I'm not sure if this was a big surprise, or what we all expected, but the two new big releases this weekend not only didn't take the top slot at the box office, but came in at numbers three and five. Um, wow. Rock of Ages (the musical based on the broadway show of the same name) made a mere $15 million, which was more than doubled by Madagascar 3 which took the top slot. Adam Sandler's That's My Boy came in with $13 million, which is definitely on the low side, after his latest films Jack and Jill, Just Go With It and Grown Ups all took in over $25 million opening weekend. Are audiences finally wising up to the awfulness that has become an Adam Sandler film? I certainly hope so. Perhaps we can actually will him in to making good comedies again.
And, in its second weeks showing, whether you loved it or hated it, I don't think anyone can deny that Prometheus got people talking about the film. There were countless online blogs, articles and debates about whether it was a great or mediocre film. I'm not sure if it even matters which side of the spectrum you fall on, because for me, it was the fact that people were having these debates that made me excited. Anytime a film can create that much chatter it is a success on some level. However, sadly for those that loved the film, people that have yet to buy tickets did not get the memo that they should. While it managed to stay in the number two slot, it's week to week gross droped a full 60% domestically and It seems as if the bad word of mouth is winning the war.
|1. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted|
$35.5 million / $120m Total Domestic / $277.5m Total Worldwide
Those talking animals are irresistibly adorable for families and ticket buyers. They couldn't resist the cotton candy looking afros, apparently.
$20.2 million / $88.9m Total Domestic / $128.6m Total Worldwide
You either love it or you hate it, but either way, you probably were talking about it.
|3. Rock of Ages|
$15 million / New / $19.2m Total Worldwide
Maybe it's time to give the 80s a rest for a bit?
|4. Snow White & the Huntsman|
$13.8 million / $123m Total Domestic / $247.2m Total Worldwide
Will this movie end up with a fairy tale ending? If it keeps making money like this, I believe so.
|5. That's My Boy|
$13 million / New / $14.4m Total Worldwide
Maybe it's time to give the 80s and Adam Sandler a rest for a bit?
|6. Men in Black III|
$10 million / $152.7m Total Domestic / $544.3m Total Worldwide
The Men in Black franchise holds the slot for 3 out of 4 of the top grossing buddy action comedies of all time.
|7. The Avengers|
$8.8 million / $587m Total Domestic / $1.4B Total Worldwide
As Nick Fury says, "I still believe in heroes".
|8. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel|
2.2 million / $35.1m Total Domestic / $117.3m Total Wordwide
|9. Moonrise Kingdom|
$2.2 million / $6.78m Total Domestic / $13.8m Total Worldwide
Only in 178 theaters and already in the top ten. As it keeps expanding to more theaters I expect it to keep blowing up. Oh yeah, and go see it as soon as you can!
|10. What to Expect When You're Expecting|
$1.3 million / $38.8m Total Domestic / $48.666m Total Worlwide
In the number 10 slot for top grossing "pregnancy films" of all time. Who comes up with these categories?!