Box Office Results for January 11, 2013


This weekend, three films entered wide release shoving holiday holdovers to the side while major Oscar nominees cashed in on the added attention.  Leading the way was the Osama bin Laden manhunt pic Zero Dark Thirty, which captured the number one spot in its first weekend of wide release following a strong run in limited play.  The spoof comedy A Haunted House pulled off an upset by opening in second place ahead of the all-star crime action drama Gangster Squad, which was in a thousand more theaters.  Overall, the marketplace was vibrant inching ahead of the same frame from the last two years, which was impressive since those had the added boost of being the MLK holiday weekend.  The top four films are all R-rated and five of the top seven movies have running times of two-and-a-half hours to three hours.


Fighting off controversy and a major Oscar snub, Columbia and Annapurna’s awards hopeful Zero Dark Thirty surged to the top with an estimated $24M weekend easily leading the field of movie options.  The Kathryn Bigelow-directed hit averaged a solid $8,172 from 2,937 locations after expanding from 60 sites last week.  The total stands at $29.5M.

After winning a number of best picture awards from critics groups in the northeast, Zero Dark Thirty nabbed five Academy Award nominations on Thursday including Best Picture, but not Best Director, which was widely expected to be a lock.  In addition, many U.S. Senators have publicly complained about how the film implies that illegal torture methods by the CIA helped in leading to the capture and killing of the terrorist mastermind.  The controversy may have sparked curiosity among adult moviegoers and helped to drive in extra traffic.  How it will affect Oscar voters in the weeks to come is anyone’s guess.

Zero Dark Thirty has earned rave reviews from critics and an encouraging A- CinemaScore grade from moviegoers polled on Friday.  The R-rated film inched up only 3% on Saturday from Friday.  Adult men made up the core crowd as males accounted for 59% of the audience while 62% was over 30.  An opening this strong targeted at this audience when major football playoffs are going on both Saturday and Sunday is especially impressive.  The road ahead will not be as easy as Hollywood has decided to squeeze five action films into the next three weeks – Broken City and The Last Stand next week, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Parker in two weeks, and Bullet to the Head in three weeks – hoping all will connect with ticket buyers.


Open Road and IM Global scored a big hit with their spoof comedy A Haunted House, which surged higher than expected with an opening weekend of $18.8M, according to estimates.  Averaging a sturdy $8,712 from 2,160 theaters in the U.S. (it did not open in Canada), the R-rated laugher is a parody of recent found-footage horror hits like the Paranormal Activity series and connected with its target audience of older teens and young adults.  In fact, this audience was utterly ignored by Hollywood in December and has been responding this month with A Haunted House and last weekend’s top film Texas Chainsaw both overperforming on opening weekend.  A Haunted House stars and was co-written by Marlon Wayans who has had success in the spoof genre throughout his career.  The CinemaScore was a B-.


Settling for third place was the all-star crime action drama Gangster Squad with an estimated $16.7M from 3,103 theaters for a moderate $5,385 average.  The Warner Bros. release had the most theaters and starpower of any of the weekend’s three wide openers but attracted the least amount of business.  Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, and Emma Stone star in the R-rated pic set in 1949 and the cast worked hard in recent weeks by splitting up and appearing on talk shows in New York and Los Angeles.

But reviews were generally negative impacting a film that skews to an older audience.  Studio research showed that 58% of the crowd was under 35 while males and females were evenly split.  The CinemaScore was a decent B+ grade but sales dipped 8% on Saturday from Friday.  The other new films enjoyed increases on Saturday.


Best Picture nominee Django Unchained dropped 45% to an estimated $11.1M in its third weekend of release raising its total to a sturdy $125.4M for The Weinstein Co. and Columbia.  That makes it Quentin Tarantino’s highest grossing film ever surpassing the $120.5M of his last effort, 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, which was also a nominee for Best Picture.  Django Unchained is also on track to surpass The King’s Speech to become the top-grossing title ever for The Weinstein Co.  Also in the race for the big prize, Working Title and Relativity’s hot musical Les Misérables declined by a lower amount, 37%, and collected an estimated $10.1M for a cume to date of $119.2M.  A similar $115.1M has been taken in abroad for a global tally of $234.3M.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took a bigger tumble falling 48% to an estimated $9.1M for a cume to date of $278.1M for New Line and MGM.  The global tally rose to $886.1M with China still to open, tentatively in late February.  12 Oscar nominations juiced the grosses for awards frontrunner Lincoln, which climbed up 17% from last weekend without any significant expansion.  An estimated $6.3M weekend was enough to send the presidential pic over the $150M mark to a total to date of $152.6M with much more to come for Touchstone, DreamWorks, 20th Century Fox, and Reliance.  As a director, Lincoln is Spielberg’s 12th blockbuster to break the $150M domestic mark and he has become the only one ever to score such hits over five consecutive decades.


