Weekend Wrap-Up

Man of Steel Just That at the Box Office

By John Hamann

June 16, 2013

Why does he have to clench his fists when he flies?

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Fifth is last weekend’s big surprise, The Purge; however, the fall of this horror release almost matches that of its rise. After earning $34.1 million last weekend, the Ethan Hawke thriller took in only $8.2 million, giving it an alarming drop of 76%. Still, when your film costs only $3 million to make, and you have $51.8 million in the bank so far, are you going to complain?

Sixth is The Internship, the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson laugher that got off to an only okay start last weekend with $17.3 million. This weekend, The Internship got rocked, losing 60% of that opening weekend audience, and grossing only $7 million. The $60 million Fox release has now earned $31 million, and will somehow have to be strong overseas should any hope for profit be out there.

Seventh goes to Epic, the $100 million Fox/Blue Sky animated release. In its fourth weekend, Epic earned another $6 million and drops 49% compared to last weekend. The green-themed kids' flick has now earned $95.4 million stateside, and will cross the $100 million mark next weekend. While good, Epic has also already earned more than $100 million from overseas theatres, so it will be a large success when all is said and done.

Eighth goes to Star Trek Into Darkness, which is running out of time as a top ten film. Into Darkness earned another $5.7 million this weekend and was off a hurtful 50%, as Man of Steel dominated all comers. It crossed the $200 million mark on Monday, and now sits with a domestic cume of $210.5 million. Overseas, it has passed the $200 million plateau, all against a budget of $190 million.


The Will Smith/M. Night Shyamalan/Jaden Smith disaster After Earth manages another week in the top ten as it earns $3.7 million, down yet another 65%. This ill-considered project has now tallied just $54.2 million domestically, and is going to have to hope for a lot of interest from overseas venues if it is going to make a profit. So far, those international numbers are right at $50 million, so it's close to hitting its $130 budget, but still not really close to being profitable yet.

Finally in tenth is Iron Man 3, as the Marvel superhero is replaced by the DC superhero. Iron Man 3 grossed another $2.9 million in its seventh weekend, falling 49%. It will have to wait another weekend to cross the $400 million mark, as it has a domestic gross so far of $339.6 million. Overseas, Tony Stark has earned over $800 million.

Overall this weekend, the box office is hot thanks to a very strong top two films. The top 12 this weekend earned an amazing $191.2 million. The same weekend last year found only $123 million, when Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy both flopped. Next weekend brings World War Z and Monsters University, so it will be another big, big weekend at the box office.

Top Weekend Box Office for 6/14/13-6/16/13 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Man of Steel Warner Bros. $113,080,000 New $125,080,000
2 This Is the End SONY $20,500,000 New $32,800,000
3 Now You See Me Lionsgate $10,320,000 - 46% $80,009,443
4 Fast & Furious 6 UNIVERSAL $9,433,125 - 52% $219,573,750
5 The Purge UNIVERSAL $8,200,515 - 76% $51,845,365
6 The Internship Fox $7,000,000 - 60% $30,951,400
7 Epic Fox $6,000,000 - 49% $95,428,600
8 Star Trek: Into Darkness PARAMOUNT $5,660,000 - 50% $210,491,000
9 After Earth SONY $3,750,000 - 65% $54,200,000
10 Iron Man 3 $2,908,000 - 49% $399,610,000
11 The Hangover Part Iii WARNER BROS. $2,735,000 - 63% $107,986,000
12 The Great Gatsby WARNER BROS. $1,605,000 - 62% $139,909,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Bling Ring A24 $210,001 New $210,001
  20 Feet From Stardom Radius/twc $52,211 New $52,211
  Much Ado About Nothing Roadside Attractions $150,000 - 13% $380,000
  Dirty Wars IFC Films $50,000 - 23% $140,000
  Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Eros $300,000 - 63% $3,375,000
  The East FOX SEARCHLIGHT $285,000 + 25% $706,300
  The Kings of Summer Cbs Films $140,000 - 34% $530,000
  Hannah Arendt Zeigeist $26,509 - 27% $153,014
  Before Midnight Sony Classics $1,525,912 + 190% $3,198,161
  Fill the Void Sony Classics $87,232 + 11% $389,630
  Frances Ha IFC Films $300,000 - 48% $2,885,000
  Mud Roadside Attractions $500,000 - 56% $19,500,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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