Weekend Wrap-Up

Mission: Accomplished

By David Mumpower and Kim Hollis

January 1, 2012

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The rest of the top five for this weekend is comprised of a Christmas Day opener and the feel-horrible film of the holiday season. War Horse is the first of two Steven Spielberg films in the top ten this week. After debuting to $7.5 on December 25th, it has fallen to the $4 million range almost every day this week. This weekend has proven a bit more lucrative, as the title has earned $16.9 million. It has a running total of $43 million, surprising industry observers with its popularity. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo started slowly with $12.8 million last weekend, but increased 28% to $16.3 million this weekend. Its total so far of $57.1 million is probably lower than had been anticipated at this stage of its release; still, it is a far cry better than the $21.1 million the film had earned after five days.

Our sixth and seventh place movies this week are also a pair of holiday releases. We Bought a Zoo earned a modest $9.4 million in its opening weekend, but increased to $14.3 million in its second frame, a gain of 53%. The $50 million production has earned $41.8 million after ten days. The Adventures of Tintin began with a grim $2.3 million on its opening day, but sustained interest in the other Steven Spielberg holiday release has carried it to $12 million this weekend, a 24% increase from its first frame. Tintin has now earned $48 million domestically, which is good news to Paramount since they don’t get any of the international grosses – a significant number since Tintin has made roughly a quarter billion in that arena. With almost $50 million in North America, it should be pretty close to paying for itself.


The bottom portion of the top ten is rounded out with an awards contender, a lousy horror flick, and a movie whose name all but begs for box office this weekend. New Year’s Eve is in eighth place, just like last weekend, but it earned double the total of that frame. It increased from $3.3 million during Christmas weekend to $6.7 million over New Year’s. It has a running total of $46.4 million domestically against a modest $26 million production budget. Like it or not, this one’s a winner. The Darkest Hour debuted to $3 million on Christmas Day, but earned only $4.3 million over three days as it finishes in ninth place this weekend. People hate it, which means that Summit Entertainment miscalculated in paying $34.8 million on a budget for a film with current box office of $13.3 million. Finally, The Descendants continues to sell a modest number of movie tickets, as it actually increased 76% to $3.7 million this weekend. It has a domestic total so far of $39.7 million after 47 days in theaters.

Overall, the top 12 movies at the box office earned $149.6 million, a modest 1% increase from the end-of-2010 total of $148.6. Box office was up from last weekend’s $113.4 million, showing the excellent staying power this year’s titles had in the box office. Next weekend sees studios get into their typical January pattern of releasing crummy action and horror movies, with The Devil Inside being the first one to hit theaters.

Top Weekend Box Office for 12/30/11-1/1/12 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Paramount $30,000,000 + 2% $133,000,000
2 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Warner Bros. $22,095,000 + 9% $132,100,000
3 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Twentieth Century Fox $18,250,000 + 45% $94,609,335
4 War Horse Walt Disney Pictures $16,940,000 + 125% $42,969,000
5 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo SONY $16,300,000 + 28% $57,100,000
6 We Bought a Zoo Twentieth Century Fox $14,300,000 + 53% $41,787,317
7 The Adventures of Tintin Paramount $12,000,000 + 24% $48,000,000
8 New Year's Eve New Line Cinema $6,710,000 + 103% $46,372,000
9 The Darkest Hour Summit Entertainment $4,300,000 + 43% $13,278,000
10 The Descendants Fox Searchlight $3,650,000 + 76% $39,674,646
11 The Muppets Walt Disney Pictures $2,588,000 + 21% $82,456,000
12 Hugo Paramount $2,500,000 + 18% $49,500,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Iron Lady The Weinstein Company $221,752 New $221,752
  A Separation Sony Pictures Classics $66,598 New $66,598
  Pariah Focus Features $49,695 New $49,695
  Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close WARNER BROS. $106,000 + 47% $308,000
  In the Land of Blood and Honey FilmDistrict $8,363 - 56% $50,794
  Carnage Wellspring Cinema $105,630 + 81% $361,074
  Young Adult Paramount $2,000,000 + 14% $12,000,000
  Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Fox Searchlight $1,160,527 + 62% $4,030,799
  Shame Fox Searchlight $196,000 + 59% $1,961,583
  The Artist The Weinstein Company $1,408,141 +59% $5,142,000
  My Week With Marilyn The Weinstein Company $953,940 + 70% $8,964,000
  A Dangerous Method Sony Pictures Classics $330,466 + 68% $1,608,482
  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 SUMMIT $2,000,000 + 36% $275,444,901
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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