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After Earth Purged from Box Office, Internship Denied

By John Hamann

June 9, 2013

At least they dressed formally for their murderous evening.

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That puts the animated film Epic in fifth this weekend, as it gets the percentage drop it needed to stay relevant with families. In its third weekend, Epic earned $12.1 million, dropping a wonderful 27% as it keeps its fifth place ranking. Epic is a $100 million Fox/Blue Sky production that still has a weekend to work (albeit against Man of Steel) before Monsters University shows up. It has earned $84.2 million stateside, and has crossed the $100 million mark overseas.

Star Trek Into Darkness is sixth, and considering that the reboot sequel earned $11 million less than After Earth did last weekend, you know how things went for the Will Smith sci-fi flick. This weekend, Star Trek Into Darkness put up another $11.7 million, dropping a not bad 30%. Into Darkness continues to be a step back from the 2009 Star Trek, as the reboot earned $17.7 million in weekend four, and had amassed $214.4 million on the domestic front. The sequel has now earned $200.1 million stateside, and has pulled in over $175 million overseas, against a budget of $190 million. It's approaching the worldwide tally of the first Star Trek's $385 million.

After Earth, then, is a sad seventh. After a poor $27.5 million opening, the Will and Jaden Smith starrer earned only $11.2 million, giving it a nasty decline of 59%. A best-case scenario for a domestic finish is starting to look like $60 million, which means it will need $200 million plus from overseas cinemas, if it wants to recoup the $130 million Sony spent on this one. After Earth is the studio’s first summer release, but at least they can likely feel good about This Is The End, which opens Wednesday. Then they have to worry about White House Down ($150 million budget), and Grown Ups 2 (the first one cost $80 million, and came out before That’s My Boy embarrassed Adam Sandler last June). Domestically, After Earth has struggled to come up with $46.6 million, and will be out of the top ten either next weekend or the weekend after.




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Eighth goes to The Hangover Part III, and like After Earth, it got rocked this weekend. The Hangover Part III earned only $7.4 million and dropped a woeful 55% compared to last weekend. It has earned $102.4 million so far, but likely won’t earn $125 million domestically. On the positive side for the $103 million film, overseas grosses are already outpacing the domestic.

Ninth is Iron Man 3, which is now in its sixth weekend. Iron Man 3 earned another $5.8 million and fell only 31%. It should cross the $400 million mark next weekend, as it has a gross so far of $394.3 million, and a worldwide take right at $1.2 billion.

Finally in tenth is The Great Gatsby, which has turned into a big film for Warner Bros. This weekend, Gatsby earned another $4.2 million and dropped 35%. Domestically, it has pulled in $136.2 million, while overseas it has pulled in $120 million.

Overall, the box office sets itself up for a big frame next weekend, as The Purge will drop more than 50% and Fast & Furious 6 should come in below $15 million. This weekend, the top 12 films rang up $148.2 million, well back of the $174.2 million earned last year when the top two films, Madagascar 3 and Prometheus, grossed a combined $110 million. Next weekend brings the Man of Steel and This Is The End, two films that could provide a HUGE one-two punch at the box office.


Top Ten for Weekend of
Rank
Film
Distributor
Estimated Gross
Weekly Change
Running Total
1 The Purge Universal 36.4 New 36.4
2 Fast & Furious 6 Universal 19.8 -44% 202.9
3 Now You See Me Summit Entertainment 19.5 -34% 61.4
4 The Internship Fox 18.1 New 18.1
5 Epic Fox 12.1 -27% 84.2
6 Star Trek Into Darkness Paramount 11.7 -30% 200.1
7 After Earth Sony 11.2 -59% 46.6
8 The Hangover Part III Warner Bros. 7.4 -55% 102.4
9 Iron Man 3 Walt Disney 5.8 -31% 394.3
10 The Great Gatsby Warner Bros. 4.2 -35% 136.2
11 Mud Roadside Attractions 1.2 -1% 18.6
12 Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Eros .87 -46% 2.9

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