Create Game Lists on MeltedJoystick.com
FilmCrave home
   Movies  Members
Search +
Searching... Close  
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  
 
  Login Using Facebook
Twitter
 
     

Weekend Box Office: Three Films Battle for #1 Spot

View Chris Kavan's Profile

By Chris Kavan - 09/24/12 at 12:42 AM CT

It's anyone's call at this point who will come out on top after the final numbers are tallied on Monday. It could be a cop drama, a horror film or a baseball drama.

As it stands now, both End of Watch and House at the End of the Street both have $13 million, while the Clint Eastwood-led Trouble with the Curve is very close behind with $12.7 million. Depending on how the final numbers play out, any one of them could easily take the top spot.

Yet despite the battle for #1, compared to last year the box office was off a heavy 28%, meaning Hollywood's disappointing fall continues. Who benefits the most from these somewhat modest opening numbers? End of Watch is the clear winner, at just a $7 million budget Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña look to be sitting pretty no matter where the film ultimately winds up. For director David Ayers, it falls right in between Street Kings ($12.5 million) and 2010's Brooklyn's Finest ($13.4 million) - bot of which wound up with around $28 million. Considering the strong A- cinemascore, End of Watch should be able to top that number.

House at the End of the Street also had a low budget of $10 million. While the debut couldn't top Last House on the Left ($14.1 million) it was better than Dream House ($8.1 million). Jennifer Lawrence continued to draw in her target demographic: young (70% under 25) and female (61%), who gave it a so-so B cinemascore.

Trouble with the Curve may end up sneaking past both those movies. Baseball films are notoriously hard sells, even Curve's somewhat disappointing debut ranks it sixth on the all-time list for baseball movies. Though it couldn't match the opening of Moneyball's $19.5 million, for Eastwood, the opening was better than both J. Edgar ($11.2 million) and Hereafter ($12 million). Still, one has to wonder if Eastwood's rambling, bizarre empty-chair speech had any ill effects on the box office. The B+ cinemascore means it won't get much of boost form word-of-mouth.

The week's other new release, Dredd, continued the trend of under-performing reboots as it managed just a sixth place showing with $6.3 million. Despite good critical reaction and fan interest, there just wasn't enough interest to propel it into the top five. I can only hope that this string of flops has some effect on the powers that be and maybe we won't get too many more of these (but who am I kidding?).

Coming in 4th place, Finding Nemo 3D dropped over 43% with $9.4 million. So far, the re-release has brought in $30 million. It's not a bad number, but is trailing pretty much every other recent 3D re-release. At one time this type of strategy seemed a sure lock but even with the relative ease and cost-effective way to convert these films, this strategy appears to be wearing out its welcome with audiences.

Dropping to fifth place, Resident Evil: Retribution took in $6.7 million, taking a massive 68.2% drop in its second weekend. That drop is the steepest yet for the franchise and its $33.5 million total is trailing the worst film in the series by $10 million. It's looking like making back its $65 million is a forgone conclusion and it may be the nail in the coffin for this zombie series.

After opening to record-breaking limited numbers, The Master expanded to 788 theaters and bounced up to seventh place with $5 million, bringing its total up to just over $6 million. Broader audiences didn't seem to warm up to this as much the specialized market, but it should continue to find enough people to keep it going relatively strong.

Speaking of limited releases, The Perks of Being a Wallflower managed a nifty $61,000-per-theater average in four theaters, the fifth-highest average for 2011. It's also a personal best for Summit Entertainment, and the studio will expand its theater count in the coming weekends.

Next week sees the release of a film I've been anticipating for quite awhile, the time-travel/action film Looper (with Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt). There is also the animated Hotel Transylvania and the drama Won't Back Down, which should draw in a hefty female audience. I've been saying this for weeks, but hopefully we'll finally have something to truly call a winning film next weekend.

Comments
1 comments
Name: 

Avoid spam Captcha: Sign Up + or Log In +   
 
View aliena's Profile

aliena

Wrote on 09/25/12 at 07:30 AM CT

Baseball films are notoriously hard sells, even Curve's somewhat disappointing debut ranks it sixth on the all-time list for baseball movies.

Write on Profile +

Bloggers
Recent Blog Posts
Archive

All Posts

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

 
Log In
Help on how to log into FilmCrave
Login with Facebook
Login with FilmCrave
 
 
What Members Are Doing
Movie Talk
New Movie Reviews
New Movie Lists
Top Movie List by SIngli6
Movies I watched for the Nth time by Rod
Watched in 2017 by tonks76
Top Movie List by Seth
Movies of 2017 by Stoney McStonerson
Fantastic French Films I Have Seen by Chris Kavan
2017 by Karmand
2016 by Randall

 

 

 

Contact FilmCrave Public Relations    

Advertise and Business

Developer API

Contact Us

Jobs

About us

SiteMap

 

Support FilmCrave

FAQ and Help

News and Press

Terms of Use

Privacy

   
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  
Are you sure you want to delete this blog?