Weekend Box Office

Box Office Guru Wrapup: Immortals Debuts at the Top

Plus, Jack and Jill and J. Edgar aren't far behind, and Puss in Boots stays hot.

by | November 14, 2011 | Comments

This weekend, Greek Gods conquered the North American box office as the 3D adventure epic Immortals opened at number one while Adam Sandler’s new comedy Jack and Jill and two-time chart-topper Puss in Boots fought over second place with virtually identical grosses. The new FBI biopic J. Edgar opened more like a Clint Eastwood film than a Leonardo DiCaprio one, settling into fifth place in its first weekend. Overall the marketplace saw healthy double digit gains over last year, thanks in part to the Veterans Day holiday falling on Friday instead of Thursday this year. Multiplex activity is set to go even higher very soon with the Twilight juggernaut right around the corner.

Relativity Media shot to number one with Immortals, which bowed to an estimated $32M from 3,112 theaters for a muscular $10,283 average. It was the third biggest opening this year for an R-rated film — and best for a non-sequel — trailing The Hangover Part II and Paranormal Activity 3, which debuted to $85.9M and $52.6M, respectively. Opening above industry expectations, Immortals received mixed reviews from critics but connected with action and fantasy fans who powered the opening day Friday to $15M. Saturday sales dropped a sharp 32% from Veterans Day and Sunday is estimated to slide by another 33% to $6.8M.

Original action films that are not part of an existing brand like James Bond or The Lord of the Rings rarely open above $30M during the football season when millions of males are occupied on Saturdays and Sundays. Studio research showed that the stylishly violent war epic played to an audience that was 60% male, and 75% was under 35. 70% of the business ($22.4M) came from non-white audiences while the CinemaScore grade was a B. 3D was a popular option for Immortals as 66% of the grosses came from the higher-priced format.

Produced for $75M, Immortals also opened overseas in 35 territories this weekend including Japan, Germany, the U.K., China, and Russia grossing an estimated $36M for a global debut of $68M.

If estimates hold, Adam Sandler’s latest laughfest Jack and Jill will open in second place with an estimated $26M, a figure that rival studios believe is too optimistic. The Sony release averaged $7,563 from 3,438 theaters and did not make it into the $30-40M range that the funnyman usually finds himself in with broad comedies. Friday started with $9.9M, Saturday eased 2% to $9.6M while Sunday is estimated to drop by only 32% to an estimated $6.5M. That would be a small Sunday drop for a Sandler comedy during the football season, although this PG-rated pic is hoping for family business which would yield a stronger-than-usual Sunday performance.

Critics slammed Jack and Jill with some of their harshest words of any film this year. Moviegoers were only somewhat satisfied with what they got as the pic got a B CinemaScore grade. Studio research showed that the childish humor played broadly as the audience was 52% female, 57% 25 and older, with 53% being families. Despite the atrocious reviews, Jack could continue to bring in respectable grosses as no new mainstream comedies will open over the next three weeks.

Following close behind according to estimates but hoping to finish in second place when final figures are tallied on Monday was two-time box office leader Puss in Boots, which dipped only 23% to an estimated $25.5M. The 3D toon smashed the $100M mark on Saturday in its 16th day of release and has grossed a stellar $108.8M to date. Tougher competition will start on Friday with the arrival of the rival 3D animated kidpic Happy Feet Two followed five days later by The Muppets, but a final domestic haul of $160M or more still seems likely. Paramount has had a red hot year in 2011 and has now seen eight of its eleven wide releases join the century club, while the ones that didn’t have performed well too.

Only $500,000 separated Jack and Jill and Puss in Boots according to studio estimates. Final numbers to be released on Monday will include actual sales figures for Sunday and could see the two films switch positions, making Jack that rare broad comedy from Sandler that opens outside of the top two positions.

Universal’s action-comedy Tower Heist fell a moderate 45% to an estimated $13.2M in its second weekend and has raised its ten-day tally to a decent $43.9M. The $85M Ben Stiller-Eddie Murphy vehicle could end its domestic run at about $70M meaning a strong overseas run will be needed.

Clint Eastwood’s latest film debuted in fifth place. The biopic J. Edgar headlined by Leonardo DiCaprio bowed to an estimated $11.5M from 1,910 locations for a solid $6,005 average. The opening was on par with the nationwide debut of the director’s last film Hereafter which opened to $12M and a $5,510 average in October of last year on its way to a disappointing $32.7M final. Reviews were mixed with many top ones being negative and audiences also were not too thrilled as the R-rated drama earned only a B grade from CinemaScore. J. Edgar platformed in seven theaters in top markets on Wednesday to get a jump on the weekend, putting the total at $11.6M for Warner Bros.

The stoner threequel A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas suffered an understandable 55% drop in its second weekend collecting an estimated $5.9M putting the ten-day tally at $23.2M. Produced for only $20M, the Warner Bros. release fared a bit better than its predecessor, Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, which tumbled 59% in its sophomore frame, although it faced the opening of the superhero juggernaut Iron Man, which stole the attention of young men. Christmas looks set to finish with about $35M putting it just behind Guantanamo‘s $38.1M but ahead of the $18.2M of 2004’s Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle.

Fox’s sci-fi thriller In Time declined by 45% in its third round to an estimated $4.2M giving Fox $30.7M in 17 days. Paramount’s horror hit Paranormal Activity 3 joined the century club with its estimated $3.6M weekend, off 57%, putting the low-cost $5M chiller at $100.8M and counting. It should finish near the $107.9M of the first film in the highly profitable series.

