Weekend Wrap-Up

Ender Leads, But Grandpa(s) Still Alive

By John Hamann

November 3, 2013


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Free Birds cost $55 million to bring to the screen, but Relativity also spent some serious bucks marketing the film. It will need at least a 4.0 opening-to-total multiplier to see domestic success (completely achievable for a kids movie) but there are some serious concerns. How well will a US Thanksgiving movie play overseas, or even in Canada? Additionally, Free Birds has three weekends to go until Thanksgiving, two of which have films that are destined to be a couple of the bigger openers of the year. Will it play past Thanksgiving? It is heavily doubtful considering Disney’s Frozen appears on November 27th. Free Birds is a risky bet at best in my opinion, so we will have to see how it all plays out.

Fifth is Gravity, which gets pushed to the side somewhat as we have new 3D entries from Ender’s Game and Free Birds. After pulling in $20.1 million in its fourth frame last weekend, Gravity dropped 36% to $13.1 million in its fifth frame. That’s the biggest drop it has seen in its run thus far; however, only 45 films have ever grossed $11+ million in their fifth frames, so the weekend is nothing to sneeze at. The $100 million space thriller has now pulled in an amazing $219.2 million on the domestic front, and is sitting around $160 million overseas.

Sixth is Captain Phillips, which is now in its fourth weekend. The Tom Hanks starrer pulled in another $8.5 million, giving it a drop of 27%. The Sony thriller still has a shot at $100 million domestic, but it will be a bit of a struggle. Captain Phillips has earned $82.6 million domestically thus far, and is approaching the $30 million mark overseas. The film cost only $55 million to produce.

12 Years a Slave expands further this weekend, adding another 287 venues to bring the count up to a still small 410 screens. Despite the small count, 12 Years managed a weekend take of $4.6 million, giving the Oscar contender an increase over last weekend of 115%. It had a venue average of $11,220. Despite the low theater count, the Fox Searchlight release has already earned $8.8 million and cost only $20 million to make.


Eighth is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, which ironically is getting chased by a movie about eating turkeys. Cloudy 2 earned $4.2 million in its sixth frame, and falls 33%. The $78 million Sony release has now taken in $106.2 million domestically, and another $50 million overseas.

Carrie, the Sony/MGM/Screen Gems failed Halloween release, finishes in ninth. Carrie earned another $3.4 million this weekend and fell 43%. The $30 million film has now matched its production budget stateside with a gross so far of $32 million.

Tenth is The Counselor, which gets hammered in the second frame. The Fox release fell a nasty 59% from its debut, matching the awful reviews and Cinemascore it received. The $25 million film has earned only $13.4 million so far.

Overall this weekend, numbers were better, but still not quite enough to get ahead of last year’s results. A year ago, Wreck-It Ralph opened to $49 million and Flight earned $25 million in their debuts, leading the top 12 to $124.6 million. This year, the top 12 earned $121.7 million. Next weekend brings Thor: The Dark World to anxious audiences, as Marvel and Disney look to improve on the $65 million the first Thor film earned in 2011. The biggest non-Twilight or Harry Potter opener in the month of November is last year’s Skyfall, which debuted to $88 million over the same weekend last year.

Top Weekend Box Office for 11/1/13-11/3/13 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Ender's Game Warner Bros. $28,000,000 New $28,000,000
2 Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa PARAMOUNT $20,500,000 - 36% $62,058,000
3 Last Vegas Cbs Films $16,520,000 New $16,520,000
4 Free Birds Relativity $16,200,000 New $16,200,000
5 Gravity WARNER BROS. $13,130,000 - 35% $219,196,000
6 Captain Phillips SONY $8,500,000 - 27% $82,551,000
7 12 Years a Slave FOX SEARCHLIGHT $4,600,000 + 116% $8,760,300
8 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 SONY $4,200,000 - 33% $106,195,000
9 Carrie SONY $3,400,000 - 43% $31,973,000
10 The Counselor Fox $3,250,000 - 59% $13,637,500
11 Escape Plan Lionsgate $2,280,000 - 50% $21,599,746
12 Krrish 3 Eros $1,125,000 New $1,125,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  About Time UNIVERSAL $1,000,000 New $1,000,000
  Dallas Buyers Club Focus Features $264,128 New $264,128
  Diana Entertainment One $75,000 New $75,000
  Man of Tai Chi Radius/twc $50,000 New $50,000
  The Pervert's Guide To Ideology Zeitgeist $9,500 New $9,500
  These Birds Walk Oscilloscope $8,000 New $8,000
  The Broken Circle Breakdown Tribeca Film $7,075 New $7,075
  Running From Crazy Vitagraph Films $7,000 New $7,000
  Sal Tribeca Film $6,750 New $6,750
  Blue Is the Warmest Color IFC Films $225,000 + 124% $380,000
  Capital Cohen Media $41,224 + 84% $71,311
  The Square Noujaim Films $12,025 - 26% $32,720
  All Is Lost Roadside Attractions $575,000 + 14% $1,450,000
  Kill Your Darlings Sony Classics $72,648 + 73% $224,543
  Enough Said FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,075,000 - 32% $14,798,700
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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