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UPDATE: Weekend B.O. Nov. 2-4 ('Ralph' And 'Flight' Above The Fray; 'Skyfall' slays overseas)

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by Sergio
November 4, 2012 12:32 PM
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First of all, keep in mind that, because of Hurricane Sandy, the box office totals for this weekend are somewhat lower overall. Having said that, not surprisingly, Disney's animated film Wreck-It-Ralph lead the field with $49 million

Robert Zemeckis’ and Denzel Washington’s Flight performed strongly, coming in second, with $25 million, opening in half the numbers of theaters as Ralph - 1900 screens compared to over 3700 screens for Ralph - an even more impressive number, considering the film’s rather low $31 million production cost, when one takes into account the talent involved with the film.

Because of the R-rated, serious, adult nature of the Flight, involving addiction, the above-the-line talent, including Zemeckis, Washington and Don Cheadle, took major cuts in their usual salaries, no doubt in exchange for back-end deals, to bring the film in at a reasonable cost.

RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fist's 4th place landing with just over $8 million is a mixed bag. The film was expected to do better, but considering the competitio, and Sandy, it held its own. The film’s very modest $15 million budget will guarantee that it will, at least, make back its production cost, and RZA already has 3 films lined up after Iron Fists, so he’s moving on.

However, the fact that Universal barely screened the film to media, and that was at the very last minute, was a clear indication that the studio didn't have a lot of confidence in the film

And in international news the new James Bond film Skyfall (which is without question one of the best Bond films ever with a fantastic performace by Javier Bardem as the villian) and which doesn't open here in the U.S. until this Firday has already grossed an amazing $287 million ($156 million of that just this weekend alonein just the first ten days in overseas markets.

On the indie front, the hurricane took its toll on Middle of Nowhere. Accordng to AFFRM’s managing director Tilane Jones, the film was "on far fewer screens in large part due to complications with Sandy," adding that, "MIDDLE OF NOWHERE will return to Chicago, Atlanta and other key markets in our fifth frame next weekend."

The film played this weekend on 8 screens, grossing $16,317, giving it a new total of $192,724.

This weekend's list:

1) Wreck-It Ralph BV $49,100,000
2) Flight Par. $25,010,000
3) Argo WB $10,245,000 Total: $75,896,000
4) The Man with the Iron Fists Uni. $8,219,000
5) Taken 2 Fox $6,000,000 Total: $125,667,000
6) Cloud Atlas WB $5,250,000 Total: $18,262,000
7) Hotel Transylvania Sony $4,500,000 Total: $137,568,000
8) Paranormal Activity 4 Par. $4,300,000 Total: $49,577,000
9) Here Comes the Boom Sony $3,600,000 Total: $35,572,000
10) Silent Hill: Revelation 3D ORF $3,300,000 Total: $13,900,000
11) Pitch Perfect Uni. $3,042,000 Total: $55,611,000
12) Fun Size Par. $2,280,000 Total: $7,440,000
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  • Troy | November 5, 2012 4:13 PMReply

    Is Jamie Foxx the only black man she has been romantically involved with in a film? That maybe what stalled her career she has to get back to her roots. Show her being desired by white men and she becomes more desirable. I would like to see her in a role that Halle Berry is offered she has that type of energy to me. Strength in character but she is a frail skinny woman. I think it is great that she can create believable strong characters when she is so frail.

  • Donella | November 5, 2012 11:51 AMReply

    My recommendation is that RZA come out from underneath Tarantino's shadow and find his own voice. I admire his collaborative and humble spirit which is rare in Hollyweird, but the man who guided the fortunes of Wu-Tang, several movie soundtracks, and established deep contacts in the entertainment industry 20 years ago walks in front, not the back.

  • Geneva Girl | November 5, 2012 2:58 AMReply

    Sergio, I actually agree with you. I much prefer a natural look. While Naomie looked terrific otherwise her "do" was lopsided. If you're going to wear it, wear it well.

  • Troy | November 5, 2012 4:06 PM

    Yeah I'm sure they didn't have stylists on set and she probably just did it herself like a single mother rushing to work after dropping her kids off at school. Spoiler alert woman are the stakes characters for Bond films therefore they are dispensable, even if she survives she could easily be killed in the beginning of the next one.

  • Geneva Girl | November 4, 2012 6:19 PMReply

    We saw Skyfall here in Switzerland at a surprisingly packed theater Monday evening at 6:45. Who'd have thought that so many people would be out on a Monday night? Bond has his mojo back. Skyfall was good fun and Javier Bardem and Judy Dench were quite good. Naomie Harris did an admiral job. Although, and I know that I'm being petty, I wanted to take a pick and shape up her head. [Spoiler alert] Still it's nice to know that we'll see more of her.

  • sergio | November 4, 2012 9:10 PM

    WATCH OUT Be careful. There's NOTHING wrong with her hair. I wish more sisters had their hair like hers instead of those awful yaki waeves

  • ChocolateOrchid | November 4, 2012 6:18 PMReply

    Ouch! "Cross" isn't even at the bottom of the list. Oh well. (And no, I didn't see it & not interested in seeing it)
    I did see Rza's "Man w/the Iron Fists". Definitely could tell it was his freshman effort but I also could see the influence of Tarrentino in it. Despite some of its flaws, I still enjoyed it for that particular genre of movies. And look forward to checking out his future work.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | November 4, 2012 4:40 PMReply

    Sucks about "Middle." Reminds you that so much in this business is simply beyond one's control.

  • QBN | November 4, 2012 1:00 PMReply

    Damn.. Iron Fists flopped.. I thought the younger crowd would've supported it.. I think it'll do better on DVD though..

  • QBN | November 5, 2012 7:15 PM

    Because of RZA and the influence of the Wu-Tang brand name. More so, it was advertised heavily during MMA & WWE shows, which both target the coveted 18-35 yr old male audience.

  • Troy | November 5, 2012 4:02 PM

    Why would young people watch it everyone is over 40 in the movie.

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