Box Office Results for April 19, 2013


This weekend, now in his fourth decade of scoring number one hit movies, Tom Cruise enjoyed one of the best openings of his entire career with the futuristic science fiction film Oblivion, which topped the box office worldwide.  Universal and Relativity saw their latest hit film open to an estimated $38.2M in North America from 3,783 theaters for a potent $10,085 average.  323 IMAX sites contributed a solid $5.5M, or 14% of the gross.

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That was an impressive performance for an original 2D sci-fi film opening outside of summer.  In fact, it was the second best action opening ever during the month of April after the $61.2M of 2010’s 3D remake Clash of the Titans.  Overall, it was the seventh best for the month but third biggest for a live-action non-sequel.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski – director of TRON: Legacy – and co-starring Morgan Freeman, Oblivion earned mixed reviews from critics.  The CinemaScore grade was a disappointing B- indicating a rocky road ahead.  Adult men made up the core audience – not surprising for a sci-fi film and for a Cruise actioner as the actor has lost some of his female fan base in recent years.  Studio research showed that 57% of the audience was male and a very high 74% was 25 or older.  Teen appeal was minimal here.

But for Cruise, Oblivion delivered the second biggest opening of his career outside of his signature Mission: Impossible franchise trailing just one other science fiction picture – 2005’s summer smash War of the Worlds from Steven Spielberg, which bowed to a holiday-boosted $64.9M.  And it more than doubled the $15.2M debut of the actor’s last film Jack Reacher from this past December.

Produced for a reported $120M, Oblivion is just one of many big-budget apocalyptic movies from some of Hollywood’s hottest male action stars that will compete for the public’s attention over the coming months.  Next up, Will Smith stars in After Earth opening May 31, then Brad Pitt offers up World War Z on June 21, followed in August by Matt Damon’s Elysium.  The end of humanity is also a topic in the raunchy comedies This is the End with Seth Rogen and James Franco arriving in June and The World’s End with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost hitting theaters in August.  The World’s End is being directed by Edgar Wright as the finish to his popular “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy”, the first two films being Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Made for a global audience, Oblivion pulled in a healthy $33.7M from 60 international markets this weekend dropping 42% from its overseas launch last week.  The offshore take now stands at $112M with the global gross at $150.2M on its way to much more as major markets like Japan and China have yet to open.


After a spectacular opening weekend, the baseball drama 42 held up well in its second frame dipping 34% to an estimated $18M for a ten-day total of $54.1M.  Warner Bros. and Legendary should find their way across the $100M mark with this one.  Breaking the $150M mark this weekend was the hit animated comedy The Croods, which continued to take advantage of no competition for kids with an estimated $9.5M in its fifth round.  Off just 28%, the 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation release had the lowest decline of any film in the top ten and boosted its domestic cume to $154.9M.  With $23.4M from offshore markets this weekend, the international total soared to $274.5M putting The Croods at $429.4M worldwide.


The sequel flop Scary Movie 5 tumbled 56% in its sophomore frame to an estimated $6.3M giving Dimension $22.9M after ten days.  A final gross of $30-35M seems likely, which would be about one-third of the $90.7M that Scary Movie 4 did seven years ago.


The action sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation followed in fifth with an estimated $5.8M, down 47%, for a $111.2M total for Paramount, MGM, and Skydance.  Overseas action got a boost from a gigantic opening week in China where the American soldiers took in $33M from 7,000 screens over seven days including over $3M from 101 IMAX sites.  That drive the international weekend to $40M, the overseas cume to $211.7M, and the global tally to a muscular $322.9M.  With Japan yet to open, Retaliation could find its way to nearly $450M worldwide – 50% more than G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.


The Ryan GoslingBradley Cooper pic The Place Beyond the Pines tripled its theater count and jumped from tenth to sixth place.  The Focus and SKE release grossed an estimated $4.7M from 1,542 locations for a weak $3,078 average and $11.4M total.


Still on its way into the century club, the action hit Olympus Has Fallen placed seventh dropping 38% to an estimated $4.5M putting the year’s first of two White-House-under-attack flicks at an impressive $88.8M for FilmDistrict and Nu ImageTriStar, FilmDistrict, and Ghost House’s horror remake Evil Dead fell 57% to an estimated $4.1M and has scared up $48.4M to date.


Close behind with an estimated $4M was the 3D re-release of Jurassic Park, which declined by 55% for a cume of $38.5M.  The Universal blockbuster’s lifetime gross has now shot up to $395.6M.  Rounding out the top ten was 2013’s biggest hit, Oz the Great and Powerful.  The Disney smash held up well with an estimated $3M in its seventh weekend, off 37%.  The wizard and trio of witches have now amassed $223.8M from North America and a stellar $478.6M worldwide.


The top ten films grossed an estimated $98.1M, which was down 18% from last year when Screen GemsThink Like a Man opened at number one with $33.6M; and down 14% from 2011 when Blue Sky StudiosRio stayed in the top spot with $26.3M.

April 19, 2013 to April 21, 2013 Top Ten

Oblivion B   42   The Croods   Scary Movie 5   G.I. Joe 2

The Place Beyond the Pines   Olympus Has Fallen   Evil Dead teaser   Jurassic Park 3D Credits   Oz the Great and Powerful

1.   Oblivion

2.   42

3.   The Croods

4.   Scary Movie 5

5.   G.I. Joe: Retaliation

6.   The Place Beyond the Pines

  • $4,746,000
  • a Focus release (NBCUniversal)
  • Sidney Kimmel Entertainment

7.   Olympus Has Fallen

8.   Evil Dead

9.   Jurassic Park 3D

  • $4,000,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal)

10. Oz the Great and Powerful


April 20, 2013 to April 22, 2013 Top Ten

Think Like a Man teaser   The Lucky One   The Hunger Games A   Chimpanzee   The Three Stooges

The Cabin in the Woods   American Reunion   Titanic 3D   21 Jump Street   Mirror Mirror

1.   Think Like a Man

  • $33,000,000
  • Screen Gems (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

2.   The Lucky One

  • $22,805,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

3.   The Hunger Games

4.   Chimpanzee

  • $10,205,000
  • Disneynature (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

5.   The Three Stooges

  • $9,200,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

6.   The Cabin in the Woods

7.   American Reunion

  • $5,200,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal) and Relativity Media (Relativity Media)

8.   Titanic 3D

  • $5,000,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group) and 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

9.   21 Jump Street

  • $4,600,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM Holdings), and Relativity Media (Relativity Media)

10. Mirror Mirror

  • $4,114,000
  • Relativity Media (Relativity Media)


April 22, 2011 to April 24, 2011 Top Ten

Rio   Madea's Big Happy Family   Water for Elephants   Hop   Scream 4

African Cats   Soul Surfer   Insidious   Hanna   Source Code

1.   Rio

  • $26,800,000
  • Blue Sky Studios (Fox Entertainment Group)

2.   Madea’s Big Happy Family

3.   Water for Elephants

4.   Hop

5.   Scream 4

  • $7,154,000
  • Dimension Films (The Weinstein Company)

6.   African Cats

  • $6,400,000
  • Disneynature (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

7.   Soul Surfer

  • $5,600,000
  • a TriStar release (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
  • FilmDistrict and Enticing Entertainment

8.   Insidious

9.   Hanna

  • $5,277,000
  • Focus Features (NBCUniversal)

10. Source Code

~ by Matt Whitfield on April 24, 2013.

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