Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: May 13th 2012

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Avengers sets more records Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: May 13th 2012

Last weekend Marvel’s The Avengers obliterated box office records and grossed an unbelievable $207 million during its first weekend. The film continued to have an incredibly successful run throughout the week and it looks like a 50% dip from last weekend will give it a mighty $103 million for the three days.

This figure again sets a new record for the highest grossing second weekend of all-time, beating the $75 million+ second week numbers for Avatar and The Dark Knight. That means that the Joss Whedon film will have grossed a staggering $373 million at the US box office and over $1 billion globally, a number achieved in an amazing nineteen days!

This is yet another mind-boggling gross, which shows that there is still a lot of demand to see the film. The sky is the limit from here on out, and The Avengers is on-track to become the highest grossing comic book film of all time, besting The Dark Knight’s $533 million domestic take – it has already beaten its $1 billion global cume. The film is also on track to beat the global grosses of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Toy Story 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Alice in Wonderland. However, The Avengers may not be able to beat out Titanic’s $658 million final gross ($2.1 billion global), or Avatar’s $760 million ($2.8 billion worldwide) total haul. Although, having said that…

Dark Shadows opens second Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: May 13th 2012

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s eighth team-up Dark Shadows (read our review) had a disappointing debut, grossing an estimated $28.8 million over the weekend. That’s a far cry from the $116 million start of their last collaboration- Alice In Wonderland. It was also below their 2005 hit Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which debuted with $56 million. The film carries a pricey $150 million budget and it will have to hold up well over the next few weeks it wants to hit $100 million domestically. The film should do well on the international circuit where Depp and Burton have a wide appeal. It has already grossed another $36 million elsewhere in the world. It looks like audiences are becoming tired of duo’s trademark “weirdness” -maybe it’s time to give it a break.

Former number one film Think Like A Man grossed another $6.3 million, and raised its total to a strong $81.9 million.

The Hunger Games scored $4.4 million over the weekend and raised its cume to a very impressive $386.9 million. $400 million is now pretty much a certainty for the film which is closing in on $650 million globally.

Romantic drama The Lucky One banked $4 million, a figure which brought its total to a smidgen under $54 million.

Pirates! Band of Misfits sailed away with $3.2 million for a paltry $23 million haul. Some consolation can be taken in the knowledge that the $55 million film is now on course to sail past $100 million worldwide. The Five-Year Engagement laughed up another $3.1 million for a total gross of $24 million

British comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel cracked the top ten and banked $2.6 million over the weekend for a $3.7 million total. The John Madden directed Judi Dench/Maggie Smith film is closing in on a global gross of $100 million.

Chimpanzee grossed a further $1.6 million, which brought its total to just under $26 million.

The Eva Mendes dramedy Girl In Progress rounded out the top ten, grossing $1.35 million from just 322 theaters.

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. That’s too much money for Dark Shadows. Excited for The Avengers though!

  2. Burton has gone to the depp well too often, and depp ain’t the golden boy anymore. This movie looked doomed from the first notion.


    • Burton’s gone off the “Depp” end!

  3. I still think Depp’s got it, but I just think he needs to branch out a bit more to different kinds of roles aside from the “eccentric, quirky character.” Captain Jack Sparrow was the last iconic character he’s been, and he’s had plenty of iconic roles in his lifetime. He needs to settle down a bit, and do more normal movies for a change. Show that he’s capable of acting out serious roles in serious stories for a change.

  4. I’m curious. Now that you can buy tickets online, what happens if I buy a ticket today for a showing next Saturday? Do they count the sales for this weekend – since they took my money today – or next weekend – when I’m actually seeing the film?

    I’ve also wondered if the Avengers marathon ticket sales were included in the first weekend (or if that was considered its own thing), and if anyone has broken out how much they made just on the marathon sales?

  5. It’s a BAD time to be a movie unless you are The Avengers!

  6. Well, I have to say I saw The Avengers again in IMAX 3D, lol. I saw Girl in Progress in a free advanced screening, it was OK, but not good. There were like 2 touching scenes, the rest of the movie had potential but the way they executed it was very odd and kind of ruined the movie… Not really a movie I would normally go see, but it was free, so what the heck.

    I also saw Battleship in a free advanced screening. If you’re a military geek, meaning you love reading about how mighty our military was in WWII, you go to air shows because you love the roar of a F-18 flying over you, you can cite the weapons payload capacity of an A-10 Warthog, you need to watch this movie. If you are a little wussy peacenik that thinks if we put flowers down the barrels of all guns and hold hands while singing kumbaya that will solve all of the world’s problems, then stay away from this movie at all costs. Ignore the aliens and the movie is practically a show-case of all of the cool toys on our modern-day Destroyers and our old school Battleships. Pretty much, if you want to watch a movie where aliens fly across the galaxy only to get their asses handed to them by the good-ol USA military, you will love this movie. Otherwise, move-along and don’t whine and complain because you’ve been warned…

    • I’m planning on seeing Battleship. I don’t care what the critics are saying, this movie looks like a lot of fun.

