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The war for cash in the box office always has winners and losers. The Avengers is an obvious winner as it just passed the $600 million mark domestically. Battleship did amazing business over seas but domestically the film frankly bombed domestically. The blame is now being pointed at the comic book action classic. I guess that makes sense. Battleship did some serious wave flagging and and throwing American patriotism in our faces, so in a way it’s really surprising that the film did so well over seas.

The fact is though that maybe why Battleship bombed was because it was just bad. The film was all over the place, it had its moments but in no way did it match up to The Avengers. So maybe people just weren’t interested in a movie based off a board game. I do like that people are trying to figure out why movies do badly compared to others. With ticket prices being so high people probably go to the movies less often. So competition has a lot to do with it. John Carter underperformed due to marketing while the film itself was very good. Battleship might have just missed the mark with Americans.

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Audiences responded very well the adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax and showed up in droves. The film raked in over $70 million in the first three days of release. The film has been bashed a little for being a mess but I guess none of that matters. I’m sure the 3D charge helped push the finally tally up a bit. Still this opening is the best a Dr. Seuss movie has done. The team behind films like HOP and Despicable Me made this and I guess are slated to make a lot more films as they seem to just only hit home runs. At this pace The Lorax could be on of the biggest films of 2012.

Sadly landing in the second spot was the teen party film Project X. The R-rated “found footage” flick partied up about $20 million over the weekend. Sad to see people responding to this film like this when good comedies like Wanderlust are out and getting ignored. The film was rather cheap so it looks like this film will be a solid hit.

Fighting strong was the Navy Seals movie Act of Valor, the #1 movie last week feel to the third but brought in a solid $13.7 million. It has gathered almost $50 million in total which is pretty solid, not a block buster but pretty good for an R-rate action film. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island just keeps kicking it and added another $6 million, bringing its total to a little over $85 which is pretty impressive.

The Vow and Safe House are also still sticking around. Both films have broken the $100 million mark and are solid hits. A total bright spot for the studios that two none franchise films already breaking that mark is a good sign. With other films also doing really well 2012 looks like it could be a real good year for movies.

It should be noted that The Artist got a huge bump from its Oscar wins. It broke into the top ten even after being out for months. Making almost $4 million. Still that film should be getting seen by many more people. Wanderlust and Gone amazingly have already dropped out of the top ten.

Next week John Carter comes out… As a nerd I suggest everyone go see this film. I will say this because I’m biased. I hope it does well. I want sequels because that franchise is amazing.

Here is the list…

1. The Lorax $70.7 million

2. Project X $20.7 million

3. Act of Valor $13.7 million

4. Safe House $7.2 million

5. Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds $7.1 million

6. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $6.9 million

7. The Vow $6.1 million

8. This Means War $5.6 million

9. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance $4.7 million

10. The Artist $3.9 million

Weekend Box Office: Feb.10-12th

Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day approaching and audiences responded, The Vow crushed this weekend with over $40 million in the three day period. I was not really impressed with the trailers for this film, but it wasn’t exactly aimed for me. The bigger surprise is how many people went to the theaters this weekend. Denzel was a draw as Safe House racked in around $39 million. That’s huge. Both movies I feel like are surprise hits, with big opening weekends and smaller budgets the studio’s must be very excited. Especially The Vow since I believe on Tuesday(Valentine’s Day) the film should rake in some more cash.

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D made a solid $23 million at the box office. No matter what you think of these films you can’t really deny the magic of seeing them on the big screen. A sequel that doesn’t really seem like a sequel, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island also did very well this weekend as I’m sure families decided to treat themselves to a 3D eye gasm. The film landed in third with over $27 million. I guess brining in the The Rock was a pretty good idea. Will see how great the legs are for that film and maybe will get Journey 3: The Bumblebee Cover… Yeah I made that up but it sounds good.

Last weeks top films dropped like rocks, Chronicle added another $12 million and easily has made more than its production cost, so it’s a hit, sort of. The Woman in Black added around $10 million to its pocket as well. At a total of $35 million and rising I’d say this film is a big surprise hit. Good for Harry Potter.

The rest of the list is pretty basic, The Grey is still making some cash. Underworld: Awakening is sticking around in the 10th spot. The Descendants is still kicking up some cash and has raised its over all total to a little over $70 million. Glad to see people like to go out and see good movies. Here is the list…

1. The Vow $41.7 million

2. Safe House $39.3 million

3. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $27.5 million

4. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace 3D $23 million

5. Chronicle $12.3 million

6. The Woman in Black $10.3 million

7. The Grey $5.1 million

8. Big Miracle $3.9 million

9. The Descendants $3.5 million

10. Underworld: Awakening $2.5 million

 

Weekend Box Office: Feb. 25-27th

People are generally stupid and a movie as horrible as the one that landed at the top spot is proof of that. With the Academy Awards ending last night you would have thought the nominated movies would make a push for the top spots. No instead a 3D silly animated movie bounced to number one spot. Gnomeo & Juliet moved back into the top spot which is obvious that kids really do control the box office sometimes. Two big surprises was the comedy Hall Pass landing in the second spot and the overly advertised Drive Angry landed in the ninth spot. This week confused me, now the number one movie only dropped to the third spot which was the film Unknown. Justin Bieber’s non-movie dropped to sixth but has made 62 million bucks. Nice to see though is Best Picture winning film The King’s Speech rose up in the ranks and has made almost 115 million dollars. Hopefully next week things will show that you know smart people go to the theaters.

