Weekend Wrap-Up

Insidious Scores Over Friday the 13th Weekend

By John Hamann

September 15, 2013

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Fourth spot goes to Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which holds well again despite being in release for five weekends. The Butler earned another $5.6 million this weekend, as it drops only 34% from its $8.4 million take last weekend. The Butler managed to reach the $100 million mark on Sunday, and will likely start to lose some screens, as it is still in 3,239 theaters. Kudos to The Weinstein Company for getting behind this one, as Oscar nominations will likely follow.

Top ten stalwart We’re the Millers, which earned another $5.4 million this weekend, finishes in fifth. The Jennifer Aniston comedy fell just 30% and brought its domestic total up to a stunning $131.6 million. It's moving on to be a worldwide force now, as its already picked up an additional $55 million overseas, for a worldwide gross approaching $200 million. Remember, this is a $37 million effort from Warner Bros.

Sixth goes to Instructions Not Included, Pantelion’s out of nowhere hit. The distributor added another 216 venues to the run of the Spanish language comedy, but the hold was just okay. After last weekend, where the comedy earned $8.1 million from 717 venues, this weekend it earned $4.3 million from 933 screens. It drops 48%, and brings its domestic total up to $26.6 million. Remember, this one cost only $5 million to make, and has already become the sixth biggest foreign language release.

Seventh is Disney’s Planes, which won’t go away. Planes earned another $3.1 million this weekend and declined 26%. It has earned $83 million so far, and another $56 million overseas.


Eighth goes One Direction: This Is Us, and despite adding additional footage to the release, the boy band doc is still tanking. This Is Us earned $2.4 million and fell 41% from last weekend's total. The $10 million TriStar release has now pulled in $27 million stateside, and about the same amount internationally.

Ninth is Elysium, the Matt Damon sci-fi effort from Neill Blomkamp. Elysium earned $2 million in what is likely its last weekend in the top ten. It has earned $88.4 million in North America, and adds another $127 million overseas.

Our 10th place film is Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, as the teen-targeted film manages to hold on for one final weekend on the charts. It earned $1.8 million, a decline of 25% from last weekend, and brings its domestic total to $62 million. The news is quite a bit better in international venues, as Sea of Monsters has taken in more than $100 million on foreign shores.

Overall, thanks to a breakout success from Insidious Chapter 2, the box office does significant business for a mid-September weekend. The top twelve films brought in $90.3 million, which is better than last year’s effort when Resident Evil: Retribution led the top 12 to $69 million. Next weekend brings the dance movie Battle of the Year, as well as Prisoners, the well-reviewed new feature with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaall.

Top Weekend Box Office for 9/13/13-9/15/13 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Insidious: Chapter 2 Filmdistrict $41,050,000 New $41,050,000
2 The Family Relativity $14,500,000 New $14,500,000
3 Riddick UNIVERSAL $7,013,250 - 63% $31,279,625
4 Lee Daniels' the Butler Weinstein Co. $5,582,000 - 34% $100,041,118
5 We're the Millers New Line Cinema $5,415,000 - 30% $131,602,000
6 Instructions Not Included Lionsgate $4,250,000 - 48% $26,580,698
7 Planes DISNEY $3,066,000 - 26% $82,984,000
8 One Direction: This Is Us SONY $2,400,000 - 41% $26,887,000
9 Elysium Sony/Columbia $2,050,000 - 35% $88,388,000
10 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Fox $1,825,000 - 25% $62,035,400
11 Blue Jasmine Sony Classics $1,798,140 - 23% $27,884,694
12 The World's End Focus Features $1,346,661 - 42% $23,986,235
  Also Opening/Notables
  Wadjda Sony Classics $40,491 New $116,158
  Final: the Rapture Riverrain Distribution $31,884 New $31,884
  Mother of George Oscilloscope $22,456 New $22,456
  Mademoiselle c Cohen Media $14,477 New $17,739
  Jayne Mansfield's Car Anchor Bay $7,400 New $7,400
  Herb & Dorothy 50x50 Fine Line Media $6,500 New $6,500
  Plush Im Global/blumhouse $3,320 New $3,320
  The Ultimate Life Hightop Releasing $244,000 - 63% $1,073,463
  Salinger Weinstein Co. $45,009 - 48% $158,726
  Populaire Weinstein Co. $33,250 + 112% $56,477
  Getaway WARNER BROS. $678,000 - 69% $9,975,000
  The Mortal Instruments SONY $1,110,000 - 50% $29,625,000
  Austenland Sony Classics $381,191 + 127% $1,188,627
  The Spectacular Now A24 $769,907 + 13% $5,802,677
  Despicable Me 2 UNIVERSAL $1,212,230 - 17% $359,043,550
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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