To the surprise of essentially no one, Iron Man 2 was the big winner at this weekend's box office, posting $128 million in ticket sales at well over 4,000 different theaters, which, suffice it to say, is a heckuvabunch. Shock of shocks, the only other significant wide release, Babies, did not post $128 million at the box office. Maybe the studio was banking on more people being forced to dump their grandparents somewhere while they went to go see Iron Man 2, but yeah, it didn't have a chance.
Let's take a look at the top 10, shall we?
1. Iron Man 2 - $136.3 million - It bested its predecessor's opening weekend by close to $40 million, and was apparently the fifth largest opening in history. I wonder if Terrence Howard is sitting face-down in a bar somewhere right now and wondering if that pay cut might have been worth it, all things considered.
2. A Nightmare on Elm Street - $9.1 million - A massive 72% drop from last week's opening, but not completely surprising given that it was one of those rare movies to make less money on Saturday of its opening weekend than on Friday. Also, it sucks.
3. How to Train Your Dragon - $6.7 million - It crossed the $200 million mark this weekend, more or less assuring us that many dragon training sequels will be abound in the future.
4. Date Night - $5.4 million - Over $80 million so far for a movie our own Matt Rorie called a "thoroughly average, decent time at the movies." Hooray for middling quality!
5. The Back-Up Plan - $5 million - Jennifer Lopez's uterine misadventures continue to be hilarious to some unidentifiable segment of people that I pray I shall never come into contact with.
6. Furry Vengeance - $4.4 million - A strong possibility exists that this abortion of a family comedy won't even make back its $35 million budget at the box office. I'm gonna bet it won't. Who wants to take me on?
7. Clash of the Titans - $2.5 million - It's already turned a profit and made over $150 million, so Liam Neeson's fake beard has clearly won the war against good taste.
8. Death at a Funeral - $2.3 million - Congratulations Neil LaBute, this quickly decomposing comedy of yours is on pace to be one of your most profitable films ever. I'm sure you're very proud.
9. Babies - $2.1 million - To be fair, this movie really only opened on somewhere around 500 screens, but you still have to imagine the studio heads were counting on a stronger Mother's Day bump. Just goes to show that moms would rather hang out with Tony Stark than a bunch of crying poopbags.
10. The Losers - $1.8 million - Still hasn't turned a profit, and doesn't look like it will, at this rate. Obvious ha ha losers joke is obvious.
Also, regarding my personal Human Centipede box office watch, the movie has now made: $56,879. $9.50 of that was mine, I'm not ashamed to say.
Source: Box Office Mojo