knight” also had an advantage the new film lacks: a mesmerizing, Academy Award-winning performance by Heath Ledger as the Joker, with the actor’s death helping to fuel anticipation for the film.
“All things considered, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is doing incredibly well,” Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com, told the AP.
“The Dark Knight Rises” has proven more popular than its predecessor overseas, where it has taken in $445.3 million to give it a worldwide total of $835 million. The finale is on track to top the $468 million international total of “The Dark Knight,” according to the AP.
Universal’s “The Bourne Legacy” casts Renner and Rachel Weisz in an offshoot of the three hits that starred Matt Damon as unstoppable operative Jason Bourne. Renner plays an agent pursued by Bourne’s old spy masters after they try to snuff out the espionage program in a cover-up conspiracy.
“The Bourne Legacy” came in well behind the $69.3 million debut of Damon’s last entry in the series, 2007′s “The Bourne Ultimatum.” But the new film had a strong start and establishes Renner as a sturdy frontman to keep the franchise running, according to the AP.
While Damon was absent, his presence is felt throughout “The Bourne Legacy,” with characters commenting on Jason Bourne sightings and his former handlers jittery over the fact that the rogue agent is still out there.
A two-time Oscar nominee, Renner is a bankable star to carry on solo, but Universal might really cash in if the studio managed to lure Damon back.
“The dream-team scenario of a ‘Bourne’ with both Damon and Renner would just be irresistible,” Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com, told the AP. “That would be cool. I’d be first in line for that.”
The weekend’s other new wide release, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones’ marital dramedy “Hope Springs,” opened at No. 4 with $15.6 million.
Here are the top 10 movies over the weekend, from the AP:
1. “The Bourne Legacy,” $40.3 million ($7.8 million international).
2. “The Campaign,” $27.4 million ($2.1 million international).
3. “The Dark Knight Rises,” $19.5 million ($34.2 million international).
4. “Hope Springs,” $15.6 million.
5. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” $8.2 million ($1 million international).
6. “Total Recall,” $8.1 million ($18.7 million international).
7. “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” $6.8 million ($16.2 million international).
8. “Ted,” $3.3 million ($20.3 million international).
9. “Step Up: Revolution,” $2.9 million.
10. “The Amazing Spider-Man,” $2.2 million ($3 million international).
“The Dark Knight Rises” dominated the box office for the third week in a row, making another $36.4 million over last weekend.
The final chapter in Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy has now made nearly $355 million domestically alone, according to the Associated Press.
Warner Bros. head of distribution Dan Fellman told the AP he wasn’t surprised by the film’s strong showing in its third week. The three-quel only dropped 41 percent compared to the 43-percent drop in Week 3 that its record-setting predecessor “The Dark Knight” experienced in 2008. He also said the film is getting back on track to perform at its expected pace following the opening-night shooting in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 dead and 58 others injured.
“The support from audiences across North America has been outstanding,” Fellman told the AP. “The movie speaks for itself, and the unfortunate tragedy that took place hurt everyone. We’re obviously very moved by the events that took place.”
“The Dark Knight Rises” has now set an IMAX record, Fellman told the AP, with nearly $48 million of the film’s gross coming from the large-screen format. Nolan shot more than 40 percent of the film in IMAX with the intention of having it projected that way.
“Total Recall,” starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel, in a new take on the thriller that provided Arnold Schwarzenegger with one of his best-loved actions roles in 1990, opened in second place with $26 million, according to the AP.
Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution, told the AP that “Total Recall” opened close to the studio’s high-$20 million estimate. But it was also No. 1 in many of the dozen international markets in which it opened, including India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand for a total of $6.2 million. It expands to Europe and Latin America in upcoming weeks.
The Fox family comedy three-quel “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” debuted at No. 3 with $14.7 million, the AP reports.
Also this week, the Universal Pictures comedy “Ted” made an additional $5.5 million to cross the $200 million mark domestically, according to the AP. In addition, the R-rated flick had a huge weekend internationally, taking in $32 million. “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane directs for the first time and provides the voice of a foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear who’s the lifelong best friend of Mark Wahlberg’s character.
Here are the top 10 movies over the weekend, from the AP:
1. “The Dark Knight Rises,” $36.4 million. ($67 million international.)
2. “Total Recall,” $26 million. ($6.2 million international.)
3. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” $14.7 million. ($2.8 million international.)
4. “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” $8.4 million. ($32.8 million.)
5. “The Watch,” $6.35 million.
6. “Ted,” $5.5 million. ($32 million international.)
7. “Step Up Revolution,” $5.7 million. ($7.9 million international.)
8. “The Amazing Spider-Man,” $4.3 million. ($6.1 million international.)
9. “Brave,” $2.9 million. ($16.5 million international.)
10. “Magic Mike,” $1.4 million. ($3.7 million international.)
Despite the lingering horror of the deadly Aurora, Colo., shooting at a midnight screening and strong competition from the London Olympics, “The Dark Knight Rises” continued its box-office dominance over the weekend, even if it fell short of the lofty, record-breaking numbers of its predecessor.
The third and final film in writer/director Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga stayed atop the box office for the second straight weekend, making just more than $64 million. But it’s lagging behind the staggering numbers of the second film in the series, 2008′s “The Dark Knight,” according to the Associated Press.
The three-quel has grossed more than $289 million in its first 10 days in theaters. It was the third-highest 10-day total ever, BoxOfficeMojo.com said on Twitter (@boxofficemojo). Still, “The Dark Knight Rises” dropped 60 percent from its opening weekend of $160.9 million.
By comparison, “The Dark Knight” took a 53 percent drop in its second weekend with a gross of nearly $75.2 million and a 10-day cumulative gross of $313.8 million, according to the AP.
Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros., declined to comment to the AP the Sunday estimates again out of respect for the victims of the Aurora, Colo., shooting that left 12 people dead and another 58 injured at a midnight showing of the film on opening night.
Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian told the AP that if anything hurt the box-office numbers this weekend, it was Friday night’s opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, which drew a record-setting 40.7 million viewers in the United States.
“For a film that opened as big as this did, considering the situation and what happened last weekend and all that, I would say this is a very strong showing,” Dergarabedian said of “The Dark Knight Rises.” “It’s made almost $300 million in North America and its mid-week (attendance) is very strong. It made $19 million last Monday.”
In second place this weekend was the animated family film “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” which is still going strong in its third week. It made $13.3 million for a domestic total of nearly $114.9 million, according to the AP. The fourth movie in the 20th Century Fox franchise features the voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary and Queen Latifah.
Both of the new movies in wide release opened weakly. The 20th Century Fox comedy “The Watch” came in third place with $13 million. Big-name comic actors Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill play a group of guys who come together to form a neighborhood watch; despite the star power, the film was panned critically, receiving only 14 percent positive reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes website.
In addition, Southwestern cinema chain Harkins Theatres, which has a Bricktown location, didn’t play “The Watch” at any of its locations this weekend. Harkins Theatres and Twentieth Century Fox were unable to reach an equitable agreement with regards to the film’s licensing fee, according to a Harkins news release.
“Step Up Revolution” — the fourth film in the dance franchise, which is set in Miami this time — opened at No. 4 with $11.8 million. Richie Fay, Lionsgate’s president of domestic distribution, told the AP that the number was a little disappointing because the studio expected it to end up in the mid-teens. But the core audience for the previous three “Step Up” films showed up: 63 percent was female and 71 percent was younger than 24.
In limited release, Fox Searchlight’s “Ruby Sparks” grossed $151,881 in 13 theaters for a strong per-screen average of $11,683. Since its opening Wednesday, it’s made $191,717. The romantic comedy from the directors of “Little Miss Sunshine” stars Paul Dano as a novelist with writer’s block who creates his dream girl, played by Dano’s real-life girlfriend Zoe Kazan, who also wrote the script. Look for my interview with Dano on Aug. 17, when the movie opens in Oklahoma City.
Here are the top 10 movies from the past weekend, courtesy the AP:
1. “The Dark Knight Rises,” $64 million. ($122.1 million international.)
2. “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” $13 million. ($49.4 million international.)
3. “The Watch,” $13 million.
4. “Step Up Revolution,” $11.8 million. ($5.2 million international.)
5. “Ted,” $7.4 million. ($2.7 million international.)
6. “The Amazing Spider-Man,” $6.8 million.
7. “Brave,” $4.2 million. ($9.6 million international.)
8. “Magic Mike,” $2.6 million. ($5.3 million international.)
