Weekend Wrap-Up

Avengers Explodes: Meet the New Box Office Superhero

By John Hamann

May 6, 2012

Iron Man uses a laser to ensure the decimation of the box office record.

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Third is the previous big box office surprise, The Hunger Games, which is now in its seventh weekend. After a strong charge last weekend that brought in $10.8 million and reduced its drop to only 26%, The Hunger Games got avenged this weekend. The blockbuster could only pull in $5.7 million and dropped 47% (still the best hold in the top 12), as the theater count goes from 3,572 last weekend to 2,794 this weekend. With a gross so far of $380.7 million, it's surprising to say that The Hunger Games will see Marvel's Avengers domestic gross close up in the rear-view mirror really soon.

The Lucky One drops to fourth this weekend. The Zac Efron flick earned another $5.5 million and dropped 49% compared to its $10.8 million gross last weekend. The Nicholas Sparks novel has brought in $47.9 million.

Fifth is The Pirates! Band of Misfits, which drops all the way from second spot where it debuted last weekend. Pirates! earned only $5.4 million and fell a drastic 52%. The domestic cume for the Aardman flick sits at $18.6 million, but it has also earned over $60 million overseas against a production budget of $55 million.

Sixth is the Judd Apatow miss The Five-Year Engagement, with Jason Segel. After getting off to a slow start last weekend with $10.6 million, this one didn't work as counter-programming. It took in only $5.1 million in its second weekend and fell 52%. The $30 million Universal release now has a running total of $19.2 million.


Seventh is The Raven, the Edgar Allen Poe story with John Cusack. After being dumped last weekend with $7.3 million, the thriller took a dive in this frame, taking in only $2.5 million. It fell 66% and now has a cume of $12 million against a production budget of $26 million. The good news for distributor Relativity is that they bought US domestic rights for $5 million, plus marketing.

Eighth is Jason Statham's Safe, which also got pushed to the side this weekend. The action flick took in only $2.5 million and dropped a woeful 69%. The Lionsgate release now has a total so far of $12.9 million.

Chimpanzee and Three Stooges are ninth and tenth. Chimpanzee earned $2.4 million and dropped 54%, while The Three Stooges earned $1.8 million and declined 65%. Respective cumes are now $23 million and $39.6 million.

Overall this weekend, it's a no-brainer that the box office is way up over last year. A year ago, Thor was on top with a $65.7 million gross, leading the weekend to a respectable top-12 total of $155.2 million. This weekend, Marvel's Avengers easily beat last year's top 12 all by itself, leading the top 12 to a $241.8 million total. Next weekend, Warner Bros., Johnny Depp and Tim Burton will try and launch Dark Shadows against the second weekend of Marvel's Avengers, which will make for a very interesting weekend.

Top Weekend Box Office for 5/4/12-5/6/12 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Avengers $200,329,000 New $200,329,000
2 Think Like a Man Screen Gems (Sony) $8,000,000 - 55% $73,029,000
3 The Hunger Games Lionsgate $5,700,000 - 47% $380,726,998
4 The Lucky One Warner Bros. $5,510,000 - 49% $47,917,000
5 The Pirates! Band of Misfits Columbia Pictures (Sony) $5,400,000 - 52% $18,563,000
6 The Five-year Engagement Universal $5,087,930 - 52% $19,191,835
7 The Raven Rogue Pictures $2,508,000 - 66% $12,047,345
8 Safe Lionsgate $2,470,000 - 69% $12,873,758
9 Chimpanzee Disneynature $2,395,000 - 54% $23,012,000
10 The Three Stooges Twentieth Century Fox $1,800,000 - 65% $39,636,682
11 The Cabin in the Woods MGM $1,550,000 - 66% $38,003,943
12 21 Jump Street Columbia Pictures (Sony) $1,050,000 - 65% $133,985,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Fox Searchlight $750,301 New $750,301
  First Position IFC Films $45,000 New $45,000
  A Little Bit of Heaven Millennium $9,830 New $9,830
  Bernie Millennium $140,450 + 64% $261,749
  The Sound of My Voice FOX SEARCHLIGHT $50,000 + 38% $100,000
  Headhunters Twentieth Century Fox $80,000 +86% $140,000
  Darling Companion Sony Classics $67,673 + 5% $211,714
  American Reunion Universal Pictures $838,880 - 71% $55,322,490
  Bully The Weinstein Company $168,000 - 49% $2,534,877
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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