|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count /Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|1||N||G.I. Joe: Retaliation||Par.||$40,501,814||-||3,719||-||$10,891||$51,008,689||$130||1|
|3||N||Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor||LGF||$21,641,679||-||2,047||-||$10,572||$21,641,679||-||1|
|4||2||Olympus Has Fallen||FD||$14,147,416||-53.4%||3,106||+8||$4,555||$54,890,085||$70||2|
|5||3||Oz The Great and Powerful||BV||$11,702,316||-45.7%||3,324||-481||$3,521||$198,374,716||$215||4|
|6||N||The Host (2013)||ORF||$10,600,112||-||3,202||-||$3,310||$10,600,112||$40||1|
|10||7||The Incredible Burt Wonderstone||WB||$1,343,025||-68.9%||1,575||-1,585||$853||$20,629,646||$30||3|
Before going into the topic that is mention in this week's post, another story caught my attention. Nicolas Cage got a number 1 opener in the US last weekend with The Croods. His last North American and international numero uno was Knowing in 2009. Yes, it's been along time of average grosser plus flops. But that didn't mean to misjudge Cage's talent. He performed equally well in all of his movies after Knowing.
His script choices speak the contrary. Stolen was a straight rip-off of Taken and Seeking Justice was not seeking criticism. So Cage tried mostly action and thriller films and in the end, an animated feature was his comeback.
The Croods is set in the Stone Age as audiences were probably tired of the Ice Age quadrilogy. It's title is taken from the prehistoric era known as The Croodaceuous. Though, I would've been happy with Stone Age except that it wouldn't of come from the same studio as IA.
Also starring in the animation are stars Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone, along with semi-famous voice actors.
I might've not mentioned The Croods if it weren't for my favourite actor Nicolas Cage but what the heck. Now for the important news (for this week), G.I. Joe unsurprisingly opens at the top spot. The only movie it did face competition from was The Croods but seeing as it is an original movie and not a sequel, the overall danger was limited. I'll be watching G.I. Joe 2 tomorrow hopefully.
G.I. Joe Retaliation has discarded many of its main cast members. Mainly, the beautiful Rachel Nichols from the TV series Continuum's fame. Still, get the damsels out of distress and put the heroes into full thrust. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson an Bruce Willis are there. Both of them had successes earlier with their silver screen releases.
In the 4-day Easter weekend G.I. Joe Retaliation has made $40.5m. This is $10m lower than what G.I. Joe made in 2009. My friend Shahwath gave Retaliation a 7/10 and that's the same I would've given to the first. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was a surprise hit. The Transformers was also based on a Hasbro toyline but it still had screen credibility with cartoon adaptations before. G.I. Joe was a make-it or break-it film and it managed to gross a little above $302m worldwide on a budget of $175m. This was more like Channing Tatum's rise as an action star leaving behind his dancer persona.
Notable thespians were also included like Sienna Miller and Dennis Quad but are nowhere to be seen now. Marlon Wayans, who starred in the first couple of Scary Movie films, was an added surprise in an action role. And his on-screen shenanigans will be missed. So despite G.I. Joe 2 having 2 adrenaline megastars, it showed that audiences halved their cinema credit with The Croods and Temptation.
Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor is written-directed by the titular name. This is Perry's 13th film and based on a play by him with many changes to the original script. It is a hit already with $21.6m domestically on an unspecified budget, but one that has or will eventually be crossed. The thriller. Also, as the title suggests, it is based on a married woman's temptation by a billionaire leading to even further affairs.
As with many of Perry's releases (written, directed or starred in), such as Alex Cross and Madea's Witness Protection, the movie received universal negative reviews. One could say it was due to Temptation not being screened in advance to critics, storyline, or Tyler Perry's name in the title. The receipts glory could be because of Kim Kardashian's co-star role or Perry himself not being in the feature.
I have only seen one of Perry's films and that is Alex Cross. It received a negative critical consensus in my mind although his portrayal of the fictional detective was beyond passable.
Selena Gomez starrer Spring Breakers has risen above its tiny budget and will leave the top ten next week. Surprisingly, it received primarily positive reviews, although I saw nothing under the superficial bikini babes. Disney chose their whiz kids wisely.
Olympus Has Fallen might make $60m-$65m and also depart from the ticket booth falling short of its $70m budget in the national market. Still it has a great chance of making at least $90m internationally after being released in more theatre-themed territories like Australia, Russia, etc.
OHF has received medium reviews and with audiences rating it What Die Hard 5 should have been. I might even watch it and agree. Hollywood should really start casting the US President as African-American already.
The Host has opened up at 6. Based on the novel of the same name and by the Twilight author, I expected this much.
That's all from me folks, check out The Wolverine trailer below with a surprise appearance from Famke Janssen:
(Chart by Box Office Mojo)