Weekend Wrap-Up

Super 8 Solid for Spielberg and Abrams

By John Hamann

June 12, 2011

Yes, it is weird that the alien's secret is that it likes to wear tap shoes and sing I Will Survive

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Fifth goes to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which was looking to improve on two consecutive 50% drops. This weekend was better, as the Johnny Depp swashbuckler took in $10.8 million and fell a much better 40%. With a domestic running total of $208.8 million, On Stranger Tides is a longshot to match its $250 million production budget stateside, but the ridiculously large $615 million overseas haul will help Disney fund many more unnecessary sequels.

Bridesmaids is sixth as it has another strong weekend in its fifth frame. The Kristen Wiig film earned another $10.1 million and shows no sign of slowing as it dipped only 16%. Bridesmaids may not be the biggest film of the summer, but its certainly is the one with the best legs – it's the Hangover with smaller numbers. Give Bridesmaids a gross of $123.9 million so far, against a budget of only $32 million. It will likely finish with more than $150 million domestically.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is seventh this weekend, but should be happy with what it earned. Judy Moody took in $6.3 million this weekend from 2,524 venues giving it a venue average of $2,483. This one is based on a popular kids' book, and cost Relativity $20 million to make. It will end up as a push for the studio.


Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris expanded nicely, moving from 147 venues last weekend to 944 venues this weekend. With the expansion, Midnight In Paris raised its weekend gross to $6.1 million, giving it a venue average of $6,511. It increased its gross by 122%, and is on its way to being a nice little hit for Sony Classics. I did some checking, and can't find a weekend where a Woody Allen comedy grossed more $4.5 million over a single frame. If this is considered an "opening weekend," it is his biggest throughout a 40-year career. Midnight in Paris has a cume now of $14.2 million stateside, and has already earned $28 million overseas.

Thor and Fast Five take the bottom rungs on the box office ladder this weekend, as their box office dominance has ended. Thor earned $2.4 million and dropped 44%, and Fast Five earned $1.7 million and dropped 46%. Fast Five is the bigger winner between the two, as the Vin Diesel flick has collected $205.1 million stateside versus Thor's $173.6 million. Overseas, Fast Five has pulled in over $370 million, while Thor has taken in a paltry $258 million.

Overall, the box office is solid, but down slightly from last year when The Karate Kid debuted with $55 million and The A-Team flopped with only $25 million. Last year, the top 12 drew $144 million in box office gold. This year, the top 12 could only draw $136.2 million. Things will pick up in a very big way next weekend, as we have Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern hitting screens, along with Jim Carrey in Mr. Popper's Penguins

Top Weekend Box Office for 6/10/11-6/12/11 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Super 8 Paramount $37,000,000 $35,451,168 New $36,451,168
2 X-Men: First Class Twentieth Century Fox $25,000,000 $24,128,986 - 56.2% $98,023,335
3 The Hangover: Part II Warner Bros. $18,500,000 $17,667,329 - 43.7% $215,727,461
4 Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom DreamWorks $16,635,000 $16,543,166 - 30.7% $126,813,240
5 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides WALT DISNEY $10,846,000 $10,945,764 New $208,873,258
6 Bridesmaids Universal $10,153,950 $10,066,290 - 16.4% $123,815,865
7 Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer Relativity Media $6,267,000 $6,076,859 New $6,076,859
8 Midnight in Paris Sony Pictures Classics $6,146,165 $5,830,723 +110.5% $13,909,196
9 Thor Marvel Studios $2,370,000 $2,435,215 - 42.7% $173,664,723
10 Fast Five $1,714,410 $1,727,330 - 45.4% $205,094,205
11 The Tree of Life FOX SEARCHLIGHT $875,126 $827,009 New $2,361,655
12 Rio 20th Century Fox $681,000 $670,101 - 9.3% $137,780,829
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Trip IFC Films N/A $77,904 New $77,904
  Bride Flight Music Box $60,000 $54,044 New $54,044
  Viva Riva! Music Box $10,000 $10,314 New $10,314
  Trollhunter Magnolia N/A $5,585 New $5,585
  Le Rayon Vert Film Desk N/A $4,957 New $5,349
  Beginners Focus Features $254,587 $243,059 + 79.8% $453,329
  Submarine Weinstein Co. $60,208 $55,848 + 33.5% $117,767
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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