Box Office Results for April 26, 2013


This weekend, for the ninth time in ten years, Michael Bay saw his latest directorial effort open at number one as the action-comedy Pain & Gain debuted on top of a sluggish box office frame with an estimated $20M.  Headlined by Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, the R-rated Paramount release averaged a respectable $6,103 from 3,277 theaters.  The action director’s only film to not hit number one was his 2005 disaster The Island.  He then made only Transformers movies until Pain & Gain.

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With a reported budget of only $26M, Pain & Gain was a pet project for Bay, which he got the studio to allow in exchange for his agreement to direct Transformers 4.  The last pic grossed a staggering $1.1B worldwide and part 4 – set to be made on a smaller scale – will feature a new cast that includes Wahlberg with a release set for June 27 of next year – two weeks after Jurassic Park IV.

Pain & Gain earned mixed reviews and skewed towards young men.  Studio research showed that males made up 51% while 63% were over 25.  Following Snitch and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Dwayne Johnson has now spent ten consecutive weeks in the top ten and could very well extend the streak into late June with Fast & Furious 6, which arrives on May 24.

Leading a sluggish frame, Pain & Gain topped the second worst weekend of 2013 with the top ten grossing only $77.1M.  Only Super Bowl weekend was worse this year with the top ten slumping to a mere $65M.  Ticket sales are set to skyrocket next weekend with the much-hyped release of Iron Man 3 in more than 4,000 theaters including 3D and IMAX screens.


Marvel launched its summer tentpole Iron Man 3 overseas this weekend, a week ahead of domestic, and was met with gargantuan grosses with an estimated haul of $195.3M from 42 markets.  That beat out the $185.1M international opening of The Avengers from 39 territories from one year ago this same frame.  Many Asian markets witnessed all-time record breaking opening weekends with the metal hero while others like Australia and India enjoyed bows that were better than The Avengers from last year.  Major markets like China, Russia, Germany, and of course North America have yet to launch but Iron Man 3 could very well be on its way to the prestigious billion-dollar club worldwide.


Lukewarm word-of-mouth kicked in for Tom Cruise’s sci-fi actioner Oblivion, which fell sharply by 53% in its second weekend domestically to an estimated $17.4M.  After ten days, the Universal and Relativity release has amassed $64.7M from North America.  Look for Oblivion to end its domestic run with about $100M.  Worldwide, the futuristic pic is within striking distance of the double century mark at $198.8M.


Falling 40% in its third at-bat was the baseball drama 42 with an estimated $10.7M.  The Warner Bros. and Legendary hit has collected a sturdy $69.1M to date.  If the older-skewing film can hold up well against the younger-playing summer tentpoles about to attack the box office, then it still has a shot at reaching $100M.


The all-star comedy The Big Wedding was rejected by moviegoers entering the charts at number four with an estimated $7.5M.  Lionsgate and Millennium averaged a dismal $2,848 from 2,633 theaters with the R-rated nuptials pic, which boasted an impressive cast featuring Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, and Topher Grace.  With summer blockbusters beginning their invasions of multiplexes on the first weekend of May, the latter part of April is a time when studios toss out content they have little faith in.  The Big Wedding skewed 77% female and 66% over 30 while earning a disappointing C+ CinemaScore grade.


The durable DreamWorks Animation toon The Croods followed in fifth place with an estimated $6.6M, off 29%, for a hefty cume of $163M.  The 20th Century Fox release now joins Identity Thief as the only films this year to spend six weeks in the top five.  The overseas total soared to $308M pushing the global gross to $471M with the half-billion dollar barrier about to crumble soon.


The rest of the top ten was uneventful as spring leftovers racked up a few dollars in the final week before all attention shifts to Tony Stark at 9:00pm this Thursday night.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation declined 37% to an estimated $3.6M giving Paramount, MGM, and Skydance $116.4M to date.  With a stellar $50M from China, the global tally now stands at $349.1M.  Booted off the top five in its third round was the spoof comedy Scary Movie 5, which fell 44% to an estimated $3.5M and only $27.5M to date for Dimension.


The action hit Olympus Has Fallen took in an estimated $2.8M, down 38%, for a $93.1M cume for FilmDistrict and Nu ImageThe Place Beyond the Pines and the dinosmash Jurassic Park 3D rounded out the top ten with $2.7M and $2.3M, respectively.  The Focus and SKE indie pic dropped 45% for a $16.2M total while Universal’s upgraded blockbuster fell 43% to a sum of $42M and a lifetime total of $399.1M.

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The top ten films grossed an estimated $77.1M, which was down 15% from last year when Screen GemsThink Like a Man stayed at number one with $17.6M; and down 45% from 2011 when Universal Pictures’ Fast Five opened in the top spot with $86.2M.

April 26, 2013 to April 28, 2013 Top Ten

Pain & Gain   Oblivion B   42   The Big Wedding   The Croods

G.I. Joe 2   Scary Movie 5   Olympus Has Fallen   The Place Beyond the Pines   Jurassic Park 3D Credits

1.   Pain & Gain

2.   Oblivion

3.   42

4.   The Big Wedding

5.   The Croods

6.   G.I. Joe: Retaliation

  • $3,620,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM Holdings), and Skydance Productions

7.   Scary Movie 5

8.   Olympus Has Fallen

  • $2,768,000
  • a FilmDistrict release
  • Nu Image (Millennium Entertainment)

9.   The Place Beyond the Pines

  • $2,699,000
  • a Focus release (NBCUniversal)
  • Sidney Kimmel Entertainment

10. Jurassic Park 3D

  • $2,300,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal)


April 27, 2012 to April 29, 2012 Top Ten

Think Like a Man teaser   The Pirates! Band of Misfits   The Lucky One   The Hunger Games A   The Five-Year Engagement

Safe   The Raven   Chimpanzee   The Three Stooges   The Cabin in the Woods

1.   Think Like a Man

2.   The Pirates! Band of Misfits

3.   The Lucky One

  • $11,325,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

4.   The Hunger Games

  • $11,250,000
  • Lionsgate (Lions Gate Entertainment)

5.   The Five-Year Engagement

  • $11,157,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal) and Relativity Media (Relativity Media)

6.   Safe

7.   The Raven

8.   Chimpanzee

9.   The Three Stooges

  • $5,400,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

10. The Cabin in the Woods


April 29, 2011 to May 1, 2011 Top Ten

Fast Five   Rio   Madea's Big Happy Family   Water for Elephants   Prom

Hoodwinked Too!   Soul Surfer   Insidious   Hop   Source Code

1.   Fast Five

  • $83,630,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal)

2.   Rio

3.   Madea’s Big Happy Family

4.   Water for Elephants

5.   Prom

6.   Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil

7.   Soul Surfer

  • $3,300,000
  • a TriStar release (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
  • FilmDistrict and Enticing Entertainment

8.   Insidious

  • $2,687,000
  • a FilmDistrict release
  • Stage 6 Films (Sony Pictures Entertainment), Alliance Films, and IM Global (Reliance Entertainment)

9.   Hop

10. Source Code

~ by Matt Whitfield on April 30, 2013.

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