Weekend Wrap-Up

Melissa McCarthy a Blizzard at the Box Office

By John Hamann

February 10, 2013

Nobody ever wants to talk to Jason Bateman.

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For Jason Bateman, this is his biggest debut since Couples Retreat ($34.3 million), but that movie could be credited more to Vince Vaughn. The star of Arrested Development was more of an above-the-title star in lesser comedies like The Switch ($8.4 million opening) and The Change-Up ($13.5 million opening), but broke out in Horrible Bosses, which like Identity Thief, was directed by Seth Gordon. Hopefully, the movie version of Arrested Development will come soon, but it looks like Bateman’s spelling bee movie Bad Words will come first.

Warm Bodies takes the number two spot this weekend, and unlike its lesser-made brethren Twilight, holds up pretty decently in its second weekend. The Nicholas Hoult zombie rom-com opened to $20.4 million last weekend (including previews), and fell just 43% to $11.5 million in its second frame. The production budget on this movie was only $30 million, so Summit Entertainment will be very happy with Warm Bodies. It has a gross so far of $36.7 million and will likely see $55 million.

Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects is third this weekend. The psychological thriller with Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta Jones and Rooney Mara did only okay in its first weekend, taking in $10 million from 2,605 venues, right in line with expectations. Side Effects is the best reviewed wide release of the year so far, as 95 reviewers out of a possible 112 found something to like, giving it a fresh rating of 85%. Like Identity Thief, which was 25% fresh, Side Effects also earned a B Cinemascore, which could make one wonder about the Cinemascore process. Endgame Entertainment and Di Bonaventura Pictures put up $30 million for Side Effects, and it was distributed by Open Road Films. Endgame and Open Road last collaborated on A Haunted House, which cost $2.5 million and has made $38 million so far.

Fourth goes to top five stalwart Silver Linings Playbook, which continues to rake it in leading up to Oscar night. The Jennifer Lawrence dramatic comedy earned another $6.9 million and fell 11%. The $21 million-budgeted Weinstein release has now earned $90 million as it moves it way toward $100 million. It will be interesting to see how it performs next weekend, as four new films appear on the scene Thursday, and all of them will see 2,900+ venues.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters takes fifth place. After a 52% drop last weekend, Hansel & Gretel does a little bit better this weekend, as the poorly made fairy tale action movie earned $5.8 million. That gives the Jeremy Renner flick a drop of 39%, and a gross so far of $43.8 million. This Paramount release is actually finding success overseas, as it has an international total that exceeds $100 million, all against a budget of $50 million.

Mama dips to sixth this weekend, as the already big Jessica Chastain horror flick continues to hold up surprisingly well for horror. Mama earned another $4.3 million and declined 34% compared to last weekend. The $15 million Universal release has now grossed $64 million.


Seventh goes to Zero Dark Thirty, as it likely spends its last weekend in the top ten, unless it wins big on Oscar night. This weekend, the hunt for Osama Bin Laden film earns another $4 million, a 23% decline from the previous frame. So far, the $40 million Sony release has taken in $83.6 million stateside.

Eighth is Argo, as Warner Bros. continues to re-expand its Ben Affleck award winner to take advantage of all the good press. With another 470 venues in play this weekend, Argo earned $2.5 million, an increase of 23% over last weekend. So far, the $45 million Argo has earned $123.7 million stateside, and another $75 million overseas. What will big Ben do next?

Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained finishes in ninth place. In its seventh weekend of release, Django earned another $2.3 million, and was off 24%. The $100 million Weinstein release has now earned $154.5 million, and about the same amount overseas.

Rounding out the top 10 is Bullet to the Head, the Sylvester Stallone disaster that debuted last weekend. The action flick took in another $2 million this weekend, down 56% from its opening frame. This one will be a memory next weekend, as its $8.2 million total so far is nothing to get excited about.

Eleventh goes to Top Gun 3D, which gets a re-release this weekend. The late Tony Scott’s film earned $1.9 million from only 300 locations, giving it a venue average of $6,333.

Overall this weekend, the top ten managed only $89.6 million, well off of where we were last year and the year before, but as discussed above, the calendar is more to blame than the blizzard. The next frame should be a weekend on steroids at the box office, as we have Valentine’s Day on Thursday and President’s Day on Monday. Films looking to benefit include A Good Day to Die Hard, Beautiful Creatures, Escape from Planet Earth, and Safe Haven.

Top Weekend Box Office for 2/8/13-2/10/13 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Identity Thief UNIVERSAL $36,592,650 New $36,592,650
2 Warm Bodies Lionsgate $11,500,000 - 43% $36,652,082
3 Side Effects Open Road $10,015,000 New $10,015,000
4 Silver Linings Playbook The Weinstein Company $6,908,000 - 11% $90,001,239
5 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Paramount $5,750,000 - 39% $43,833,000
6 Mama UNIVERSAL $4,323,355 - 34% $64,045,500
7 Zero Dark Thirty Sony/Columbia $4,000,000 - 23% $83,600,000
8 Argo Warner Bros. $2,500,000 + 23% $123,734,000
9 Django Unchained The Weinstein Company $2,288,000 - 24% $154,501,132
10 Bullet to the Head Warner Bros. $1,980,000 - 56% $8,171,000
11 Top Gun 3d PARAMOUNT $1,900,000 New $1,900,000
12 Lincoln DreamWorks $1,860,000 - 23% $173,607,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Lore Music Box $31,000 New $31,000
  A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan Iii A24 $10,000 New $10,000
  Stand Up Guys Lionsgate $600,000 - 60% $2,719,764
  The Gatekeepers Sony Classics $42,449 - 31% $152,916
  Parker $1,761,000 - 47% $15,741,653
  Quartet Weinstein Co. $951,000 - 20% $5,010,487
  Les Miserables UNIVERSAL $1,555,525 - 36% $143,983,680
  Amour Sony Classics $380,721 - 15% $3,023,599
  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Warner Bros. $1,465,000 - 23% $298,330,000
  Life of Pi Twentieth Century Fox $1,725,000 - 8% $108,509,500
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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