Box Office Results for June 15, 2012

This weekend, in a situation eerily similar to one in June of 2010, an animated threequel in its second weekend held off the openings of films from box office heavyweights Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler.  Except this year, it was much, much worse.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted easily held onto the box office crown this week, dipping 41% from last weekend to an estimated $35.5M, bringing its cume to $120.5M.  The hold was actually a little better than the threequel from 2010, Pixar‘s Toy Story 3, which fell 46% from its opening weekend.  Of course by the end of its second weekend the Woody and Buzz toon had banked $226.9M and would go on to be the top grossing film of the year.  Still, Ben Stiller and company should see their animated wonder end with a final of around $220M, which would be the best in the series, albeit this time helped by 3D surcharges.

The highly anticipated sci-fi prequel Prometheus stayed in the number two position this week, but fell 60% from its opening to an estimated $20.2M, bringing its total to $88.8M.  Mixed reviews and lack of post-opening weekend buzz haven’t helped Ridley Scott‘s return to the genre he helped define decades ago, so look for the alien encounter film to end its run in the $130M range.

Two years ago, Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler opened films on the same weekend with Sandler coming out on top by a $20M margin.  This year Cruise’s film opened bigger by around $2M but both were highly disappointing.  Rock of Ages, based on the Broadway musical and featuring music from the 80s, opened to a less-than-stellar $15M this weekend from 3,470 theaters for a per screen average of a middling $4,340.  Starring a cornucopia of stars including Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, to go along with Cruise, the film simply didn’t connect with audiences.  The audience breakdown was 62% female with 74% of the audience over the age of 25 – older women who wanted to see Tom Cruise with his shirt off.  Reviews were mostly negative though audiences gave the film a B according to CinemaScore.  Cruise’s film from 2010 was Knight and Day (co-starring Cameron Diaz) and it opened to $20.1M.  It’ll be interesting to see how much blame Cruise gets for this opening as he was barely featured in the trailers and was more of a supporting character to Julianne Hough and Diego Bonita.

Leveling off a little in its third trip around the box office charts was the dark fairy tale Snow White & the Huntsman, which dropped 40% this weekend to an estimated $13.8M, bringing its cume to $122.6M with a sequel already greenlit by Universal.

In June of 2010, Adam Sandler led a group of comedy cohorts to a strong $40.5M opening with Grown Ups.  The film, which co-starred Kevin James, Chris Rock, and Salma Hayek among others, ended up with a final cume of $162M and a sequel is in the works.  This weekend however, Sandler’s That’s My Boy opened with $13M, according to estimates, from 3,030 theaters for a per screen average of $4,290.  The film’s R rating certainly played a role as it stopped Sandler’s teen audience from coming out to see it, but it seems as far as co-stars go, Andy Samberg is no Chris Rock.  Or even a Rob Schneider.  The film received a B- from CinemaScore viewers and will be hard pressed to end its run matching the opening weekend of Grown Ups.


Men in Black 3 led the back half of the top 10, coming in at number six this weekend, adding another $10M to its coffers, according to estimates, bringing its total to $152.7M.  Box office behemoth The Avengers had the best hold in the top 10, dipping only 21.3% in its seventh weekend to an estimated $8.8M, bringing its cume to a superhero-sized $586.7M.  With the $600M barrier within reach, the only question now is whether or not The Dark Knight Rises can match its Marvel counterpart.


A couple of indie darlings bring up the next two spots.  Landing at number eight this week was The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which dropped 33% from last weekend to an estimated $2.2M, bringing its total up to $35M.  Rising 40% from last weekend was the latest from Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom, which continues its impressive run in limited release.  This weekend the film took in just under $2.2M bringing its total to $6.8M while still playing on less than 200 screens.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting rounded out the top 10 with an estimated $1.3M bringing its cume to $38.8M.  And falling just outside the top 10 were a couple of big budget disappointments with Battleship taking in $1.2M bringing its cume to $62M and The Dictator rousting up another $1.1M bringing its total to $57.7M.


The top ten films grossed $122.1M, which was down 16% from last year when DC Entertainment‘s Green Lantern opened in the top spot with $53.2M; and down 35% from 2008 when Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story 3 exploded into the number one spot with $110.3M.

June 15, 2012 to June 17, 2012 Top Ten

           

           

1.   Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

2.   Prometheus

3.   Rock of Ages

4.   Snow White & the Huntsman

5.   That’s My Boy

6.   Men in Black 3

  • $10,000,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

7.   The Avengers

8.   The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

9.   Moonrise Kingdom

10. What to Expect When You’re Expecting

 

June 17, 2011 to June 19, 2011 Top Ten

           

           

1.   Green Lantern

  • $52,685,000
  • DC Entertainment (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

2.   Super 8

  • $21,250,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)

3.   Mr. Popper’s Penguins

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

4.   X-Men: First Class

  • $11,500,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group) and Marvel Studios (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

5.   The Hangover Part II

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

6.   Kung Fu Panda 2

  • $8,700,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • DreamWorks Animation SKG (DreamWorks SKG)

7.   Bridesmaids

8.   Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

9.   Midnight in Paris

10. Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

 

June 18, 201o to June 20, 2010 Top Ten

           

           

1.   Toy Story 3

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

2.   The Karate Kid

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

3.   The A-Team

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

4.   Get Him to the Greek

  • $6,117,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal), Relativity Media, Spyglass Entertainment, and Apatow Productions

5.   Shrek Forever After

  • $5,520,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • DreamWorks Animation SKG (DreamWorks SKG)

6.   Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

  • $5,273,000
  • Walt Disney Pictures (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) and Jerry Bruckheimer Films

7.   Killers

  • $5,100,000
  • Lionsgate (Lions Gate Entertainment)

8.   Jonah Hex

  • $5,085,000
  • DC Entertainment (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

9.   Iron Man 2

  • $2,675,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • Marvel Studios (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

10. Marmaduke

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~ by Matt Whitfield on June 19, 2012.

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