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

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by Tom Brueggemann
June 9, 2013 1:12 PM
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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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1 Comment

  • Curious | June 9, 2013 1:36 PMReply

    What exactly is of relevance about it being at the low-end of summertime #1's?

    Movies like "The Purge" or "Super 8" will probably reap greater rewards in their lifetimes that most of their summer competitors. The budgets of most of these top-end films are so bloated that even when they open at $70 million or $80million most struggle to break even or barely squeak into being in the black in light of massive production & marketing costs?

    What does it matter if one weekend this year grosses less than one last year when that isn't even an apt comparison? Is the point to score numbers that are good for headlines or good for the balance sheet?

    It seems like the pursuit of pyrrhic box office victories is completely missing the point of producing profitable content. Which other than making great films, should be what truly counts.

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