Weekend Wrap-Up

Best Man Sequel Surprises, but Thor Still Number One

By John Hamann

November 17, 2013

And then most of New York was destroyed. And oh how we laughed.

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Fourth is Free Birds, Relativity Media’s shot at the animation market. Free Birds needed to be third this weekend should it hope to find true success, but failed to do so as it earned $8.3 million this weekend, falling 25% from the previous frame. It is starting to lose its opportunity to at least match the budget ($55 million) with the domestic gross. So far, Free Birds has earned $42.2 million at the domestic box office, and will need a strong turkey frame to get it to where it needs to go.

Fifth spot goes to Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa which is also holding admirably, considering the prank film is in its fourth weekend. Bad Grandpa earned another $7.7 million this weekend, which means it dropped only 32%. I keep waiting for Bad Grandpa to fold up shop and move on to DVD, but drops of 38%, 43% and now 32% are keeping this old guy alive. The comedy, made for only $15 million, has now earned $90 million stateside, and is approaching $30 million overseas.

Sixth is Gravity, which has been in wide release for seven weekends. The shine is beginning to come off the Sandra Bullock release now, but that is only due to time in release. Gravity earned another $6.3 million this weekend, meaning it was off 26% compared to the last frame. It has a domestic total so far of $240.6 million, and the take continues to grow overseas. Gravity opened in the UK last weekend to $10 million, and still has some major markets to debut in (Japan). Overseas, it has pulled in over $250 million, which means at least a half-billion will be earned for Warner Bros. against a $100 million investment.

Seventh is Ender’s Game, which is turning into a large disappointment-slash-disaster. The Lionsgate/Summit release took in only $6.1 million in its third frame. It fell 40% compared to last weekend’s $10 million plus frame, and is a long, long way off from the production budget of $110 million. Ender has earned $53.7 million so far domestically, and is just beginning to crack double digits overseas, despite being out to many big foreign markets already.


12 Years a Slave expanded further this weekend, lifting its venue count from 1,144 last weekend to 1,411 this weekend. The result was not what Fox Searchlight was expecting, as despite the higher venue count, 12 Years dropped by 30% compared to last weekend. The Oscar fave earned $4.7 million this weekend, and may have been overwhelmed by the success of The Best Man Holiday. 12 Years, which cost about $20 million to bring to the screen, has a gross so far of $24.9 million.

That puts Captain Phillips in ninth, but it continues to hold quite well. The Tom Hanks starrer earned another $4.5 million, giving it a drop of 22%. The $55 million Sony release has grossed just that overseas, and has pulled in $97.6 million on the domestic front. It will cross the $100 million mark next weekend.

In tenth is About Time, the rom-com starring Rachel McAdams. After debuting to $4.8 million last weekend, Universal added about 90 venues in its second weekend. It still managed only $3.5 million and declined 27%. About Time has earned $11.6 million on the domestic front, and about $40 million from overseas business.

Overall, things pale in comparison with last year, but that’s because paleface himself was on screen with Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2. The final Twilight film, which opened to $140 million, grossed more than what the top 12 did this weekend ($122.7 million). Hunger Games: Catching Fire could do the same thing when it opens next weekend, as it looks to best the $152 million the original Hunger Games earned when it debuted in March 2012.

Top Weekend Box Office for 11/15/13-11/17/13 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Thor: the Dark World DISNEY $38,454,000 - 55% $146,965,000
2 The Best Man Holiday UNIVERSAL $30,592,760 New $30,592,760
3 Last Vegas Cbs Films $8,850,000 - 20% $46,957,983
4 Free Birds Relativity $8,300,000 - 25% $42,218,205
5 Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa PARAMOUNT $7,670,000 - 32% $90,202,000
6 Gravity WARNER BROS. $6,280,000 - 26% $240,556,000
7 Ender's Game Warner Bros. $6,200,000 - 40% $53,776,584
8 12 Years a Slave FOX SEARCHLIGHT $4,700,000 - 30% $24,948,800
9 Captain Phillips SONY $4,500,000 - 21% $97,617,000
10 About Time UNIVERSAL $3,462,400 - 27% $11,568,048
11 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 SONY $1,950,000 - 30% $113,016,000
12 Dallas Buyers Club Focus Features $1,784,924 + 179% $3,044,006
  Also Opening/Notables
  Ram Leela Eros $1,500,000 New $1,500,000
  Nebraska PARAMOUNT $140,000 New $140,000
  The Christmas Candle Echolight Studios $75,584 New $75,584
  The Great Beauty Janus Films $23,000 New $23,000
  Charlie Countryman Millennium $8,579 New $8,579
  The Book Thief Twentieth Century Fox $425,000 +305% $568,500
  The Armstrong Lie Sony Classics $37,615 + 30% $77,745
  Go For Sisters Variance $7,750 + 29% $16,425
  Blue Is the Warmest Color IFC Films $265,000 + 6% $1,150,000
  All Is Lost Roadside Attractions $925,000 - 18% $4,225,000
  Carrie SONY $575,000 - 55% $35,046,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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