Weekend Wrap-Up

Cruise stands tall (figuratively) with Oblivion

By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower

April 21, 2013

You should know by now that the cake is a lie.

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After a phenomenal debut last week in first place, 42 holds up well as it declines only 34% on its way to the runner-up position for the weekend. The biopic about baseball player Jackie Robinson earned $18 million in its second frame. It should continue to be a top choice for older audiences and families with pre-teens and teenaged children. Thus far, 42 has earned $54.1 million domestically, which means it has already been a profitable venture for Warner Bros.

Third place goes to The Croods, which has effectively been the only family movie option since mid-March. The CGI-animated caveman flick added another $9.5 million to its domestic tally, which means it dropped just 28% from last weekend’s total. The movie has now earned $154.9 million in North America, plus an additional $272 million overseas. It’s no surprise at all that a sequel was announced earlier this week, as this will be a profitable venture for DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox, possibly earning over half a billion dollars worldwide by the end of its run.

Scary Movie V was the worst opener for the franchise to date last weekend, and it didn’t do anything this frame to bolster its cause. This weekend’s fourth place film earned just $6.3 million, declining a large 56%, especially considering the deflated numbers we’re dealing with. With a $22.3 million total so far against a $20 million budget, it’s not an out-and-out disaster for the Weinstein Co, but it should probably bring this franchise to a close other than perhaps direct-to-DVD titles.

We close out the top five with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which hangs in there with a weekend total of $5.8 million. It dropped 47% from the previous frame, and although its $111.2 million domestic total means it’s probably not going to match the original film’s $150.2 million North American tally, it’s doing big business overseas, with more than $211 million so far from those international venues. It has already surpassed the worldwide total of the first film, which was $302.5 million. Not bad considering that reshoots and repurposing for 3D pushed this project back several months.

Sixth and seventh are close enough that we may see these films reverse places when actual numbers come in tomorrow. For now, sixth place goes to The Place Beyond the Pines, which Focus Features expanded from 514 venues to a wider 1,542. The move proved to be savvy, as the Ryan Gosling/Bradley Cooper indie drama earned $4.7 million, an increase of 23% from last weekend. So far, the theoretical art house release has earned $22.9 million on the strength of lots of positive reviews and word-of-mouth that at least has people intrigued.

That means Olympus Has Fallen takes seventh place, giving Morgan Freeman two films in the top ten this weekend. Olympus Has Fallen has been a tidy little success story for FilmDistrict. It earned another $4.5 million this weekend, down 38% from the previous frame, and now has a domestic total of $88.8 million. This number easily beats the $70 million production budget, though its overseas tally sits only around $5 million at this point.


Closing out the top ten are two movies associated with Sam Raimi along with a 3D re-release of a movie from the 1990s. Eighth place goes to the horror flick Evil Dead, the Sam Raimi-produced remake of his own classic 1981 film by (almost) the same name. It earned $4.1 million, falling another large 57% and bringing its domestic tally to $48.4 million.

Jurassic Park 3D sits in ninth place, as the repurposed Steven Spielberg flick takes in another $4 million as it serves as advertising for the next Jurassic Park movie, planned for release in 2014. The re-release has earned $38.5 million and is really just easy money for the studio.

The other Sam Raimi film in the top ten is Oz the Great and Powerful, which hangs on to a position by virtue of the fact that 2013 has just been a lousy year for the most part. It earned $3 million this weekend, down 37%, and raises its domestic total to $223.8 million. With $254 million from overseas venues, it’s approaching the $500 million mark worldwide and getting the franchise off to a solid start.

One other film noteworthy of mention finished in 12th place. Home Run, another inspirational project produced by Provident Films (Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous) and distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films, earned $1.6 million as it debuted in 381 locations. With that total, the film has already exceeded its budget, though prints and light marketing probably mean it actually has a little ways to go to be in the black. Nonetheless, once it hits home video it’s going to find an audience.

Overall, the top 12 films grossed $110 million, down 19% from the same weekend last year when Think Like a Man’s surprising $33.6 million debut led the top films to a total of $126.1 million. Next weekend, new wide releases include yet another Dwayne Johnson film in Pain & Gain (from director Michael Bay) and The Big Wedding, an ensemble comedy featuring Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams.

Top Weekend Box Office for 4/19/13-4/21/13 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Oblivion UNIVERSAL $38,151,555 New $38,151,555
2 42 WARNER BROS. $18,025,000 - 34% $54,057,000
3 The Croods DreamWorks $9,500,000 - 28% $154,897,700
4 Scary Movie v Weinstein Co. $6,296,000 - 56% $22,943,592
5 G.i. Joe: Retaliation PARAMOUNT $5,775,000 - 47% $111,211,000
6 The Place Beyond the Pines Focus Features $4,745,888 + 23% $11,447,790
7 Olympus Has Fallen Filmdistrict $4,500,000 - 38% $88,801,252
8 Evil Dead SONY $4,100,000 - 57% $48,445,000
9 Jurassic Park 3d UNIVERSAL $4,007,600 - 55% $38,478,690
10 Oz: the Great And Powerful WALT DISNEY $3,048,000 - 37% $223,770,000
11 Tyler Perry's Temptation Lionsgate $2,200,000 - 51% $48,864,165
12 Home Run Samuel Goldwyn $1,623,032 New $1,623,032
  Also Opening/Notables
  Filly Brown Lionsgate $1,300,000 New $1,300,000
  The Lords of Salem Anchor Bay $622,000 New $622,000
  In the House Cohen Media $35,214 New $35,214
  Un Flic (1972) Rialto $11,500 New $11,500
  Pawn Anchor Bay $2,085 New $2,085
  To the Wonder Magnolia $105,000 - 10% $255,000
  It's a Disaster Oscilloscope $20,000 + 31% $40,000
  The Company You Keep Sony Classics $425,345 + 53% $979,442
  Trance FOX SEARCHLIGHT $400,000 - 55% $1,822,600
  Upstream Color Erbp Film $75,110 + 5% $217,246
  The Host Universal $1,001,000 - 58% $25,179,753
  The Sapphires Weinstein Co. $262,000 + 5% $1,144,758
  The Call SONY $875,000 - 55% $50,097,000
  Identity Thief UNIVERSAL $470,400 - 13% $132,661,610
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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