Box Office Results for June 17, 2011

This weekend, the super hero summer continued with the third comic book film of the season debuting at number one as Green Lantern shot to the top of the box office with a less-than-stellar opening weekend of $52.7M, according to estimates.  The pricey DC release averaged $13,806 from 3,816 theaters including ones offering the PG-13 film in Real D Digital 3D with extra surcharges.  Although the amount of the weekend take would be welcomed by most films, Green Lantern carried a reported pricetag of about $200M plus was backed by one of the most expensive marketing campaigns of any summer movie so far.

Directed by Martin Campbell, director of United ArtistsGoldenEye and Columbia and MGM‘s Casino Royale, Green Lantern starred Ryan Reynolds as the title character and was panned by critics across the board.  Moviegoers also were not impressed as the CinemaScore grade was only a B.  Generally, a B+ or better indicates that a large segment enjoyed a film.

Opening day Friday delivered a solid $21.6M including $3.35 from Thursday night’s post-midnight shows.  But Saturday fell a disturbing 22% to $16.8M.  This summer’s well-received super hero films Thor and X-Men: First Class both fared better with audiences.  Each dipped by only 8% on Saturday and scored a B+ CinemaScore.  More students were out of school for Green Lantern‘s opening day, but the Saturday fall was still very troubling.

For the Friday-to-Sunday opening weekend, Green Lantern managed to fall behind the $55.1M of the recent X-Men reboot from just two weeks ago and was far from the $65.7M bow of Thor from the first weekend of May.  Moviegoers may only have an appetite for so many comic book flicks and three big ones within seven weeks may have been too much.  Green Lantern had arguably the biggest character among the three and certainly the most starpower with Blake Lively, Academy Award Winner Tim Robbins, and the voice of Academy Award Winner Geoffrey Rush all in the same package.  Next month’s Captain America: The First Avenger will face challenges of its own being another 3D introduction of a new big-screen hero.

DC was keen on developing Green Lantern as a franchise that could spawn lucrative sequels in the years ahead.  Those hopes, however, were not crushed this weekend as super hero films are designed to be rebooted over time.  Superman and Batman both saw their movie franchises crash and burn with Superman Returns and Batman & Robin, only to be resurrected later with new directors and lead actors with Man of Steel and Batman Begins.

On the other end of the word-of-mouth spectrum, Super 8 posted a remarkable hold in its second weekend dipping only 40% to an estimated $21.3M.  Paramount‘s $50M production has collected a solid $72.8M in its first ten days and could be headed for the vicinity of $130M allowing to possibly outgross Green Lantern at the end of the day at a fraction of the cost.  The J.J. Abrams-directed action drama rolled into more of the international marketplace with debuts in 20 more territories for a weekend estimate of $12.5M from 29 total markets led by a number one opening in the increasingly crucial market of Russia.  Super 8 is showing that a well-made summer film with a moderate pricetag can go a long way, even without bells and whistles.

Jim Carrey‘s new family comedy Mr. Popper’s Penguins debuted in third place with a respectable bow grossing an estimated $18.2M.  The PG-rated film averaged $5,451 from 3,339 locations and earned somewhat negative reviews from critics.  Females made up 56% of the crowd while 58% was under 25.  The 20th Century Fox release about a man that inherits wacky penguins from his dad increased by a scant 2% from Friday to Saturday and will have Cars 2 from the Pixar juggernaut to compete with next weekend so the road ahead will not be an easy one.  But with more children getting out of school for the summer each day this week, midweek sales could be solid.

The ensemble super hero flick X-Men: First Class finished fourth with an estimated $11.5M falling 52% in its third round.  20th Century Fox and Marvel have gathered $119.9M in 17 days and is still aiming to end in the $145-150M range.  The origin pic grossed an estimated $21.2M overseas this weekend boosting that tally to $163.2M and the global gross to $283.1M.

  

Two big worldwide hits followed.  The Hangover Part II fell 46% to an estimated $9.6M boosting the domestic cume to $232.7M for Warner Bros.  The raunchy sequel collected an estimated $21.5M offshore for a muscular international total of $256M.  The global gross now stands at $488.7M surpassing its predecessor to become the world’s top-grossing R-rated comedy ever.  Paramount and DreamWorks Animation‘s 3D toon Kung Fu Panda 2 grossed an estimated $8.7M, off 47%, giving the sequel $143.3M to date.  Overseas, where the Jack Black film ranks number one this weekend, kicked in an additional $52.5M for an international take of $280M to date led by China’s exceptional $77M.

