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Weekend Box Office Top Ten Is Strong, Led By 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' Which Pulls In Smaller Audience than Last Film

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood May 19, 2013 at 1:03PM

At long last, for the first time this year the box office top ten marked a bump up from last year, thanks to three big performers taking in most of the gross. The top 10 this weekend came to about $158 million. Last year, which saw two disappointing openings ("Battleship" and "The Dictator" followed weak "Dark Shadows"), came to $134 million. "Star Trek Into Darkness" leads the way--while nonetheless failing to meet high expectations--and "Iron Man 3" and "The Great Gatsby" continue to draw audiences. This is an important achievement after a weak 2013 so far.

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5. The Croods (20th Century Fox) Week 9 - Last weekend: #7

$2,750,000 (-28%) in 2,373 theaters (-277); PSA: $1,159; Cumulative: $176,750,000

It's good to be a well-received family film late in the run with no competition. DreamWorks' animated film fell about a quarter, good enough in a week with weak holdovers other than the top three films to jump two positions.

What comes next: Fox's Epic next weekend will take most of the business away, but this has already been a significant success.

6. 42 (Warner Bros.) Week 6 - Last weekend: #5

$2,730,000 (-40%) in 2,380 theaters (-550); PSA: $1,147; Cumulative: $88,735,000

Hanging around at a higher level than this number would suggest deep into its run.

What comes next: With Warner's opening up "Hangover III" on top of "Gatsby" this weekend, this will be vulnerable to heavy theater loss.

7. Oblivion (Universal) Week 5 - Last weekend: #6

$2,200,000 (-46%) in 2,077 theaters (-693); PSA: $1,059; Cumulative: $85,500,000

This has passed Cruise's "Jack Reacher" in total gross, but this figure, along with its international total around $250 million so far, is below what is needed for this expensive ($120 million) production.

What comes next: Cruise can still open an action picture. The problem is the expense of these films. Still, the next "Mission: Impossible" will likely be big.

8. Mud (Roadside Attractions) Week 4 - Last weekend: #8

$2,160,000 (-15%) in 960 theaters (+108); PSA: $2,250; Cumulative: $11,588,000

Intrepid Roadside keeps adding to their theater count and adding gross steadily, albeit at a modest per theater level, to keep this counter-programmed adult drama in play for another week, with more to come.

What comes next: This now looks to exceed earlier projections of its total gross, with $15 million now looking possible.

9. Peeples (Lionsgate) Week 2 - Last weekend: #4

$2,150,00 (-53%) in 2,041 theaters (unchanged); PSA: $1,053; Cumulative: $7,858,000

Catastrophic performance for this Tyler Perry-produced film, whose total gross may fall below the weakest wide first weekend of any of his films.

What comes next: This won't encourage Perry to make films in which he doesn't appear.

10. The Big Wedding (Lionsgate) Week 4 - Last weekend: #9

$1,100,000 (-56%) in 1,443 theaters (-855); PSA: $762; Cumulative: $20,198,000

In the top ten solely because of only one new film this week.

What comes next: There won't be a call for "The Big Divorce."

This article is related to: Box Office, Box Office, Box Office, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Great Gatsby, Iron Man 3

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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.