Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: November 17, 2013

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Nov 17 Box Office Best Man Holiday Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: November 17, 2013

Marvel wins the box office once again, but not without some stiff competition from the week’s only new release.

In at number 1 is Thor: The Dark World with $38 million. While not on the level of Iron Man 3, Thor 2 is still doing extremely well, posting high weekday numbers and continuing its dominance through its second weekend. The film is now up to $146 million domestic and $479 million worldwide.

The only new release of the weekend, The Best Man Holiday (read our review) comes in at number 2 with $30 million. For a good part of the weekend, The Best Man Holiday was neck-and-neck with Thor, and while it didn’t surpass Marvel’s sequel, the film still posted a surprisingly strong opening weekend tally.

The first Best Man film (released in 1999) opened to only $9 million, making The Best Man Holiday a huge improvement over its predecessor. Not only that, the film is likely to exceed the first film’s cumulative total of $34 million by Monday or Tuesday.

Last Vegas is the number 3 film with $8.8 million. The senior-centric comedy is doing extremely well in terms of retaining its audience, as other bigger new releases fall below it, and it has grossed $46 million over 3 weeks.

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The animated film Free Birds is the number 4 film this weekend, trading spots with Last Vegas once again and grossing $8.3 million. Despite posting a low opening weekend tally, Free Birds has done decent business thus far, grossing $42 million overall.

Rounding out the top 5 is Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa with $7.6 million. Although typically the Jackass films tend to drop off drastically after week 1, this film has held strong over the last 4 weeks. The hidden camera comedy is now at $90 million.

Gravity comes in at number 6 with $6.28 million. Despite stiff competition, this box office success continues to retain most of its audience, and has grossed $240 million domestic. It is now the 5th highest grossing film of 2013.

Coming in at number 7 is Ender’s Game with $6.2 million. Unfortunately, it’s still bad news for Lionsgate’s big budget adaptation, which shows no signs of stability. By the time Lionsgate’s other big Fall release, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, hits theaters next weekend, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Ender’s Game fall off the top 10 completely. That being said, the film has grossed $53 million, which isn’t bad, but isn’t good considering the investment.

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In at number 8 is 12 Years of Slave with $4.7 million, which brings its domestic total up to $24 million after 5 weeks. Steve McQueen’s latest film is starting to taper off after debuting to huge per-screen averages in the LA/NY markets. The film is likely to keep popping up in the top 10 as award show nominees are announced, but for now the film has presumably hit its apex.

Captain Phillips is the number 9 film this weekend with $4.5 million. It might not do so as part of the top ten, but with $97 million after 6 weeks, Captain Phillips is sure to cross the $100 million threshold. Not to mention, the film will likely be part of the awards season conversation.

Rounding out the top 10 is About Time with $3.4 million. Richard Curtis’ time-traveling romance film has been posting solid numbers since its release and subsequent expansion, and is now up to $11 million total.

Outside the top 10: Alexander Payne’s latest film, Nebraska (read our review), opened on 4 screens over the weekend and grossed $140,000 ($35,000/screen).


[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, November 18th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. Disney/Marvel positioned “Thor; The Dark World” in a fortunate span of time.

    Such a better film that IM3.

    Next weekend will be VERY interesting when ” The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ” hits.

    The flick could possibly offset the top 5 flicks of the year thus far.

    More so than the next “Hobbbit” flick that drops in December.

    • I anticipate that iron Man, hobbit and catching fire will all join the billion club as the worldwide audience catches on to the hunger games second time out. There’s a chance that Man of Steel will be nudged out of the top ten by year end, which would be a major embarrassment for Warner Brothers (despite the films quality IMO).

      • Man of Steel should still hang in there,

        Year end worldwide should look like IMO
        1. Iron Man 3
        2. Catching Fire
        3. Desolation of Smaug
        4. Despicable Me 2
        5. Fast 6
        6. Thor 2
        7. Monsters University
        8. Gravity
        9. Man of Steel
        10. The Croods

      • I am glad to agree with your enthusiasm concerning “Man Of Steel.”

