It was a given that ZERO DARK THIRTY (2,937 screens) was gonna take the gold this weekend. With those phenomenal screen averages on its initial limited release, to the swag of awards, the oscar nominations, and the controversy the flick is causing in regards to torture the flick definitely has a must see tag attached to it. But the good news doesn’t stop with it’s $24.5m platforming weekend, the film has completely outgrossed Kathryn Bigelow’s previous Best Picture winner THE HURT LOCKER ($17m) by $7.5m on the weekend and $12.5m life gross (ZERO is at $30m). Is also the highest wide release she’s enjoyed since K-19 THE WIDOWMAKER ($12.8m of 2,828 prints).
A HAUNTED HOUSE (2,160 screens), the independent horror spoof from Marlon Wayans that parodies PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, came in a surprising 2nd place with a projected $18m. It’s the only broad comedy in the top ten and being the gimmick of parodying the most successful horror franchise in recent years, outside of some of the most venomous reviews of 2013, the flick has hit 2nd place.
GANGSTER SQUAD (3,103 screens) saddles into 3rd on a softer than expected $17m. That’s gotta sting a bit given the cast, the width of the release (it’s got the highest number of screens of any film on release currently) and the powerhouse campaign that went into it. But releasing head to head with ZERO DARK THIRTY is what really stung here – outside of all the rumoured reshoots, re-editing, date moves, mixed reviews etc etc going head to head with the momentum of ZERO DARK THIRTY was a fight GANGSTER couldn’t win.
DJANGO UNCHAINED (3,012 screens) holds on 4th and becomes Quentin Tarantino’s highest grossing film ever. On a budget of $100m and with most of the world yet to release it’s gonna be good times down at Sony/Weinstein’s on this solid little earner. The added boost of Oscar nominations will help carry the flick through February as well.
LES MISERABLES (2,928 screens) rounds out the top 5 with a $9.5m haul. The flick has now grossed $118.6m which makes it the 4th highest grossing film of Russell Crowe’s career, the 7th highest for Hugh Jackman (did you know that 4 out of the top 5 grossing Hugh Jackman films are X-Men flicks?) and for Tom Stoppard the flick is now $17m behind toppling THE KING’S SPEECH for supremacy.
3D THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (3,012 screens) starts to taper off with an $8m weekend that brings its life gross to $277m. That makes the film the 4th highest grosser of Peter Jackson’s career and it won’t get to the heights of FELLOWSHIP ($315.5m), THE TWO TOWERS ($342.6m) or RETURN OF THE KING ($377.8m) but there’s still life yet in the sequels ain’t there!?! The question for me is, can the film outgross THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART TWO’s haul of $290m? Gut says yes! Gut wants $300m!
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Figures from Deadline, Box Office Mojo, Imdb.
1. Zero Dark Thirty (Annapurna/Sony) Week 4 (Runs 2,937) R
Friday $9.0M, Saturday $9.4M, Weekend $24.5M, Cume $30.0M
2. A Haunted House (Open Road) NEW [Runs 2,160] R
Friday $6.7M, Saturday $7.6M, Weekend $18.0M
3. Gangster Squad (Village Roadshow/Warner Bros) NEW (Runs 3,103) R
Friday $6.6M, Saturday $6.3M, Weekend $17.0M
4. Django Unchained (Weinstein) Week 3 [Runs 3,012] R
Friday $3.4M, Saturday $4.6M, Weekend $14.5M, Cume $128.8M
5. Les Miserables (Working Title/Universal) Week 3 [Runs 2,928] PG13
Friday $2.8M, Saturday $4.1M, Weekend $9.5M, Cume $118.6M
6. The Hobbit 3D (MGM/Warner Bros) Week 5 [Runs 3,012] PG13
Friday $2.3M, Weekend $8.0M, Cume $277.0M
7. Lincoln (DreamWorks/Fox/Disney) Week 10 [Runs 2,027] PG13
Friday $1.8M, Weekend $6.3M, Cume $152.6M
8. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D (Lionsgate) Week 2 [Runs 2,659] R
Friday $1.8M (-82%), Weekend $5.5M, Cume $31.6M
7. Parental Guidance (Fox) Week 3 [Runs 2,957] PG
Friday $1.7M, Weekend $5.8M, Cume $60.4M
10. Jack Reacher (Skydance/Paramount) Week 4 [Runs 2,707] PG13
Friday $1.5M, Weekend $5.0M, Cume $72.8M