The studio’s dance remake Footloose followed with an estimated $2.7M, down 39%, for a $48.9M sum. Rounding out the top ten was Hugh Jackman’s boxing hit Real Steel which dropped 42% to an estimated $2M and $81.7M to date for Disney. The robot flick is now the actor’s second-biggest non-Wolverine hit after 2004’s Van Helsing, which grossed $120.1M.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $126.6M which was up a healthy 18% from last year when Megamind remained in the top spot with $29.1M; and up 2% from 2009 when 2012 opened at number one with $65.2M.

Follow Gitesh on Twitter.

Tag Cloud

comic YouTube crossover NBC cats sag awards New York Comic Con Film Biopics Writers Guild of America Sundance Now YouTube Premium DC streaming service USA Network harry potter psycho Rock Red Carpet Mary Tyler Moore blaxploitation crime BBC Spring TV Song of Ice and Fire Peacock Summer Marathons Christmas The Walking Dead FX on Hulu indie serial killer Funimation Sundance TV Star Trek PBS Avengers 71st Emmy Awards Film Festival Super Bowl Certified Fresh south america CBS First Reviews Trophy Talk Nickelodeon Rom-Com spain cancelled television San Diego Comic-Con American Society of Cinematographers miniseries 2015 CBS All Access Bravo Turner screenings doctor who Binge Guide TCA Winter 2020 binge Tomatazos nature based on movie Elton John ghosts TIFF boxoffice docudrama Comic Book BBC America Vudu Premiere Dates FXX Paramount Network OWN Mary Poppins Returns Family hispanic HBO Max Kids & Family Action franchise documentary Emmy Nominations political drama crime drama Hallmark BET talk show Netflix Christmas movies Holidays quibi TNT Best and Worst animated Winter TV Watching Series Opinion Marvel Studios 2017 Infographic 21st Century Fox Musical Comedy Central Mudbound 24 frames See It Skip It VICE jamie lee curtis spinoff Set visit E! Tarantino YouTube Red Walt Disney Pictures Warner Bros. Acorn TV scary movies Podcast cancelled WarnerMedia 2020 ABC Family werewolf Thanksgiving Hulu Freeform Tubi stand-up comedy Photos IFC Films The Witch Lucasfilm Character Guide Logo Women's History Month dogs ESPN Masterpiece discovery El Rey hist Disney social media Disney Plus name the review cops anthology Baby Yoda Amazon movies Epix CMT Pixar cinemax game show halloween Polls and Games Adult Swim festivals 007 Disney+ Disney Plus TBS DC Universe 20th Century Fox spanish language adventure SDCC children's TV Trivia Endgame The CW directors Academy Awards Year in Review President singing competition movie spy thriller true crime Star Wars Hallmark Christmas movies psychological thriller latino Black History Month Universal Amazon Studios Teen RT21 Election science fiction NYCC GoT Nat Geo Food Network OneApp space free movies MCU Fantasy Music TV Land police drama PaleyFest Pride Month Drama Lifetime Christmas movies CNN SundanceTV series game of thrones war Pet Sematary witnail dc SXSW sequel cancelled TV series E3 Marvel VH1 Comics on TV Martial Arts Horror Disney streaming service Spectrum Originals Fox News theme song Grammys Lifetime A24 Brie Larson zombie Britbox richard e. Grant Mystery strong female leads politics Starz Cannes Apple TV Plus renewed TV shows canceled TV shows breaking bad dceu Countdown teaser romantic comedy christmas movies A&E zombies historical drama vampires Superheroe Pirates independent AMC FX reviews TV renewals Awards Classic Film TCM Tumblr aliens WGN Rocketman The Arrangement Western elevated horror what to watch Netflix Emmys natural history disaster Paramount Showtime sports mutant Mary poppins ITV Sneak Peek travel MTV DirecTV Disney Channel mockumentary rotten movies we love Ovation DGA Chernobyl The Purge Shondaland GIFs canceled History toy story Sci-Fi Syfy TCA Amazon Prime Video adaptation tv talk Anna Paquin Apple period drama IFC ratings MSNBC cartoon TV Valentine's Day Apple TV+ Creative Arts Emmys thriller Extras Calendar Cartoon Network Television Academy Shudder CW Seed 45 foreign zero dark thirty Stephen King YA streaming 2019 Crunchyroll Esquire Columbia Pictures cults revenge finale Travel Channel robots technology reboot Rocky romance facebook slashers Trailer cancelled TV shows Spike FOX GLAAD Mindy Kaling Pop supernatural Winners Musicals Animation blockbuster versus Arrowverse Fall TV cooking Chilling Adventures of Sabrina dragons award winner Quiz spider-man First Look LGBTQ biography Schedule Oscars Reality Competition Cosplay comiccon batman Turner Classic Movies Comedy TLC Captain marvel video Amazon Prime LGBT diversity Crackle Heroines screen actors guild medical drama joker television Lionsgate book Box Office Superheroes 2018 Black Mirror transformers Marvel Television Reality Toys sitcom Ghostbusters Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt composers TruTV casting Sundance USA X-Men Awards Tour ABC justice league Holiday Discovery Channel golden globes Dark Horse Comics APB dramedy DC Comics Pop TV cars comics universal monsters green book anime Ellie Kemper Country Interview crime thriller kids unscripted Sony Pictures Video Games RT History TCA 2017 National Geographic HBO 2016 Nominations