Box Office Results for February 22, 2013


This weekend, with Hollywood busy preparing for the Academy Awards, studios dumped out new releases, which not surprisingly, led to a soft session at North American multiplexes allowing former chart-topper Identity Thief to reclaim the number one spot.


Universal and Relativity’s hit comedy declined by a reasonable 40% from the Friday-to-Sunday portion of last weekend’s Presidents’ Day frame and grossed an estimated $14.1M leading all films.  After 17 days, the Jason BatemanMelissa McCarthy pic has now collected $93.7M and will hit the $100M mark next weekend – a big achievement for an original R-rated comedy.


Dwayne Johnson got his busy 2013 started with a decent opening for his action offering Snitch, which bowed in second place to an estimated $13M from 2,511 theaters for a good $5,177 average for Summit, Exclusive, and Participant.  The PG-13 film about a father becoming an informant in order to save his son played more to older men as studio research showed that 53% of the audience was male and 57% was over 30.  Reviews were mixed and the CinemaScore grade was a mediocre B.  Johnson will reappear in the top ten monthly with G.I. Joe: Retaliation opening March 29, Pain & Gain on April 26, and Fast & Furious 6 debuting May 24, Memorial Day.


The Weinstein Co. enjoyed a terrific hold for its 3D animated offering Escape from Planet Earth, which slipped only 31% to an estimated $11M in its second weekend.  With no competition at all for kids, and with many schools closed last week for breaks, the PG-rated comedy adventure has banked a solid $35.1M in ten days and will continue to face no competitors over the coming weeks.  In fact, the next film aimed at kids isn’t slated until March 22 when 20th Century Fox rolls our the first DreamWorks Animation film as part of their new distribution deal, The Croods.


The critically-panned romance Safe Haven fell 51% to an estimated $10.6M taking fourth place while the action sequel A Good Day to Die Hard tumbled 60% to an estimated $10M in fifth.  Relativity has taken in $48.1M in 11 days for its love story while 20th Century Fox’s more expensive franchise film has banked $51.8M over the same number of days.  International results were strong for Bruce Willis with $35.7M from 67 markets for an overseas total of $133.1M (led by Japan’s $13.3M) and a global gross of $184.8M – 72% from offshore audiences.


Supernatural horror thriller Dark Skies had a soft debut in sixth with an estimated $8.9M from 2,313 locations for a weak $3,826 average.  Earning dull reviews from critics, the PG-13 fright flick was also rejected by paying consumers receiving a disappointing C grade from CinemaScore.  Competition was light, but the target audience had little interest in this Dimension, Alliance, and IM Global release.


The top grossing Best Picture contender this weekend was once again Silver Lining Playbook, which eased a scant 3% to an estimated $6.1M upping its cume to $107.5M for the Weinstein Co.  That’s a healthy $71.7M more than the $35.7M it had in the bank when it earned its nominations last month.  Zombie romance Warm Bodies followed with an estimated $4.8M, off 46%, for a $58.2M for Summit.


Dropping 44% was Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects with an estimated $3.5M followed closely by the teen flop Beautiful Creatures with $3.4M, down a troubling 55%.  Totals are $25.3M for Open Road and Endgame and $16.4M for Warner Bros. and Alcon.


Most Best Picture contenders continued to rake in last-minute ticket sales from interested movie fans before Hollywood’s big night.  Front-runner Argo dipped 10% to an estimated $2M for $129.8M to date.  That is an exceptional hold given that the Ben Affleck-directed film just hit multiple home entertainment platforms this past week.  Life of Pi eased just 1% to an estimated $1.6M for $113.5M domestic and a towering $584.5M worldwide.  Lincoln took in an estimated $1.5M, down just 9%, for cumes of $178.6M from North America and $245.1M worldwide.


Some nominees suffered larger drops.  Zero Dark Thirty fell 25% to an estimated $2.3M giving Columbia and Annapurna $91.6M to date while the musical Les Misérables dropped 24% to an estimated $657,000 with $146.6M thus far for Working Title and Relativity.  Declining by 32% was Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained with an estimated $1M and $158.8M overall for the Weinstein Co. and Columbia.


Sony Classics added some screens to the run of Amour, which surged 16% to an estimated $816,000 for a total of $5.2M.  Together, the nine Best Picture nominees have now grossed a stellar $942.8M domestically with seven of those titles surpassing $90M each.  Worldwide, the nine films have been thriving this awards season collecting over $2B.


