Weekend Wrap-Up

Pirates 4 Jumps the Box Office Shark

By John Hamann

May 22, 2011

Disney isn't going to let us go until we agree to do more movies, are they?

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Thor is third, as it gets creamed by Pirates of the Caribbean. After finishing almost $10 million ahead of Bridesmaids last weekend, it falls about $5 million behind, earning only $15.5 million in its third weekend. Thor falls a hefty 55%, and now appears to be finishing short of $200 million, at least on the domestic side. On the international side, Thor has already crossed the $200 million mark, and is driving toward $250 million. The question now is whether this is a half-billion earner worldwide, a number that does seem quite possible. Domestically, Thor has a cumulative total of $145.4 million.

Fast Five spends a fourth weekend in the top five, and still has a chance at becoming Universal's first $200 million domestic earner since The Bourne Ultimatum earned $225.5 million in the summer of 2007. This weekend, Fast Five earned $10.6 million. It dropped 48%, so the $125 million product will need a good Memorial Day weekend to put it close to $200 million. So far, Fast Five has a domestic total of $186.2 million, and has earned more than $265 million overseas.

Rio, despite being in its sixth weekend, takes the fifth spot. After dropping only 3% last weekend (I have no idea why), Rio got back to normal this weekend. The 20th Century Fox film earned $4.7 million and dropped a more normal 44%. Rio has now seen drops of 33%, 44%, 42.5%, 3% and now 44%, which shows what an odd duck last weekend was. Regardless, Rio has earned an exciting $131.6 million domestically, and over $300 million on foreign shores.

Priest falls all the way to sixth this weekend, as last weekend's soft $15 million opening turns into a nightmare in the second frame. Priest earned only $4.6 million this weekend, and dropped a ludicrous 69% in its second weekend. Made for at least $60 million (don't forget, Priest was on the shelf gathering dust for more than a year), this is going to be ugly for Screen Gems, as Priest will struggle to earn $35 million stateside. Give it $23.7 million so far.

Jumping the Broom is seventh, but has earned almost four times its budget before the weekend began. This weekend, the TriStar entry earned $3.7 million and dropped 48%. The small $7 million film has now earned $31.3 million.


Something Borrowed continues its slide downward this weekend. After declining 51% in its sophomore frame, the Hilary Swank-produced flick continued to drop, earning $3.4 million, good for a drop of 50%. Something Borrowed cost Warner Brothers $35 million to make, and has a gross so far of $31.4 million.

Ninth is Water For Elephants, as Reese Witherspoon turns a dog into a winner. Water For Elephants earned $2.2 million and dropped 49%. The $38 million Fox release has now earned a respectable $52.4 million.

Tenth goes to Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, though it doesn't quite manage to cross the million dollar mark on the weekend. It earned $990,000 and dropped 55% from last weekend. The latest film in the Madea franchise has taken in $51.8 million so far.

Overall this weekend, the box office manages to stay ahead of last year, but could have been bigger, if On Stranger Tides had debuted to $100 million. The top 12 films this weekend earned $157.7 million, which compares favorably with last year's take of $143.1 million, when Shrek Forever After was on top. Next weekend brings the Memorial Day Weekend, and this year it's sure to be huge, as two big sequels open. Kung Fu Panda 2 and The Hangover 2 both hit theaters on Thursday, and both could be very big.

Top Weekend Box Office for 5/20/11-5/22/11 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides WALT DISNEY $90,100,000 $90,151,958 New $90,151,958
2 Bridesmaids Universal $21,058,290 $20,882,070 - 20.4% $59,341,310
3 Thor Marvel Studios $15,500,000 $15,455,304 - 55.5% $145,361,459
4 Fast Five $10,630,570 $10,576,865 - 48.3% $186,219,155
5 Priest Screen Gems (Sony) $4,600,000 $4,750,041 - 68.2% $23,833,169
6 Rio 20th Century Fox $4,650,000 $4,687,714 - 43.4% $131,684,365
7 Jumping the Broom Sony/Columbia $3,700,000 $3,703,010 - 47.6% $31,320,562
8 Something Borrowed Warner Bros. $3,425,000 $3,516,387 - 48.8% $31,519,452
9 Water for Elephants Twentieth Century Fox $2,150,000 $2,179,046 - 48.2% $52,456,620
10 Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family Lions Gate $990,000 $956,589 - 56.8% $51,723,579
11 Soul Surfer $950,000 $930,008 - 49.1% $40,610,678
12 Tangled Walt Disney Pictures N/A $910,502 +14236.4% $200,627,301
  Also Opening/Notables
  Midnight in Paris Sony Pictures Classics $578,805 $599,003 New $599,003
  Bloodworth Samuel Goldwyn N/A $9,612 New $9,612
  Went the Day Well? Rialto N/A $7,849 New $7,849
  Everything Must Go Roadside Attractions $500,000 $529,037 - 33.2% $1,628,657
  Hesher Newmarket Film Group $63,758 $61,786 - 51.0% $253,660
  The Beaver Summit Entertainment $190,000 $188,081 + 16.7% $579,724
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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