Hangover makes Kung Fu Panda an endangered species
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
May 29, 2011
Next up, we have Woody Allen taking a shot at the top ten, as his Midnight in Paris earns $1.9 over the three-day portion of the holiday weekend from only 58 venues, good for a stellar seventh place finish. That’s a per-screen average of 33,090, the best in the top ten, and it’s pretty clear that this film is riding a wave of positive critical reviews to capture audience attention. Like many Woody Allen films, it’s also doing well overseas, as it’s approaching $15 million in international venues so far (this is a film with just a $30 million budget).
Our joined-at-the-hip wedding comedies take the eighth and ninth spots. Jumping the Broom earned $1.9 million, a decline of 49%. Its current domestic total is $34.2 million, which keeps it right in line with Something Borrowed, which is still hanging around despite no one really wanting it or caring too much about its presence. The film ends up in ninth place with a three-day total of $1.8 million, a decline of 48%. Its current domestic total is $34.8 million, and might provide some proof that on top of wanting product, women want good and unique product. They’re not just going to head out and see any old crap you throw on a screen.
The last of our blockbusters in the top ten shows up in tenth place. Rio, the animated kid flick from Blue Sky Animation and 20th Century Fox, earned $1.8 million and fell 62% from its previous weekend. Fox has to be plenty pleased with this CGI animated success, as it has earned $134.8 million domestically and $315 million internationally, easily earning back its $90 million production budget before it even gets near home video. This film is actually looking somewhat similar to Ice Age, which also had a lot of its revenues come from overseas venues. A sequel is almost a certainty.
If we compare this year’s Memorial Day weekend to 2010’s, things are looking up, up, up. The top 12 films this weekend took in an outrageous $216.4 million, a monumental 49% more than the same weekend last year when Sex and the City 2 and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time disappointed by not even winning the weekend and the top 12 earned $145.3 million. Next weekend, the X-Men return to theaters, although this time we go back in time to see how Magneto, Dr. Xavier and the rest of the older generation had their beginnings.
||The Hangover: Part II
||Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom
||Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
||Midnight in Paris
||Sony Pictures Classics
||Jumping the Broom
||20th Century Fox
||Screen Gems (Sony)
||Water for Elephants
||Twentieth Century Fox
||The Tree of Life
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations