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UPDATE: Weekend B.O. Jan. 18-20 (Mama Doubles Its Production Cost, Django Scores Big Overseas while Arnie Flops)

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by Sergio
January 20, 2013 1:05 PM
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The Gulliermo del Toro produced ghost story/horror film Mama did better than expected, while former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to the big screen was underwhelming, to say the least.

The $15 million dollar Mama was No.1 this weekend, with an excellent $33.2 million opening, twice what it cost to produce it, while Arnie's action movie, The Last Stand, did a paltry $7.4 million.

Allen Hughes' film noirish Broken Cuity underperformed, while Marlon Wayans' A Haunted House, though it took a big dip, is well into the black, considering its very modest $2.5 million production budget.

Django Unchanged still shows signs of strength, with a total to date of over $140 million, making it, far and away, the biggest success domestically of any Quentin Tarantino movie. And adding to that are the numbers in overseas markets where the film opened this week in some 48 countries making $48 million total in its opening weekend numbers.

1)     Mama Uni. $33. million

2)    Zero Dark Thirty (Columbia Pictures) - $21.4 million ($55.9M total)

3)    Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Co.) - $14.2 million ($58. 1M total)

4)    Broken City (20th Century Fox) - $10 million

5)     Gangster Squad (Warner Bros.) - $9.1 million ($32.2M total)

6)     Django Unchained (The Weinstein Co.) - $9.6 million ($140.2M total)

7)     A Haunted House (Open Road Films) - $8.3 million ($29.9M total)

8)     Les Miserables (Universal Pictures) - $7.8 million ($132.1M total)

9)     The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Warner Bros.) - $6.4 million ($287.3M total)

10)    The Last Stand (Lionsgate) $7.4million

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  • Bestien | January 21, 2013 5:00 PMReply

    How'd LUV do?

  • Sergio | January 21, 2013 11:51 PM

    UPDATE; It's now almost $100,000 in 45 screens when you count the MLK Holiday

  • Sergio | January 21, 2013 5:37 PM

    Not that great. Under $83,000 in 45 screens. The film got good reviews, especially a great one in the N.Y. Times, but who knew it was out there? I even had a few people asking me if it came out and where it was playing

  • Curtis | January 20, 2013 4:27 PMReply

    Nice for Django. The more money the better.

  • Donella | January 20, 2013 4:24 PMReply

    Strange...,,, all have Haunted House in the #6 position this weekend.

  • sergio | January 22, 2013 7:39 PM

    O.K. so it's 6th. One place up. Like you're losing sleep over it?

  • Donella | January 22, 2013 7:35 PM

    I checked again and Haunted House is consistently at #6 on most sites that tabulate box office results.

  • sergio | January 20, 2013 6:48 PM

    This weekend the numbers are all over the place because some people are counting only up to Sunday while others are estimating tomorrow's MLK's holiday take. So this weekend B.O. numbers are basically rough estimates either higher or lower but in the same ballpark more or less. Mama was first reported to be at $28 million, but then that jumped up to $33 million. Next weekend will be more accurate

  • D.C. Kirkwood | January 20, 2013 4:22 PMReply

    I went to see the legendary, crusty Arnold, and I enjoyed it. He's a legend and always will be. The movie was about an old sheriff and he played that part to the tee and even cracked jokes and himself which made the movie all the more fun.

  • slb | January 20, 2013 2:33 PMReply

    The problem with Arnold's film is that it looked so pedestrian. Arnold movies used to be events. And for his first starring role in over a decade, the movie should have been a high concept vehicle. This movie looks like something Stone Cold Steve Austin or Randy Couture would star in. There was nothing remotely interesting about it based on the commercials. He dropped the ball in deciding to go with this project. He really needs more interesting material to catch people's attention after all these years.

  • CareyCarey | January 21, 2013 10:57 PM

    Opps... an investigation "ensued"

  • CareyCarey | January 21, 2013 10:45 PM

    Hi Bondgirl & Akimbo... well, I saw Flight. Damn, that movie hit home... that was MY story! Needless to say I love love LOVED it. If I didn't feel like I may be crowding Sergio's post, I'd talk about all the joy and message I received... I 'm laughing b/c that has never stopped me before :-)

    In short, some years ago I was fighting a major addiction. While on my job I demolished 3 car with my service truck and I wasn't even aware that I had hit them. I was that messed up. As I continued down the street, my passenger yelled, "What the hell are you doing.... STOP!" An investigation insured and I never worked for that company again. Also, like Denzel in this movie, I found myself locked behind bars as a direct result of my addiction.

    My hat is tipped to the writers of Flight. They stayed true to the whole addiction process, it's consequences (i. e. shattered lives, incarceration, lose of self respect, rejection, loneliness, denial, lies and deceit) and the struggles to find recovery. Near the end when Denzel was talking to his fellow inmates, his words were so poignant, poetic and powerful. They walked right down my street--> "I've had a lot of time to think about it, all of it. Been doing some writing. I wrote letters to each of the families who lost loved ones. Some were able to hear my apology, some of them never will. And I also apologized to all the people who tried to help me along the way but I couldn't or wouldn't listen. People like my wife... my ex-wife, my son. And again like I said... you know, some of them will never forgive and some of them will, but at least I'm sober. I think God for that... I'm grateful for that. And this is going to sound real stupid coming from a man locked up in prison. But for the first time in my life I AM FREE."

