Weekend Wrap-Up

Unloved by the Academy, Zero Dark Thirty Is the People's Choice

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

January 13, 2013

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For Django Unchained, the decline was 45% as it fell to $11.1 million this weekend. Its grand total is now $125.4 million, which makes it the highest grossing Quentin Tarantino movie ever, surpassing Inglourious Basterds' $120.8 million. Les Miserables held slightly better, with its $10.1 million amounting to a 37% drop, actually one of the better holds in the top ten. Its $119.2 million is good enough to push it past both Dreamgirls and Hairspray to be the third-highest grossing musical of all-time. It has a good shot at also beating Mamma Mia!, but Chicago's $170.7 million is likely out of reach without a Best Picture win.

Two of the blockbusters of the holiday season finish in sixth and seventh place this week. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is not the domestic blockbuster that New Line Pictures and Warner Bros. had projected. Despite this slight disappointment in North America, the latest Middle Earth movie grossed $9.1 million this weekend, a 48% fall from last frame. It has garnered $278.1 million after 31 days in theaters. Well behind it in terms of domestic revenue yet far ahead in terms of perception is Lincoln. The Steven Spielberg biopic capitalized on its Academy accreditation, leading 2012 films with a dozen nominations. Renewed consumer interest caused a 17% uptick in box office from last weekend, giving the movie $6.3 million for this frame and a running total of $152.6 million. Thanks to the Oscar buzz, Lincoln has a legitimate shot at $200 million.


Rounding out the top ten are a summer leftover, last weekend's number one film and another Best Picture nominee. Parental Guidance, the movie that reminds us that Bette Midler and Billy Crystal are still alive, fell a respectable 37% to $6.1 million. It has earned $60.7 million domestically from what we presume are very disappointed consumers with low self-esteem. Meanwhile, Texas Chainsaw 3D is the latest one and done slasher flick. It fell a near-historic 76% to $5.2 million and is already effectively done in theaters with $30.8 million. Tenth place goes to Silver Linings Playbook, the angry romantic comedy that tied for third with eight Academy Awards nominations. Consumers demonstrated an uptick in interest, boosting the movie's weekend total 38% to $5 million. The surprise hit has now earned $41.3 million and should expect further box office life next week as it expands into wide release.

The top 12 films this weekend grossed $121.8 million, a modest increase of 6% from last year's $115.1 million. Next weekend features a trio of new titles. Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe square off in Broken City, Arnold Schwarzenegger defends his city in The Last Stand, and Academy Awards frontrunner Jessica Chastain becomes the unluckiest children's caretaker ever in Mama.

Top Weekend Box Office for 1/11/13-1/13/13 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Zero Dark Thirty Sony/Columbia $24,000,000 +790% $29,481,000
2 A Haunted House Open Road $18,817,000 New $18,817,000
3 Gangster Squad Warner Bros. $16,710,000 New $16,710,000
4 Django Unchained The Weinstein Company $11,065,000 - 45% $125,399,122
5 Les Miserables UNIVERSAL $10,127,420 - 37% $119,206,140
6 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Warner Bros. $9,080,000 - 48% $278,124,000
7 Lincoln DreamWorks $6,314,000 + 17% $152,600,000
8 Parental Guidance Twentieth Century Fox $6,100,000 - 37% $60,650,304
9 Texas Chainsaw 3d Lionsgate $5,150,000 - 76% $30,751,740
10 Silver Linings Playbook The Weinstein Company $5,000,000 + 38% $41,305,705
11 Jack Reacher Paramount $4,970,000 - 46% $72,778,000
12 This is 40 Universal $4,500,800 - 46% $61,569,755
  Also Opening/Notables
  Quartet Weinstein Co. $50,000 New $50,000
  Struck By Lightning Tribeca Film $17,500 New $17,500
  Let My People Go Zeitgeist $2,299 New $2,299
  56 Up First Run Features $20,500 - 7% $55,000
  Promised Land Focus Features $1,316,151 - 68% $6,916,231
  West of Memphis Sony Classics $2,935 - 62% $46,414
  The Impossible Lionsgate $2,550,000 - 7% $6,864,000
  The Guilt Trip Paramount $1,975,000 - 55% $34,538,000
  Monsters, Inc. 3D WALT DISNEY $1,665,000 - 58% $30,534,000
  Amour Sony Classics $270,575 + 352% $651,851
  Hyde Park On Hudson Focus Features $704,619 - 32% $4,289,164
  Life of Pi Twentieth Century Fox $2,685,000 - 5% $94,781,152
  Rise of the Guardians Paramount $1,000,000 - 63% $98,685,000
  Skyfall Sony/Columbia $1,570,000 - 49% $299,363,000
  Argo Warner Bros. $1,240,000 + 57% $111,645,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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