1. Gnomeo & Juliet $14.2 million

2. Hall Pass $13.4 million

3. Unknown $12.4 million

4. Just Go With It $11.1 million

5. I Am Number Four $11 million

6. Just Biber blah blah blah $9.2 million

7. The King’s Speech $7.6 million

8. Big Mommas: Like Father… $7.6 million

9. Drive Angry $5.1 million

10. The Rommate $2.1 million

Weekend Box Office Feb.11-13th

Not a real strong weekend for good movies but the money spending audiences helped the box office survive last weeks horrible numbers. Adam Sandler’s horrible new flick Just Go With It looks like it has won the weekend but only by a couple of bucks(Thousands). The Canadian super star Justin Bieber’s 3D concert film landed in a very close second. I’m glad this movie didn’t make like 100 million dollars on the first weekend. I just don’t get his appeal, can’t really sing, doesn’t act, he just has funny hair. I don’t get it. The film The Eagle managed some decent numbers too going up against a Sandler comedy and Bieber, landing in fourth place. Gnomeo $ Juliet(WHAT?!?!) landed in third with about $25 million which makes it the biggest opening for an animated film in February(WHAT?!?!?). The rest is pretty basic, I think it’s cool that The King’s Speech and True Grit are sticking around in the top ten. Last week’s number one film The Roommate dropped like a rock to fifth which was expected.

1. Just Go With It  $31 million

2. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never $30.4 million

3. Gnomeo & Juliet $25.5 million

4. The Eagle $8.7 million

5. The Roommate $8.4 million

6. The King’s Speech $7.4 million

7. No Strings Attached $5.6 million

8. Sanctum $5.1 million

9. True Grit $3.8 million

10. The Mechanic $2.9 million

Weekend Box Office Jan. 21-23rd

January is a slow month for movie studios, it’s usually called a “dumping” month. A place where studio’s drop films they don’t have a lot of faith in. The film No Strings Attached has been getting a lot of dung thrown at it the last couple on months. Most of it unfairly of course as the film is getting dissed since this film comes out so closely to Natalie Portman’s award winning performance in The Black Swan. The romantic comedy managed a decently impressive opening a little over $20 million in ticket sales. The Green Horney managed to stick in second place with $18 million, which brings its total to over sixty million. So the film isn’t a huge flop but not a huge hit either. The Dilemma sits in third but what’s more impressive is The King’s Speech which is in fourth did not drop at all. It has made the same amount two weeks in a row. I guess the nominations and awards it keeps rounding up is helping make people pay attention to it. The rest of the list is not a major surprise. A lot of movies come out next weekend and it will be interesting to see which films will have legs. Will the award nominated films just sit around for weeks or will the new films dominate? Will be interesting to see how this goes down.

1. No Strings Attached $20. 3 Million

2. The Green Hornet $18.1 Million

3. The Dilemma $9.7 Million

4. The King’s Speech $9.2 Million

5. True Grit $8 Million

6. Black Swan $6.2 Million

7. The Fighter $4.5 Million

8. Little Fockers $4.5 Million

9. Yogi Bear $4.1 Million

10. Tron: Legacy $3.7 Million

Weekend Box Office Dec. 10-12th

Many will not be surprised that Narnia opened at the top this week but what may surprise people is that the numbers it grabbed were not as impressive as films in the past. Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader opened with 25 million this weekend. Now that is not a number to ignore but many through this film could possibly have opened with over fifty million. Now there are a lot of reasons for this, first off competition is very high. Also the trailers for this film were horrible, I have no idea what was going on in them. There was a dragon, then a shot of the boat, some dialogue, the lion roars and then it’s over. The plot could be anything. Fans of Narnia do not give up though since this film could possibly have major legs and make some serious money. Since the holiday season is lacking in holiday films this movie could continue to rake in kids.

The Tourist landed in second place with an also impressive 17 million. Now I think it’s impressive but I’m sure the studio is not thinking that. Johnny Depp alone usually brings in the bigger bucks, tag on Angelina Jolie and this film should have been a forty million opener. I also blame this one of advertising though, I dug the vibe of the trailers but again wasn’t sure what was happening or that engaged. I’m not saying trailer should show you everything since I hate that! I do believe the trailers for both Narnia and The Tourist could have been better. Still legs are a big possibility here though for these films.