9. “Savages,” $1.8 million. ($2 million international.)
10. “Moonrise Kingdom,” $1.4 million.
Box office report for July 23, 2012: “The Dark Knight Rises” ascends to record-setting No. 1 spot with $160 million+ opening weekend
Christopher Nolan’s three-quel “The Dark Knight Rises” opened to an impressive $160.9 million, earning the third best debut of all time at the domestic box office and the top opening ever for a 2D movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
But the trilogy capper and its studio, Warner Bros., lost some business in the wake of the shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” that left at least a dozen people dead and dozens more injured.
Heading into the weekend, most box-office forecasters believed that Nolan’s final Batman movie would gross north of $180 million in North America. Even conservative estimates had the DC Comics-based title grossing north of $170 million, according to the trade publication.
The movie beat out the $158.4 million opening of its predecessor “The Dark Knight” and marks the top debut in history for a 2D movie. Earlier this summer, 3D Marvel Comics movie “The Avengers” opened to $207.4 million, while “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” released last year in 3D, opened to $169.2 million.
Overseas, “The Dark Knight Rises” grossed a strong $88 million as it opened in 17 markets for a worldwide bow of nearly $249 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The movie did impressive business in IMAX, which turned in $19 million from 332 locations in North America and $4.8 million overseas. Nolan is a big fan of the giant-screen format, and shot roughly an hour of the three-quel with IMAX cameras.
According to the trade publication, “The Dark Knight Rises” may be able to make up any loss in revenue in the wake of the Colorado shooting in the weeks ahead. In addition to good reviews, the movie earned a glowing A CinemaScore and will likely benefit greatly from positive word of mouth.
Box-office pundits say the most noticeable dip in theater traffic over the weekend came in the family film arena, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 20th Century Fox’s sequel “Ice Age: Continental Drift” dropped a larger than normal 56 percent in its second weekend to $20.4 million for a 10-day cumulative total of $88.8 million.
Out of respect for the Colorado shooting victims, film studios refrained from reporting grosses over the weekend. Here are the top 10 movies (including their weekend and cumulative grosses plus the number of weeks in theaters) from over the past weekend, according to IMDB:
1 The Dark Knight Rises (2012) $161M $161M 1
2 Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) $20.4M $88.8M 2
3 The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) $10.9M $229M 3
4 Ted (2012) $10M $180M 4
5 Brave (2012) $6.02M $209M 5
6 Magic Mike (2012) $4.29M $102M 4
7 Savages (2012) $3.4M $40.1M 3
8 Madea’s Witness Protection (2012) $2.25M $60.3M 4
9 Moonrise Kingdom (2012) $1.83M $36.1M 9
10 To Rome with Love (2012) $1.42M $11.1M 5
Sandwiched in between two massive superhero movies, “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” the fourth film in the decade-old animated franchise, topped the box office over the weekend.
“Ice Age: Continental Drift” earned $46 million in its opening weekend, according to the Associated Press. The North America performance of “Continental Drift” was on par with previous “Ice Age” movies but well below the opening weekend of the second installment, “The Meltdown,” which opened with $68 million in 2006.
The film, featuring the voice talents of Ray Romano, Denis Leary and Muskogee native Ester Dean, had already done solid overseas business ahead of opening in the U.S. This weekend it earned $95 million internationally, bringing its overseas total to $339 million, according to the AP.
The “Ice Age” franchise has now surpassed $2.2 billion worldwide, and 20th Century Fox expects “Continental Drift” to equal the global total of the last installment, 2009′s “Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” which took in $886.7 million.
In its second week of release, the reboot “The Amazing Spider-Man,” starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Leary, earned $35 million, pushing it past $200 million domestically. It earned nearly $67 million overseas over the weekend, bringing its worldwide gross to $521.4 million, according to the AP.
Seth MacFarlane’s (TV’s “Family Guy”) R-rated comedy hit, “Ted,” which stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and a talking teddy bear, hauled in another $22.1 million in its third week for a total of $159 million for Universal Pictures.
Three of the top 10 films at the box office, including the fourth “Ice Age” flick, were family films: In fourth place, Disney/Pixar’s “Brave” added $10.7 million to its $195.6 million domestic total, and the 10th place DreamWorks Animation’s three-quel “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” added $3.5 million to its $203.7 million domestic total.
