Ah as the yuletide/new years goodwill kicks on in the United States your friendly neighbourhood gorefest TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D (2,654 screens) dominated the box office over the weekend to mutilate $23m out of the coffers. In fact its the gore the merrier this week in the states with QT’s violent DJANGO UNCHAINED in 2nd but more on that in a minute. This is not a complete surprise to see CHAINSAW take the top of the shop as the same weekend in 2012 Paramount released THE DEVIL INSIDE to a $33.7m chart topping opening weekend and went onto gross $53m domestically. This is a great result for Lionsgate on a low budget flick and you just can’t keep a good franchise brand down.
DJANGO UNCHAINED (3,010 screens) continues to impress with another $20m weekend in the kitty bringing its domestic cume to $106.3m. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS amassed $120m domestically which DJANGO will surpass by this time next week and become the highest grossing QT film ever released. The film only dropped 33% week on week against TEXAS and being DJANGO is 165 mins against CHAINSAW’s 91 mins thats one hell of a hold.
THE HOBBIT (3,755 screens) holds on third for its 4th weekend and draws in $17.5m to bring its domestic lifetime gross to $263.8m. The film is now $53m off FELLOWSHIP OF THE RINGS $315.5m domestic gross. This weekend was the sharpest drop since release of 45% but with no real major fantasy competition until Jan 25, 2013 where 3D HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS releases, THE HOBBIT should be able to coast past $300m before it bows out.
LES MISERABLES (2,904 screens) crosses $103.6m domestically this weekend with another $16.1m take. It’s now the 7th highest grossing musical of all time in the U.S. and it should be able to hit $150m before it finishes and become the 3rd biggest warbler in history there. Here’s the current top 20 musicals in the United States:
|6||The Rocky Horror Picture Show||Fox||$112,892,319||–||9/26/75|
|7||Les Miserables (2012)||Uni.||$103,605,000||2,904||12/25/12|
|9||High School Musical 3||BV||$90,559,416||3,626||10/24/08|
|11||Best Little Whorehouse in Texas||Uni.||$69,701,637||1,435||7/23/82|
|13||The Blues Brothers||Uni.||$57,229,890||–||6/20/80|
|16||The Phantom of the Opera||WB||$51,268,815||1,515||12/22/04|
LES MISERABLES is also the highest grossing film Russell Crowe has been in since A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001), Hugh Jackman since X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (2009) and Amanda Seyfried since MAMMA MIA (2008).
PARENTAL GUIDANCE (3,368 screens) takes in another $10m for 5th spot bringing its haul to $52.7m. The much maligned film has certainly earned its keep with its reported budget around $25m certainly recouped now. The main cause of this is that PARENTAL GUIDANCE is the only new direct 4 quadrant family picture in the market place and certainly the only one in the top ten outside THE HOBBIT. What a little winner for FOX and WALDEN MEDIA.
PROMISED LAND (1,676 screens) expansion this weekend didn’t return as great a result with a headliner for Matt Damon as you would expect. The $4.3m result for the drama on fracking pulled down a $2,573 screen average to get it into the top ten. The film has been received with lukewarm reviews and in a holiday corridor its not an out and out disaster but its certainly not a first choice title on the release slate at the moment.
THE IMPOSSIBLE (572 screens) expands and impresses with a $2.76m weekend result or a $4,825 screen average for the 3 days. The film is sitting on $3.417m lifetime there and with further slow expansions happening in the coming weeks THE IMPOSSIBLE should have a pretty solid run into the awards season at the end of the month.
ZERO DARK THIRTY (60 prints) kicks major ass again this week with a $2.75m result or a $45,833 screen average. ZERO has held the highest screen average of any film since it released and has now grossed $4.46m lifetime. The film expands into 2,400 screens this Friday and its going to be the duke out for #1 between it and GANGSTER SQUAD.
Opening This Friday: GANGSTER SQUAD (3,000+ screens), ZERO DARK THIRTY (Expands to 2,400+ screens), A HAUNTED HOUSE (2,200 screens), QUARTET (2 screens)
Figuress from Collider, Box Office Mojo.
|1.||Texas Chainsaw 3D||$23,000,000||$23|
|7.||This is 40||$8,600,000||$54.5|
|9.||The Guilt Trip||$4,530,000||$31.2|