Weekend Wrap-Up

James Bond Seduces North America

By John Hamann

November 11, 2012

So is this James Bond movie of mine doing better than that Cloud Atlas movie of mine?

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That keeps Taken 2 in the top five, the same placement it had a weekend ago, and a spot better than where it was two weekends ago. The Liam Neeson thriller has, like the original, showed remarkable legs once the high numbers went away, and repeats that success again this weekend. After earning $5.9 million last weekend, Taken 2 found another $4 million this weekend, falling 32%. The sequel is being out-grossed by the original on a weekend-to-weekend basis, but after weekend six, the original Taken had earned $117.9 million, whereas the sequel has earned $131.3 million, all against a budget of $45 million.

Here Comes the Boom finishes in sixth place, mainly on the strength of a surprisingly good hold along with weak competition in the lower half of the top 10. The Kevin James comedy took in another $2.6 million this weekend and fell 28%. It has now pulled in $39.1 million.

Seventh goes to the suffering Cloud Atlas, as Tom Hanks and company can’t keep the title afloat (Skyfall would have been a better title for this one). In its third weekend, Cloud Atlas could only take in $2.5 million, giving it a drop of 53%. The total domestic gross has now reached $22.7 million, or about a mile away from the $105 million production budget.

Somehow Pitch Perfect, which finished in 11th the last two weekends, takes the eighth place position this frame. Rising four spots while losing 111 venues is no easy trick, but Pitch Perfect has managed it. The small Anna Kendrick release took in another $2.5 million this weekend, giving it a drop of only 18%. This one cost only $17 million to make, and has earned a wild $59 million so far.


Ninth goes to The Man with the Iron Fists, and as expected, gets trounced in its second weekend. The Russell Crowe flick earned only $2.5 million in its second frame and dropped a nasty 69%. Remember, though, this one cost only $15 million to make, so it won’t be a financial disaster.

Tenth is Hotel Transylvania, which is in its seventh weekend. The animated frightener earned $2.4 million this weekend and dropped 47%. The $85 million Sony film has now earned $140.9 million stateside, and over $115 million overseas.

The other big opener this weekend appeared on only 11 screens, but was huge regardless, finishing 15th. That film is Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, starring the always great Daniel Day Lewis (the Oscar race for Best Actor is heating up, despite it only being November 11th). Lincoln earned $900,000 and carried an awesome venue average of $81,818. We will be talking about this one for a long, long time.

Overall, things are up compared to last year, not only in dollars, but also in film quality. A year ago, the box office was led by the okay Immortals, while the immensely bad Jack and Jill also opened, along with the Clint Eastwood miss, J. Edgar. The top 12 last year combined for $126.2 million. This year, with Skyfall dominating, the top 12 films took in $162.8 million, a massive 29% increase over last year's already solid performance. Oddly enough, that’s the number I’m expecting for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Yawn Part 2, which will unfortunately dominate next weekend.

Top Weekend Box Office for 11/9/12-11/11/12 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Skyfall SONY $87,800,000 New $90,000,000
2 Wreck-It Ralph WALT DISNEY $33,056,000 - 33% $93,690,000
3 Flight PARAMOUNT $15,100,000 - 39% $47,770,000
4 Argo Warner Bros. $6,745,000 - 34% $85,711,000
5 Taken 2 Twentieth Century Fox $4,000,000 - 32% $131,287,171
6 Here Comes the Boom Sony/Columbia $2,550,000 - 28% $39,061,000
7 Cloud Atlas WARNER BROS. $2,525,000 - 53% $22,712,000
8 Pitch Perfect Universal $2,503,800 - 18% $59,030,443
9 The Man With the Iron Fists UNIVERSAL $2,489,760 - 69% $12,718,085
10 Hotel Transylvania Columbia Pictures (Sony) $2,350,000 - 47% $140,904,000
11 Paranormal Activity 4 Paramount $2,020,000 - 52% $52,641,000
12 Sinister Summit Entertainment $1,450,000 - 47% $46,504,238
  Also Opening/Notables
  Lincoln WALT DISNEY $900,000 New $900,000
  A Royal Affair Magnolia $40,000 New $40,000
  Starlet Music Box $15,000 New $15,000
  The Comedy Tribeca Film $6,000 New $6,000
  A Late Quartet Entertainment One $175,000 + 132% $285,000
  This Must Be the Place $30,167 + 289% $43,524
  Vamps Anchor Bay $1,711 + 212% $2,482
  Silent Hill: Revelation Open Road $1,225,000 - 63% $16,308,000
  Chasing Mavericks Fox $425,000 - 65% $5,230,262
  The Other Son Cohen Media Group $125,000 - 18% $511,102
  The Sessions FOX SEARCHLIGHT $545,000 + 16% $1,654,672
  The Perks of Being a Wallflower Summit Entertainment $1,060,000 - 15% $14,541,846
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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