|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count /Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|7||4||The Man with the Iron Fists||Uni.||$2,592,705||-67.2%||1,872||+4||$1,385||$12,821,030||$15||2|
|9||9||Here Comes the Boom||Sony||$2,522,790||-28.5%||2,044||-270||$1,234||$39,033,885||-||5|
Whoa, the greatest American Bond debut ever starring Daniel Craig in his third representation of the character. The previous films titled Quantum of Solace ($67m) and Casino Royale ($40.8) had quite lower openings although went on to gross a lot worldwide. And the latter case is no different for the 23rd movie in the British spy intelligence franchise.
Not only was Craig's performance applauded the movie has released universal critical acclaim, and Adele's theme song pushed up the ratings. So even after 23 Bond films the franchise continues to be impressive and I will miss Judi Drench who leaves the character of M after portraying it in six films. Skyfall features two lesser-known actresses as Bond girls with Javier Bardem, who is a fine actor, as the villain. Ralph Fieness' character will fill up M's position in the upcoming motion-pictures. MGM might of had money troubles but they should not lose focus on financing the series.
In other news, the animated action-comedy feature mainly for kids, continues its dominance with $33m this weekend, having grossed $93m in the States alone. It tells the story of of the titular arcade game villain who rebels against his dreams of becoming of a hero. With a RT score of $85% and that original plot, the movie had no chance of not being second this week. Also owing to Steven Spielberg's Lincoln opening across 11 theatres to garner positive word-of-mouth. Gamesite IGN advertised Wreck-it Ralph wholesomely before its North American and Canadian release.
3rd on the chart is Denzel Washington's Flight and like most of his thriller flicks this one has made almost $50m in at the US box office. It is yet to be released on a global basis. Hotel Transylvania will surely exit the top 10 next week.
Although this weekend showcases hit films there is a large disappointment in the mixture. Cloud Atlas is based on the 2004 novel on the same name by David Mitchell. With a budget of $102m, CA is one of the most expensive independent features of all time. Not only this but it stars H-wood biggies such as Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. But with all the hype, mostly critical, the sci-fi epic has only made $22m domestically and $1m foreign-wise having been released in countries like India, Turkey and Pakistan.
I thought John Carter was disappointing but this feature couldn't touch even the $50m mark. Directed by Tom Tyker, along with Lana and Andy Wachowskis who are the pair of bros who directed the Matrix trilogy marks their 4th directorial stand after 2008's mega-flop Speed Racer. They haven't had a film grossing above $100m since V for Vendetta which they wrote and produced. And Warner Bros. might spot sponsoring them altogether. Though they are making another sci-fi flick called Jupiter Ascending releasing in 2014. They should just make another Matrix because the 3 had a cumulative of over $1b.
Atlas has received mixed reviews but controversy was done over British actors portraying Asian roles through the use of make-up. Critics responded by stating that many creative leaps were done to the settings, characters and plot while there was no creative focus on the casting!
That's all from me folks. Check out the Cloud Atlas trailer below. I couldn't manage to go beyond the first minute of the trailer and will definitely not catch the almost 3-hour length boredom hole.
(Chart by Box Office Mojo)