Weekend Wrap-Up

Only The Butler Kicks Ass at the Box Office

By John Hamann

August 18, 2013

Richard Nixon wishes he looked that good.

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Seventh is another opening failure. This time, it's Ashton Kutcher in Jobs (Kutcher thought producers said “a job” and signed up immediately). The Steve Jobs biopic did not get its audience out this weekend, and the small pic distributed by Open Road debuted to only $6.7 million. Out to only 2,381 venues, no one was expecting this one to break out, but even this total was lower than expected. It received poor reviews (24% at Rotten Tomatoes) and earned only a B- Cinemascore, and will end up as a footnote in the history of Steve Jobs.

Eighth goes to 2 Guns, the Denzel Washington/Mark Wahlberg release. Since opening well at $27 million, 2 Guns has faltered ever since, dropping 58% last weekend, and 50% this weekend. That means the Universal release earned only $5.6 million this weekend, as the film approaches its $61 million budget with ticket sales. It has yet to open overseas, though, so likely whatever it finds over there will help this one get to profitability. So far, the action flick has gunned down $59.2 million.

Ninth is those damn Smurfs, as despite seven new films over the last two weekends, this one still has a spot in the top ten. Smurfs 2 earned only $4.6 million and fell a pleasing 51%. Sadly, overseas audiences continue to lap this up, as it has already pulled in over $110 million overseas. Domestically, though, we are getting smarter as Smurfs 2 has earned $56.9 million against its $105 million budget.


The final top ten spot goes to The Wolverine, which manages to hang around for another weekend despite steady declines each week since it debuted below the total of the previous Wolverine film. This frame, the Hugh Jackman superhero movie took in $4/4 million, down 45%. Its domestic total of $120.5 million is only so-so (and just matches the production budget), but internationally, it's already nearing the $200 million mark.

In other box office news, the final opener, Paranoia, which displayed a cast that included Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Liam Hemsworth, flopped badly this weekend. Paranoia earned only $3.5 million, which means it finished 13th this weekend. It had only one positive review out of a possible 55, so audiences certainly didn’t miss much with this one. It cost $35 million to make.

Overall, the box office is starting to really lag behind last year. The top 12 films this weekend earned only $120.5 million. Last year, seven films earned more than $10 million, leading the box office to $127.3 million. Next weekend brings Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and two films that are getting great reviews - Edgar Wright’s The World's End, and You’re Next, the latest horror release.

Top Weekend Box Office for 8/16/13-8/18/13 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Lee Daniels' the Butler Weinstein Co. $25,010,000 New $25,010,000
2 We're the Millers New Line Cinema $17,780,000 - 33% $69,513,000
3 Elysium Sony/Columbia $13,600,000 - 54% $55,914,000
4 Kick0ass 2 UNIVERSAL $13,568,100 New $13,568,100
5 Planes DISNEY $13,141,000 - 41% $45,090,000
6 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Fox $8,375,000 - 42% $38,903,700
7 Jobs Open Road $6,700,000 New $6,700,000
8 2 Guns Universal $5,572,105 - 50% $59,221,450
9 The Smurfs 2 SONY $4,600,000 - 51% $56,912,000
10 The Wolverine Fox $4,425,000 - 45% $120,458,200
11 The Conjuring WARNER BROS. $3,910,000 - 41% $127,863,000
12 Despicable Me 2 UNIVERSAL $3,781,440 - 36% $345,987,560
  Also Opening/Notables
  Paranoia $3,500,000 New $3,500,000
  Austenland Sony Classics $42,633 New $42,633
  Ain't Them Bodies Saints IFC Films $25,000 New $25,000
  Cutie And the Boxer Radius0twc $21,093 New $21,093
  You Will Be My Son Cohen Media $15,469 New $15,469
  Spark: a Burning Man Story Paladin/film Buff $9,100 New $9,100
  The Patience Stone Sony Classics $7,363 New $7,363
  Inch'allah Entertainment One $3,000 New $454,790
  Chennai Express Utv $842,000 - 62% $3,963,000
  In a World… Roadside Attractions $225,000 + 219% $325,000
  The Spectacular Now A24 $418,989 + 57% $1,080,916
  Blue Jasmine Sony Classics $2,359,395 + 1% $9,489,976
  Turbo Fox $1,025,000 - 56% $77,604,300
  Blackfish Magnolia $200,000 - 14% $1,400,000
  Grown Ups 2 SONY $1,750,000 - 52% $127,435,000
  Pacific Rim WARNER BROS. $725,000 - 53% $98,401,000
  The Way, Way Back FOX SEARCHLIGHT $680,000 - 54% $17,793,200
  The Heat Fox $880,000 - 55% $155,471,600
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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