      Oh, BTW, kumbaya ma Lord, kumba-ya…kumbaya…SMACK!
      Oh sorry.


      • I actually thought it was going to be pretty dumb. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the movie. And the fact that the soundtrack is awesome doesn’t hurt either… Although, the boardgame Battleship element in the movie felt a bit shoe-horned in there though, but still, doesn’t really take away from the total experience.

        • If I was going to draw a comparison I would say that Battleship will be this summer’s Independence Day.

    • Gee, Ken, re: Battleship comments…I like the way you think!

    • Huh. You’ve actually changed my mind now: I think I’ll go see battleship after all…

    • @ Ken J

      Is the film good in 3d? I plan to see Battleship. Lol, holding hands while singing kumbaya.

      • @Wally

        I have no clue, I saw it in regular 2D, but on a huge IMAX screen and a booming sound system.

  7. It’s no suprise

    • What I meant to write…

      It’s no shock that Avengers won big again. It had such a huge opening that the second week falloff would still beat everything else.

      I think it’s still too early to say Dark Shadows is a failure. The past two Burton-Depp movies have been slanted more to kids, despite being PG-13. So also saying that they are burning out is premature as well.

  8. Movies like Prometheus and Avengers are slam-bang hits like a blockbuster movie should be. That travesty Dark Shadows is a krappie film for retarded people made by more of the same, and deserves to flop! Flop-flop-FLOP!! How dare anyone insult the original Dark Shadows like that?!

    • Prometheous is going to tank. Bigtime.

  9. I think I might have to go to the matinee of The Avengers on Tuesday to absorb in more of the greatness of the movie. Tough, long day today, but another screen of The Avengers will be my reward!

  10. I must be the only person on the planet who isn’t that interested in The Avengers. I’ll wait and rent it, like most comic book movies these days. Just tired of them.

    • Trust me. It’s worth the ticket!! ;-)

  11. Well, I’ve already seen the movie 3 times now (2 times in 3D)… so that’s my contribution to the worldwide gross ;)

    As long as The Avengers can top Transformers 3, I’ll be a happy camper.

    • @ The Avenger

      I’ve seen it 3 times already myself aswell, all in 2d though. Is 3d good because i had a friend suggest i see it in 3d aswell. Im hoping The Avengers can top Avatar or atleast come close to it by the time it’s outta theaters. I hope WB/DC have common sense & take notes from what Marvel started if you know what i mean. Because i gotta say the way they’re goin, im not sure when they’re gonna make it over the hill. Figure of speech there.

      • I’m not a fan of 3D in general, but the 3D effects for The Avengers were pretty awesome IMO (I’d go as far as to say it is on par with Avatar’s 3D).

        So, if I were you I’d go see it in 3D (I probably will… again ;))

        • @ The Avenger

          Same here. I never saw Avatar in theaters but did enjoy Titanic in 3D as that was the best 3D film ive seen in theaters. I’ll give it a look in 3D as im planning to see again. It’s the one CBM i enjoyed from beginning to end.

  12. Saw The Avengers for the second time. Glad to contribute. It was even better when I could hear all the dialogue because the laughter wasn’t as fierce!

    As for Dark Shadows I think the problem there is multifaceted:

    1. Vampires are on the down-swing now. The market is over saturated and zombies are on the rise.

    2. Dark Shadows was a BBC thing. Trying to to pitch it to a very small American fan base was not a good idea. It wasn’t a ‘modernization’ or even an adaptation, it was a complete reboot and fans of the original didn’t like the campy/comedy take.

    3. No one likes the 70′s. No. One. Disco sucked, the economy sucked, gas prices sucked, the president sucked and the fashion sucked. No one from there wants to go back and the young ones who missed it are glad they did. They got enough of all that today.

    4. Burton and Depp have now teamed up 8 times. It was genius. Then it was solid. Now you wonder if one can’t do something without the other. Oh, wait, Depp can. What’s Burton’s problem? Time to leave the Depp comfort zone.

    • Most fans of the original Dark Shadows are in their 60′s now. So to use that as an argument doesn’t hold water.

  13. ” It looks like audiences are becoming tired of duo’s trademark “weirdness” -maybe it’s time to give it a break.”

    Most of the writers at movie sites like Screen Rant don’t like Johnny Depp (or Tim Burton to an extent) much these days. Whatever. And they seem to think that Dark Shadows underperforming means the general audience feels the same way. Well, they don’t.

    With Dark Shadows, it’s more about The Avengers. The Avengers was predicited to have a 150 million opening weekend and it make 210 million. This past weekend, The Avengers was predicted to make 75 million, and it made it 100 million.

    The problem with Darks Shadows is that the The Avengers is way overperfoming estimates and is an unstoppable juggernaut at this point. Dark Shadows was never intended to be a “blockbuster”. Had The Avengers performed where expected at 75 million, Dark Shadows would have easily made it’s 35 million prediction.

  14. Great news that The avengers are still #1

    • For all comics films in general.

  15. Did anyone see trailers for TDKR & Spider-Man before The Avengers showed? Because the trailers didn’t show at the theater i go to.