Weekend Wrap-Up

Chronicle Super Over Super Bowl Weekend

By John Hamann

February 5, 2012

Eat your heart out, Yuri Geller.

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The third weekend of UnderworldL Awakening is in fifth, as it takes an expected tumble down the top ten ranks. This weekend the four-quel earned $5.6 million and dropped 55% compared to the $12.4 million gross it earned last weekend. The $70 million Screen Gems release has now earned $54.4 million stateside, but that is joined now by a $40 million plus take from overseas screens. This Underworld appears to be headed for the largest domestic gross from the series so far, as it tries to catch Underworld: Evolution, which brought in $62.3 million.

Sixth is One For the Money, the Katherine Heigl pic that stumbled into third last weekend with $11.5 million. This weekend, the comedy drops three spots, and the Lionsgate effort pulls in $5.2 million. That gives One for the Money a 54% drop compared to last weekend, and what I can only hope will be a quick exit from the top ten. One For the Money has a gross so far of $19.7 million.

That puts Red Tails in seventh, as the George Lucas release finds little traction at the North American box office. Red Tails earned only $5 million in its third weekend, and dropped 52% compared to last weekend. Red Tails cost Lucas $58 million to make, and it has a gross so far of $41.3 million.

Eighth is The Descendants, the five time Oscar nominated release. After re-expanding nicely last weekend, The Descendants dipped somewhat this weekend, but continues to roll. The George Clooney film earned $4.6 million this weekend – its 12th weekend in release – and drops 28%. The Alexander Payne film has now earned a fantastic $65.5 million.


Thus, that means Man on a Ledge is in ninth, as it becomes a big miss for Summit Entertainment. Man on a Ledge earned $4.5 million after debuting to only $8 million last weekend. That's a drop of 44% for the $42 million Sam Worthington flick, which will be lucky to earn $30 million.

Our tenth place finisher is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the surprise Best Picture Oscar nominee that continues to hold up well in wide release. The Tom Hanks/Sandra Bullock film earned another $3.9 million over the weekend, down 44% from the previous frame. Thus far, the Warner Bros. release has earned $26.8 million.

Overall this weekend, the box office remains hot compared to a year ago. Over Super Bowl weekend in 2011, The Roommate led the box office with $15 million as the top 12 only earned $73 million. This year, things were much better, as the top 12 bought in a much healthier $97.6 million. Next weekend brings a sequel to the Journey to the Center of the Earth called Journey 2, this time with The Rock instead of Brendan Fraser, Safe House with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, The Vow with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, and finally Star Wars: The Phanton Menace, this time in 3D. Too bad the Super Bowl wasn't next weekend.

Top Weekend Box Office for 2/3/12-2/5/12 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Chronicle Fox $22,000,000 New $22,000,000
2 The Woman In Black Cbs Films $21,000,000 New $21,000,000
3 The Grey Open Road Films $9,500,000 - 52% $34,756,533
4 Big Miracle Universal $8,484,065 New $8,484,065
5 Underworld: Awakening SONY $5,600,000 - 55% $54,353,000
6 One for the Money Lionsgate $5,250,000 - 54% $19,667,987
7 Red Tails Twentieth Century Fox $5,000,000 - 52% $41,323,458
8 The Descendants Fox Searchlight $4,600,000 - 28% $65,522,652
9 Man on a Ledge Summit Entertainment $4,460,000 - 44% $14,724,774
10 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close WARNER BROS. $3,925,000 - 44% $26,793,000
11 Contraband Universal $3,490,135 - 48% $62,103,435
12 The Artist The Weinstein Company $2,565,000 - 23% $20,584,244
  Also Opening/Notables
  W.E. The Weinstein Company $45,000 New $45,000
  The Innkeepers Magnolia $30,000 New $30,000
  Albert Nobbs Roadside Attractions $475,000 - 32% $1,525,000
  An Inconsistent Truth Rocky Mountain Pictures $12,296 - 41% $36,559
  Haywire Relativity Media $1,214,000 - 70% $17,858,904
  Beauty And the Beast 3d WALT DISNEY $2,489,000 - 53% $44,818,000
  Joyful Noise WARNER BROS. $1,445,000 - 55% $28,950,000
  The Iron Lady The Weinstein Company $1,843,000 - 42% $20,600,349
  A Separation Sony Pictures Classics $324,293 + 2% $1,302,741
  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo SONY $1,025,000 - 53% $99,900,000
  War Horse Walt Disney Pictures $919,000 - 54% $77,252,000
  Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Paramount $1,710,000 - 51% $205,208,000
  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Warner Bros. $1,040,000 - 58% $183,900,000
  Hugo Paramount $2,310,000 - 8% $61,949,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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