Weekend Wrap-Up

Ralph Wrecks It

By John Hamann

November 4, 2012

Someday, maybe Handsome Jack will attend a meeting.

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Fifth starts the list of the also-rans, with Taken 2 at the top of the pile. Last weekend’s openers were flushed in their second weekend, so Taken 2 actually moves up a spot from sixth as it earns $6 million in its fifth weekend. That gives the Liam Neeson action flick a drop of only 22%, and bring the domestic cume up to $125.7 million. Overseas, the total has improved beyond the $200 million mark, cementing Neeson as one of the world’s biggest stars.

Sixth goes to Cloud Atlas, which is now in full-on disaster mode. After a sad opening frame where it earned only $9.6 million, Cloud Atlas fails to gain on word-of-mouth and earned only $5.2 million in its second frame, a decline of 45%. Let’s remember that this movie had a $100 million budget. At this point, it will be lucky to collect $30 million from domestic theatres. So far, it has brought in only $18.3 million.

Hotel Transylvania drops from third last weekend (Sunday estimates had it in second, but Monday actuals pushed it to third) all the way down to seventh, as Wreck-It Ralph and the post- Halloween blues pushed it down. This weekend, the animated funhouse earned $4.5 million, which means it fell 52% after a 27% hold in the last frame. Still, the news is very good for this one. The $85 million production has earned $137.6 million stateside and another $100 million overseas.


Paranormal Activity 4 continues to fall apart, as the supposedly scary sequel had another rough outing. PA4 earned only $4.3 million and fell 49% from last weekend’s fourth place, $8.5 million take (where it fell 71%). The $5 million production has now brought in $49.6 million for Paramount.

Here Comes the Boom manages one more weekend in the top ten, as Kevin James can’t repeat the Paul Blart success. Boom earned only $3.6 million and dropped 31% from last weekend. The Sony release has a gross so far of $35.6 million.

Finally in tenth is the sadness that is Silent Hill: Revelation. After a poor opening in fifth last weekend, Silent Hill 2 fell 59% this frame, earning only $3.3 million. The Open Road release is going to fail, despite costing only $20 million to bring to the screen. It has a total of $13.9 million so far.

Overall, the box office is up from a disgustingly poor frame last weekend, and outguns the November 4th - 6th frame last year when Puss in Boots remained in top spot for a second weekend. Last year, the frame earned $103.6 million, whereas this year, Wreck-It Ralph and Flight helped the top 12 toward $125.3 million. Next weekend brings the first of two consecutive single-release weekends. On tap next weekend is Skyfall, the new, well-reviewed James Bond pic that is racking up the cash overseas, already earning $100 million from foreign shores.

Top Weekend Box Office for 11/2/12-11/4/12 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Wreck-It Ralph WALT DISNEY $49,100,000 New $49,100,000
2 Flight PARAMOUNT $25,010,000 New $25,010,000
3 Argo Warner Bros. $10,245,000 - 15% $75,896,000
4 The Man With the Iron Fists UNIVERSAL $8,219,200 New $8,219,200
5 Taken 2 Twentieth Century Fox $6,000,000 - 22% $125,667,263
6 Cloud Atlas WARNER BROS. $5,250,000 - 45% $18,262,000
7 Hotel Transylvania Columbia Pictures (Sony) $4,500,000 - 52% $137,568,000
8 Paranormal Activity 4 Paramount $4,300,000 - 49% $49,577,000
9 Here Comes the Boom Sony/Columbia $3,600,000 - 31% $35,572,000
10 Silent Hill: Revelation Open Road $3,300,000 - 59% $13,900,000
11 Pitch Perfect Universal $3,041,550 - 23% $55,611,173
12 Sinister Summit Entertainment $2,750,000 - 45% $44,250,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  A Late Quartet Entertainment One $75,899 New $75,899
  The Bay Roadside Attractions $20,000 New $20,000
  This Must Be the Place $7,052 New $7,052
  Vamps Anchor Bay $500 New $500
  Fun Size PARAMOUNT $2,280,000 - 44% $7,440,000
  Chasing Mavericks Fox $1,260,000 - 44% $4,390,016
  The Other Son Cohen Media Group $101,933 - 11% $278,047
  Alex Cross Lionsgate $2,000,000 - 61% $23,125,000
  The Sessions FOX SEARCHLIGHT $455,899 + 110% $930,817
  Looper Sony/Columbia $1,250,000 - 40% $63,700,000
  The Perks of Being a Wallflower Summit Entertainment $1,250,000 - 14% $13,000,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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