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Weekend B.O. March 14-16 ('Peabody' Soars And Perry Slumps)

Box Office
by Sergio
March 16, 2014 12:12 PM
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Peabody and Sherman

The predictions were that it was going to be a battle between Fox's Mr. Peabody and Sherman and Dreamworks’ Fast and Furious rip-off Need for Speed. Turns out it wasn’t even close.

Peabody easily beat out Speed for first place, with $21.2 million, with 300: Rise of an Empire, last week’s No.1, holding on for second place, with Need for Speed coming in third, with $17.8 million, much less than the $25 million opening that was projected for the film.

But the one big surprise was the underwhelming $8.3 million that Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club did this weekend, making it, after Tyler Perry’s Peeples, the second lowest weekend opening ever for any TP film. Yet perhaps another indication on why Lionsgate ended its exclusive first look deal with him two weeks ago.

As I stated in my piece about the end of the Lionsgate deal (HERE), since his films don’t make the kind of money that they used to anymore, and with Lionsagte seeing huge b.o. worldwide returns with The Hunger Games tentpole franchise (the first two films have made close to $2 billion worldwide), and soon with Divergent opening this Friday, which is already selling out screenings before the film even opens, the studio clearly has ambitions to become a major studio player such as Paramount and Warners and, perhaps Perry’s films, with their modest returns, don’t fit into their plans anymore.

But I suspect in the very near future, Perry will be concentrating more on the TV side of his operations, since that seems to be going strong and he’ll still make money.

And in the meantime, 12 Years A Slave was in 14th place, with just over $55 million to date domestically, and $160.5 million worldwide.

1) Mr. Peabody & Sherman Fox $21,200,000 Total: $63,180,000 
2) 300: Rise of An Empire WB $19,105,000 Total: $78,311,000 
3) Need for Speed BV $17,808,000 
4) Non-Stop Uni. $10,615,000 Total: $68,805,000 
5) Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club LGF $8,300,000  
6) The LEGO Movie WB $7,705,000 Total: $236,932,000
7) Son of God Fox $5,400,000 -Total: $50,875,000
8) The Grand Budapest Hotel FoxS $3,640,000 Total: $4,779,000 
9) Frozen BV $2,117,000 Total: $396,356,000 
10) Veronica Mars WB $2,021,000 
11) The Monuments Men Sony $2,000,000 -Total: $73,819,000 
12) 3 Days to Kill Rela. $1,700,000 Total: $28,432,000 
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  • Beemooree | March 16, 2014 8:24 PMReply

    Sergio if you think I think that then you're a fool. His films on average have opened on 2100 screens. Some opened higher then 2200.

  • sergio | March 16, 2014 9:23 PM

    Hey genius since you're so smart go create your own film website so you can stop reading us since you know everything.

  • Mekisha Hale | March 16, 2014 7:29 PMReply

    Well with the article I've just read resulted to only talking about the few films that were released last week for this weeks totals for the weekend. So Tyler Perry's movie "Single Moms Club" didn't exactly do as well as it should. Well what about "Need For Speed" which sounds like a catch phrase from a line that was in the blockbuster film of the 1980's "Top Gun" starring Tom Cruise. Was supposed to be this altered version of the "Fast and Furious" franchise. "Need For Speed" didn't do as well by being closed out of the top spot on the movie totals for the weekend.
    But Tyler Perry does a film that doesn't do well it's the end of a era. The question here is that why is Hollywood pretending to think for the longest that films starring diversity that it can't make any money with the audience that's going out to see the film. Yes! Lionsgate and Tyler Perry parted ways but at the same time Tyler Perry has made enough to open his own studio. Lionsgate was a stepping stone to start his distribution at the beginning maybe to establish other films for the future. Hopefully with the departed ways of Tyler Perry and Lionsgate. That Lionsgate will continue some sort of outward look for new talent out there that is diverse. Just leaving a business deal or being let go shouldn't stop to progress of others who want an opportunities for other inspiring filmmakers.
    The other side of the issue is that Tyler Perry partnership with OWN Oprah Winfrey's network the sudden success of "The Haves and Have Not's" and other programs for Oprah Winfrey's network. There are so many business opportunities for Tyler Perry production plus he directs and writes his scripts. He doesn't need "Lionsgate" at this moment in his career. He's too busy. But report the failures of what a film that did or didn't prosper is just simply what is wrong with this whole thing. No one I said no one is doing what he has been able to do but he turned this Hollywood machine upside down and made it work for the type of films he wants to make. Yes! the fans of his films are the most important part of the success. And he's many times even on this Tyler Perry's show is very thankful for the fans who have stuck by and are going out to see the films are the television show. Which by the way isn't bad actually the show on OWN "The Haves and Have Not's" is actually a top show on Tuesday's and it's success is based on the fans support of the show. Last week was it's Season Finale,which will be back in May this year. But from seeing the show it's actually good.

  • Nigs4Sale | March 18, 2014 5:22 PM

    Gurl, bye.

  • Um No | March 17, 2014 1:11 AM


  • Lauren B | March 16, 2014 5:17 PMReply

    OMG! Tyler's career really is on a downward spiral if there are NO COMMENTS in the S&A comments section. Y'all really have moved on. LoL. Anyway, all kidding aside, Tyler will be okay. However, I think his film heyday may be coming to an end or, at the very least, a hiatus. Like Sergio said, his best bet is TV right now. His films have been steadily losing steam (go check Box Office Mojo) and the studios want BIG money, not chump change.
    The good news: Tyler will always have the loyal "older" black female backing his endeavors. Even when you check the ratings for his TV shows, it's an "older" demographic. The bad news: He's falling out of favor with the younger generation which doesn't bode well for future film projects that don't include Madea. Also, his "crossover" appeal (white audience) never really caught on although he tried his best. The bigger picture on this is that films targeting black/urban audiences HAVE TO SELL OVERSEAS, not just domestically. The stakes are much higher now. The RIDE ALONG sequel is already proving that. Btw @Beemooree, his film DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN only opened in 1483 theaters but raked in nearly 22 million on its opening weekend and eventually grossed 50 million.

  • sergio | March 16, 2014 6:11 PM

    And taking Lauren's point I have written myself more than once that I never understood why Perry himself didn't go to Cannes or some other major film markets and promote and sell his films to overseas buyers and exhibitors. He could have paid for a suite of offices at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes and for billboards and adverts all over the place by himself. There no one stopping him to do so. If Lionsgate didn't do why didn't he do it himself?

  • Beemooree | March 16, 2014 2:36 PMReply

    Well to be fair, it was playing on 1800 screens

  • Sergio | March 16, 2014 6:05 PM

    He's never had a film that has opened in more than 2200 or so screens and has done way much better. If you're thinking his films have opened up in 2500-3500 screens you're kidding yourself

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