With all the new films carrying R ratings, 20th Century Fox and Walden’s PG-rated comedy Parental Guidance remained the only major choice for families slipping only 37% to an estimated $6.1M and $60.7M to date.  Texas Chainsaw, the new year’s first chart-topper, took a freefall tumbling from first place all the way down to ninth with an estimated $5.2M for a terrible 76% nosedive in the sophomore frame.  The Lionsgate and Millennium release has banked $30.8M in ten days.


Cashing in Oscar nominations, Silver Linings Playbook enjoyed an impressive 38% bump in sales from last weekend with an estimated $5M weekend.  The acclaimed dramedy averaged a solid $6,173 from 810 locations adding just 65 theaters from last weekend.  The Weinstein Co. has been unbelievably patient in its roll-out of the Bradley CooperJennifer Lawrence hit and will now go fully nationwide on Friday in its tenth weekend of release expanding to 2,500+ theaters for the long MLK holiday session.

By being the last of the major Oscar contenders to go nationwide, it hopes to capitalize on the heat of its theatrical release and score better votes during the time when Academy members are actually casting ballots for winners.  It hopes others will have peaked and become old news by then.  Aside from frontrunner Lincoln, only two other movies scored broad support with nominations in the five key categories of Picture, Director, Editing, Screenplay, and Acting – Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook.


Tied for tenth place according to estimates was Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher with an estimated $5M, off 46%, for a $72.8M cume for Paramount and Skydance.


Older films scoring Oscar nominations for Best Picture enjoyed new interest from moviegoers.  Nominated for 11 awards, Life of Pi kept on chugging away towards the century club with another $2.7M, according to estimates, for a low 5% dip.  The Fox 2000 hit has grossed $94.8M domestically.  The worldwide tally surged to $452.2M with the half-billion barrier ready to come down next week.


Warner Bros. expanded its October awards darling Argo after nabbing seven Oscar nominations by doubling its run from 302 to 621 theaters.  The weekend gross saw a 57% bump to an estimated $1.2M giving the Ben Affleck film $111.6M to date.


The top ten films grossed an estimated $112.4M, which was up 6% from last year when Working Title Films and Relativity Media’s Contraband opened at number one with $24.3M; and up 4% from 2011 when Columbia Pictures’ The Green Hornet debuted in the top spot with $33.5M.

January 11, 2013 to January 13, 2013 Top Ten

Zero Dark Thirty   A Haunted House   Gangster Squad   Django Unchained   Les Miserables teaser

The Hobbit   Lincoln   Parental Guidance   Texas Chainsaw 3D   Silver Linings Playbook

1.   Zero Dark Thirty

2.   A Haunted House

3.   Gangster Squad

4.   Django Unchained

  • $11,065,000
  • The Weinstein Company and Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

5.   Les Misérables

  • $10,127,000
  • Working Title Films (NBCUniversal) and Relativity Media

6.   The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

  • $9,080,000
  • New Line Cinema (Warner Bros. Entertainment) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM Holdings)

7.   Lincoln

8.   Parental Guidance

  • $6,100,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group) and Walden Media

9.   Texas Chainsaw

10. Silver Linings Playbook

  • $5,000,000
  • The Weinstein Company


January 13, 2012 to January 15, 2012 Top Ten

Contraband   Beauty and the Beast 3D   Mission Impossible 4   Joyful Noise   Sherlock Holmes 2

The Devil Inside   The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo   Alvin and the Chipmunks 3   War Horse   The Iron Lady

1.   Contraband

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

2.   Beauty and the Beast 3D

3.   Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

4.   Joyful Noise

5.   Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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

6.   The Devil Inside

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

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


January 14, 2011 to January 16, 2011 Top Ten

The Green Hornet   The Dilemma   True Grit   The King's Speech   Black Swan

Little Fockers   Yogi Bear   Tron 2   The Fighter   Tangled

1.   The Green Hornet

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

2.   The Dilemma

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

6.   Little Fockers

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

7.   Yogi Bear

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

8.   Tron: Legacy

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)

~ by Matt Whitfield on January 15, 2013.

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