It was a relatively disappointing weekend at the box office, with several films under-performing.
The number 1 film this weekend is Lee Daniels’ The Butler (read our review) with $25 million. Starring Forest Whitaker as a butler who served under several presidents, The Butler went into the weekend tracking well, but most analysts did not expect the film to open at number 1. Although the film received mixed reviews from critics, it’s uplifting subject matter and Oscar potential likely helped it over perform.
In at number 2 is We’re the Millers, which held very strong in its second week and grossed $17.7 million. While the film won’t hit The Hangover Part III or Identity Thief numbers, We’re the Millers can certainly be counted among this year’s comedy hits.
Elysium wins the number 3 spot with $13.6 million, which brings its domestic total up to $55 million. Now in its second weekend of release, Elysium isn’t hitting the same type of numbers that District 9 did back in 2009, and will struggle to make back its $115 million budget. By its second weekend, District 9 had already accumulated $72 million domestic.
In at number 4 is Kick-Ass 2 with a very disappointing $13.56 million. Early Friday estimates put the film on track for about $20 million, but it apparently lost traction as the weekend went on.
By comparison, the first Kick-Ass grossed $19 million during its opening weekend, and went on to bank $48 million total. While Kick-Ass 2 might find the same cult success as the first film, its opening weekend performance likely puts any future franchise entries in jeopardy.
Planes rounds out the top 5 (and narrowly misses the number 4 spot) with $13.1 million. Disney Animation’s Cars spin-off has grossed $50 million over two weeks, which isn’t bad, but likely puts the decision to release this once straight-to-DVD feature in theaters into question.
Coming in at number 7 is Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters with $8.3 million. Now at $38 million domestic and $75 million worldwide, Sea of Monsters is about $20 million off pace of its predecessor, and is probably the last film we’ll see from the potential franchise.
Jobs (read our review), the biopic about the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, comes in at number 7 with $6.7 million. While there was a lot of talk about Ashton Kutcher’s portrayal of the tech genius, that apparently didn’t transition into box office dollars. Luckily, the film was made for a modest $12 million and should do fine overall.
The number 8 film this weekend is 2 Guns with $5.5 million, which brings its domestic total up to $59 million. The Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg buddy cop film still has a ways to go to turn a profit, but it should pass its $61 million production budget soon.
In at number 9 is The Smurfs 2 with $4.6 million. Sony’s animated sequel is well below its predecessor (Smurfs 1: $142 million/$563 million) with $56 million domestic and a somewhat respectable $206 million worldwide.
The Wolverine rounds out the top 10 with $4.4 million. Hugh Jackman’s latest foray as James Logan has grossed $120 million domestic (which coincidentally is also the film’s production budget) and $335 million worldwide. With numbers like those it’s no surprise Fox wants Jackman to continue donning the adamantium claws.
Outside the top 10: While Kick-Ass 2 and Jobs underperformed this weekend, the Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman thriller Paranoia outright bombed, grossing only $3.5 million.
[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 Monday, August 19th – at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo