Weekend Wrap-Up

Cruise, Sandler Flop at Weekend Box Office

By John Hamann

June 17, 2012

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Sixth goes to Men in Black 3. After drops of 49% and 51% since opening to $54.6 million, MIB3 manages a better hold this weekend, likely due to the lack of solid choices from new films. This weekend, the Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones sci-fi comedy took in $10 million and dropped a much better 28% compared to last weekend. MIB3 has already earned a half-billion worldwide, with the domestic side coming in at $152.7 million so far.

Seventh is Marvel's The Avengers, now in its seventh weekend. The Avengers had its first weekend total below $10 million, with the gross coming in at $8.8 million. It fell 21% compared to last weekend as it continues to shed screens. The $220 million super-feature has now earned $586.7 million domestically, and is over $1.4 billion from worldwide audiences.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel continues its North American vacation in the top ten this weekend – its sixth as a top ten film. This weekend, Marigold Hotel earned another $2.2 million, and dropped 33% compared to where it was last weekend. The UK import has now earned $35.1 million stateside, and more than $82 million overseas.


Now out to 178 locations, Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom moves up a rank in the top ten this weekend, as the art house rambler continues to pick up screens and revenue. After a $1.55 million gross from only 96 locations last weekend, Moonrise Kingdom pulled in $2.2 million from 178 locations this weekend. It had a venue average of $12,254. Despite being out to only a handful of screens for most of its run, Moonrise Kingdom has already earned $6.8 million, and will hopefully be a staple in this column for many weekends to come.

Finally, our tenth place movie is What to Expect When You're Expecting, the chick flick miss from Lionsgate. The ensemble comedy earned $1.3 million and fell 52% from the previous frame. Its cumulative domestic total is $38.8 million, which isn't great, but also not low enough to qualify as an out and out disaster for the studio.

Overall this weekend, this is the worst top 12 weekend since the last frame in April, and has a summer total usually reserved for weekends in late August. The top 12 films this weekend brought in only $124.5 million, where last year – despite Green Lantern being the big film of the weekend – earned $147.2 million. Next weekend brings some much more interesting films. Openers include Brave, the new Pixar film, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. These flicks should make for an interesting weekend in the next frame.

Top Weekend Box Office for 6/15/12-6/17/12 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Paramount $35,500,000 - 41% $120,451,000
2 Prometheus Twentieth Century Fox $20,200,000 - 60% $88,858,127
3 Rock of Ages Warner Bros. Pictures $15,060,000 New $15,060,000
4 Snow White & the Huntsman Universal $13,804,730 - 40% $122,601,765
5 That's My Boy Columbia Pictures (Sony) $13,000,000 New $13,000,000
6 Men In Black 3 SONY $10,000,000 - 28% $152,679,000
7 The Avengers $8,848,000 - 21% $586,737,000
8 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Fox Searchlight $2,200,000 - 33% $35,133,495
9 Moonrise Kingdom Focus Features $2,181,130 + 40% $6,778,621
10 What to Expect When You're Expecting Lions Gate $1,330,000 - 52% $38,766,001
11 Battleship Universal Pictures $1,262,280 - 45% $62,165,950
12 The Dictator Paramount Pictures $1,115,000 - 50% $57,685,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Something From Nothing: the Art of Rap Indomina Media $150,000 New $150,000
  Your Sister's Sister IFC Films $120,000 New $120,000
  Woman In the Fifth Ato Pictures $36,985 New $36,985
  Marina Abramovic: the Artist Is Present Music Box $10,989 New $16,235
  Safety Not Guaranteed Filmdistrict $300,000 New $445,000
  Lola Versus $59,314 + 207% $105,526
  Dark Horse Vitagraph $10,500 + 86% $30,804
  The Intouchables Weinstein Co. $356,000 - 23% $1,551,617
  The Hunger Games Lionsgate $860,000 - 8% $401,773,620
The Hunger Games Lionsgate $860,000 - 20% $401,773,620
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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