        For me, “MOS” and “Gravity” are the top movies of the year. I haven’t decided how to order them yet…. “Gravity” may get the top spot on my list.

        When it comes to box office, we must all remember that “MOS” had a lot going against it.

        DC positioned Nolan’s Batman as THE superhero to beat. And we all know Marvel was all over the place.

        Superman (MOS) had to battle a lousy Superman reboot from six years ago, “Superman Returns.”

        Superman hadn’t been on the world’s collective attention for a very long time.

        I think MOS succeeded in bringing back SUPERMAN to a new generation.Domestically it still is # 3 on the list.

  2. I feel bad for Enders game as I really enjoyed it. Thankfully it works as a stand-alone experience.
    At this rate it looks like Thor 2 will surpass Man of Steel in Worldwide Gross. While I personally (understanding it’s a hot-button topic) feel Man of Steel was this summers best movie, you can’t take away from Marvel the enormity of that achievement… considering its November release and Superman’s overall recognition vs. Thor prior to Avengers. I read somewhere that Catching Fire is tracking for a 165 million haul opening weekend in north America. I have a feeling the hunger games sequel will be the second movie to break a billion this year.

  3. I am so happy to hear people talking nicely about Man of Steel. Lately its been the same vocal minority spazzing over it. Glad that there’s some people here that appreciate that amazing movie.

    • MOS, in my opinion, is THE finest interpretation of “Superman.” In terms of cinema.

      Not just in its reintroduction of Supes to this modern generation, but in it’s pathos of the Superman legacy; from Krypton to Smallville to Metropolis.

      Again, I state that there was a lot going against Superman; The pressure must really have been intense for Zack Snyder.

      Let’s face it; While Donner’s 1978 “Superman” was a fine achievement ( Superman 2 to a lesser degree ) Christopher Reeve’s “Superman 3″ and “Superman 4″, respectively, were both utter abomination’s that only made the Superman mythos look like trash.

      Those movies are offensive to the Superman canon and did nothing to promote The Last Son Of Krypton’s legacy in popular culture.

      • I agree with every word 100 infinity% And Superman Returns wasn’t that good either. As a homage to the classic movies it was fine, but it was underwhelming in a myriad of ways.

        • I thought MOS was the best Superman movie I’ve seen but incredibly underwhelming, which says a lot about the previous movies.

          Even the Donner movies feel too cheesy and hard to watch now.

          • Donner’s first Superman was all we had up until MOS.

            I still love it, but it’s pretty dated. And Superman 2 is even cheesier. ( NOT GONNA EVEN GO NEAR 3 and 4 !!! )

            Even those who are skeptical of Snyder’s first MOS movie, those skeptics can perhaps at least admit that Superman is back on the right track.

            • I happen to be of the opinion that Superman 2 was the best Superman movie to date. I also think that Zod is the best Superman villain of all time. I loved Gene Hackman as Luthor. He played the arrogance and smarmy nature of Luthor that I love. Just my opinion. Yes, I am well aware that I reside in the minority. One more thing. I like Man of Steel a lot. The only real problem I have is missing dialogue, “Kneel before Zod.”

        • +1000000000000

          Right on. I neglected to cite “Superman Returns.” THAT piece of ‘work’ did even more damage to the legacy.

          And even though it IS an homage, it’s more of and homage to Richard Donner’s “Superman” than it is to Supes himself.

      • Man of Steel is one of the best Superman stories told in ANY medium. (IMHO)

        It tells you that now matter how odd, or different, you may be, a great destiny can be yours – provided you learn to be a good, upstanding person with the right values. And then it throws more complex notions like identity and morality (killing) on top of that.

        What more could you want from a modern Superman? RED TRUNKS AND A SPIT-CURL????

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  4. For me, aside from the transitions between present to flashback being not that fluid, some corny bits of dialogue and a awkward kiss at the end, I had zero problems with Man of Steel. I’m a huge Superman fan, I’m open to interpretation and I thought it hit all the right bits with the character, mythos everything. I’d bet anything if you put Christopher Nolans name under the director label, half the haters would not hate it near as much. I applaud Zack Snyder for Man of Steel. I’m a big fan of his and can’t wait to see what he does with the sequel.

