Wahlberg's one of those curious leading men, as no one seems to know if he's an A-Lister. He's got an Oscar nomination under his belt, but of the five $100 million domestic hits he's had so far, he was only the lead in "The Italian Job" and the franchise-killing "Planet Of The Apes." But if you've got him in the lead role, he's almost a lock for at least a $50-$60 million final gross. Interestingly, his vehicles are never very expensive, as he's also one of the few current stars that doesn't need special effects or fantasy settings to be a compelling screen presence.
With it's biggest drop yet, and still holding steady, is "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," which solidly passed the first film's domestic gross. A canny global expansion had led to even bigger numbers overseas, and the second film's $546 million tally is well within reach. There was always a decent-sized gap between the 'M:I' movies, but with Tom Cruise's dance card filling up and his age advancing, it will be interesting to see if Paramount is able to properly capitalize on what's surely the most well-received film in the series.
Dropping far out of first was "The Devil Inside." Depending on final estimates, the found-footage horror film could drop as much as 80% from it's smash opening weekend. Pretty disastrous, even for a horror film, and in the neighborhood of the shocking 80% second weekend plummet that met "Friday The 13th." "The Devil Inside" was so cheap that its likely the studio expected, and didn't even care about, this second weekend performance, so even with such a mass exodus, Paramount is just swimming in it.
"War Horse" and "We Bought A Zoo" are still holding moderately well, but neither is going to finish with breakout numbers. Losing a number of theaters in week five was the latest "Chipmunks" movie, as Fox finally cut bait with the understanding the film will finish considerably lower than the last two films. And rounding out the top ten, surging with a solid expansion was "The Iron Lady," with a decent per-screen on only 802 screens.
In limited release, the biggest numbers are coming, surprisingly, from "A Dangerous Method." The Sony Pictures Classics release has expanded as slowly as most SPC titles do, but in week eight it's still averaging $5k per-screen, moving over 100 engagements for the first time. The film is at $2.8 million, and seems to have caught on with the arthouse contingent. In less engagements, the $44k score for "We Need To Talk About Kevin" was achieved on only two screens, while "Pina" averaged $18k at six locations bringing its three week total to a solid $540k despite a very limited release.
"Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close" brought in solid numbers on six screens, $88k added to a $632k total before the film's coming wide release. "A Separation" also gathers heat on six screens with a $13k average and an $80k gross to add to a $322k tally. And the doc "Sing Your Song" (which had already debuted on HBO last year) had a quiet opening weekend with $12k on two screens. Support your local arthouse theater, boys and girls.
1. Contraband (Universal) - $24.1 million
2. Beauty And The Beast 3D (Disney) - $18.5 million
3. Tom Cruise Workout Tape Vol. 4 (Paramount) - $11.5 million ($187 mil.)
4. Joyful Noise (Warner Bros.) - $11.3 million
5. Sherlock Holmes: Sherlock Holmesin' (Warner Bros.) - $8.4 million ($170 mil.)
6. Tatted-Up Vengeance Chick Who Likes Dragons (Sony) - $8.3 million ($88 mil.)
7. The Devil Inside (Paramount) - $7.9 million ($46 mil.)
8. Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwich (Fox) - $5.8 million ($119 mil.)
9. War Horse (Disney) - $5.6 million ($66 mil.)
10. The Iron Lady (Weinstein) - $5.4 million ($6 mil.)