|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count /Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|4||N||Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection||LGF||$25,390,575||-||2,161||-||$11,749||$25,390,575||$20||1|
|5||2||Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted||P/DW||$11,840,276||-39.9%||3,715||-205||$3,187||$180,036,798||$145||4|
|6||3||Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter||Fox||$6,009,612||-63.1%||3,109||+1||$1,933||$29,043,805||$69||2|
|9||5||Snow White and the Huntsman||Uni.||$4,498,725||-44.4%||2,337||-582||$1,925||$145,684,645||$170||5|
|10||8||Marvel's The Avengers||BV||$4,421,671||-38.4%||1,757||-473||$2,517||$606,504,744||$220||9|
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)