Box Office Results for January 13, 2012

This weekend, Mark Wahlberg‘s action-thriller Contraband took control of the four-day Martin Luther King holiday box office this weekend, while the latest Disney 3D re-release did relatively well and last weekend’s champ crashed and burned in its second go around.

Giving off some good vibrations this weekend was Working Title‘s Contraband, which opened with an estimated $28.8M over the Friday-t0-Monday period from 2,863 playdates, for a four-day per screen average of $10,065.  Wahlberg is a surprisingly strong draw at the box office, with all of his wide releases over the last decade opening in the double digits.  Audiences dug the film as evidenced by its A- grade from CinemaScore.

Second place went to the 3D re-release Beauty and the Beast 3D, which follows last year’s huge re-release of The Lion King 3DBeauty and the Beast 3D opened with $23.5M, according to estimates, for a per screen average of $8,955.  It didn’t quite reach the heights of The Lion King 3D, which opened last September to $30.2M, but for a 20-year-old film, it’s still pretty strong.  Beauty and the Beast 3D also now holds the record for highest opening weekend for an animated film in January, taking down Hoodwinked from this weekend in 2006.  If there’s any company that knows how to milk their products for all they’re worth, it’s Disney.  They’ve got Finding Nemo 3D ready for later this year!!!

Tom Cruise‘s latest impossible mission fell to number three with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol taking in $14.2M over the long weekend, according to estimates.  It’s total now stands at $189.4M, with the $200M barrier ready to fall next week.

The musical notes of Joyful Noise opened in fourth place this weekend, with an estimated $13.8M, fr a per screen average of a decent $5,040.  Starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, the film also received an A- from CinemaScore, meaning that it might have some legs over the next few weeks.

A franchise star arrived in the next spot.  Robert Downey Jr. (star of not one, but two current major franchises) landed in fifth place this week with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which dipped to an estimated $10.5M, bringing its cume to $172.1M after five weeks.

And the moment we’ve been waiting for…last week’s shocking box office champ The Devil Inside completely collapsed in its second weekend tumbling 76% to an estimated $9.2M.  The drop was one of the worst in box office history, which isn’t surprising considering a) horror films generally are front-loaded and b) the reviews were downright horrible.  Still, with a total take of $47.5M so far, Insurge is laughing all the way to the bank, and we can expect to see even more of these low budget, found footage films in the future.



Seventh place belonged to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which fell to an estimated $8.1M, bringing its total up to $89.3M.  Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked followed in eighth place with an estimated $7.8M bringing its cume to $120.8M after five laps.  Ninth place belonged to even more animals as the Steven Spielberg-directed War Horse brought in $7.2M, according to estimates, bringing its total up to $67.3M

Meryl Streep‘s latest bid for a third Oscar, the Margaret Thatcher political drama The Iron Lady, did well in its nationwide expansion after two weeks of platform release.  The Weinstein Co. title grossed an estimated $6.5M from 802 sites (up from 5) averaging a solid $8,072 per theater.  The three-day average of $6,757 was almost identical to last weekend’s expansion of another British drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which debuted in 809 locations for a similar $6,772 average playing to an older upscale crowd.

The top ten films over the four-day weekend grossed an estimated $129.6M, which was off 1% from last year when Columbia PicturesThe Green Hornet opened in the top spot with $40M; and down 29% from 2010 when 20th Century Fox‘s Avatar remained at number one with $54.4M in its fifth frame.

January 13, 2012 to January 15, 2012 Top Ten

           

           

1.   Contraband

  • $28,816,000
  • Working Title Films (NBCUniversal)

2.   Beauty and the Beast 3D

  • $23,507,000
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

3.   Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

  • $14,200,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group) and Skydance Productions

4.   Joyful Noise

  • $13,785,000
  • a Warner Bros. release (Warner Bros. Entertainment)
  • Alcon Entertainment

5.   Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

  • $10,505,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment) and Silver Pictures

6.   The Devil Inside

  • $9,175,000
  • Insurge Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)

7.   The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • $8,100,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM Holdings)

8.   Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

  • $7,825,000
  • Fox 2000 Pictures (Fox Entertainment Group) and Regency Enterprises

9.   War Horse

  • $7,166,000
  • a Touchstone release (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • DreamWorks Pictures (DreamWorks SKG) and Reliance Entertainment

10. The Iron Lady

  • $6,474,000
  • a Weinstein Co. release
  • Pathé, Film4, and UK Film Council

 

January 14, 2011 to January 16, 2011 Top Ten

           

           

1.   The Green Hornet

  • $40,000,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony)

2.   The Dilemma

  • $20,700,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal) and Imagine Entertainment

3.   True Grit

  • $13,100,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group) and Skydance Productions

4.   The King’s Speech

  • $11,182,000
  • a Weinstein Co. release
  • UK Film Council

5.   Black Swan

  • $10,350,000
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures (Fox Entertainment Group)

6.   Little Fockers

  • $8,400,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal) and Paramount Pictures (Paramount)

7.   Yogi Bear

  • $7,400,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

8.   Tron: Legacy

  • $6,829,000
  • Walt Disney Pictures (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

9.   The Fighter

  • $6,200,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • Relativity Media

10. Tangled

  • $5,463,000
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

 

January 15, 2010 to January 17, 2010 Top Ten

           

           

1.   Avatar

  • $54,401,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

2.   The Book of Eli

  • $38,438,000
  • a Warner Bros. release (Warner Bros.)
  • Alcon Entertainment and Silver Pictures

3.   The Lovely Bones

  • $ 19,910,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • DreamWorks Pictures (DreamWorks SKG)

4.   Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

  • $15,306,000
  • Fox 2000 Pictures (Fox Entertainment Group) and Regency Enterprises

5.   The Spy Next Door

  • $12,877,000
  • a Lionsgate release (Lions Gate Entertainment)
  • Relativity Media

6.   Sherlock Holmes

  • $12,034,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment) and Silver Pictures

7.   It’s Complicated

  • $9,623,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal)

8.   Leap Year

  • $7,071,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal) and Spyglass Entertainment

9.   The Blind Side

  • $6,972,000
  • a Warner Bros. release (Warner Bros. Entertainment)
  • Alcon Entertainment

10. Up in the Air

  • $6,530,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
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~ by Matt Whitfield on January 18, 2012.

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