Weekend Wrap-Up

Narnia, Tourist Mark Slow Start to Holiday Box Office

By John Hamann

December 12, 2010

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Fourth spot goes to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, and like all Potter movies, this one is losing some steam in its fourth weekend. The Deathly Hallows earned another $8.5 million in its fourth frame, off 50% compared to the previous weekend. Since opening to an outlandish $125 million, this Potter has seen some big drops – 61%, 65%, and now 50%. Its closest comparison, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, earned $10.3 million in its fourth weekend, and had earned $244 million by the end of weekend four. After the same amount of time, Deathly Hallows has earned $257.7 million domestically, against a budget of what is likely $200 million. As every weekend goes by, The Deathly Hallows' chances of making it to $300 million grow slimmer and slimmer – but as a counter-point, it has also earned close to a half-billion overseas.

Fifth goes to Unstoppable, the Denzel Washington/Chris Pine thriller from director Tony Scott. Now in its fifth weekend, and buried under holiday and Thanksgiving releases, Unstoppable earned $3.8 million for Fox, and dropped 37%. Unstoppable was a $100 million production for the studio, and has done well since opening to $22.7 million in mid-November. It doesn't look like Unstoppable will take down The Book of Eli as Denzel's biggest film in the last few years, but is still a strong entry on the actor's resume. Give Unstoppable $74.3 million domestic, and another $50 million (and climbing) from overseas theaters.

In a suprise win, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan finishes sixth, despite appearing on only 90 screens. The Natalie Portman/Mila Kunis thriller earned a remarkable $3.3 million from that slim number of venues, giving it an outstanding average of $37,024. The Fox Searchlight film cost $13 million to produce, and after only a very small limited release, has already earned $5.6 million. Black Swan is going to be a force to be reckoned with over the next few weeks, as it has an 87% fresh rating at RottenTomatoes and is carrying strong word-of-mouth.

Finishing seventh is Burlesque, the mostly failed musical for Screen Gems. Now in its third weekend, the Cher and Christina Aguilera musical continued its drop, earning only $3.2 million, down 48% from the previous frame. This one never caught on, as it was neither campy enough (Rocky Horror) or classy enough (Chicago) to gain any decent word-of-mouth. After opening to $12 million, Burlesque fell 49% in its second weekend, and now drops similarly. Against a budget of $55 million, Burlesque has now accumulated $32.6 million on the domestic front. Unfortunately for Screen Gems, their first big independent release is going to end up a failure.

Eighth goes to Love and Other Drugs, the Jake Gylennhaal/Anne Hathaway dramedy from director Ed Zwick. Now in its third weekend, Love earned $3 million and dropped 47%. This one likely would be little remembered, had it not dropped only 42% over the post-Thanksgiving frame, but with that hold, it will at least match its $30 million production budget, eventually. Give it $27.6 million so far.


Due Date holds on for one more weekend in ninth, with the Robert Downey Jr./Zach Galifinakis comedy in its sixth weekend. Due Date earned a small $2.5 million and was off 38%. Due Date benefited greatly from the Thanksgiving weekend, as it likely added $10 million to the coffers. After opening to $32.7 million, Due Date has earned $94.9 million on the domestic front, well beyond its $65 million production budget. It has earned another $82 million overseas.

Megamind is tenth this weekend, as the Will Ferrell/Tina Fey voiced comedy is losing the battle against the other kid fare. Megamind earned $2.5 million this weekend and dropped 49%. The $130 million Paramount/DreamWorks Animation release has now earned $140.2 million on the domestic front, and $50 million overseas.

Overall this weekend, totals are low, but that has been the trend over the last two years. This weekend, the top 12 films brought in $85.7 million. A year ago, with The Princess and The Frog on top, the top 12 earned $87.3 million. The year before that, with The Day The Earth Stood Still at number one, the top 12 earned $82.3 million, so it's not time to panic about the box office, especially with what's on the horizon. Next weekend brings Tron: Legacy, the 3D film we have all been waiting for. Also opening is How Do You Know, that yearly rom-com we get in December, while this year's Alvin and the Chipmunks comes in the form of Yogi Bear.

Top Weekend Box Office for 12/10/10-12/12/10 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 20th Century Fox $24,500,000 $24,005,069 New $24,005,069
2 The Tourist Touchstone Pictures $17,000,000 $16,472,458 New $16,472,458
3 Tangled Walt Disney Pictures $14,559,000 $14,331,687 - 33.7% $115,395,560
4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I Warner Bros. $8,500,000 $8,484,316 - 50.1% $257,672,721
5 Unstoppable 20th Century Fox $3,750,000 $3,705,966 - 37.9% $74,227,908
6 Black Swan Universal $3,332,144 $3,305,368 +128.9% $5,584,542
7 Burlesque Screen Gems $3,200,000 $3,166,613 - 48.3% $32,540,780
8 Love and Other Drugs 20th Century Fox $3,000,000 $2,981,509 - 47.3% $27,629,936
9 Due Date Warner Bros. Pictures $2,545,000 $2,581,147 - 37.6% $94,919,650
10 Megamind DreamWorks Animation $2,510,000 $2,526,824 - 48.8% $140,218,962
11 Faster CBS Films $1,735,000 $1,731,840 - 56.0% $21,336,961
12 The Next Three Days Lionsgate $1,100,000 $1,025,033 - 60.1% $20,300,979
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Fighter Paramount $320,000 $300,010 New $300,010
  The Tempest $45,000 $42,436 New $42,436
  Hemingway's Garden of Eden Roadside Attractions N/A $12,404 New $12,404
  Frankie and Alice N/A $7,768 New $7,768
  You Won't Miss Me Reel Diva N/A $2,240 New $2,240
  The Warrior's Way $941,000 $975,541 - 68.0% $4,952,347
  I Love You Phillip Morris Freestyle Releasing $150,000 $153,122 + 36.1% $304,245
  All Good Things Magnolia Pictures $60,000 $62,452 + 68.0% $113,893
  The King's Speech The Weinstein Company $591,685 $591,818 New $1,524,123
  127 Hours Fox Searchlight Pictures $985,000 $1,008,858 - 37.7% $8,250,856
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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