The top ten films grossed an estimated $85.3M, which was down 21% from last year when Relativity Media and Bandito BrothersAct of Valor climbed into the number one spot with $24.5M; and down 8% from 2011 when New Line Cinema’s Hall Pass debutd in the top spot with $13.5M.

February 22, 2013 to February 24, 2013 Top Ten

Identity Thief   Snitch   Escape from Planet Earth   Safe Haven   A Good Day to Die Hard

Dark Skies B   Silver Linings Playbook   Warm Bodies   Side Effects   Beautiful Creatures

1.   Identity Thief

  • $14,100,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal) and Relativity Media (Relativity)

2.   Snitch

  • $13,000,000
  • a Summit release (Lions Gate Entertainment)
  • Exclusive Media and Participant Media

3.   Escape from Planet Earth

  • $11,013,000
  • The Weinstein Company (Weinstein Co.)

4.   Safe Haven

  • $10,600,000
  • Relativity Media (Relativity)

5.   A Good Day to Die Hard

  • $10,000,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

6.   Dark Skies

  • $8,850,000
  • Dimension Films (Weinstein Co.), Alliance Films (Entertainment One), and IM Global (Reliance Entertainment)

7.   Silver Linings Playbook

  • $6,051,000
  • The Weinstein Company (Weinstein Co.)

8.   Warm Bodies

  • $4,750,000
  • Summit Entertainment (Lions Gate Entertainment)

9.   Side Effects

  • $3,511,000
  • an Open Road release (AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment Group)
  • Endgame Entertainment

10. Beautiful Creatures

  • $3,410,000
  • a Warner Bros. release (Warner Bros. Entertainment)
  • Alcon Entertainment

February 24, 2012 to February 26, 2012 Top Ten

Act of Valor   Good Deeds   Journey 2   Safe House   The Vow

Ghost Rider 2   This Means War   Wanderlust   Gone   The Secret World of Arrietty

1.   Act of Valor

  • $24,700,000
  • a Relativity release (Relativity)
  • Bandito Brothers

2.   Good Deeds

  • $16,000,000
  • Lionsgate (Lions Gate Entertainment) and Tyler Perry Studios

3.   Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

  • $13,475,000
  • New Line Cinema (Warner Bros. Entertainment) and Walden Media

4.   Safe House

  • $11,369,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal) and Relativity Media (Relativity)

5.   The Vow

  • $10,000,000
  • Screen Gems (Sony Pictures Entertainment) and Spyglass Entertainment

6.   Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

  • $8,800,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment), Hyde Park Entertainment, and Marvel Studios (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

7.   This Means War

  • $8,500,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

8.   Wanderlust

  • $6,627,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal) and Relativity Media (Relativity)

9.   Gone

  • $5,000,000
  • a Summit release (Lions Gate Entertainment)
  • Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment

10. The Secret World of Arrietty

  • $4,503,000
  • a Walt Disney release (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Studio Ghibli

February 25, 2011 to February 27, 2011 Top Ten

Hall Pass   Gnomeo & Juliet   Unknown   Just Go With It   I Am Number Four

Justin Bieber Never Say Never   The King's Speech   Big Mommas 3   Drive Angry   The Roommate

1.   Hall Pass

  • $13,500,000
  • New Line Cinema (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

2.   Gnomeo & Juliet

  • $13,420,000
  • a Touchstone release (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Rocket Pictures

3.   Unknown

  • $12,435,000
  • a Warner Bros. release (Warner Bros. Entertainment)
  • Dark Castle Entertainment (Silver Pictures)

4.   Just Go With It

  • $11,100,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

5.   I Am Number Four

  • $11,036,000
  • a Touchstone release (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • DreamWorks Pictures (DreamWorks SKG) and Reliance Entertainment

6.   Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

  • $9,200,000
  • Insurge Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)

7.   The King’s Speech

  • $7,618,000
  • a Weinstein Co. release (Weinstein Co.)
  • UK Film Council

8.   Big Mommas Like Father, Like Son

  • $7,550,000
  • a 20th Century Fox release (Fox Entertainment Group)
  • New Regency Pictures (Regency Enterprises)

9.   Drive Angry

  • $5,132,000
  • a Summit release
  • Nu Image (Millennium Entertainment)

10. The Roommate

  • $2,050,000
  • Screen Gems (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

~ by Matt Whitfield on March 1, 2013.

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