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After Earth Implodes on Sony, Smiths and Shyamalan

By John Hamann

June 2, 2013

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It was a tight race for fourth between the holdovers, as Star Trek Into Darkness, Epic and The Hangover Part III all finished within a million of each other on Friday. The estimate this morning has Star Trek Into Darkness and Epic tied for fourth. Star Trek Into Darkness is now in its third weekend. This time around, the reboot sequel earned $16.4 million, and fell 57% against its three-day Memorial weekend take of $37.3 million. The 2009 JJ Abrams film earned $22.9 million over its third frame, and had amassed $184.5 million. The sequel so far has earned $181.1 million domestically against a $190 million budget. The more positive news for Paramount is that this one has already earned over $147 million overseas, where the reboot topped out with $127 million.

Epic ties for fourth, as the family film was able to use a strong weekend multiplier (3.9) to come back over the weekend from its sixth place finish on Friday. Epic earned $16.4 million in its second frame, down a large 52% from its three-day Memorial weekend gross. Yes, percentage drops are larger across the board this weekend due to the long weekend in the last frame, but the drop for Epic should cause Fox some concern. Epic was matching the success of Rio ($39 million opening, $143 million domestic finish) until Friday, when it dropped a somewhat alarming 56% from its first day. It was able to come back a bit over the weekend, but the result is showing that Epic isn’t playing outside of its target demographic – very young kids. So far, Epic has earned $65.2 million for Fox and Blue Sky, and will likely finish short of $100 million at the domestic box office. However, it should earn a similar amount or more overseas, saving it from disaster.

Sixth goes to The Hangover Part III, which got its "you know what" handed to it last weekend by Fast & Furious 6. After earning $41.6 million over three days last weekend, The Hangover Part III could only muster $15.9 million this weekend, giving the Todd Phillips flick a drop of 62%. The Warner Bros. comedy cost $103 million to make, and thus far has earned $88.1 million. It goes wide overseas this weekend, and should see a strong result on foreign shores.

Iron Man 3 is in seventh place, and is naturally fading at the domestic box office in weekend five. The Marvel flick earned another $8 million, down 59% compared to its $19.3 million gross last weekend. The Robert Downey Jr. release has now earned $384.7 million stateside (moving into the top 20 all-time domestic earners), and is just $5 million away from $800 million overseas.




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Eighth is The Great Gatsby, which has turned into a decent sized hit for Warner Bros. This weekend, its fourth, Gatsby earned another $6.3 million and falls 54% from last weekend. The Baz Luhrmann release has now earned $128.3 million stateside, and will earn a similar amount overseas, all against a budget of $105 million.

We have a bit of a surprise in ninth, as Bollywood production Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani earns $1.6 million from only 162 locations. That's good for a per venue average of $9,877, the best in the top 12. This is a film that reunites Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, who had previously starred together in a 2008 hit film in India. The distributor, Eros, should be very pleased with the result for this generally well-received project.

Matthew McConaughey’s Mud finishes tenth this weekend, and has become Roadside Attraction’s biggest release ever. This weekend, Mud earned another $1.2 million and dropped 38% compared to last weekend. The $10 million-budgeted film has now earned $16.9 million.

Overall this weekend, despite the implosion of After Earth and some big drops from the holdovers, the overall box office remains strong. The top 12 films earned $156.5 million, more than the $134 million the top 12 earned last year, when it was led by Snow White and the Huntsman. Next weekend brings the reunion of the Wedding Crashers (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) in The Internship, and an interesting looking horror flick in The Purge, the first wide release horror since Evil Dead in early April.


Top Weekend Box Office for 5/31/13-6/2/13 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Fast & Furious 6 UNIVERSAL $34,537,820 - 65% $170,377,345
2 Now You See Me Lionsgate $28,050,000 New $28,050,000
3 After Earth SONY $27,000,000 New $27,000,000
4 Star Trek: Into Darkness PARAMOUNT $16,400,000 - 56% $181,156,000
5 Epic Fox $16,400,000 - 51% $65,161,200
6 The Hangover Part Iii WARNER BROS. $15,930,000 - 62% $88,086,000
7 Iron Man 3 $8,006,000 - 59% $384,751,000
8 The Great Gatsby WARNER BROS. $6,265,000 - 54% $128,256,000
9 Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Eros $1,600,000 New $1,600,000
10 Mud Roadside Attractions $1,200,000 - 38% $16,850,000
11 The Croods DreamWorks $615,000 - 50% $180,538,100
12 Frances Ha IFC Films $525,000 - 5% $1,550,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  The East FOX SEARCHLIGHT $75,600 New $75,600
  The Kings of Summer Cbs Films $58,000 New $58,000
  Hannah Arendt Zeigeist $31,000 New $45,502
  The History of Future Folk Variance $6,100 New $6,100
  Axe Giant: the Wrath of Paul Bunyan Cinema Purgatorio $770 New $770
  Before Midnight Sony Classics $430,542 + 74% $800,314
  Fill the Void Sony Classics $48,192 - 19% $148,831
  We Steal Secrets: the Story of Wikileaks Focus Features $27,576 + 0% $70,386
  Stories We Tell Roadside Attractions $120,000 - 7% $910,000
  The Iceman Millennium $123,098 - 67% $1,715,551
  Love Is All You Need Sony Classics $168,809 - 22% $707,321
  What Maise Knew Millennium $205,878 + 45% $543,344
  42 WARNER BROS. $515,000 - 59% $92,334,000
  Oblivion UNIVERSAL $389,130 - 55% $88,062,095
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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