Weekend Wrap-Up

New Lows Reached at September Box Office

By John Hamann

September 9, 2012

Is she Skyping herself? Oh! This is an evil twin movie. I get it.

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Seventh goes to The Odd Life of Timothy Green, and if any film has benefitted from the rocky road at the box office over the last few weeks, this is it. Now in its fourth weekend, Timothy Green earned another $3.7 million, down a not bad 42% from last weekend. Since opening to $10.8 million, the Disney feature has had drops of 34%, 12% and now 42%. This one cost the Mouse House $40 million to make, and considering its start and the fact that it’s never been in the top five, I think Disney has to be pretty pleased with the way things turned out. The Odd Life of Timothy Green has a gross so far of $43 million, and will likely eke out another $10 million.

The Campaign, with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, is eighth this weekend. After a $5.7 million three-day last weekend, The Campaign dropped to $3.5 million this weekend. That’s a decline of 38% for the Warner Bros. release, which has enjoyed a solid late-summer run. The Campaign has now earned $79.5 million.

Ninth is The Dark Knight Rises, now in its eighth weekend. The billion dollar earner took in $3.3 million but fell 46% as it screen count dipped below 2,000 for the first time in its run. It has now earned $437.8 million at the domestic box office, and is approaching the $600 million mark overseas. It has now passed E.T. as the eighth highest domestic grosser of all-time.

2016: Obama's America spends a final weekend in the top ten, as it garners enough anti-Democrat sentiment to earn another $3.3 million. That's a decline of 41%, and brings its total to $26.1 million. The film has now passed Katy Perry: All of Me to become the sixth largest documentary ever.


Finishing outside the top ten in 13th is The Cold Light of Day, a movie about… something, starring Henry Cavill (the next Superman), Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver. Reviews were bad, marketing was worse, and this is a North American movie disaster. The Cold Light of Day earned only $1.8 million over its opening weekend, despite being released to 1,511 screens. The good news here is that it has already earned $13 million in Europe, so its $20 million budget won’t be a complete drain.

Finally, Raiders of the Lost Ark had a good weekend on IMAX screens. The 1981 release cooked up $1.8 million from 267 IMAX screens this weekend, giving it an strong venue average of $6,554.

Overall, the box office sees the low point for the year - and in fact, is the worst in over a decade. The top 12 films earned only $52 million, but at least we can only build from here. Next weekend brings the re-release of Finding Nemo, as Disney attempts to cash in on a slow moving going period, and Resident Evil: Retribution also debuts.

Top Weekend Box Office for 9/7/12-9/9/12 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Possession Lionsgate $9,500,000 - 46% $33,349,110
2 Lawless The Weinstein Company $6,002,000 - 40% $23,520,419
3 The Words CBS Films $5,000,000 New $5,000,000
4 The Expendables 2 Lionsgate $4,750,000 - 47% $75,417,139
5 The Bourne Legacy Universal Pictures $4,038,360 - 44% $103,697,855
6 ParaNorman Focus Features $3,830,235 - 42% $45,097,953
7 The Odd Life of Timothy Green Walt Disney Pictures $3,700,000 - 41% $43,000,000
8 The Campaign Warner Bros. Pictures $3,530,000 - 38% $79,849,000
9 The Dark Knight Rises Warner Bros. $3,285,000 - 46% $437,849,000
10 2016: Obama's America Rocky Mountain Pictures $3,281,259 - 36% $26,087,554
11 Hope Springs Sony/Columbia $2,800,000 - 40% $57,519,000
12 Premium Rush Sony/Columbia $2,300,000 - 42% $16,732,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Cold Light of Day Summit Entertainment $1,800,000 New $1,800,000
  Branded Roadside Attractions $225,000 New $225,000
  Bachelorette Radius/twc $191,033 New $191,033
  Keep the Lights On Music Box Films $56,288 New $56,288
  The Inbetweeners Movie Wrekin Hill $35,955 New $35,955
  Hello i Must Be Going Oscilloscope $26,764 New $26,764
  Detropia Loki Films $18,350 New $18,350
  For Ellen Tribeca Film $6,000 New $7,282
  For a Good Time, Call… Focus Features $212,376 + 48% $446,704
  Hit & Run Open Road Films $1,107,146 - 57% $12,533,950
  Sleepwalk With Me IFC Films $285,000 - 12% $825,000
  Samsara Oscilloscope $200,000 + 90% $487,748
  Robot & Frank Samuel Goldwyn $540,148 - 22% $2,048,577
  Marvel's the Avengers WALT DISNEY $795,000 - 58% $621,400,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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