|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count /Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|2||1||Marvel's The Avengers||BV||$47,222,414||-15.1%||3,918||-331||$12,053||$523,907,202||$220||4|
|7||5||What to Expect When You're Expecting||LGF||$8,805,565||-16.5%||3,021||-||$2,915||$23,826,813||-||2|
|8||6||The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel||FoxS||$8,360,743||+158.8%||1,233||+879||$6,781||$18,564,239||-||4|
|9||7||The Hunger Games||LGF||$3,013,383||+2.1%||1,421||-643||$2,121||$396,022,168||$78||10|
|10||8||Think Like a Man||SGem||$1,814,607||-31.5%||786||-936||$2,309||$88,686,548||$12||6|
The Hunger Games reaches higher than TLaM in its 10th on the US charts and both movies are bound to exit in their respective next weekend. Both have still grossed above $1,000,000 and that is impressive. So TLaM will most definitely finish with just above $90m domestically off $12m and that is super impressive in an era of big-budget releases.
Not all mega-produced films did so well this year in America: Wrath of the Titans only made about $90m off $150m. Disney's John Carter miserably made just about $72m off $250m. The Hunger Games and The Avengers are doing pretty well and for the latter, rightfully so.
The new entry Chernobyl Diaries opens at no.5 and has outgrossed its $1m with an approximated $8m. It stars well-known pop singer and Leonardo DiCaprio look-alike Jesse McCartney (whom I also used to be a big fan). He stars as and along with a group of 5 other tourists who visit the abandoned city Pipyat, the former home of the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they discover they are not alone.
Sure the plot seems original when you mention them visiting an abandoned nuclear disaster site instead of a haunted house. But the trailer doesn't show an ounce of horror durability. Though I'll catch this one when it releases on Blu-ray as I haven't seen a theatrically-released scary flick in a long time.
Sasha Baron Cohen's The Dictator drops to no.4 in its 2nd week. This might as well be the comedy of the year. So far, 21 Jump Street has been the most brilliant. Dark Shadows has chosen a really bad date to be released in the States. The Johnny Depp headliner has made only $64m in its 3rd week at the BO off a budget of $150m. And has just made $20m in profit universally.
Pre-pregnant rom-com What to Expect When You're Expecting grossed only $10.55m last week on its debut off a budget of $40m (this week $7.2m) and this is nothing compared to TLaM's opening of $30m. WtEWYE might end up with $55m at the end of its theatrical run.
This LionsGate production has an ensemble cast of Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Dennis Quiad and Chris Rock. But event that doesn't save it from less budgeted and non star-powered TLaM's competitive gross. Relatively, both are based on bestselling books.
Now for the BoxOffice101 correct prediction of the week: MIB3 lands directly on no.1 I mentioned in my last week's post that it would open at 1 or 2 and I am correct. It has successfully kicked Marvel's The Avengers off the top spot in their 4th week.
MIB3 is also based on a comic series created by Lowell Cunningham. It is directed by Barry Sonnenfield (director of the first 2 installments) and written by Etan Cohen (co-written Tropic Thunder/Madagascar 2). So making this is first solo venture the result is bound to be unpredictable.
The third part follows Agent J (Will Smith reprising his role) going back in time - the 60s to be exact - to stop an alien from assassinating Agent K (Josh Brolin) and changing history. Tommy Lee Jones also reprises his role as the older Agent K and he is a fine actor. Catch his film The Missing which is a treat.
Men in Black 3 has made an estimated $70m entru in the States and Canada over Memorial Day (a 3-day weekend opening). Sad to say this is nothing compared to The Hunger Games and The Avengers. MIB3 has a megabudget of $215m. But the film almost manages to outgross its cost of production as when adding the worldwide figures it accumulates to $203.2m and that is impressive.
Pundits have already announced that this feature will outgross its predecessors and I agree. It will have no problem beating the first's foreign total of about $340m and MIB 2's $251m. It also has the star power of Will Smith whose last 9 films have grossed above $100m worldwide. MIB 3 has been released in 3D and 2D globally. Catch this more extensive trailer to get a kick start of the plot:
Just above $1.3b is Marvel's The Avengers total as of 29th May 2012. Will it reach $2b? I hope so but may not reach Titan's humongous cumulative of $2.2b and definitely not come close to Avatar's $2.8b...
The latter 2 films are both directed by James Cameron whose name has been cemented in box office ink. I'm just afraid of the sequel to Avatar. Will it be the first to reach $3b? Looks like it.
(Chart by Box Office Mojo)