  

Slipping by a small margin once again, Universal and Apatow‘s sleeper hit Bridesmaids dipped 26% to an estimated $7.5M lifting the sum to $136.8M.  Walt Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer‘s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides followed with an estimated $6.2M, down 43%, for a $220.3M cume from North America.  Overseas markets contributed an estimated $25.9M pushing the international take to a towering $731.9M.  That makes the Johnny Depp sequel the fourth biggest overseas blockbuster in box office history trailing just 20th Century Fox’s Avatar, Paramount and 20th Century Fox’s Titanic, and New Line‘s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which it will surpass at the end of the week.  With an eye-popping $952.2M globally, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will break the magic $1B mark before the end of this month.

  

With only a slight expansion, Woody Allen‘s Midnight in Paris continued to hold up very well slipping a mere 10% to an esetimated $5.2M giving Sony Classics $21.8M to date.  It could very well double that amount by the end of its run.  Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer fell apart in its second weekend tumbling 63% to an estimated $2.2M for a $11.2M total.

  

In moderate release, the critically-panned teen romance The Art of Getting By stumbled in its debut opening to an estimated $700,000 from 610 theaters for a weak $1,148 average.  Starring Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts, the Fox Searchlight release didn’t win much acclaim from critics cutting into its potential with arthouse moviegoers.  The Irish dancing documentary Jig was impressive in its limited debut grossing an estimated $65,000 from solo sites in five major markets fro a solid $13,000 average.  Reviews were mixed but generally positive.

  

The top ten films grossed an estimated $143.2M, which was down 24% from last year when Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story 3 opened in the top spot with $110.3M; but up 2% from 2009 when Touchstone PicturesThe Proposal with Ryan Reynolds opened at number one with $33.6M.

June 17, 2011 to June 19, 2011 Top Ten

1.   Green Lantern

  • $52,685,000
  • DC Entertainment (Time Warner)

2.   Super 8

  • $21,250,o00
  • Paramount Pictures (Viacom)

3.   Mr. Popper’s Penguins

  • $18,200,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox)

4.   X-Men: First Class

  • $11,500,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox) and Marvel Studios (Disney)

5.   The Hangover Part II

  • $9,635,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Time Warner)

6.   Kung Fu Panda 2

  • $8,700,000
  • a Paramount release (Viacom)
  • DreamWorks Animation Studios (DreamWorks SKG)

7.   Bridesmaids

  • $7,487,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBC Universal) and Apatow Productions

8.   Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

  • $6,236,000
  • Walt Disney Pictures (Disney) and Jerry Bruckheimer Films

9.   Midnight in Paris

  • $5,200,000
  • Sony Pictures Classics (Sony)

10. Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

June 18, 2010 to June 20, 2010 Top Ten

1.   Toy Story 3

  • $110,300,000
  • Pixar Animation Studios (Disney)

2.   The Karate Kid

  • $29,000,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony)

3.   The A-Team

  • $13,775,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox)

4.   Get Him to the Greek

  • $6,117,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBC Universal) and Apatow Productions

5.   Shrek Forever After

  • $5,520,000
  • a Paramount release (Viacom)
  • DreamWorks Animation Studios (DreamWorks SKG)

6.   Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

  • $5,273,000
  • a Walt Disney release (Disney)
  • Jerry Bruckheimer Films

7.   Killers

8.   Jonah Hex

  • $5,085,000
  • DC Entertainment (Time Warner)

9.   Iron Man 2

  • $2,675,000
  • a Paramount release (Viacom)
  • Marvel Studios (Disney)

10. Marmaduke

June 19, 2009 to June 21, 2009 Top Ten

1.   The Proposal

  • $33,628,000
  • Touchstone Pictures (Disney)

2.   The Hangover

  • $26,753,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Time Warner)

3.   Up

  • $23,493,000
  • Pixar Animation Studios (Disney)

4.   Year One

  • $19,610,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony) and Apatow Productions

5.   The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

  • $12,035,000
  • a Columbia release (Sony)
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM)

6.   Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

  • $7,807,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox)

7.   Star Trek

8.   Land of the Lost

  • $4,359,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBC Universal)

9.   Imagine That

10. Terminator Salvation

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~ by Matt Whitfield on June 20, 2011.

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