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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: 'The Purge' Beats Big-Budget Rivals

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood June 9, 2013 at 1:12PM

Ethan Hawke is smiling. "The Purge" kicked its rivals to the curb with a surprise $36 million opening. After two weekends that pulled ahead of last year's numbers (a rare occurrence in 2013), grosses slipped back to their customary falloff. The top 10 totaled around $145 million, down $25 million from last year. That's because there were no top-end new releases (next week "Man of Steel" will challenge "Iron Man 3"'s record as the summer's biggest opener), but it's not a good sign.

5. Epic (20th Century-Fox) Week 3; Last weekend: #5

$12,100,000 (-27%) in 3,594 theaters (-300); PSA: $3,367; Cumulative: $84,155,000

Stabilizing somewhat with most schools out for the summer (the impact should be seen during weekdays from here out), this looks headed to a good, not great domestic total.

What comes next: Most of the world has opened, and is a bit ahead of domestic totals, but this won't challenge the take of the year's biggest animated film so far, "The Croods," which at over $500 million is at the moment  the year's top animated film worldwide.

6. Star Trek Into Darkness (Paramount) Week 4; Last weekend: #4

$11,700,000 (-31%) in 3,152 theaters (-433); PSA: $; Cumulative: $200,140,000

A decent hold, needed as this expensive (just under $200 million budget) film is not as big an international performer as some other juggernauts (although ultimately foreign will likely exceed the domestic take for the first for the series).

What comes next: Paramount could break even or make a small profit for this, but continuing the series at this level of budget looks risky.

7. After Earth (Sony) Week 2; Last weekend: #3

$11,200,000 (-59%) in 3,401 theaters (unchanged); PSA: $3,293; Cumulative: $46,592,000

Studios don't make $135 million budgeted films with the expectation of placing #7 their second weekend, even if they still have hopes for better performances overseas. "After Earth" had a big fall from a disappointing opening, and now looks to struggle to get much beyond $75 million domestically. Overseas has opened -- the total comes to $56 million so far, which puts this a long way from hitting what it needs to with its total expense.

What comes next: Will Smith should be able to get his mojo back in the future, but this has been a bump in the road for him.

8. The Hangover Part III (Warner Bros.) Week 3; Last weekend: #6

$7,380,000 (-55%) in 3,242 theaters (-323); PSA: $2,276; Cumulative: $102,374,000

Quickly fading in the U.S., but foreign has opened strong, so this $100 million+ budgeted comedy should come out OK.

What comes next: The end of the line.

9. Iron Man 3 (Buena Vista) Week 6; Last weekend: #7

$5,787,000 (-31%) in 2,351 theaters (-544); PSA: $2,461; Cumulative: $394,316,000

Having firmly established itself as the top film so far this year both at home and worldwide (now just under $1.2 billion) this still is drawing interest, even if not quite as sustained as last year's "Avengers."

What comes next: "Man of Steel" will have far to go to duplicate this success.

10. The Great Gatsby (Warner Bros.) Week 5; Last weekend: #8

$4,230,000 (-35%) in 2,160 theaters (-475); PSA: $1,958; Cumulative: $136,175,000

What comes next: This should move over $300 million worldwide with the final important territories now just opening.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.