    Man, those words resonated with my soul.

    The movie was tense, moving, well acted, honest and inspiring. And the music score hit all the right cords, at the right time... a wonderful film! Was it ever discussed here at S&A?

  • CareyCarey | January 21, 2013 2:11 PM

    Akimbo, can I infer by your feelings that Flight was overhyped, that you wouldn't consider Denzel's performance as one of his best? If not, which performances would you put in front of it. On that note, some wouldn't consider "Training" as his best. You?

    Anyway, now I am torn. Bondgirl, who I have immense respect for, particularly her ability to assess the finer qualities of a film (we generally see eye-to-eye) suggested I spend my money on Flight. And thinking back, I don't think we've (you and I) have been too divided on many films. So "completely overhyped" speaks volumes. Woe is me.

    If I wash my behind (soon) and get out of the house, I might be able to catch one or both at matinee prices.

  • Akimbo | January 21, 2013 1:24 PM

    @Careycarey, I haven't seen Silver Linings, but I overall, I prefer Argo to Flight. It was tense, quick-paced, and fun. Flight was a fine movie, but completely overhyped. I guess the plane sequence was cool to see on the big screen, but otherwise, I could have waited.

  • CareyCarey | January 20, 2013 10:49 PM

    Bondgirl, speaking of the audiences in Iowa and NYC, I saw Django in Minnesota. It was me, my lady and a room full of white folks. Needless to say, my experience was somewhat muted. I couldn't get my laugh on like I wanted to and they were laughing at all the wrong places... at least from my perspective. I'm sure you know what I mean. But I had to get my thang off -- just one time. So one time when Django was killing a bunch of white folks I yelled out "TAKE THAT YOU DIRTY M'FERS". When the movie was over and the lights came up, I swear, some of those folks looked like they had lost their best friend or their dog. They looked so sad.

    But okay, Flight it is because I've left the land of 10,000 lakes. But stop it, you know I didn't see Shame. Yeah, you (or was it Nadine?) tried to convince me to see it but notta... can't do it. But I'll be on the lookout for John Goodman & the guy I didn't see in Shame. And I'm sure I can't go wrong with Denzel. Heck, come to think of it, he got an Oscar nomination. Is the field weak? Or, is it possible that this is one of his best performances? I think I'll see it tomorrow. Sooooooooo, what you say?

  • Bondgirl | January 20, 2013 9:57 PM

    Carey, you haven't seen Flight? Oh, I'd definitely see that in the theater, but Argo can wait for home video or "street video". Not because it wasn't good, but that the theater isn't going to add to the experience. There's a bit of comic relief from John Goodman & James Badge Dale (who you will remember from the movie Shame) that is enhanced with audience laughter. And I don't know how vocal they are in Iowa, but audiences in NYC were very expressive during Denzel's performance. It's worth the price of admission.

  • Bondgirl | January 20, 2013 9:55 PM

    Carey, you haven't seen Flight? Oh, I'd definitely see that in the theater, but Argo can wait for home video or "street video". Not because it wasn't good, but that the theater isn't going to add to the experience. There's a bit of comic relief from John Goodman & James Badge Dale (who you will remember from the movie Shame) that is enhanced with audience laughter. And I don't know how vocal they are in Iowa, but audiences in NYC were very expressive during Denzel's performance. It's worth the price of admission.

  • CareyCarey | January 20, 2013 6:35 PM

    Akimbo, I actually like Fred Thompson's acting but I understand where you're coming from. But Arnie should have listened to the first lady Nancy Reagan and Just Said No.

    But D,C. Kirkwood said he enjoyed it so I might call my bootleg man. However, it will have to take a back seat b/c I've yet to see Flight, Argo, Lincoln or Silver Lining Playbook. Any thoughts or suggestions?

    I value your opinion and I am talking about going to the theater (not bootleg, big money :-() so don't hold back.

  • Akimbo | January 20, 2013 5:04 PM

    Careycarey, I know about Reagan's past; it would have been even weirder for him to return to acting after leaving office. I'm also aware that Fred Thompson jumps back & forth between politics & acting, but he's not nearly as visible as Reagan or Arnie in either realm.

  • CareyCarey | January 20, 2013 3:52 PM

    Well Akimbo, what about an actor becoming the POTUS?! Weird right... but true. Some of Ronald Reagan's notable films are Bedtime For Bonzo, Juke Girl and She's Working Her Way Through College. Seriously, his acting career span over 25 years. He took his show to the big White House where he continued to pretend like he was someone other than a racist liar.

    But who would pay to see an old crusty dry looking Arnold in anything remotely connected to an action flick? For that matter, Sylvester Stallone's and Arnold's face jobs make me wanna hollow.... STOP IT, STOP IT, GO LAY DOWN... YOU'RE SCARING THE CHILDREN! Who pays to see those guys mumble through their lines?

  • Akimbo | January 20, 2013 2:40 PM

    I just feel like Arnold shouldn't be allowed to return to acting after holding political office. Not that I was ever a big fan, but it just weirds me out. Can't explain it.

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