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Weekend Box Office Top Ten Led by Flicks Starring Oscar Rivals Chastain and Lawrence; Schwarzenegger, Wahlberg, Crowe Flop

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by Tom Brueggemann
January 20, 2013 1:29 PM
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Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in "Gangster Squad"
4. Gangster Squad (Warner Brothers) Week 2; Last weekend: #3

$9,100,000 (-47%) in 3,103 theaters (unchanged); PSA: $2,936; Cumulative: $32,220,000

Considering all the competition on the action front, this is not a disastrous second-weekend drop. But it started at a disappointing level for the investment involved (with domestic marketing, easily at least $90 million), and the flick will have to pop internationally in order to come close to breaking even.

What comes next: This should have one more modest week left before falling out of the Top Ten. International territories are opening in stages, with the initial ones grossing $25 million last weekend.

5. Broken City (20th Century-Fox) NEW - Cinemascore: B; Metacritic score: 49

$9,000,000 in 2,620 theaters; PSA: $3,435; Cumulative: $9,000,000

Though not a particularly expensive production ($35 million), this political thriller with two stars coming off of major hits (Mark Wahlberg in "Ted," Russell Crowe in "Les Miserables") fell flat and then some. With neither enough action to capture the young male audience and with mediocre reviews failing to attract older moviegoers, the cast wasn't enough on its own to attract much interest.

The first solo directorial effort by Allen Hughes, who with his brother Albert has made several solid successes over the years ("Menance II Society," The Dead Presidents," "The Book of Eli"),  this was co-produced by Emmett/Furia Films, who have backed numerous modestly budgeted films in recent years (last year "End of Watch" and "Alex Cross" to different results).

What comes next: Nothing indicates that this will have more than a short domestic run. The cast will help more overseas, although American political intrigue won't be a great help.

6. A Haunted House (Open Road) Week 2; Last weekend: #2

$8,330,000 (-52%) in 2,160 theaters (unchanged); PSA:$3,900; Cumulative: $30,000,000

Down over 50%, but still in total above anticipated performance for this broad farce from exhibitor- run distributor Open Road.

What comes next: This won't stick around much longer, but its success will keep Open Road in position as a go-to company for mid-level independent productions.

7. Django Unchained (Weinstein) Week 4; Last weekend: #4

$8,243,000 (-25%) in 2,516 theaters (-496); PSA: $3,276; Cumulative: $138,362,000

A decent holiday weekend hold for Quentin Tarantino's biggest hit since "Pulp Fiction" (better in unadjusted figures, but likely to fall a bit short of the around $200 million that film's total would equal today).

The big news though comes from foreign openings. Sony is distributing this elsewhere, and reports an initial $48 million weekend in the middle of wintry European weather, 30% better than the performance of "Inglourious Basterds" in the same territories. With African-American centered stories not automatically performing as well overseas, this is a significant success.

What comes next: Though it won't stay close to this level through the Oscars, this seems positioned to still add on another $25 million at least before it ends its run. And the strong foreign openings will should push this $100 million production into significant profit.

8. Les Miserables (Universal) Week 4; Last weekend: #5

$7,800,000 (-19%) in 2,579 theaters (-348); PSA: $2,700; Cumulative: $130,400,000

A solid hold for this weekend as this successful musical continues to find new fans despite its mixed overall reaction from critics and some viewers.

What comes next: Its Oscar nomination haul will aid in keeping this going, though at a lower level, for upcoming weeks. Worldwide grosses, with most territories opening after the U.S., are already approaching $300 million.

9. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Warner Brothers) Week 6 ; Last weekend: #6

$6,405,000 (-) in 2,323 theaters (-689); PSA: $2,757; Cumulative: $287,395,000

Hanging on one last week in the top ten, with a $300 million domestic total in view, just about the same as "Skyfall," which hit that total this week.

What comes next: Will the next two do as well? This level of performance indicates continued interest among the large fan base.

10. The Last Stand (Lionsgate) NEW - Cinemascore: B; Metascore: 54

$6,300,000 in 2,913 theaters; PSA: $2,163; Cumulative: $6,300,000

There is no way to disguise that this, barring a huge overseas showing, is the first major flop of the year. Arnold Schwarzenegger's first starring role post-politics shows that he has lost his action star mojo. 

At $45 million, this was a reasonably priced vehicle, along the lines of what normally Lionsgate manages to turn into a success. But looking at a likely sub-$20 million domestic gross, then adding the marketing costs, they could find themselves in a $50 million + loss before testing the waters elsewhere.

The film had other quality creative participants. Director Kim Jee-woon, previously known for such festival-shown genre films as "The Quiet Family" and "The Foul King" (commercial successes in his native South Korea) and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura ("Transformers," "G.I. Joe," "Salt," "Red") and co-starring Forrest Whitaker and Johnny Knoxville, this still was Schwarzenegger's film to deliver. And he didn't.

What comes next: This will last not much more than a second week in the U.S., an inglorious return to movie stardom for the ex-Governor. This opened many other territories this weekend, and their results will suggest whether this still has a chance to recover somewhat after this disaster.

1 Comment

  • jepressman | January 20, 2013 4:27 PMReply

    The box office for Broken City looks reasonable given the negative reviews from critics. Actually it isn't as bad as Brad Pitt's ,Killing Them Softly ,which opened at position seven for a $6,812,900 weekend take. Overall that critically acclaimed film pulled in $14,947.716 domestic and $19,427,505. Also that film's cinemascore was ,"F". So with the critics approval or without it,the chances of a film's financial success depends on many more variables. Also Rotten Tomatoes ratings are so problematic as the lows are so low , actually too low for serious films and often plenty high, grade inflation high for other films.

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