It was always gonna be the make or break as all eyes were scrutinising AFTER EARTH. Given the star calibre of Will Smith, the rising force of his son Jaden (you can’t discount THE KARATE KID’s massive $55m opening and $176m U.S. domestic result) and one of the only non franchise sci-fi releases this summer AFTER EARTH was pegged to take the top spot. But, like everything in this industry, it was pipped not only by a hold over but also by an independent newcomer which was also a non-franchise starter as well…
FAST & FURIOUS 6 (3,686 screens) holds out the top spot with a predicted $34m weekend, that’s off 65% from last weekend’s gargantuan Memorial day weekend haul but still enough to retain the crown. Fast 6 has now completely outgrossed the first 4 F&F films and is $33m off becoming the highest grossing entry in the series. Which it will do in the coming weeks. FAST 7 starts shooting in July, 2013 with Aussie director James Wan helming the flick.
NOW YOU SEE ME (2,925 screens) opens in 2nd with $27.5m. Armed with a stellar and diverse cast, this was the magicians movie that worked. (R.I.P. Burt Wonderstone). An impressive $9,041 screen average managed to hold off Big Will and Co. Reviews have been incredibly mixed on this film but there’s a lot to be said for demographic casting and a nifty plot device.
AFTER EARTH (3,401 screens) opens in 3rd with $26.5m which is a disappointing result considering the talent and star power involved. Reviews weren’t kind across the board with many fingers pointing to M. Night Shyamalan’s screenplay (that this surprised anyone is a surprise to me) that was based off an idea that Will Smith had. With a solid but unremarkable $7,791 screen average AFTER EARTH looks to hit around $60m before it bows out. Off a $130m budget this one is gonna have a bit of a sting in the tail. The international roll out is where all eyes turn to.
OPENING FRIDAY JUNE 7, 2013 – THE INTERNSHIP, THE PURGE, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Figures from Deadline, Box Office Mojo.
1. Fast & Furious 6 (Universal) Week 2 [Runs 3,686] PG13
Friday $10.5M, Saturday $13.6m, Weekend $34.0M (-65%), Cume $169.8M
2. Now You See Me (Summit/Lionsgate) NEW [Runs 2,925] PG13
Friday $10.0M, Saturday $10.9M, Weekend $27.5M
3. After Earth (Columbia/Sony) NEW [Runs 3,401] PG13
Friday $9.8M, Saturday $10.1M, Weekend $26.5M
4. Epic (Blue Sky/Fox) Week 2 [Runs 3,894] PG13
Friday $4.1M, Saturday $6.8M, Weekend $16.0M, Cume $64.7M
5. Star Trek Into Darkness (Paramount) Week 3 [Runs 3,585] PG13
Friday $4.4M, Saturday $6.5M, Weekend $15.2M, Cume $181.0M
6. The Hangover Part III (Legendary/Warner Bros) Week 2 [Runs 3,565] R
Friday $5.2M, Saturday $6.0M, Weekend $15.0M (-64%), Cume $87.1M
7. Iron Man 3 (Disney) Week 5 [Runs 2,895] PG13
Friday $2.2M, Saturday $3.3M, Weekend $7.8M, Cume $384.5M
8. The Great Gatsby (Vill Roadshow/Warner Bros) Week 4 [Runs 2,635] PG13
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $2.2M, Weekend $5.8M, Cume $127.8M
9. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deew (Bollywood/Eros) NEW [Runs 162] NR
Friday $445K, Weekend $1.3M, Cume $1.3M
10. Mud (Roadside Attractions) Week 6 [Runs 580] PG13
Friday $319K, Weekend $1.2M, Cume $16.9M