Fast & Furious 6 Takes $120 Million To Top The Memorial Day Box Office

fast-and-furious-6-poster3Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, many box office watchers thought it would be a close race between Hangover Part III and Fast & Furious 6 as to who would come out on top. In the end, it’s the latter that streaked away, with $120 million in its first four days in US cinemas.

That’s not just the biggest start ever for the franchise, but the biggest opening in the history of Universal Studios, overtaking the $97 million Jurassic Park: The Lost World made back in the 90s. It’s certainly an impressive haul, especially for a franchise that only became a powerhouse with the last few entries.

In the end Hangover Part III slightly faltered with $63 million since its opening last Thursday. While that’s not bad at all for an R-rated comedy, it’s far below expectations, as Part II opened above $100 million in 2011. The film will still make a profit, but it’ll struggle to get close to the $586 million worldwide total of the previous Hangover movie.

The final new entry is the Fox toon Epic, which took $42.6 million. While that was only enough for fourth place (behind a strong second weekend showing for Star Trek Into Darkness), it’s more than many had expected. And with the next few weekends clear of new animated releases, it could continue to do well.

Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the four-day Memorial Weekend.

Rank Title Weekend Gross (millions) Total Gross to date (millions)
1 Fast & Furious 6 $120.0 $120.0
2 The Hangover Part III $51.2 $63.0
3 Star Trek Into Darkness $47.0 $155.8
4 Epic $42.6 $42.6
5 Iron Man 3 $24.3 $372.4
6 The Great Gatsby $17.0 $117.7
7 Mud $2.4 $15.0
8 The Croods $1.6 $179.6
9 42 $1.6 $91.4
10 Oblivion $1.0 $87.5

Star Trek Into Darkness Warp Speeds To The Top Of The US Box Office

star-trek-into-darkness-imax-posterWhen the summer comes around, all the big action movies head for cinemas, causing pretty much every other movie to run for cover (largely because there aren’t many cinema screens left). As a result, Star Trek Into Darkness was the only new entrant into the US box office top 10, taking $84 million since its opening last Thursday.

That’s roughly in line with what JJ Abrams first Star Trek movie took when it opened in 2009. While it’s a fairly big haul, many are still seeing it as a disappointment, as many had expected to open in the $100 million range. However it’s doing better overseas, so is still likely to end up grossing a fair amount more that the earlier movie overall.

It’s also going to face a challenge keeping its US gross up in the coming weeks, with competition such as Hangover III and Face & Furious 6 heading into cinemas in the next few days.

Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the weekend of May 17th-19th.

Rank Title Weekend Gross (millions) Total Gross to date (millions)
1 Star Trek Into Darkness $70.5 $84.0
2 Iron Man 3 $35.1 $337.0
3 The Great Gatsby $23.4 $90.1
4 Pain And Gain $3.1 $46.5
5 The Croods $2.7 $176.7
6 42 $2.7 $88.7
7 Oblivion $2.2 $85.5
8 Mud $2.1 $11.5
9 Tyler Perry Presents Peeples $2.1 $7.8
10 The Big Wedding $1.1 $20.1

Gatsby Is Great But Can’t Beat Iron Man 3 At The US Box Office

great-gatsby-poster2There’s been a fair amount of uncertainty about how well The Great Gatsby would do, with some wondering whether there was room for it in the usually action-heavy summer release schedule. However it’s done far better than many expected, taking $51 million in its first weekend at the US box office.

It’s particularly good news for Baz Luhrman, as his previous highest grossing movie in North America was Moulin Rouge!, which took $57 million. The Great Gatsby should pass that in the next couple of days.

Even with Gatsby’s great start, it couldn’t beat Iron Man 3, which took $72.5 million in it second weekend.

The only other new entry in the top 10 was Tyler Perry Presents Peeples, which took $4.3 million. It’s one of the worst starts of the year for a film opening on more that 2,000 screens.

Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the weekend of May 10th-12th.

Rank Title Weekend Gross (millions) Total Gross to date (millions)
1 Iron Man 3 $72.4 $284,8
2 The Great Gatsby $51.1 $51.1
3 Pain And Gain $5.0 $41.6
4 Tyler Perry Presents Peeples $4.8 $4.8
5 42 $4.6 $84.7
6 Oblivion $3.8 $81.6
7 The Croods $3.6 $173.2
8 The Big Wedding $2.5 $18.2
9 Mud $2.3 $8.3
10 Oz the Great And Powerful $0.8 $229.9

Iron Man 3 Has The Second Best US Box Office Opening Ever

Iron-Man-3-Fan-Edition-posterThe money men at Disney/Marvel will be rubbing their hands in glee this morning, as if they were worried about the hundreds of millions they’ve already poured into the post-Avengers movies, Iron Man 3 has resolutely proved audiences are keen to continue watching the superhero adventures.

While Iron Man 3 couldn’t beat The Avengers $204 million US opening, it still managed the second biggest first weekend ever at the US box office with $175 million. That’s massively ahead of Iron Man 2′s $128 million. Add in an non-US total that’s already topped $500 million, and the film is well on its way to a billion dollar worldwide gross.

Iron Man 3 was the only brand new movie in the top 10, although the Matthew McConaughey starrer Mud did make its first entry, jumping from number 11 to number 7 thanks to an increased screen count.

Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the weekend of May 3rd-5th.

Rank Title Weekend Gross (millions) Total Gross to date (millions)
1 Iron Man 3 $175.3 $175.3
2 Pain And Gain $7.6 $33.9
3 42 $6.2 $78.3
4 Oblivion $5.7 $74.9
5 The Croods $4.2 $168.7
6 The Big Wedding $3.8 $14.2
7 Mud $2.1 $5.1
8 Oz the Great And Powerful $1.8 $228.5
9 Scary Movie 5 $1.4 $29.6
10 The Place Beyond The Pines $1.2 $18.6

Pain And Gain Tops The US Box Office, With Iron Man 3 Taking A Gargantuan Haul Internationally

pain-and-gain-poster3Michael Bay has proved he can still pull in the punters away from massive robots, as his Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg starrer, Pain And Gain, topped the US box office with $20 million in its first weekend. Although that’s a lot less than Bay’s Transformers movies opened to, that’s only to be expected from an R-rated thriller with a dash of comedy. And as it only cost $26 million to make, it’s likely headed for a healthy profit.

There was less cheer for The Big Wedding, which opened to a rather meagre $7.5 million, despite a cast including Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Robin Williams and Amanda Seyfried. While Hollywood still seems to think wedding comedies are a surefire winner, Big Wedding has followed a trend of diminishing returns for this seemingly never-ending subgenre.

Those were the only new movies in the top 10, as the Matthew McConaughey drama Mud landed at number 11 on its opening in limited release. However the really big news took place outside the US, where the international opening of Iron Man 3 took a truly massive $195 million.

The film opened in 79% of territories outside North America, and if Disney had any worries about the poster-Avengers Marvel world, they’ll have been laid to rest. $195 million is $10 million ahead of what Avengers took in those territories in its first three days. It had the biggest opening ever in Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore It’s one of the biggest international opening ever and certainly suggests the film is going to be one of this year’s biggest hitters

Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the weekend of April 26th-28th.

Rank Title Weekend Gross (millions) Total Gross to date (millions)
1 Pain And Gain $20.0 $20.0
2 Oblivion $17.4 $64.7
3 42 $10.7 $69.0
4 The Big Wedding $7.5 $7.5
5 The Croods $6.6 $163.0
6 GI Joe: Retaliation $3.6 $116.3
7 Scary Movie 5 $3.4 $27.4
8 Olympus Has Fallen $2.7 $93.0
9 The Place Beyond The Pines $2.6 $16.2
10 Jurassic Park 3D $2.3 $42.0

Oblivion Tops The US Box Office

oblivion-poster3In the last few years it’s felt like Tom Cruise’s ‘king of the A-list’ crown has started to wobble, with audiences only really seeming to want to see him in Mission: Impossible movies. However it appears they don’t mind him in a bit of sci-fi either, as Oblivion has opened to a pretty good $38 million, Cruise’s highest non Mission: Impossible debut since War Of The Worlds (and his fifth highest ever).

