Weekend Wrap-Up

Apes Rise Again; The Help Comes Out of Nowhere

By John Hamann

August 14, 2011

In a moment, they're going to sing Jai Ho.

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Those crazy Cowboys and Aliens fall to sixth this weekend (remember the big tie between Smurfs and this one?), as it pulls a Tron Legacy. Cowboys and Aliens earned $7.6 million and dropped 52% compared to last weekend. The $163 million Jon Favreau flick is in huge trouble, as it has pulled in only $81.5 million domestically, and none overseas at this point.

Captain America moves from fifth last weekend to seventh, as the blockbuster moves from inspired to tired in only a few weekends. The First Avenger earned $7.1 million and dropped 45%. This one appears to be successful enough already, as it has taken in $156.9 million domestically, and over $100 million overseas, against a budget of $140 million.

Crazy, Stupid Love is eighth, as the Steve Carell flick struggles with traction, despite being a good movie. Crazy earned $6.9 million and dropped 42%, but the $40 million Warner Bros. flick should work out financially. It has earned $55.4 million stateside, and has yet to open overseas.

Ninth goes to Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part 2, as it finally gets ahead of Transformers: Pink Floyd Stole My Title to become the biggest domestic title of the summer. It earned $6.9 million and fell 45%, but now has a North American cume of $357 million (Transformers is now a few million behind). The final Potter is now the 17th biggest domestic title of all time.


Wrapping up tenth place is the Ryan Reynolds/Jason Bateman disappointment The Change-Up, which is barely hangs in with a weekend total of $6.2 million. That's a decline of 54% from last week, and means that this film is not making any of the suits at Universal jump for joy. A tired premise and bad reviews were enough to sink it. So far, the R-rated comedy has a domestic total of $25.8 million.

The Glee Concert Movie is 11th, which spares me having to type Gleek more than five times. Thank you, North America. The Glee Concert Movie/Cash Grab earned $5.7 million from 2,040 3D venues. The best news I've heard about this one is that it's only out for two weeks. Ignore it while you can.

Overall this weekend, the top 12 at the box office is well ahead of where it was in 2010. Last year, with The Expendables on top, the top 12 films brought in $132 million. This year, with The Help almost on top, the top 12 earned $144.6 million. Considering the crop of films released this weekend, that should be considered a huge and impressive victory. Next weekend, we get four more titles. Openers include Fright Night, Conan The Barbarian, Spy Kids: Infinity, and One Day. It should be an interesting weekend.

Top Weekend Box Office for 8/12/11-8/14/11 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Rise of the Planet of the Apes Twentieth Century Fox $27,500,000 $27,832,307 + 1.2% $105,208,226
2 The Help DreamWorks $25,525,000 $26,044,590 + 2.0% $35,918,416
3 Final Destination 5 Warner Bros. $18,400,000 $18,031,396 - 2.0% $18,031,396
4 The Smurfs Paramount $13,500,000 $13,733,081 + 1.7% $101,778,741
5 30 Minutes or Less Sony/Columbia $13,000,000 $13,330,118 + 2.5% $13,330,118
6 Cowboys & Aliens Universal N/A $7,811,305 New $81,674,015
7 Harry Potter And the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 WARNER BROS. $6,875,000 $7,251,414 New $357,337,355
8 Captain America: The First Avenger Paramount Pictures $7,125,000 $7,210,902 + 1.2% $156,971,108
9 Crazy, Stupid, Love Warner Bros. $6,930,000 $7,054,228 + 1.8% $55,526,524
10 The Change-Up Universal $6,219,255 $6,306,645 + 1.4% $25,838,850
11 Glee the 3D Concert Movie Twentieth Century Fox $5,700,000 $5,961,231 + 4.6% $5,961,231
12 Horrible Bosses New Line Cinema $2,440,000 $2,438,498 - 0.1% $110,003,144
  Also Opening/Notables
  Aarakshan Reliance Big Pictures N/A $342,801 New $342,801
  Senna Producers Distribution Agency N/A $73,497 New $73,497
  Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow Alive Mind Cinema N/A $7,272 New $11,305
  Whistleblower Idp $113,340 $115,395 New $202,776
  Attack the Block Sony/Columbia N/A $107,951 New $454,087
  The Devil's Double Lions Gate N/A $260,263 New $698,794
  The Guard Sony Pictures Classics $278,723 $282,678 + 1.4% $670,082
  Friends With Benefits Sony/Columbia $1,800,000 $1,846,455 + 2.6% $53,079,337
  Sarah's Key Weinstein Co. $467,000 $467,000 New $2,005,000
  Zookeeper SONY $1,000,000 $1,003,255 New $75,800,690
  Transformers: Dark of the Moon Paramount $1,350,000 $1,384,632 New $347,268,800
  Midnight in Paris Sony Pictures Classics $675,623 $703,277 + 4.1% $49,664,598
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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