Weekend Wrap-Up

Old Timers No Match for Zombies and Super Bowl

By John Hamann

February 3, 2013

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Finishing second is Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, last weekend’s poorly reviewed number one film with Jeremy Renner. After somehow earning $19.7 million last weekend, Hansel and Gretel were thrown in the oven this weekend, as the Paramount release plunged 53% to $9.2 million. Still, with a $20 million debut, $50 million budget and strong popularity overseas, everyone should do just fine with Hansel and Gretel (including Will Ferrell, of all people). Witch Hunters has a domestic gross so far of $34.5 million, and has already earned $36 million overseas.

Silver Linings Playbook takes third position as the Weinstein Company expands the release even further, branching it out to 2,809 venues, up 168. The result is decent but not dramatic, as Silver Linings Playbook took in another $8.1 million, dropping a slight 14%. This is its sixth weekend of wide release, and 12th weekend overall. It has now earned $80.4 million domestically against a tiny budget of only $21 million. It has another three weekends to go until the Oscars are handed out, so $100 million should be in play, and could even reach that amount on Oscar weekend.

Remarkably, horror flick Mama is number four, as this mother has legs (or horror legs, at least). Now three weekends old, Mama earned another $6.7 million and dropped 49% this weekend. Mama opened to $28 million three weekends ago and then spent its second weekend in the sophomore slot with $13 million, which brings us to this weekend. As a comparison, Texas Chainsaw 3D opened to $21 million, fell to ninth in weekend two with $5.3 million, and by weekend three was in 19th with $1.3 million. Obviously, Mama is a different horror flick, and audiences are hanging in. Give Mama $58.3 million so far, against a budget of only $15 million.

Sony’s Zero Dark Thirty lands in fifth as it tries to stay relevant in the lead up to the Oscars. After earning $9.7 million last weekend, the Kathryn Bigelow flick faced off against the Super Bowl and earned $5.3 million, good for a drop of 45%. Zero Dark Thirty also fell behind Silver Linings Playbook in overall dollars this weekend, as Zero Dark Thirty has a gross so far of $77.8 million, where Silver Linings Playbook has hit $80.4 million.

Way back in sixth is Sly Stallone doing his Arnold “The Last Stand” Schwarzenegger impression. Bullet to the Head, Stallone’s first non-Expendables role in five years, flopped badly, taking in only $4.5 million from 2,404 screens. Like The Last Stand, critics didn’t hate this as much as I expected them to (48% fresh), but audiences simply didn’t show up. Warner Bros. didn’t have much faith here, given an eight month release delay, the venue count, and the fact that this is an action movie for older dudes on the same weekend as the biggest football event of the year. Sadly, this cost $55 million to make, and will be lucky to earn $15 million stateside.

Seventh goes to another action flick featuring a cast member of The Expendables that started poorly. Jason Statham's Parker opened last weekend to $7 million, and performs badly again this frame, earning only $3.2 million, a decline of 54%. Made for $30 million, Parker has a gross so far of only $12.4 million.


Eighth is Django Unchained, which continues to hold on to a top ten spot due to the awfulness released over the last month. Django earned another $3 million and fell 39%. Now out for six weekends, the $100 million-budgeted Quentin Tarantino flick has earned $151 million, becoming the biggest Weinstein pic ever, ahead of The King’s Speech. Django has also crossed the $100 million mark internationally.

Ninth is Les Miserables, as the bottom spots of the top ten are a who’s who of Oscar contenders. Les Miserables earned another $2.4 million over the weekend and has now earned $141.5 million domestically. It has also crossed the $300 million mark worldwide.

Lincoln climbs back into the top ten after being on the outside for two consecutive frames. Lincoln earned another $2.4 million and fell 38%. The domestic gross for Spielberg’s presidential drama has now reached $170.8 million, which is more than the combined grosses of his last two films, War Horse and The Adventures of Tin Tin.

Stand Up Guys, the new film with Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, also performed poorly, finishing 13th. It was only out to 659 venues, but a weekend gross of $1.5 million only gives this one a venue average of $2,276.

In other box office news this weekend, Warner Bros. added 300 runs to the very successful Argo, and the result is solid. Argo earned $2.1 million this weekend, up 16% from last weekend. The Ben Affleck flick has earned $120.4 million stateside, and has crossed the $70 million mark overseas. Argo was made for only $45 million.

Overall, the movie business is not great on Super Bowl weekend. The top 12 films earned only $69 million, the first sub-$70 million top 12 since mid-September 2012. A year ago over the same weekend, the box office did much better, as the top 12 found $94.7 million. Next weekend we get what appear to be two hits: Identity Thief, with Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, and Side Effects, the new Steven Soderbergh flick.

Top Weekend Box Office for 2/1/13-2/3/13 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Warm Bodies Lionsgate $20,025,000 New $20,025,000
2 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Paramount $9,210,000 - 53% $34,463,000
3 Silver Linings Playbook The Weinstein Company $8,113,000 - 14% $80,377,558
4 Mama UNIVERSAL $6,730,020 - 49% $58,262,120
5 Zero Dark Thirty Sony/Columbia $5,300,000 - 45% $77,797,550
6 Bullet to the Head Warner Bros. $4,500,000 New $4,500,000
7 Parker $3,215,000 - 54% $12,439,882
8 Django Unchained The Weinstein Company $3,039,000 - 39% $150,979,189
9 Les Miserables UNIVERSAL $2,439,360 - 42% $141,522,605
10 Lincoln DreamWorks $2,412,000 - 38% $170,787,000
11 Argo Warner Bros. $2,100,000 + 16% $120,443,000
12 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Warner Bros. $1,910,000 - 44% $296,203,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Stand Up Guys Lionsgate $1,500,000 New $1,500,000
  Sound City Variance $70,000 New $70,000
  The Gatekeepers Sony Classics $66,677 New $66,677
  Koch Zeitgeist $40,000 New $40,000
  Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary First Run Features $8,500 New $8,500
  Movie 43 Relativity $1,650,000 - 66% $7,708,274
  Broken City Fox $1,476,000 - 63% $18,150,090
  The Last Stand Lionsgate $265,000 - 88% $11,698,642
  Gangster Squad Warner Bros. $1,870,000 - 56% $43,119,000
  Quartet Weinstein Co. $1,184,000 + 2% $3,474,173
  Amour Sony Classics $497,090 + 6% $2,487,950
  Life of Pi Twentieth Century Fox $1,825,000 - 29% $106,058,731
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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