Weekend Wrap-Up

No Great Flood to See Noah; Sabotage Drowns

By John Hamann

March 30, 2014

What is the flood equivalent of 'Winter is Coming'?

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Fifth is God’s Not Dead, as two faith-based targets finish in the top five. After debuting to $9.2 million last weekend, Freestyle Releasing expanded the count of this one from 780 to 1,178 venues. The result is a very good hold, as God’s Not Dead earned another $9.1 million this weekend. That's a decline of less than 2%. God's Not Dead has now earned $22 million, against a cost that was somewhere near eight bucks.

Sixth is The Grand Budapest Hotel, a film that will go down as one of the best platform releases ever. From Wes Anderson, and again starring his wonderfully odd troop of players, the movie got started four weekends ago when it was released to eight venues. At those venues, it earned an average of $202,792 per screen. It then expanded the next weekend to 66 screens, where the average was $55,000, and the weekend gross was $3.6 million. Fox Searchlight then expanded immediately again, this time out to 304 venues. There, it earned $6.8 million, and had an average of $22,329. That means that The Grand Budapest Hotel had earned $15.6 million before going wide, which it did this weekend. Out to 977 venues, it earned $8.8 million this weekend, giving it a venue average of $9,033, and an increase over last weekend of 30%. Budget data hasn’t been released, but with a domestic gross so far of $24.5 million, and a foreign take that has surpassed $33 million, this will be another very positive result for Anderson.

Arnold continues to struggle with the career reboot as Sabotage flops. The hard core, R-rated actioner didn’t work this weekend, as Sabotage earned only $5.3 million from 2,486 venues. Schwarzenegger need to put the gun down and find a film he fits into as a supporting player. He needs to gain some goodwill back, and these choices aren’t making that happen.

Eighth is Need for Speed, which earned only $4.3 million and fell 45%. It's a good thing this was released in China, as it has a domestic take of $37.8 million and an overseas gross at $130 million, all against a $66 million production budget. The $41.7 million it has earned in China is more than any other territory on the planet, including North America.


Ninth is 300: Rise of an Empire. The sequel crossed the $100 million mark this weekend, as it earned $4.3 million and dropped 49%. The $110 million Warner Bros. release has a domestic total of $101.1 million, and is approaching the $200 million mark overseas.

Finally in tenth is Non-Stop, Liam Neeson’s leggy actioner. Non-Stop earned another $4.1 million in its fifth weekend and declined 37%. This one was made for $50 million, and has now picked up $85.2 million domestically. Overseas, Non-Stop has crossed the $60 million mark.

Finishing outside of the top ten this weekend is Bad Words, the new film from Jason Bateman. The foul-mouthed spelling bee movie earned $2.6 million this weekend from 842 screens, giving it an average of $3,141. Lionsgate and Pantelion Films also opened Cesar Chavez this weekend, and it earned $3 million from 664 venues, giving it an average of $4,518.

Overall this weekend, despite a decent result, the box office could not keep up with last year. This year, the top 12 films took in $133.4 million. Last year, with the G.I. Joe sequel, a Tyler Perry film, and flop The Host, the top 12 took in $139.7 million. Next weekend things get interesting. Captain America: Winter Soldier opens, and after a foreign gross of $75.2 million this weekend, it will look to improve on the $65 million the original opened to back in 2011.

Top Weekend Box Office for 3/28/14-3/30/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Noah PARAMOUNT $44,000,000 New $44,000,000
2 Divergent Lionsgate $26,500,000 - 51% $95,260,008
3 Muppets Most Wanted DISNEY $11,373,000 - 33% $33,210,000
4 Mr. Peabody & Sherman DreamWorks $9,500,000 - 20% $94,908,800
5 God's Not Dead Freestyle $9,075,421 - 2% $22,028,439
6 The Grand Budapest Hotel FOX SEARCHLIGHT $8,825,000 + 30% $24,456,800
7 Sabotage Open Road $5,330,000 New $5,330,000
8 Need For Speed DISNEY $4,335,000 - 45% $37,753,000
9 300: Rise of an Empire WARNER BROS. $4,300,000 - 49% $101,145,000
10 Non0stop UNIVERSAL $4,086,875 - 36% $85,167,050
11 The Lego Movie WARNER BROS. $3,105,000 - 25% $248,304,000
12 Cesar Chavez Lionsgate $3,000,000 New $3,000,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Raid 2 Sony Classics $176,907 New $176,907
  Mistaken For Strangers Abramorama $81,800 New $81,800
  Finding Vivian Maier IFC Films $60,000 New $60,000
  Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 Magnolia $132,000 - 17% $374,800
  Jodorowsky's Dune Sony Classics $36,655 + 2% $91,309
  Rob the Mob Millennium $25,624 + 85% $43,586
  Bad Words Focus Features $2,645,000 + 424% $3,563,690
  Tyler Perry's the Single Moms Club Lionsgate $1,160,000 - 63% $15,038,105
  Le Week0end Music Box $225,000 + 65% $482,514
  Son of God Fox $1,070,000 - 61% $57,860,700
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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