Weekend Wrap-Up

Bad Grandpa Grounds Gravity; Counselor Disappoints

By John Hamann

October 27, 2013

Audiences do not agree.

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is fifth, as the lack of kids' fare is keeping this one propped up. Cloudy 2 earned $6.1 million in its fifth frame, off 37% compared to last weekend. The Sony sequel did manage to cross the $100 million mark on Sunday, its 31st day, a feat the original completed in 28 days. The film, with its budget of only $78 million, has now earned $100.6 million domestically, and over $30 million overseas. The original earned almost $120 million overseas, and there is no reason to think the sequel won’t as well, eventually.

Carrie falls to sixth this weekend, as the approaching Hallow’s eve fails to lift the spirits of this horror film. After opening to $16.1 million, the Carrie remake can only muster $5.9 million in weekend two, which means it records an ugly drop of 63%. That’s a severe plunge for a film that cost $30 million to make, and only has $26 million in the bank so far. Carrie will need to make some sort of splash overseas if it hopes to profitable. Sony, Screen Gems and MGM seemed to have a lot of hope for this one, but a hit it is not to be.

Stallone and Schwarzenegger fall to seventh with Escape Plan, as the $70 million miss that opened last weekend also fails to hold. The Lionsgate actioner earned only $4.3 million in weekend two, as the film with the former '80s greats loses a stunning 56% of its audience this weekend. If there is good news for Escape Plan, it is that it’s already earned $28 million plus overseas. It will have to earn a lot more over there to get this one to the black.

Surprisingly, eighth spot goes to 12 Years a Slave, despite being in only 123 venues. The Oscar hopeful took in $2.2 million from that handful of venues, and earns an average of $17,480. This is a stunning result for a film this early in its run, working with so few venues. The $20 million Fox Searchlight release is just getting started with a gross so far of $3.4 million, but what a start it has been. Expect to hear a lot more about this one as the weeks and months roll on toward Oscar.


Ninth goes to Enough Said, which spends its fifth weekend in the top 12. Enough Said earns another $1.6 million this weekend, dropping only 11% compared to the previous frame. The James Gandolfini release is now at its widest, with 853 venues. This Fox Searchlight release has now very quietly earned $13 million.

Finally in tenth is Prisoners, with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaall. Prisoners earned another $1.1 million and fell 49%. The $46 million thriller has now pulled in $59.1 million stateside, and another $42 million from overseas sales.

Overall, the box office finally pulls ahead of last year for the first time in weeks. The top 12 films earned $94.8 million this weekend, which gets it ahead of last year’s top 12, which earned $81.2 million and was the only weekend Argo was on top. Next weekend brings three new releases, the animated Free Birds (finally, a Thanksgiving movie!), Last Vegas (which could play like Wild Hogs) and Lionsgate’s latest hope for a franchise, Ender’s Game.

Top Weekend Box Office for 10/25/13-10/27/13 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa PARAMOUNT $32,000,000 New $32,000,000
2 Gravity WARNER BROS. $20,300,000 - 32% $199,814,000
3 Captain Phillips SONY $11,800,000 -28% $70,074,000
4 The Counselor Fox $8,000,000 New $8,000,000
5 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 SONY $6,100,000 - 37% $100,611,000
6 Carrie SONY $5,900,000 - 63% $26,021,000
7 Escape Plan Lionsgate $4,340,000 - 56% $17,423,582
8 12 Years a Slave FOX SEARCHLIGHT $2,150,000 + 133% $3,409,900
9 Enough Said FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,555,000 - 11% $13,021,100
10 Prisoners Warner Bros. Pictures $1,063,000 - 49% $59,122,000
11 Insidious: Chapter 2 Filmdistrict $883,000 - 41% $82,136,385
12 Rush UNIVERSAL $697,310 - 45% $25,853,149
  Also Opening/Notables
  Blue Is the Warmest Color IFC Films $100,000 New $100,000
  The Square Noujaim Films $15,665 New $15,665
  Capital Cohen Media $22,447 New $22,447
  Spinning Plates The Film Arcade $20,528 New $20,528
  The Fifth Estate DISNEY $562,000 - 66% $2,840,000
  I'm In Love With a Church Girl High Top Releasing $525,000 - 46% $1,735,172
  All Is Lost Roadside Attractions $500,000 + 434% $640,000
  Kill Your Darlings Sony Classics $41,426 - 22% $131,634
  American Promise Rada Film Group $12,837 - 30% $41,161
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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