The box-office forecast is expected to take a darkly super-heroic turn this weekend with the opening of the hotly anticipated Batman epic “The Dark Knight Rises,” the third and final film of director Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed blockbuster trilogy based on the DC Comics protagonist.
1. “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” $46 million ($95 million internationally)
2. “The Amazing Spider-Man,” $35 million ($66.6 million internationally).
3. “Ted,” $22.1 million, ($9.7 million internationally).
4. “Brave,” $10.7 million, ($6.5 million internationally).
5. “Magic Mike,” $9 million, ($3.3 million internationally).
6. “Savages,” $8.7 million, ($1 million internationally).
7. “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection,” $5.6 million.
8. “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” $3.7 million, ($1 million internationally).
9. “Moonrise Kingdom,” $3.7 million, ($270,000 internationally).
10. “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” $3.5 million ($4.6 million internationally).
The Marvel Comics hero Spider-Man once again soared to impressive heights at the box office over its extended July 4 debut.
Sony’s $220 million reboot “The Amazing Spider-Man” debuted atop the box office with $65 million over its first weekend and a big $140 million in its first six days, according to CNN. The 3-D blockbuster played in 4,138 theaters and earned a $15,708 per theater average over the Friday-to-Sunday period. Of that $140 million, $14.3 million came from IMAX screens.
Worldwide, the tentpole has already earned $341.2 million after two weekends of international release, reports CNN.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” started off slower than any the previous franchise starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst and directed by Sam Raimi. According CNN, after six days, 2002′s “Spider-Man” had earned $144.1 million, 2004′s “Spider-Man 2″ had earned $180.1 million, and 2007′s “Spider-Man 3″ had earned $176.2 million — and none of those had 3-D or IMAX showings with their more lucrative ticket prices.
But the debut for director Marc Webb’s superheroic action film disproved the theory that Sony was making a potentially costly mistake by so quickly rebooting the franchise with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.
According to CNN, “The Amazing Spider-Man” actually fared better over the weekend than similar superhero reboots “Batman Begins” and “X-Men: First Class,” which opened with $48.7 and $55.1 million, respectively. Like those other comic-book restarts, “The Amazing Spider-Man” also will provide an entry point for successful sequels in the future.
Audiences issued “The Amazing Spider-Man” an “A-” CinemaScore grade, which should lead to strong word-of-mouth and attendance, at least until “The Dark Knight Rises” – the second sequel to “Batman Begins” – swoops into theaters July 20.
In second place, Seth MacFarlane’s $50 million comedy Ted dropped by 40 percent to $32.6 million, which gives the Universal comedy a 10-day total of $120.2 million, according to CNN.
Disney/Pixar’s animated adventure “Brave” fell by a slightly larger-than-expected 41 percent to $20.2 million, according to CNN. After three weekends, the $185 million animated film has earned $174.5 million and is still headed for a domestic finish in the $220 million range.
Oliver Stone’s gritty drama Savages opened at No. 4 with $16.2 million, according to CNN. The film, which was bumped up from fall to summer, achieved a sturdy $6,150 per theater average. But its weak “C+” CinemaScore grade could pose problems for its future at the box office.
The 3-D concert documentary “Katy Perry: Part of Me” failed to go off like a “Firework,” at least compared to the pop star’s hit singles, which often reach No. 1 during their first week on the charts. “Part of Me” opened at No. 7 and grossed a weak $7.2 million from Friday-to-Sunday. It has amassed $10.3 million total since its Thursday release, making it clear that Paramount’s $12 million effort is not the next “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” which earned $73 million last year.
Here are the top 10 movies over the weekend, from IMDB (listed by title/year/weekend gross/overall gross/weeks in theaters):
1 The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) $65M $140M 1
2 Ted (2012) $32.6M $120M 2
3 Brave (2012) $20.2M $175M 3
4 Savages (2012) $16.2M $16.2M 1
5 Magic Mike (2012) $15.6M $72.8M 2
6 Madea’s Witness Protection (2012) $10.2M $45.8M 2
7 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012) $7.7M $196M 5
8 Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012) $7.15M $10.2M 1
9 Moonrise Kingdom (2012) $4.64M $26.9M 7
10 To Rome with Love (2012) $3.5M $5.26M 3