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Weekend Wrap-Up for April 16-18, 2010

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By John Hamann

April 18, 2010

They were very surprised to hear the results of the weekend box office.

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Hot Tub Time Machine finishes in eighth place this weekend, its fourth in release. The John Cusack comedy took in $3.5 million and has a total so far of $42.5 million, which exceeds its $36 million budget and is good enough that it should be a winner overall for the studio, particularly since it's likely to do quite well on home video.

Alice in Wonderland falls to ninth, as the Tim Burton flick enjoys its seventh weekend in release. Alice earned another $3.5 million and dropped 33%. What an investment this has become for Disney. The Mouse House spent $200 million on Burton's creation, and it has now earned $324 million domestically, and over $460 million overseas. It has quietly become the 21st biggest film ever domestically, and is approaching the top 20 in international grosses.




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Finally, The Bounty Hunter is tenth, as the Jennifer Aniston/Gerard Butler flick earned $3.2 million and brought its total up to $60.4 million. This is a total that ensures both its stars continued work in bland romantic comedies for some time to come.

Overall, the box office had no trouble getting ahead of last year's totals when Warner Bros. punished us with the release of 17 Again with Zac Efron. Last year, the box office earned $100.4 million – this year, the top 12 films earned $113.4 million. Next weekend is another waiting period prior to Iron Man 2. We are left watching the aforementioned Back Up Plan with Jennifer Lopez, or The Losers, which at least stars the lovely Zoe Saldana.


Top Weekend Box Office for 4/16/10-4/18/10 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Kick-Ass Lionsgate $19,750,000 $19,828,687 New $19,828,687
2 How to Train Your Dragon DreamWorks Pictures $20,000,000 $19,633,320 - 21.0% $158,251,066
3 Date Night 20th Century Fox $17,300,000 $16,720,038 - 33.7% $48,666,799
4 Death at a Funeral MGM $17,000,000 $16,217,540 New $16,217,540
5 Clash of the Titans Warner Bros. Pictures $15,770,000 $15,385,491 - 42.2% $132,600,220
6 The Last Song Touchstone Pictures N/A $5,962,916 New $50,187,855
7 Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? Lionsgate $4,180,000 $4,098,898 - 62.8% $54,801,812
8 Alice in Wonderland Walt Disney Pictures $3,540,000 $3,656,442 - 31.0% $324,131,301
9 Hot Tub Time Machine MGM $3,545,000 $3,490,471 - 35.7% $42,449,935
10 The Bounty Hunter Columbia Pictures (Sony) $3,200,000 $3,084,020 - 26.8% $60,261,888
11 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 20th Century Fox $2,800,000 $2,790,042 - 29.9% $57,090,186
12 Avatar 20th Century Fox $1,025,000 $1,002,814 + 18.7% $745,023,267
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Joneses Roadside Attractions $500,000 $509,689 New $509,689
  Exit Through the Gift Shop Producers Distribution Agency $166,126 $170,756 New $170,756
  Handsome Harry Paladin $13,500 $12,562 New $12,562
  No One Knows About Persian Cats IFC Films N/A $8,842 New $8,842
  The Cartel Moving Picture Institute $4,127 $3,694 New $3,694
  When You're Strange Abramorama $20,448 $33,772 New $124,016
  The Square Apparition $38,071 $37,546 New $61,225
  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Music Box $750,000 $631,021 New $3,026,200
  Greenberg Focus Features $315,902 $320,111 - 24.0% $3,400,874
  Hubble 3d WARNER BROS. $313,000 $307,794 New $3,279,965
  The Runaways Apparition $295,502 $303,668 - 35.3% $2,995,811
  City Island Anchor Bay $259,000 $260,755 New $844,613
  The Ghost Writer Summit Entertainment $670,000 $681,271 New $13,251,944
Click here for all weekend data
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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