    • I think a lot of the “acrimony’ against MOS comes from Marvel purists.

      But also, there are a lot of Zack Snyder haters out there, too.

      Ultimately, I think a lot of people who diss MOS do so because Snyder and company TOOK CHANCES. They were willing to take risks.

      That’s the main difference between the Marvel cinematic universe and the DCCU; DC (Nolan, Goyer, Snyder etc) take chances while Marvel plays it safe.

      And that’s not me dissing Marvel because I can be open minded and claim that I thought “Thor The Dark World” was a great movie.

      ( And on a semi- related note, it’s interesting that even the once almighty Christopher Nolan has picked up a lot of derision….. )

      • I’m not the biggest fan of Snyder but I can appreciate that he was the best choice for MOS. I just felt a lot of the script was empty and I didn’t like some of the camera choices (especially the camera zooming in and out randomly at times that were completely unnecessary).

      • Its hard to take chances on a character as big as Superman, which is part of the reason why a movie like Man of Steel has never been done before. I’m not on one side of the fence, I’m equally excited for the future of both Marvel and WB/DC.

      • “I think a lot of the “acrimony’ against MOS comes from Marvel purists”

        actually i find alot of people who are die hard Superman fans, don’t like the fact that somebody (snyder & co.) have tarnished Supermans image, they actually wanted a bubblegum movie

        • Great point you make.

          The problem with universal icons like Superman, Mickey Mouse, Jesus Christ, Snow White etc…
          is that so many people have a fixed and vivid meaning in their own individual consciousness …

          In the end, MOS could never have pleased EVERYBODY.

      • @ Krytonic

        “That’s the main difference between the Marvel cinematic universe and the DCCU; DC (Nolan, Goyer, Snyder etc) take chances while Marvel plays it safe.”


        Marvel Studio’s very FIRST film (Iron Man, release date: May 2, 2008) was based on a (formerly) second tier character that was largely unknown to the general audience.
        From the very beginning, Marvel Studios have taken risks by introducing characters that did not previously have a “big-screen” incarnation before, i.e. Thor (2011) and to some degree, Captain America (2011) even though there was a C.A. film released in 1990.
        You say that Marvel plays it “safe” but they are about to release Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Ant-Man (2015), TWO very esoteric properties that even SOME comic book readers had NOT heard of, let alone the general cinema-going audience.
        Marvel have literally taken risks from the beginning, and I say this as a dispassionate and impartial observer of films, NOT a Marvel or DC fanatic.
        I seriously doubt if the DC Cinematic Universe would even have begun had it not been for what Marvel Studios initiated years before.

  5. I’m interested in finding out the UK box office for this weekend, mainly because The Butler opened here on Friday and I honestly don’t think it’d do that well over here for a variety of reasons.

    I’ve only heard one good review for it so far and that was Mark Kermode saying that it was like a black version of Forrest Gump because it was schmaltzy and dealt with an ordinary guy who happened to be present for some historical events and hinted that other British critics didn’t like The Butler all that much. Apparently, Oprah was the best thing about the movie according to many of the critics here.

    We also had Thor: The Dark World open at number 1 on October 30th but was knocked off the top when Gravity opened on November 7th a week later. Be interesting to see how that fared.

  6. Thor 2 is not at 179 million domestic wtf. Its around 146 million

    • I read $179million too on Hollywood Reporter so I assume that’s the accurate number.

    • You are right. Thor 2 is listed at $146M domestic. I took the numbers right as Box Office Mojo posted them so it could have been a mistake. Either way, the correct number is in there.

  7. For thor 3 to take next step to 100 million plus opening ( because it was way better then iron man 2 and
    Iron man 3) aside from including new villians and then old ones like loki its time to bring in new heroes
    Or crossover heroes into the next movie.

  8. Alright Best Man Holiday! It was a very-very good movie.