Weekend Wrap-Up

Cars 2 races to the top spot

By Kim Hollis

June 26, 2011

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X-Men First Class earned $6.6 million and fell 45% from the previous frame. The Marvel/20th Century Fox product sits in sixth place in its fourth weekend, and has a cumulative total of $132.8 million. X-Men: First Class’s overseas total is approaching $170 million, so it does appear safe to say that the studio could be comfortable taking this set of characters and giving them a sequel, not a bad idea when you consider that the brand was damaged by the poor quality of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Seventh place goes to The Hangover Part II, which earns another $5.9 million, a decline of 42% from the previous frame. The Hangover Part II, which opened huge but has seen steady drops since then, has a cumulative total of $243.9 million, a massive number for Warner Bros. Even better, it has taken in half a billion dollars worldwide, which shows that setting the film in Thailand has proven to be a savvy move for the studio (it has already earned significantly more internationally than its predecessor).

The feel-good movie story of the summer is next, as Bridesmaids continues to hold onto a top ten spot thanks to fantastic holds and word-of-mouth. The Kristen Wiig comedy took in another $5.4 million this weekend and fell a slight 24%. There really aren’t enough superlatives to describe Bridesmaids’ performance thus far. Its total of $146.7 million is well in excess of its $33 million budget, and it’s going to be a huge ancillary earner on home video as well.


Captain Jack Sparrow hangs on a little while longer, as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides takes ninth place. It earned $4.7 million, a drop of 29% from last week, and has a running domestic total of $229.1 million. The bigger story for Pirates 4, though, is that it became the third-biggest overseas performer of all-time this week, behind only Titanic and Avatar. That overseas number was $742.9 million as of Friday, meaning that it should cross the billion dollar mark in worldwide receipts in the coming weeks.

Finally, we close out the top ten with Midnight in Paris, the Woody Allen success story that is receiving outstanding reviews in addition to some of the best box office results of the director’s career. The Owen Wilson starrer took in $4.5 million for the weekend, and dropped a tiny 8%. The art house hit has a domestic cumulative total of $28.6 million, and almost an equal amount from overseas venues.

Compared to last year, the box office is up 10% thanks to the combined power of Cars 2 and Bad Teacher. In 2010, Toy Story 3 topped the charts in its second weekend, giving the top 12 $157 million. This year’s top 12 sit at $172.3 million. For next weekend, a four-day holiday due to Independence Day, the new releases are Larry Crowne, with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which should earn a buck or two.

Top Weekend Box Office for 6/24/11-6/26/11 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Cars 2 Walt Disney Pictures $68,000,000 New $68,000,000
2 Bad Teacher Sony/Columbia $31,000,000 New $31,000,000
3 Green Lantern Warner Bros. Pictures $18,350,000 - 65% $89,311,000
4 Super 8 Paramount $12,100,000 - 44% $95,186,000
5 Mr. Popper's Penguins Twentieth Century Fox $10,300,000 - 44% $39,447,679
6 X-Men: First Class Twentieth Century Fox $6,600,000 - 45% $132,814,928
7 The Hangover: Part II Warner Bros. $5,865,000 - 42% $243,943,000
8 Bridesmaids Universal $5,371,995 - 24% $146,659,020
9 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides WALT DISNEY $4,702,000 -29% $229,060,000
10 Midnight in Paris Sony Pictures Classics $4,480,768 -8% $28,580,358
11 Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom DreamWorks $4,150,000 - 54% $153,042,000
12 The Tree of Life FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,360,000 -17% $5,875,264
  Also Opening/Notables
  Conan O'brien Can't Stop Abramorama $105,000 New $105,000
  Turtle: the Incredible Journey Hannover House $72,444 New $72,444
  A Better Life SUMMIT $60,000 New $60,000
  The Names of Love Music Box $30,000 New $30,000
  Passione: a Musical Adventure Abramorama $17,294 New $24,615
  If a Tree Falls: the Story of the Earth Liberation Front Oscilloscope $6,026 New $14,100
  The Art of Getting By Fox Searchlight $128,000 - 81% $1,344,748
  Buck IFC Films $300,000 +344% $395,000
  Page One Magnolia $50,000 +73% $95,000
  Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer Relativity Media $594,000 - 72% $13,423,970
  The Trip IFC Films $175,000 -1% $550,000
  Beginners Focus Features $460,118 +30% $1,539,007
  Thor Marvel Studios $515,000 - 55.0% $177,227,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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