This weekend was another disappointing one at the box office with each of the two new releases under performing. The outlook for the remainder of the summer doesn’t look overly promising either, with this coming weekend’s The Bourne Legacy being one of few films with the chance to over perform. The weekend was down 28.1% from the previous year; however the year as a whole is up 6.2% though this same point last yea
BOX OFFICE RECAP
1. The Dark Knight Rises – For the 3rd consecutive weekend, the finale of Christopher Nolan’s epic trilogy led the way. It’s going to be awfully difficult for Warner Bros. to reboot Batman in a few years, because the greatness of the trilogy will be more difficult to match.
Weekend Actual: $35,737,330 (-42.5% from previous weekend)
Joe’s Prediction: $32,000,000
Total Domestic Gross: $353,935,095
Total Worldwide Gross: $732,335,094
2. Total Recall (2012) – The remake starring Colin Farrell just didn’t seem to resonate with movie goers. There’s little reason to believe that the film takes in domestically its reported budget of $125 million. When are the studios going to start leaving well enough alone, and stop remaking movies that audiences aren’t clamoring for?
Weekend Actual: $25,577,758
Joe’s Prediction: $31,000,000
Total Worldwide Gross: $31,777,758
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – The 3rd film in the Diary of Wimpy Kid series, and the first film not to open in the month of March, didn’t do open as well as the previous two did. That’s not to say that the film won’t do well during the remainder of the summer, but it does come as a surprise considering the popularity of the books. When you consider the budget for the movie is a paltry $22 million, in all likelihood there will be a profit to be made.
Weekend Actual: $14,623,599
Joe’s Prediction: $23,000,000
Total Worldwide Gross: $17,323,599
4. Ice Age: Continental Drift – The fourth Ice Age film continues to make money, and a lot of it. I think it’s come as surprise to a large number of people how well this movie has performed, and it’s going to be a disappointment when the next one comes out.
Weekend Actual: $8,609,040 (-35.5%)
Joe’s Prediction: $7,700,000
Total Domestic Gross: $132,071,899
Total Worldwide Gross: $716,071,899
5. The Watch – The good news is that the word of mouth on the movie hasn’t been downright awful; the bad news is that it hasn’t been good at all. Considering the cast that was put together for the film, Fox has to be extremely disappointed with a domestic take of $25.5 million on a budget of $68 million.
Weekend Actual: $6,527,915 (-48.8%)
Joe’s Prediction: $5,700,000
Total Domestic Gross: $25,541,118
Total Worldwide Gross: $25,541,118
6. Step Up Revolution: Please let this be the end of this franchise!! I’m sorry, I realize that there’s some kind of audience for these movies but it’s time to be the series to an end….PLEASE!?!?
Weekend Actual: $5,300,000 (-49.5%)
Total Domestic Gross: $23,097,000
Total Worldwide Gross: $41,224,611
7. Ted – The raunchy, pot smoking teddy bear is a bona fide smash hit! Fox studio has got to be kicking themselves in the ass for passing up on making this movie. It’s a surprise that no announcement has been made as of yet with regards to a sequel, although I still think it’s coming. Seth MacFarlane must have carte-blanche to do whatever movie he wants to for his next film.
Weekend Actual: $6,527,915 (-23.2%)
Total Domestic Gross: $203,579,915
Total Worldwide Gross: $280,879,915
8. The Amazing Spider-Man – The Sony reboot has been extremely well received, even to the point that some say it may have been better than the first Sam Raimi Spider-Man. I think each film had its positives and negatives, but the one thing I’ll give The Amazing Spider-Man is that the cast was far superior. I can’t wait to see what’s planned for the eventual sequel.
Weekend Actual: $4,400,315
Total Domestic Gross: $250,740,648
Total Worldwide Gross: $677,840,648
9. Brave – Although not quite the hit most Pixar films have been, Brave has not disappointed. The budget for the movie was $185 million, which means it has already made a profit. When you consider the merchandising tie-ins, and the eventual DVD/Blu-Ray sales, there’s no doubt the movie was a success.
Weekend Actual: $2,986,214
Total Domestic Gross: $223,420,254
Total Worldwide Gross: $341,420,254
10. Magic Mike – Not surprisingly, women continue to flock to the theater to see the Channing Tatum sort of, kind of biopic. After 6 weekends in theaters, the only question I have (and have had since seeing it opening weekend) is why the hell was Kevin Nash in this movie?!
Weekend Actual: $1,414,372
Total Domestic Gross: $110,928,677
Total Worldwide Gross: $110,928,677
Next weekend’s new releases: The Bourne Legacy
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