Tuesday, July 3, 2012

US box office June 29-July 1 weekend

TWLWTitle (click to view)StudioWeekend Gross% ChangeTheater Count /ChangeAverageTotal GrossBudget*Week #
2NMagic MikeWB$39,127,170-2,930-$13,354$39,127,170$71
4NTyler Perry's Madea's Witness ProtectionLGF$25,390,575-2,161-$11,749$25,390,575$201
52Madagascar 3: Europe's Most WantedP/DW$11,840,276-39.9%3,715-205$3,187$180,036,798$1454
63Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterFox$6,009,612-63.1%3,109+1$1,933$29,043,805$692
711Moonrise KingdomFocus$4,926,837+45.1%854+459$5,769$18,465,954$166
95Snow White and the HuntsmanUni.$4,498,725-44.4%2,337-582$1,925$145,684,645$1705
108Marvel's The AvengersBV$4,421,671-38.4%1,757-473$2,517$606,504,744$2209
Ted starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis in the leads reaches the top spot in its first weekend. It has achieved the highest opening for a R-rated comedy film. But trust me the poster doesn't even do the courtesy of making it look PG-rated:
  As the heading suggests this is the feature-length debut of popular adult TV series Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Roger Ebert has given it 3.5/4 stars: ''Doesn't run out of steam''. He also commented that it is the best comedy screenplay this year (so far). For me that's 21 Jump Street (so far). Although, I hope Kunis' presence doesn't falter the flick much like the overrated Friends with Benefits.
  Another new satire that debuted this weekend is Magic Mike. Steven Soderbergh is one of my fav. directors better known for action-comedies like the Oceans Eleven trio. MM stars an ensemble cast of Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four), Mathew McConaughey (The Lincoln Lawyer), etc. 
  The synopsis is: a male stripper teaches a young performer how to party, pick up women and make easy money. Well, I'd be happy if it were a female stripper with Jessica Alba in the lead and Yvonne Strahovski as the protege.
  MM has already surpassed its budget of just $7m with approximately $40m. Both Ted and MM were released by studios at a smart date. Brave was already preceded by another animated picture namely Madagascar 3 and so audiences would want to spice up their weekends a bit naughtily.
  Prometheus will cover its budget in the States by 2 more weeks but it's likely to exit by the latter week as two biggies are about to finalise their entries. Brave has already made $156.1m worldwide off a budget of $185m and hasn't been so successful overseas. Marvel's The Avengers sees its exit next weekend after staying 9 whole weeks in the top 10. Salute!
  In global news, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift opened at $80.1m and The Amazing Spider-Man opened at $51.1m respectively. It is disappointing that the latter film comprising of a superhero favoured by kids and adults alike tastes dirt by an animated feature. But Ice Age isn't just any animated franchise being one of the most profitable of its kind. In Inda the Spider-Man reboot has boasted the highest-grossing entrant in the theatres with $6.0m and reports indicate it already outpacing Marvel's The Avengers. This is not surprising as the venture also consists of renowned non-mainstream actor Irrfan Khan.
  Roger Ebert gave it a 3.5/4 declaring it better than the original version and the 2nd best Spider-Man film after Spider-Man 2. So with this sorta critical reaction I am bound to watch this one (on Blu-ray to be precise).
  When remakes weren't enough reboots started. There are many extraordinary saviours in the comic-book world similarly for Marvel and DC. Films based on characters like Deadpool should've been released by now. That's Hollywood for you...
  The 3rd new entrance this weekend is Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection. It is the seventh in the franchise and surpassed its budget in the States with $25m on debut on a budget of just $20m. Witness Protection is also the first in the franchise not to be based on play. WP stars the man in the title himself Perry, along with well-known Eugene Levy (American Pie series) and Denise Richards (famous in this case for being previously married to Charlie Sheen).
  So we end this worldwide film fiesta analysis with Ted's trailer. Rock of Ages has flopped both in the States and overseas and despite being original (a rock musical) and a Tom Cruise starrer this shows that animated features, and comic-based movies are winning audiences more than ever. The Amazing Spider-Man will top the US next week with a forecast $70-$90m opening as by BO101.

(Chart by Box Office Mojo)


AJaye2009 said...

Steven Soderburgh will always be known as the guy who made 'Sex, Lies & Videotape'. to a certain age group. That's cache. I'm intere4sted in a mainstream picture about male strippers. Considering what these rapscallions get up to the film could be an expose or a broad comedy. I'm interested.

Madea is a take it or leave it. I take it simply because I know I won't be  caught off guard by racism. And Perry films are sometimes funny - which is above the going rate for a Hollywood comedy. A lot of his criticism is due to racism (How dare black people be successful! Quick - let's strip him down a peg or two) and/or jealousy (see above).

Nisar Mustafa said...

Perry is also taking a new direction with Alex Cross based on a thriller by James Patterson. Let's see if this new 'serious' persona wins him the bucks as well

Hassan Faheem said...

 I'd be happy if it were a female stripper with Jessica Alba in the lead and Yvonne Strahovski as the protege. LOOOL I AGREE !!!

Hassan Faheem said...

ted lukz funny btw great analysis =)

Nisar Mustafa said...

Thanks Hassan!!!

Hassan Faheem said...