Box Office Results for June 1, 2012

This weekend, Universal scored a big box office victory with the better-than-expected opening of its expensive fairy tale adventure Snow White & the Huntsman, which captured the number one spot driven by strong fan demand.  The PG-13 film grossed an estimated $56.3M from 3,773 theaters for a muscular $14,910 average and delivered the best opening weekend of the summer for any non-Avengers film.  In fact, the sword-wielding princess even beat out the $54.6M debut of last weekend’s Men in Black 3.

Snow White & the Huntsman has been marketed since last year causing anticipation to build up.  Fans of today’s hottest literary projects were drawn in as the casting of Kristen Stewart helped attract the Twilight crowd while the forest-fighting action scenes tapped into fans of The Hunger GamesCharlize Theron won strong notices from film critics and Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth added to the starpower.  In fact, a Hemsworth brother has now occupied the number one spot over eight of the last eleven weekends.  Liam Hemsworth co-starred in The Hunger Games.

Will Smith‘s comeback vehicle Men in Black 3 dropped down to second place in its second weekend but held up quite well for an action sequel coming off of a holiday launch.  The Columbia franchise vehicle declined by 46% to an estimated $29.3M pushing the ten-day cume to $112.3M.  It was a better hold than the 53% that Men in Black II suffered ten years ago in its sophomore round but the cume was less than the $132.7M of the 2002 release after its second weekend.

Still rocking in its fifth weekend, The Avengers pulled in an estimated $20.3M, off 45%, upping its massive domestic cume to $552.7M.  Marvel‘s megahit set a new record breaking the $550M mark in only 31 days beating the 38 days that it took for AvatarTitanic was the only other film to surpass this level and the Marvel super heroes now sit at number three on the list of all-time-domestic blockbusters where it should finish.  Only three past films have ever done north of $20M on the fifth weekend – the James Cameron pair and The Sixth SenseThe Avengers might end its North American run with $600-610M.

The next six films fell into a tight range of $3-5M each for the weekend.  Universal and Hasbro‘s Battleship plunged another 57% in its third weekend to an estimated $4.8M for a $55.1M in 17 days.  Close behind was The Dictator, which fell 49% to an estimated $4.7M giving Paramount $50.8M in 17 days.

Fox Searchlight‘s hit comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the first time had no major expansion and dipped 28% to an estimated $4.6M.  What to Expect When You’re Expecting followed with an estimated $4.4M, off 38%, for a $30.7M cume for Lionsgate and Alcon.

Johnny Depp‘s Dark Shadows grossed an estimated $3.9M and the horror flick Chernobyl Diaries taking in an estimated $3M.  The Tim Burton project fell 49% and has taken in $70.8M to date while the Russian-set thriller tumbled 62% in its sophomore session with $14.4M after ten days for Warner Bros.

The historical Mexican war drama For Greater Glory opened in wide enough release to make the nationwide top ten even though its per-theater performance was weak.  The R-rated pic starring Andy Garcia debuted in 757 theaters grossing an estimated $1.8M for $2,378 per location for ARC.

The runaway hit The Hunger Games fell to eleventh place in its eleventh frame with an estimated $1.5M, down 35%.  The Lionsgate smash has upped its cume to $398.3M and could break the $400M mark next weekend.  The last film to spend its first ten weeks in the top ten was Inception.

Moonrise Kingdom had a small expansion going from four to 16 playdates in its sophomore session and grossed an estimated $849,000 for a spectacular $53,063 average.  Wes Anderson‘s latest story will widen on Friday into ten more markets including Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Denver for a total of 70 locations.  Cume to date is $1.7M for Focus and Indian Paintbrush with much more to come.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $133.1M which was down 13% from last year when 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios’ X-Men: First Class opened at number one with $55.1M; but up 10% from 2010 when Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation SKG‘s Shrek Forever After stayed on top for the third straight weekend with $25.5M.

June 1, 2012 to June 3, 2012 Top Ten



1.   Snow White & the Huntsman

2.   Men in Black 3

3.   The Avengers

4.   Battleship

  • $4,810,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal) and Hasbro

5.   The Dictator

6.   The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

7.   What to Expect When You’re Expecting

8.   Dark Shadows

9.   Chernobyl Diaries

  • $3,045,000
  • a Warner Bros. release (Warner Bros. Entertainment)
  • Alcon Entertainment

10. For Greater Glory

  • $1,800,000
  • ARC Entertainment

June 3, 2011 to June 5, 2011 Top Ten



1.   X-Men: First Class

  • $56,000,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group) and Marvel Studios (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

2.   The Hangover Part II

  • $32,445,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

3.   Kung Fu Panda 2

  • $24,300,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • DreamWorks Animation SKG (DreamWorks SKG)

4.   Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

5.   Bridesmaids

6.   Thor

  • $4,200,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • Marvel Studios (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

7.   Fast Five

  • $3,244,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal)

8.   Midnight in Paris

9.   Jumping the Broom

10. Something Borrowed

  • $835,000
  • a Warner Bros. release (Warner Bros. Entertainment)
  • Alcon Entertainment


June 4, 2010 to June 6, 2010 Top Ten



1.   Shrek Forever After

  • $25,486,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • DreamWorks Animation SKG (DreamWorks SKG)

2.   Get Him to the Greek

  • $17,571,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal), Relativity Media, Spyglass Entertainment, and Apatow Productions

3.   Killers

  • $15,837,000
  • Lionsgate (Lions Gate Entertainment)

4.   Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

  • $14,019,000
  • Walt Disney Pictures (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) and Jerry Bruckheimer Films

5.   Sex and the City 2

  • $12,344,000
  • HBO Films (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

6.   Marmaduke

7.   Iron Man 2

  • $7,919,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • Marvel Studios (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

8.   Splice

9.   Robin Hood

10. Letters to Juliet

~ by Matt Whitfield on June 6, 2012.

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