The rest of the box office is not that surprising. Tangled is still sticking around in the third spot. With Harry Potter and Unstoppable right behind it. Will see how things all balance out here soon as the holiday pictures come out. With movies like Tron: Legacy and True Grit coming out around the X-mas days I’m confused about what people are going to go see. That is why films like Narnia, Tangled and even The Tourist should be able to bring some more cash.

1. Chronicles of Naria: Legend of the… $24.5 Million

2. The Tourist $17 Million

3. Tangled $14.6 Million

4. Harry Potter and the… $8.5 Million

5. Unstoppable $3.8 Million

6. Black Swan $3.3 Million

7. Burlesque $3.2 Million

8. Love and Other Drugs $3 Million

9. Due Date $2.5 Million

10. Megamind $2.5 Million

 

Weekend Box Office Dec. 3-5th

I didn’t notice until now, only one movie came out this last weekend. That movie was the crazy looking film called The Warriors Way(A review will be coming). So box office numbers were down, actually it’s one of the worst weekends we’ve seen this year. Not surprising though is that this weekend was simply trying to see which film would have better legs, well Tangled won that battle. The film debuted at #2 last weekend but won this weekend with over twenty million bucks. Now mind you the 3D charge might have helped a lot. Harry Potter landed in second and just added to it’s already impressive tally. Unstoppable actually has also proven it has some major legs while that film remained in third. Everything else played out pretty much as expected, Warrior’s Way landed in 9th with over three million dollars. It’s sad for me to see Faster drop like a rock, I want more action movies, especially action movies with the Rock in them. Oh well I guess the movie came out at the wrong time, I mean a revenge flick coming out on Thanksgiving? Here is the list…

1. Tangled $21.5 Million

2. Harry Potter and the blah blah $16.7 Million

3. Unstoppable $6.1 Million

4. Burlesque $6.1 Million

5. Love and Other Drugs $5.7 Million

6. Megamind $5 Million

7. Due Date $4.2 Million

8. Faster $3.8 Million

9. The Warrior’s Way $3.1 Million

10. The Next Three Days $2.7 Million

Weekend Box Office: Nov. 19-21st

I think everyone knew Harry Potter was going to do well over the weekend, I just don’t think people knew it was going to do this well! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 rounded up $125 million bucks. That is the best weekend opening for a Harry Potter ever. The closest big opening was for The Goblet of Fire which opened with $103 million and went on to make almost $300 million dollars. So this is a good sign that Deathly Hallows will break the bank. Also it must be noted that the film did this without the added charge for 3D. It also is to note it’s the second largest November opening(Twilight: New Moon is #1 at $142… Really?) and it’s the sixth biggest opening of all time. Megamind just keeps on making money but it must be noted that the pointless 3D charge is helping it a bit. The film now has made almost $110 million bucks. I guess almost any animated movie can make money. Unstoppable managed to round up some decent money as well as it stuck around in third. Russel Crowe’s The Next Three Days opened poorly with $7 million… Frankly I think most of the blame should go to the people who decided to open the movie against Harry Potter. Stupid. Only other things to note is that Skyline is dropping like a falling space ship… See what I did there? In it’s second week the film is already in 7th place. RED keeps sticking around which is frankly impressive and even though it opened in only limited release the film Fair Game broke into the top ten.

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 $125 Million

2. Megamind $16.2 Million

3. Unstoppable $13.1 Million

4. Due Date $9.2 Million

5. The Next Three Days $6.8 Million

6. Morning Glory $5.2 Million

7. Skyline $3.4 Million

8. RED $2.5 Million

9. For Colored Girls $2.4 Million

10. Fair Game $1.5 Million

Weekend Box Office Nov. 5-7th

When in doubt always know no matter how bad or good it is an animated film will always make at least some cash. Even with many negative reviews against Megamind came out to make almost 48 million bucks. That’s pretty solid, even though you have to put in the fact many must have seen it in 3D. Still that is a pretty big chunk. Due Date ¬†though followed with almost 34 million dollars with no 3D bonus. Reviews for Due Date were not that great either but it had a funny trailer so that must have worked. In third was the film For Colored Girls(Just to make it clear that title was cut down from to original which was much longer from the play) it came in with about 20 million bucks. Pretty good since the films budget was about that much. So Tyler Perry just knows how to make hits. SAW 3D dropped like a rock which I guess was expected but still this could mean the SAW franchise could literally end… I don’t fully believe that but it could happen. The major surprise for me is the film RED is still sticking around in the fourth spot. I guess this shows people still want good action movies. Not much else to note really, next week three big movies are going to be released and that will shake up the top ten quite a bit I believe.

1. Megamind $47.7 Million

2. Due Date $33.5 Million

3. For Colored Girls $20.1 Million

4. RED $8.9 Million

5. SAW 3D $8.2 Million

6. Paranormal Activity 2 $7.3 Million

7. Jackass 3D $5.1 Million

8. Hereafter $4 Million

9. Secretariat $4 Million

10. The Social Network $3.6 Million