Weekend Wrap-Up

Mama Rocks, Arnold Flops

By John Hamann

January 20, 2013

Looks like a thing escaped from The Hobbit set.

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Django’s fellow-Christmas opener falls to eighth place, as successful Golden Globes weekend keeps the percentage decline low. The Tom Hooper flick earned another $7.8 million this weekend, a decline of 19%. Les Mis has now picked up $130.4 million on the domestic front, and its foreign take has just about matched it. Where does it finish? It is tough to say. $150 million may be in play as it does have eight Oscar nominations. Still, by the time the awards ceremony rolls out, it will be out of the top ten.

The Hobbit moves from 3,012 screens last weekend to 2,323 venues this weekend, and its gross disappeared accordingly. After earning $9.2 million last weekend, The Hobbit dropped three spots to ninth with a weekend total of $6.4 million. That gives it a drop of 30% and increases its overall domestic take to $287.4 million. It has earned over $600 million overseas.

Finally in a sad, stale 10th is Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Last Stand. The Last Stand tanked this weekend despite more critics liking it than not. The Last Stand (which it won’t be, as Ahnold has two films in post-production) earned only $6.3 million from 2,913 venues. This is the lowest opening weekend for the Terminator since 1986’s Raw Deal, which opened to $5.4 million (that’s 27 years ago, folks). While The Last Stand won’t turn him back into a superstar, Lionsgate played this one smart, spending only $30 million on the production budget. It will be interesting to see if The Last Stand plays overseas.


Lincoln dips to 11th this weekend, as it was mostly ignored at last weekend’s Golden Globes and has been running for 11 weekends. Lincoln earned $5.4 million and dropped 15% from last weekend (when it was up by 17%). The $65 million Lincoln has now earned an amazing $160.5 million.

In other box office news this weekend, Fox re-expanded Life of Pi to 1,256 venues after receiving some strong marketing at the Golden Globes. The result was an increase in business of 26%, but the gross was still small at $3.4 million. The real power for Pi has been that overseas audience, as it has a worldwide gross of $450 million plus. Argo benefited from some big wins last Sunday, as it increased its take by 94% this weekend as the Ben Affleck flick earned $2.4 million, bringing its overall gross up to $115 million. Also, Skyfall finally crossed the $300 million mark on its 71st day of release. Here’s to you, Bond.

Overall, the box office remains in okay shape, as the top 12 films this weekend earned $122 million. In both 2011 and 2010, the three-day portion of the long MLK weekend brought in $115.1 million. Next weekend could be interesting, as we get Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Parker with Jason Statham, and Movie 43.

Top Weekend Box Office for 1/18/13-1/20/13 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Mama UNIVERSAL $28,123,052 New $28,123,052
2 Zero Dark Thirty Sony/Columbia $17,600,000 - 28% $55,945,000
3 Silver Linings Playbook The Weinstein Company $11,351,000 +126% $55,310,270
4 Gangster Squad Warner Bros. $9,110,000 - 47% $32,220,000
5 Broken City Fox $9,000,000 New $9,000,000
6 A Haunted House Open Road $8,330,000 - 54% $29,980,000
7 Django Unchained The Weinstein Company $8,243,000 - 25% $138,361,735
8 Les Miserables UNIVERSAL $7,814,370 - 19% $130,372,390
9 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Warner Bros. $6,450,000 - 30% $287,395,000
10 The Last Stand Lionsgate $6,300,000 New $6,300,000
11 Lincoln DreamWorks $5,395,000 - 15% $160,531,000
12 Parental Guidance Twentieth Century Fox $4,250,000 - 30% $66,275,154
  Also Opening/Notables
  Luv Indomina Media $90,000 New $90,000
  Quartet Weinstein Co. $320,000 + 579% $392,077
  Texas Chainsaw 3d Lionsgate $1,400,000 - 73% $33,500,000
  56 Up First Run Features $40,000 + 127% $100,000
  Jack Reacher Paramount $2,445,000 - 49% $76,622,000
  This is 40 Universal $2,184,952 - 50% $65,065,952
  Amour Sony Classics $413,261 + 61% $1,184,956
  Life of Pi Twentieth Century Fox $3,400,000 + 26% $99,237,305
  Argo Warner Bros. $2,440,000 + 94% $114,962,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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