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Oscar Doesn’t Bring Out the Best at Box Office

By John Hamann

February 24, 2013

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Eighth goes to Warm Bodies, as the zom-rom-com continues to wax the other YA movie in the top ten, Beautiful Creatures. Now in its fourth weekend, Warm Bodies earned another $4.8 million and fell 47% compared to last weekend. Warm Bodies has turned into a decent success for Summit Entertainment, as the $30 million dollar film has a domestic gross so far of $58.2 million and is approaching $20 million overseas.

Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects finishes ninth this weekend with a gross of $3.5 million. It declined 44% and has a gross so far of $25.3 million. Maybe Soderbergh should have retired after Magic Mike earned $114 million.

Ninth is Beautiful Creatures, the large miss from Warner Bros., as repetitive marketing does not always lead to a big opening weekend. After a $7.6 million start last weekend, Beautiful Creatures could only drum up $3.4 million this weekend, giving the $60 million flick a drop of 54%. This one will be lucky to earn $25 million for its studio, as it has a gross so far of $16.4 million.




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Finishing outside of the top ten are Zero Dark Thirty and Argo, both of which will be featured at the big show tonight. Zero Dark Thirty earned another $2.3 million to bring its total up to $xx.xx million; Argo, which came out on Blu-Ray this week, still managed to pull in $x.xx million, giving the Ben Affleck flick a running total of $91.6 million. The big earner of tonight’s show is Lincoln, which has surpassed the $175 million mark on the domestic front. The big, big winner, though, is Life of Pi, which took in $111 million domestically and almost $500 million from overseas theaters.

Overall this weekend, the top 12 films at the box office are a slouching group. The top 12 earned only $89.5 million, whereas last year, the top 12 brought in $114 million. Next weekend will be interesting as we have a high profile film (Jack the Giant Slayer), a horror sequel (The Last Exorcism Part II, or, The Last Last Exorcism), and two oddballs in 21 and Over and Phantom.


Top Weekend Box Office for 2/22/13-2/24/13 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Identity Thief UNIVERSAL $14,064,030 - 41% $93,666,560
2 Snitch New Line Cinema $13,000,000 New $13,000,000
3 Escape From Planet Earth Weinstein Co. $11,013,000 - 31% $35,143,662
4 Safe Haven Relativity $10,600,000 - 50% $48,061,643
5 A Good Day To Die Hard Fox $10,000,000 - 60% $51,802,300
6 Dark Skies Weinstein Co. $8,850,000 New $8,850,000
7 Silver Linings Playbook The Weinstein Company $6,051,000 - 3% $107,476,146
8 Warm Bodies Lionsgate $4,750,000 - 46% $58,168,053
9 Side Effects Open Road $3,511,000 - 44% $25,253,516
10 Beautiful Creatures WARNER BROS. $3,410,000 - 55% $16,372,000
11 Zero Dark Thirty Sony/Columbia $2,250,000 - 25% $91,559,000
12 Argo Warner Bros. $1,965,000 - 10% $129,791,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  No Sony Classics $82,354 + 15% $194,636
  The Gatekeepers Sony Classics $153,596 + 240% $400,436
  Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Paramount $1,640,000 - 53% $52,901,000
  Quartet Weinstein Co. $1,192,000 - 9% $8,911,064
  Mama UNIVERSAL $1,163,000 - 57% $70,219,670
  Django Unchained The Weinstein Company $1,036,000 - 32% $158,847,775
  Les Miserables UNIVERSAL $598,290 - 31% $146,660,155
  Amour Sony Classics $816,468 + 16% $5,247,524
  Life of Pi Twentieth Century Fox $1,550,000 + 1% $113,469,800
  Lincoln DreamWorks $1,495,000 - 9% $158,847,775
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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