Box Office Results for September 9, 2011

This weekend, grossing as much as the rest of the top five combined, the virus thriller Contagion opened at number one.  The Warner Bros. film scored an estimated $23.1M from 3,222 theaters (including 257 IMAX screens) for a sturdy $7,180 average playing to a mature adult crowd.  The PG-13 film starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, and Marion Cotillard benefited from an intriguing end-of-world disaster plot, a well-respected cast led by three Oscar winners and three Oscar nominees, strong reviews, weak competition, and a solid marketing push.  Academy Award Winner Steven Soderbergh directed.

It was the fifth biggest opening ever in the first half of September, which is typically among the slowest periods of the entire year at the box office.

After becoming the only film of 2011 to remain number one for three weekends, The Help dropped to the runner-up spot with an estimated $8.7M but still help up well slipping only 41% from the holiday frame.  The Touchstone release has now taken in a remarkable $137.1M on its way to $160M+.  It was a notable weekend for Participant Media, which co-financed both films in the top two spots.

Great reviews and buzz-building sneak previews failed to get young men out to the multiplexes for the Mixed Martial Arts film Warrior, which debuted in third with an estimated $5.6M.  Lacking major starpower, the Lionsgate film about two brothers who face off in a championship match averaged a weak $3,000 from 1,869 theaters.


The rest of the top ten was filled with leftovers, which fell into a tight race between $2.5M and $5M a piece.  Focus and Miramax witnessed a 51% decline for its espionage thriller The Debt, which no doubt took a hit from Contagion and collected an estimated $4.9M.  Falling 46% to an estimated $4M was the younger-skewing action film Colombiana for TriStar and EuropaCorp.  Totals are $22M and $29.8M, respectively.


Vicious animals followed as Rise of the Planet of the Apes grossed an estimated $3.9M, down 51%, while Shark Night tumble 58% to an estimated $3.5M.  20th Century Fox has banked a stellar $167.8M while Rogue has collected $14.8M.



Rounding out the top ten was the Weinstein Co., with a trio of end-of-summer releases still lingering on the charts.  After a soft debut followed by instantly negative buzz, the horror film Apollo 18 collapsed in its second weekend falling 67% to an estimated $2.9M for a $15M total.  The Paul Rudd dramedy Our Idiot Brother declined by 49% to an estimated $2.8M while the 4D kidpic Spy Kids: All the Time in the World took in an estimated $2.5M, off 48%.  Cumes stand at $21.4M and $34.2M, respectively.

Other new films opening outside of the top ten saw some highs and lows.  The stand-up comedy concert pic Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain was rock solid with an estimated $2M from only 97 locations for a potent $20,619 average for CodeBlack Entertainment.


Not delivering any laughs was the Nick Swardson comedy Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, which had an aggressive 1,500-theater launch from Columbia and Happy Madison but came up with only $1.5M, according to estimates, for an $967 average.  The Bubble Factory‘s campy horror film Creature had a three-day figure of an estimated $331,000 from an amazingly large 1,551 theaters (1,507 in the U.S. and 44 in Canada) for a $213 average.


The top ten films grossed an estimated $61.9M, which was even with last year when Screen Gems, Davis Films, Impact Pictures, and Constantin Film‘s Resident Evil: Afterlife opened in the top spot with $26.7M; but down 13% from 2009 when Lionsgate and Tyler Perry StudiosI Can Do Bad All By Myself debuted at number one with $23.4M.

September 9, 2011 to September 11, 2011 Top Ten

           

           

1.   CONTAGION

  • $23,135,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Time Warner)

2.   THE HELP

3.   WARRIOR

4.   THE DEBT

  • $4,905,000
  • a Focus release (NBCUniversal)
  • Miramax Films (Filmyard Holdings)

5.   COLOMBIANA

  • $4,000,000
  • a TriStar release (Sony)
  • EuropaCorp

6.   RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

  • $3,875,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox)

7.   SHARK NIGHT

8.   APOLLO 18

9.   OUR IDIOT BROTHER

10. SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD

 

September 10, 2010 to September 12, 2010 Top Ten

           

           

1.   RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE

  • $26,650,000
  • a Screen Gems release (Sony)
  • Davis Films, Impact Pictures, and Constantin Film

2.   TAKERS

  • $5,676,000
  • Screen Gems (Sony)

3.   THE AMERICAN

  • $5,674,000
  • Focus Features (NBCUniversal)

4.   MACHETE

  • $4,294,000
  • a 20th Century Fox release (Fox)
  • Troublemaker Studios

5.   GOING THE DISTANCE

6.   THE OTHER GUYS

  • $3,348,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony)

7.   THE LAST EXORCISM

8.   THE EXPENDABLES

  • $3,224,000
  • a Lionsgate release (Lions Gate Entertainment)
  • Nu Image (Millennium Films)

9.   EAT PRAY LOVE

  • $2,928,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony)

10. INCEPTION

  • $2,208,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Time Warner)

 

September 11, 2009 to September 13, 2009 Top Ten

           

           

1.   I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF

  • $23,447,000
  • Lionsgate (Lions Gate Entertainment) and Tyler Perry Studios

2.   9

  • $10,740,000
  • Focus Features (NBCUniversal)

3.   INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

4.   ALL ABOUT STEVE

5.   THE FINAL DESTINATION

  • $5,522,000
  • New Line Cinema (Time Warner)

6.   SORORITY ROW

7.   WHITEOUT

8.   DISTRICT 9

9.   GAMER

10. JULIE & JULIA

  • $3,156,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony)
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~ by Matt Whitfield on September 13, 2011.

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