Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: January 8, 2012

Published 3 years ago by , Updated January 12th, 2012 at 8:27 am,

The Devil Inside tops the box office 570x308 Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: January 8, 2012

Low budget schlock-fest The Devil Inside topped the box office chart over the weekend and scared up a frightening $34.5 million. The film was picked up by Paramount Pictures’ Insurge imprint for $1 million dollars, and it already turned a profit following its midnight showings. The Devil Inside combines two popular horror staples, the exorcism pic and the “found footage” film and this combination appears to be a winner for Paramount, who also have the Paranormal Activity franchise as a lucrative money maker.

The Devil Inside was given a heavy marketing push by Paramount, and it opened big despite poor reviews (read ours). Most horror films have a massive dip during their second weekend and this shouldn’t be any different, probably even more so, due to bad word of mouth about that ending.

Tom Cruise and his Impossible Mission Force dropped to second place after grossing another $20.5 million. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (another Paramount picture) has now grossed $170 million, a number that is closing in on the first Mission: Impossible film, which had a final gross of $181 million. However, that was in 1996, so M:I4 is still behind in attendance.

Warner Bros’ Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows was in third place, upping its gross to $157 million. The Robert Downey Jr/Jude Law adventure film grossed $14 million helping its worldwide gross swell to over well over $250 million.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has a solid hold at the box office Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: January 8, 2012

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, had great hold over the weekend, grossing another $11.3 million and raising its cumulative gross to over $76 million. $100 million is now a certainty for the Daniel Craig film, which has officially recouped its $90 million budget worldwide.

Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked banked another $9.5 million and crossed the $100 million barrier.

Steven Spielberg’s War Horse grossed $8.6 million for a $56.8 million total, while Cameron Crowe’s We Bought A Zoo, has also grossed $56 million, after taking another $8.1 million.

The other Spielberg effort in the top ten – The Adventures Of Tintin upped its cume to a smidgen under $63 million after taking in $6.6 million. Meanwhile, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy cracked the top ten after grossing $5.7 million. The Gary Oldman spy film has now grossed $10 million, and a further $25 million abroad.

New Year’s Eve rounded out the top ten. Grossing $3.2 million, the all-star romance has now brought its total to $52 million.

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

Source: Deadline

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  1. waiting for the best picture yet
    to be release, The Avengers have
    not yet seen one movie from 2011
    or 2012,…………………….

  2. ‘The Devil Inside’ was good, I liked it. Check it out if you like horror.

  3. Sad that Alvin and the Chipmunks have made more money than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo…

    And how many suckers, I mean people, fell for the stupid fake found footage gimmick this time for yet another crappy horror movie to be number 1 in the box office?? Sad sad times we live in…

    • I don’t think the under 8, booger eating crowd would do well with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But I agree I used to enjoy a good horror movie when there was some effort put into them. Anymore it’s usually the biggest pile of fluff that can be churned out the quickest and the cheapest. Much like several great movies of recent past, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will have a much longer shelf life on dvd.

    • I actually work at a movie theater and we sold out every showing for this movie. We even sold out the 11 am showing, no joke. We had to add a 11:45pm showing just to please the crowd and it sold out in 30 min. I haven’t seen it myself yet but most of my coworkers has and they feel pretty much the same way you do.

    • I’m with ya’, dude. I saw War Horse this weekend and expected it to do much better than it did. And like Jason_B said, Dragon Tattoo isn’t for children or the squeamish, but it’s definitely one of the better movies out right now. I have seen only 1 mildly good review for Devil Inside.

  4. Wow – it’s looking like MI4 will hit $500 mil worldwide and may even go a bit beyond that who’d had thought that. Maybe Tom Cruise’s star power isn’t as faded as we we all thought.

  5. Very sad to see great films like MI4 and SH2 doing such an ~average~ job in the American box office :(
    Still, at least they did well enough to each secure another sequel.

  6. This isn’t really that related to box office numbers, but– is anyone else annoyed with how horror/possession movies always have a female as the victim? It’s almost sending a bad message, saying that women are weaker and are thus naturally more prone to possession. I mean, would public perception/reaction to the movie be any different if the major victim of the movie had been a male? Not that it would change how good or bad the movie is.

    • I’ve never thought about it before but you’re right. I wonder how The Exorcist would have turned out if the victim were a boy?

      • Well, the original story the movie was based on was about a boy. They decided to change the little boy to a little girl. I think it’s just more shocking to hear a little possessed girl saying obscene things, who really knows why they do that…

    • Omen.

      Nuff said.

  7. The studios keep 50% of the gross receipts at best. They need $180 million to just break even on the film itself’s production costs. Then the cost of publicity and advertising is added on. This crap needs at least $230 million to break even, NOT $90 million.