Weekend Box Office Top Ten: Falling 'Fast & Furious' and Sleeper 'Now You See Me' Trounce Shyamalan/Smith Combo 'After Earth'

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by Tom Brueggemann
June 2, 2013 1:02 PM
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Robert Downey, Jr. in 'Iron Man 3'
7. Iron Man 3 (Buena Vista) Week 5 - Last weekend: #5

$8,006,000 (-59%) in 2,895 theaters (-529); PSA: $2,765; Cumulative: $384,751,000

Still hanging on, not quite with the sustained performance of Marvel's "The Avengers," but who's complaining?

What comes next: With $400 million domestic and $1.2 billion in sight, this has sent the bar for "Fast & Furious 6" and the upcoming "Man of Steel" for the summer's top film.

What comes next: This has kept the Marvel label as the most anticipated brand of the moment.

8. The Great Gatsby (Warner Bros.) Week 4 - Last weekend: #6

$6,265,000 (-54%) in 2,635 theaters (-455); PSA: $2,378; Cumulative: $128,256,000

Slowing down, but has already achieved the domestic performance level that Warner's was hoping for.

What comes next: Looks like this will hit $140 million.

9. (tentative) Yeh Jawaani Hai Deew (Eros) Week 1

$1.65 million in 162 theaters; PSA: $8,024; Cumulative: $1.65 million

Indian films (mainly Bollywood comedy/musicals) play regularly throughout the U.S. (and other countries) the same day they open in their home country (in part because of piracy issues). This one, starring two of the biggest current romantic movie stars, translates as "This Kid Is Funny." Without even being reviewed in the mainstream press (despite New York and Los Angeles area openings) and totally off the industry radar, it still seems to have managed a top 10 showing, though the grosses as of now haven't been officially reported.

What comes next: Bollywood films usually do most of their business the first weekend.

10. Mud (Roadside Attractions) Week 6; Last weekend #7

$1,226,000  (-%) in 580 theaters (-131); PSA: $2,110; Cumulative: $16,866,000

Yet another top 10 weekend despite losing theaters steadily. Roadside's placement of this film during this period without much competition for adults plus the film's clear positive reaction continue to pay off.

What comes next: This still might make it close to $20 million.


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2 Comments

  • Donella | June 24, 2013 12:08 PMReply

    I enjoyed After Earth as well. The early reviews were discouraging, but since I am in charge of my own mind, not mainstream U.S. media, I decided to take a look myself. What I discovered is that the majority of mainstream media have not assessed this film fairly and instead piled on Jaden Smith with a mob mentality reminiscent of playground bullies and their cowardly followers. In the movie, Will Smith performs his best Furious Styles for Jaden Smith's Tre/Kitai, sending him on a rescue mission on hostile Earth rather than hostile south central Los Angeles. After Earth is no Life of Pi and Knight Shyalaman is certainly no Ang Lee, but the film is a streamlined quest/adventure/coming-of-age story. I would have liked to have seen more of Zoe Kravitz and Sophie Okonedo, however. The inaccurate and unsubstantiated Scientology smears are reflective of similar fear-mongering bigoted smears of President Barack Obama, like for similar reasons--to cause mistrust, anger, and hostility towards Will and Jaden Smith. Likewise, the nepotism accusations are hypocritical considering that the following, including the two stars of this summer's biggest blockbuster Iron Man 3 are beneficiaries of nepotism dating back to the Golden Age of Hollywood: Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, Sophia Coppola, Nicholas Cage, Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Rumer Willis, Scott Caan, Jake Busey, Josh Ritter, Josh Brolin, Michael Douglas, Cameron Douglas, Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges, Kyle Eastwood, Colin Hanks, John Huston, Peter Fonda, Kiefer Sutherland, Jordan Ladd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Carrie Fisher, Jamie Lee Curtis, Liza Minelli, Emma Roberts. All in all, because of excessive negativity, contempt, and possible slander of Will and Jaden Smith by mainstream North American media, After Earth's foreign box office is a more accurate and fair measure of its true performance and content. It opened #1 in several markets including the U.K., Mexico, South Korea, Italy, France, and Russia. Spain at the end of June and China in July among other smaller markets remain for After Earth to make up the irrational resentment, envy, and hatred directed towards the Smiths.

  • Riley | June 9, 2013 11:12 AMReply

    Actually After Earth is a pretty good movie...

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