Weekend Wrap-Up

42 Perks Up Dull Box Office

By John Hamann

April 14, 2013

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Sixth goes to Jurassic Park 3D, which had some success last weekend, as it finished the frame with $18.6 million. While it had a good start, it has no legs, as the second weekend gross came in at $8.8 million, giving the 3D re-release a second weekend drop of 53%. Universal will still be happy with the result, as we have to remember that this is a $10 million release to revive interest in the franchise – it’s a giant advertisement – and one that has earned the studio $31.9 million thus far.

Olympus Has Fallen takes seventh place. It held well last weekend (-28%) despite G.I. Joe and this weekend it continues that trend, earning $7.2 million fourth weekend and dropping 28%. Obviously, there is better word on the street for this one than G.I. Joe. The Gerard Butler career-saver has now brought in $81.9 million at the domestic box office against a budget of $70 million.

Eighth goes to Oz The Great and Powerful, which is now in its sixth weekend. The Disney release earned another $4.9 million and dropped 39%. Oz has now exceeded its $215 million production budget domestically as it has taken in $219.4 million, and has $250 million in overseas business.


Tyler Perry’s Temptation likely spends its last weekend in the top ten, despite only being in its third frame. This weekend, Temptation earns $4.5 million, which means its sees a third weekend drop of 55%, which follows last weekend’s drop of 53%. So far, this Perry release has earned $45.4 million.

Finally in tenth is The Place Beyond the Pines, the second collaboration between writer/director Derek Cianfrance and Ryan Gosling, who first worked together on Blue Valentine. This indie sensation, distributed by Focus Features, earned a fantastic $4.1 million from its 514 limited screens. That's a massive 480% increase over last weekend, when it was playing in only 30 locations and earned just over $1 million. Along with Gosling, the film also stars Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes, and has received strong critical response. Currently, it has an 81% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and should continue to chug along nicely as the art house crowd seeks it out.

Overall this weekend, the box office is just slightly better than what it was last year. A year ago, five films finished the weekend with more than $10 million, and the top 12 amassed $106.7 million. This weekend, the top 12 earned $109.9 million. Next weekend, Universal tries to release a summer film in April with Tom Cruise and Oblivion. It worked for the studio in 2009, when Fast & Furious opened to $71 million. Can they catch the lightning again? Check back next weekend to find out.

Top Weekend Box Office for 4/12/13-4/14/13 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 42 WARNER BROS. $27,250,000 New $27,250,000
2 Scary Movie v Weinstein Co. $15,153,000 New $15,153,000
3 The Croods DreamWorks $13,200,000 - 36% $142,524,100
4 G.i. Joe: Retaliation PARAMOUNT $10,800,000 - 48% $102,426,000
5 Evil Dead SONY $9,500,000 - 63% $41,500,000
6 Jurassic Park 3d UNIVERSAL $8,820,150 - 53% $31,929,315
7 Olympus Has Fallen Filmdistrict $7,283,000 - 28% $81,889,814
8 Oz: the Great And Powerful WALT DISNEY $4,923,000 - 39% $219,444,000
9 Tyler Perry's Temptation Lionsgate $4,500,000 - 55% $45,421,996
10 The Place Beyond the Pines Focus Features $4,079,576 + 480% $5,454,861
11 The Host Universal $2,394,000 - 54% $23,439,460
12 The Call SONY $1,950,000 - 44% $48,572,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  To the Wonder Magnolia $130,000 New $130,000
  It's a Disaster Oscilloscope $17,000 New $17,000
  The Company You Keep Sony Classics $310,763 + 136% $483,373
  Trance FOX SEARCHLIGHT $925,000 + 605% $1,099,600
  Upstream Color Erbp Film $74,140 + 159% $112,871
  Renoir Samuel Goldwyn $166,600 + 62% $407,588
  Admission Focus Features $914,736 - 53% $16,834,488
  The Sapphires Weinstein Co. $245,000 - 16% $780,401
  Spring Breakers A24 $375,000 - 68% $13,500,000
  Identity Thief UNIVERSAL $535,800 - 33% $132,016,640
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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