Box Office Results for February 8, 2013


This weekend, Universal and Relativity‘s Identity Thief blew onto the scene with a surprisingly strong opening, while Steven Soderbergh‘s supposed last directorial effort debuted mildly in third.  Returning films held on reasonably well, especially those of the Oscar variety.


Exploding into first place was Identity Thief starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy with an estimated $36.6M from 3,141 theaters, for a potent per screen average of $11,650.  Despite the controversial review of formerly influential reviewer Rex Reed, audiences dug the film, which outgunned the opening weekends of Bateman’s Horrible Bosses ($28.3M) and McCarthy’s Bridesmaids ($26.2M) both from the summer of 2011.  Instead, Identity Thief opened in line with last year’s spring hit 21 Jump Street, which debuted with $36.3M on its way to $138.7M.  If last year was the year of Channing Tatum, could this year be the year of McCarthy, who has The Heat co-starring Sandra Bullock on tap for later this summer.


Second place belonged to the warm and fuzzy zombies of Warm Bodies.  Dipping a reasonable 43% from its debut weekend, the Summit release ate up an estimated $11.5M bringing its cume to $35.5M.


Third place belonged to Side Effects directed by Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh, who claims this will be his last film.  The thriller, which stars last year’s “IT” boy Tatum, couldn’t live up to the pairs last collaboration Magic Mike ($39.1M from last summer) and opened mildly with $10M, according to estimates, from 2,605 theaters for a per screen average of only $3,845 for Open Road and Endgame.  I have a hard time imagining Soderbergh will be happy to go out on a note like this, so I’m betting he’ll be back in the next couple of years.


The rest of the top 10 had a familiar look to it as Oscar films continued their push to Super Sunday on the 24th of this month.  Leading the pack in its 13th weekend was Silver Linings Playbook, which fell a slim 11% to $6.9M this weekend, according to estimates, bringing its total to $89M for the Weinstein Co.  Fifth place belonged to the fairy tale darlings Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which dropped 39% from last weekend to an estimated $5.8M, bringing its cume to $43M for Paramount and MGM.


Sixth place belonged to the horror-thriller Mama, which slipped 34% to an estimated $4.3M and a current total of $63.7M for Universal, De Milo, and Toma 78, impressive for a horror film.  Jennifer Lawrence‘s biggest rival for the Best Actress Oscar landed in seventh place as Jessica Chastain and Zero Dark Thirty slid 23% from last weekend to $4M, according to estimates, bringing the war drama to $83M for Columbia and Annapurna.


On an amazing award winning streak, Ben Affleck‘s Argo added 470 theaters this weekend and jumped back into the top 10 in its 18th weekend, adding an additional $2.5M, according to estimates, bringing its total to $123.2M for Warner Bros.  Fellow Best Picture nominee Django Unchained took in an estimated $2.3M this weekend, bringing Quentin Tarantino‘s highest grossing film to $154.2M for the Weinstein Co. and Columbia.  And rounding out the top 10 was the Sylvester Stallone flop Bullet to the Head, which dropped 56% from its dull opening to an estimated $2M, bringing its total to $7.9M for Warner Bros., Dark Castle, and IM Global.


One other film of note, the IMAX 3D re-release of Tom Cruise‘s classic Top Gun debuted just outside the top 10 with $1.9M from 300 screens for a per screen average of $6,333, second best in the top 20.


the top ten films grossed an estimated $85.8M, which was down 49% from last year when Screen Gems and Spyglass Entertainment‘s The Vow and Universal Pictures and Relativity Media’s Safe House both debuted north of $40M; and down 33% from 2011 when the triumvirate of Columbia Pictures’ Just Go With It, Insurge PicturesJustin Bieber: Never Say Never, and Touchstone Pictures and Rocket PicturesGnomeo & Juliet all opened between $25M and $30M.

February 8, 2013 to February 10, 2013 Top Ten

Identity Thief   Warm Bodies   Side Effects   Silver Linings Playbook   Hansel & Gretel IMAX 3D

Mama   Zero Dark Thirty   Argo   Django Unchained   Bullet to the Head

1.   Identity Thief

2.   Warm Bodies

3.   Side Effects

4.   Silver Linings Playbook

5.   Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

6.   Mama

  • $4,300,000
  • a Universal release (NBCUniversal)
  • De Milo and Toma 78

7.   Zero Dark Thirty

8.   Argo

9.   Django Unchained

  • $2,288,000
  • The Weinstein Company (Weinstein Co.) and Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

10. Bullet to the Head


February 10, 2012 to February 12, 2012 Top Ten

The Vow   Safe House   Journey 2   Star Wars Episode I 3D   Chronicle

The Woman in Black   The Grey   Big Miracle   The Descendants   Underworld 4

1.   The Vow

  • $41,700,000
  • Screen Gems (Sony Pictures Entertainment) and Spyglass Entertainment

2.   Safe House

  • $39,330,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal) and Relativity Media

3.   Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

4.   Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D

5.   Chronicle

  • $12,300,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

6.   The Woman in Black

7.   The Grey

  • $5,080,000
  • Open Road Films (AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment Group)

8.   Big Miracle

9.   The Descendants

10. Underworld Awakening


February 11, 2011 to February 13, 2011 Top Ten

Just Go With It   Justin Bieber Never Say Never   Gnomeo & Juliet   The Eagle   The Roommate

The King's Speech   No Strings Attached   Sanctum   True Grit   The Green Hornet

1.   Just Go With It

  • $31,000,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

2.   Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

  • $30,260,000
  • Insurge Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)

3.   Gnomeo & Juliet

  • $25,500,000
  • a Touchstone release (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Rocket Pictures

4.   The Eagle

5.   The Roommate

  • $8,400,000
  • Screen Gems (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

6.   The King’s Speech

7.   No Strings Attached

  • $5,645,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group), Cold Spring Pictures, and Spyglass Entertainment

8.   Sanctum

9.   True Grit

10. The Green Hornet

  • $3,600,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

~ by Matt Whitfield on February 14, 2013.

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