The film was helped by the fact it was the only new movie opening in wide release, and came ahead of the summer blockbuster season, which kicks off in earnest over the next couple of weeks. That gave Oblivion a slightly clearer run, something it needed now that Tom’s face alone isn’t enough to draw in the crowds.

It was the only new entry in the top 10, but take a look below to sees how the other recent release did over the weekend.

Rank Title Weekend Gross (millions) Total Gross to date (millions)
1 Oblivion $38.1 $38.1
2 42 $18.0 $54.0
3 The Croods $9.5 $154.8
4 Scary Movie 5 $6.2 $22.9
5 GI Joe: Retaliation $5.7 $111.2
6 The Place Beyond The Pines $4.7 $11.4
7 Olympus Has Fallen $4.5 $88.8
8 Evil Dead (2013) $4.1 $48.4
9 Jurassic Park 3D $4.0 $38.4
10 Oz The Great And Powerful $3.0 $223.7

42 Tops The US Box Office, With Scary Movie 5 Sliding In Second

42-poster2It’s rare that two movies are released in the same week in the US and box office watchers seem to have no idea how well either of them will do, or which would end up at the top of the box office (if either). However that was true of 42 and Scary Movie 5, with wildly differing estimates of how well they’d do in their run up to release, with some even suggesting both would end behind The Croods in their first weekend.

In the end it was 42 that won out, taking $27 million to top the box office in its first three day. It’s a good start for the Jackie Robinson biopic, helped by decent reviews as well as the fact it appeals to lovers of baseball and those who like historical biopics.

Scary Movie 5 placed second with $15.2 million, which is massively down on Scary Movie 4′s $40 million opening, but not as bad as some had predicted (especially considering the seven year gap since the last one). With a budget of $20 million, it should end up in profit.

Further down the list The Place Beyond The Pines made its first appearance in the top 10 after expanding the amount of screens it’s been playing on. It took $4 million after jumping from 30 to 484 screens.

However it was outside the US that the real success was seen, as the Tom Cruise sci-fi Oblivion took $61 million after opening in 52 territories. That’s way ahead of Cruise’s last movie, Jack Reacher, as suggests a big US bow when it opens there this Friday.

Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the weekend of April 12th-14th

Rank Title Weekend Gross (millions) Total Gross to date (millions)
1 42 $27.7 $27.2
2 Scary Movie 5 $15.1 $15.1
3 The Croods $13.2 $142.5
4 GI Joe: Retaliation $10.8 $102.4
5 Evil Dead (2013) $9.5 $41.5
6 Jurassic Park 3D $8.8 $31.9
7 Olympus Has Fallen $7.2 $81.8
8 Oz The Great And Powerful $4.9 $219.4
9 Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor $4.5 $45.4
10 The Place Beyond The Pines $4.0 $5.4

Evil Dead Remake Tops The US Box Office & Jurassic Park 3D Thrills Audiences

evil-dead-remake-poster1While some still think the idea of remaking Evil Dead is sacrilege, US audiences have shown that they’re pretty happy about is, as the film has topped the box office with $26 million in its opening weekend. It’s a pretty good but not astounding start, although reports of a middling response from audiences may mean it’ll drop quickly down the charts.

The only other new entry was the re-release of Jurassic Park in 3D, which took $18 million in its first three days. That’s slightly behind The Phantom Menace but ahead of Titanic. With many being pretty impressed by the 3D conversion, it’s likely to do well over the coming days.

Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the weekend of April 5th-7th.

Rank Title Weekend Gross (millions) Total Gross to date (millions)
1 Evil Dead (2013) $26.0 $26.0
2 GI Joe: Retaliation $21.1 $86.6
3 The Croods $21.1 $125.8
4 Jurassic Park 3D $18.2 $18.2
5 Olympus Has Fallen $10.0 $71.1
6 Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor $10.0 $38.3
7 Oz The Great And Powerful $8.1 $212.7
8 The Host $5.2 $19.6
9 The Call $3.5 $45.4
10 Admission $2.0 $15.3

G.I. Joe Retaliation Tops The US Box Office

gi-joe-retaliation-poster1Many thought that after the first GI Joe film failed to set the box office alight, that would be the last we’d see of it on the big screen, but the franchise has returned with GI Joe: Retaliation. The movie may have opened lower than its predecessor, taking $54 million versus $41 million in its opening weekend (although Retaliation can add another $10 million from Thursday), but it’s more than many had thought.

With a very healthy $130+ opening worldwide, Variety reports that this is more than enough to get the ball rolling on a third movie. It’s early days so nothing has been set for this third movie yet – there’s no director or writers at the moment – but assuming Retaliation’s gross holds up over the coming weeks, they’ll probably want to move pretty fast on it.

Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor placed third on the US box office chart with $22 million in its first three days. It’s his best opening for a non Madea movie and marks his ninth film to gross more than $20 million on its opening weekend (only Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis have had more $20m+ debuts).

The Host had less to cheer about, as despite hope that it would capture the Twilight crowd, it opened in sixth spot with $11 million. As with the likes of Beautiful Creatures, it’s struggled to capture the interest of teens, who seem to be all-or-nothing in their adoration of these potential franchises.

Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the weekend of March 29th-31st.

Rank Title Weekend Gross (millions) Total Gross to date (millions)
1 GI Joe: Retaliation $41.2 $51.7
2 The Croods $26.5 $88.6
3 Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor $22.3 $22.3
4 Olympus Has Fallen $14.0 $54.7
5 Oz The Great And Powerful $11.6 $198.2
6 The Host $11.0 $11.0
7 The Call $4.8 $39.4
8 Admission $3.2 $11.7
9 Spring Breakers $2.7 $10.1
10 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone $1.3 $20.5

The Croods Tops The US Box Office, With Olympus Has Fallen Beating Expectations

croods-preview2After DreamWorks Animation was forced to make tonnes of redundancies last month following the failure of Rise Of The Guardians, they’ll have a bit of cheer this morning with the news that The Croods has topped the US box office with $44 million. It’s a decent start, which is about on par with the studio’s Megamind and How To Train Your Dragon.

Also doing well was second place finisher Olympus Has Fallen. Audiences obviously liked the idea of Gerard Butler fighting terrorists in the White House, as the film took more than almost anyone had predicted, with $30 million in its first three days. It’s great news for Butler, whose star power has been in the balance after a string of flops.

There was less cheer for Admission, which tanked with just $6.4 million on its opening. That’s the lowest start for any Tina Fey live-action movie.

After a great start in three cinemas last week, Spring Breakers expanded onto 1,100 screens and into the top 10 with $5 million. It’s certainly not bad for a movie from a tiny, indie distributor, which has been relying on word of mouth to gets its name out there.

Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the weekend of March 22nd-24th.

Rank Title Weekend Gross (millions) Total Gross to date (millions)
1 The Croods $44.7 $44.7
2 Olympus Has Fallen $30.5 $30.5
3 Oz The Great And Powerful $22.0 $177.5
4 The Call $8.7 $30.9
5 Admission $6.4 $6.4
6 Spring Breakers $5.0 $5.4
7 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone $4.2 $17.3
8 Jack The Giant Slayer $2.9 $59.0
9 Identity Thief $2.5 $127.7
10 Snitch $1.9 $40.3