Weekend Wrap-Up

Thor: The Dark World Dominates

By John Hamann

November 10, 2013

Of course Loki is the more bookish of the brothers.

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Free Birds is third, as the Relativity release holds up well after a soft opening last weekend at $15.8 million. The animated turkey movie earned $11.2 million in its second frame, dropping an excellent 29% in weekend two. The cost for this one wasn’t ridiculous at $55 million, but the film will struggle to match that amount at the domestic box office, and I continue to wonder if this will play overseas. So far, Free Birds has earned $30.2 million.

Last Vegas, last weekend’s number three film, moves down a spot to fourth with an expected good hold. After a solid start last weekend with $16.3 million, Last Vegas pulled in another $11.1 million this weekend giving the film a drop of only 32%. That is solid for a film that is 43% fresh at RottenTomatoes, and is likely propped up not only because the target doesn’t rush out to see new films, but also because it plays as excellent counter-programming to Thor: The Dark World. The small, $28 million release from CBS Films has beaten its production budget from domestic gross, as it has already pulled in $33.5 million. It is already the third biggest CBS Films release, behind only The Woman in Black and The Back-Up Plan.

Ender’s Game, last weekend’s number one film, comes crashing down in weekend two, as the competition from Thor: The Dark World is simply too much, and exposes the poor choice in release date for the YA property. Ender’s Game earned only $10.3 million in its second frame, as it declines 62% from its $27 million debut last weekend. All of a sudden, the $110 million production budget seems way too high for a property like this, as both domestic and foreign audiences are either ignoring it or seeing Thor. Ender’s Game has now earned $44 million stateside, which isn’t going to be enough for a property like this.

Sixth is Gravity, another film feeling the 3D heat from Thor 2. Now in its sixth weekend, Gravity took in another $8.4 million, dropping a not bad 34% compared to last weekend’s showing. The $100 million Warner Bros. release has earned $231.1 million stateside, and is approaching the $250 million mark overseas. It will be interesting to see whether The Dark World outgrosses Gravity. A very similar conversation occurred during the reign of The Blind Side. Someone should send Sandra Bullock a Wonder Woman script, stat.

12 Years a Slave expanded from 410 venues last weekend (where it earned $4.8 million) to 1,144 venues this weekend. The result is an increase compared to last weekend, as 12 Years brought in $6.6 million this weekend, giving it an increase of 38%. Made for $20 million, the Oscar contender has a gross so far of $17.3 million.


That puts fellow Oscar contender Captain Phillips down to eighth, as it enjoys its fifth weekend in the top ten. The Tom Hanks starrer took in another $5.8 million this weekend and dropped 31%. The $55 million Sony release has now pulled in $91 million stateside, and another $40 million plus from overseas grosses.

About Time, the British Universal rom-com, also expanded this weekend, moving from 175 venues to 1,200. The result is a so-so $5.2 million weekend take, with a venue average of $4,310. Considering this one cost about $35 million to make, the domestic result is going to be lacking, but it has already earned $40 million plus overseas. About Time has pulled in $6.7 million domestically so far.

Finally in tenth is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, as the Sony release earned $2.8 million and fell 33%. The sequel will not match the original’s $127 million domestic take, but it cost $20 million less to make. So far, Cloudy 2 has pulled in $110 million stateside and more than $70 million overseas.

Overall, the box office jumped out ahead of the same weekend last year thanks primarily to Thor: The Dark World. Last year, with Skyfall on top, the top 12 took in $163 million. This weekend, the top 12 found $164.7 million. Next weekend, the Thor sequel has another chance to work, as the only opener is The Best Man Holiday.

Top Weekend Box Office for 11/8/13-11/10/13 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Thor: the Dark World DISNEY $86,109,000 New $86,109,000
2 Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa PARAMOUNT $11,300,000 - 44% $78,747,000
3 Free Birds Relativity $11,180,000 - 29% $30,196,451
4 Last Vegas Cbs Films $11,100,000 - 32% $33,530,736
5 Ender's Game Warner Bros. $10,250,000 - 62% $44,001,300
6 Gravity WARNER BROS. $8,405,000 - 34% $231,119,000
7 12 Years a Slave FOX SEARCHLIGHT $6,600,000 + 38% $17,345,600
8 Captain Phillips SONY $5,800,000 - 31% $90,982,000
9 About Time UNIVERSAL $5,172,000 + 381% $6,689,673
10 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 SONY $2,800,000 - 33% $109,976,000
11 Carrie SONY $1,275,000 - 61% $34,041,000
12 All Is Lost Roadside Attractions $1,125,000 + 97% $2,800,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Book Thief Twentieth Century Fox $108,000 New $108,000
  The Armstrong Lie Sony Classics $30,904 New $30,904
  At Berkeley Zipporah Films $6,075 New $6,075
  Approved For Adoption Gkids $3,776 New $3,776
  Caucus Bonfire Films of America $2,300 New $8,748
  Krrish 3 Eros $500,000 - 52% $1,850,000
  Dallas Buyers Club Focus Features $629,038 + 141% $984,532
  Diana Entertainment One $85,278 + 26% $188,381
  The Broken Circle Breakdown Tribeca Film $5,047 - 18% $13,569
  These Birds Walk Oscilloscope $2,000 - 63% $10,848
  The Counselor Fox $785,000 - 77% $15,830,000
  Escape Plan Lionsgate $810,000 - 64% $23,172,835
  Enough Said FOX SEARCHLIGHT $625,000 - 42% $15,830,700
  Blue Is the Warmest Color IFC Films $250,000 + 11% $750,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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