Weekend Wrap-Up for May 14-16, 2010

Robin Hood On Target; Iron Man 2 Slips

By John Hamann

May 16, 2010

Pepper wants to be alone with the helmet, which we're guessing vibrates.

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Fourth spot goes to the urban comedy Just Wright, with Queen Latifah and rapper Common. This small film from Fox Searchlight opened to $8.5 million from only 1,831 venues. It had an average of $4,642. For Queen Latifah, this is on the lower end of her usual openings, as she has appeared in very few films that opened to less than $10 million (2008's Mad Money was her first sub-$10 million debut since 2004). Just Wright was likely made on the cheap, given the studio and male lead, so if Searchlight can get this one to $20 million, they just might have a small win.

How to Train Your Dragon slips to fifth, but considering it's in its eighth weekend of release, the result isn't too bad. The 3D spectacle earned $5.1 million and was off 23% compared to its previous frame. The Paramount/DreamWorks Animation production has now earned over $200 million both overseas and stateside, against a production budget of $165 million.

Sixth goes to A Nightmare on Elm Street. The $33 million opener has fallen fast and dramatically over the last two weekends. After slipping 72% (!) in the last frame, this weekend ain't much better, as Freddy drops another 48% to $4.7 million. Good thing this was a winner after one weekend, as the $35 million picture has a gross so far of $56.1 million.


Date Night is seventh as it enjoys its sixth frame in release. The Tina Fey/Steve Carrell picture earned $4 million and dropped 27%. Date Night, which cost Fox $55 million to make, has now taken in $86.7 million domestically, and another $40+ million overseas.

Eighth, ninth and tenth have totals so low they are hardly worth mentioning. Eighth goes to The Back-Up Plan, J-Lo's near miss, which earned $2.5 million and has a total of $34.2 million. Ninth is Furry Vengeance, the film that should not be seen by anyone, which earned $2.3 million and now has a puny total of just $15.1 million. Finally in tenth is Clash of the Titans, the seven-weekend old throwback from Warner Bros. Clash took in $1.3 million, has a domestic total of $160.2 million, and an overseas cume over $300 million.

Overall, despite the big drop from Iron Man 2 and a so-so opening from Robin Hood, the box office still had a better weekend than last year. A year ago, Angels and Demons was on top with $46.2 million, which led the top 12 films to $130.8 million. This year, the top 12 managed $134.4 million. Next weekend, things could get even more interesting. Shrek Forever After opens – in 3D – but has some bitterly bad reviews thus far. On the other hand, MacGruber also opens and has been receiving some surprisingly good reviews. Check back next weekend to see how it all rolls out.

Top Weekend Box Office for 5/14/10-5/16/10 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Iron Man 2 Paramount Pictures, Marvel Studios $53,000,000 $52,041,005 - 59.4% $211,200,876
2 Robin Hood Universal Pictures $37,114,285 $36,063,385 New $36,063,385
3 Letters to Juliet Summit Entertainment $13,750,000 $13,540,486 New $13,540,486
4 Just Wright Fox Searchlight Pictures $8,500,000 $8,284,989 New $8,284,989
5 How to Train Your Dragon DreamWorks Pictures $5,120,000 $5,003,536 - 25.1% $207,647,696
6 A Nightmare on Elm Street New Line Cinema $4,700,000 $4,657,190 - 48.9% $56,066,595
7 Date Night 20th Century Fox $4,000,000 $3,823,515 - 29.8% $86,522,622
8 The Back-Up Plan CBS Films $2,465,000 $2,387,480 - 52.6% $34,124,782
9 Furry Vengeance Summit Entertainment $2,300,000 $2,242,106 - 49.9% $15,089,070
10 Clash of the Titans Warner Bros. Pictures $1,255,000 $1,231,396 - 50.8% $160,127,747
11 Death at a Funeral MGM $1,150,000 $1,138,148 - 50.7% $40,495,964
12 Babies Focus $1,003,966 $995,660 New $3,881,216
  Also Opening/Notables
  Princess Kaiulani Roadside Attractions $175,000 $186,980 New $186,980
  Deadtree Falls Nocturnal Features N/A $7,430 New $7,430
  The Living Wake Mangusta $4,800 $3,821 New $3,821
  Oceans Disneynature $778,000 $752,018 New $17,669,450
  The Losers Warner Bros. $475,000 $458,406 - 75.2% $22,760,516
  Kick-Ass Lionsgate $540,000 $539,997 - 64.1% $46,616,232
  Exit Through the Gift Shop Producers Distribution Agency $230,533 $215,334 New $1,269,786
  Avatar 20th Century Fox $350,000 $355,174 - 16.4% $748,468,373
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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