Weekend Wrap-Up

By Reagen Sulewski

July 24, 2011

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Fifth spot goes to Horrible Bosses, which is showing a lot of strength in this summer of the R-rated comedy. Dropping just a third and nearly passing Transformers, it's padded its total by $11.7 million to $82.4 million after three weeks. This is only $3 million short of the summer's breakout comedy, Bridesmaids, at the same point, with a comparable opening weekend. That's a bit of a misleading figure, since weekend dropoffs haven't been as strong for the Warner Bros. film, and much of the gap that should exist has been made up by stronger July weekdays. As well, much of Bridesmaids strength came in weeks five, six, seven and beyond, as it's refused to give up the ghost. Still, we're looking to at around $125 million for Horrible Bosses, which is a great result for this update of the 9 to 5 concept.


Zookeeper is pretty much the opposite of an R-rated comedy, but it's still showing some strength in the box office charts, coming in at sixth for $8.7 million and a $59.2 million running total. It's already passed this winter's The Dilemma, though that's no small feat, and it should end up well behind Kevin James' more successful and notorious films, like Grown Ups and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. I can only assume a return to a raunchier James is in order for his next projects, lest he lose all his adult audience.

Seventh place goes to Cars 2 and its $5.7 million, which after its disastrous second weekend, has shaped up more like how we expect a Pixar film to perform. Being the first Pixar film to receive negative overall reviews has definitely hurt the film and the studio, as it's going to struggle to break the $200 million mark, the first showing that low since 1998's A Bug's Life.

Eighth spot goes to another Disney production, Winnie the Pooh, which brought in $5.1 million and sits at just $17.5 million total. It's a film with modest expectations in theaters, however, aiming towards the ancillary markets, a move that's possible given its $30 million budget.

Bad Teacher inches towards the $100 million plateau with its ninth place finish and $2.6 million. Expect Sony to pull out a few stops to get it there, as it's a marginal thing at this point, and no one stops a film within a couple million of that mark.

Meanwhile, tenth place sees Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris yet again, even seeing a slight uptick to $1.9 million on just 621 screens. With nearly $50 million in its coffers, this is proving to be one of the stealth films of the summer and bar far the biggest success Allen has had in years, and even overshadowing its star, Owen Wilson's other films this year.

Top Weekend Box Office for 7/22/11-7/24/11 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Captain America: The First Avenger Paramount Pictures $65,827,000 New $65,827,000
2 Harry Potter And the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 WARNER BROS. $48,065,000 -72% $274,182,000
3 Friends With Benefits Sony/Columbia $18,500,000 New $18,500,000
4 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Paramount $12,000,000 -44% $325,789,000
5 Horrible Bosses New Line Cinema $11,720,000 - 34% $82,402,000
6 Zookeeper SONY $8,700,000 -29% $59,200,000
7 Cars 2 Walt Disney Pictures $5,726,000 - 32% $176,445,000
8 Winnie the Pooh WALT DISNEY $5,141,000 -35% $17,573,000
9 Bad Teacher Sony/Columbia $2,600,000 - 50.0% $94,355,000
10 Midnight in Paris Sony Pictures Classics $1,899,246 + 1% $44,877,790
11 Bridesmaids Universal $1,346,400 - 22% $163,853,285
12 Larry Crowne Universal $1,029,825 - 61% $34,337,755
  Also Opening/Notables
13 Mr. Popper's Penguins Twentieth Century Fox $925,000 - 32% $63,490,752
14 Super 8 Paramount $760,000 - 61% $124,235,000
  Another Earth FOX SEARCHLIGHT $78,413 New $78,413
  Sarah's Key Weinstein Co. $117,045 New $117,045
  A Little Help $41,608 New $41,608
  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Fox Searchlight $197,185 + 47% $407,985
  Tabloid IFC Films $125,000 +37% $267,466
  Life Above All Sony Classics $17,784 +29% $41,381
  Beats, Rhymes & Life: the Travels of a Tribe Called Quest Sony Classics $154,619 +12% $515,091
  Sholem Aleichem Int'l Film Circuit $59,844 +185% $133,380
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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