Audiences finally found a movie worth bringing the whole family to in this week's box office, while action fans were equally satisfied.
Coming in at number 1 is The Croods (read our review) with an incredible $44 million. Clearly, parents have been waiting for a quality animated film for their kids (not counting Escape from Planet Earth) and The Croods delivered. The Croods was produced by the same duo that brought audiences How to Train Your Dragon, which opened to $43 million and went on to gross over $217 million at the domestic box office. Could a similar box office haul be in this film's future?
In at number 2 is Olympus Has Fallen (read our review) with $30 million. After several months of disappointing action movies, audiences have been waiting for a fun time at the movies, and apparently Olympus delivered such an experience.
With many people calling this film "Die Hard in the White House," it's ironic that Olympus actually opened to a higher total than Die Hard 5 ($28 million). However, the real question is whether the similarly themed White House Down will perform better or worse than this film.
Oz the Great and Powerful is the number 3 film this weekend with $22 million. With two attractive new releases, Oz didn't stand a chance at the number 1 spot, but it's still going strong. The film is now up to $177 million in domestic grosses and $365 million worldwide.
The number 4 film this weekend is The Call with $8 million. Halle Berry's thriller has far exceeded most expectations with a $30 million domestic gross over two weeks, more than twice that of its $13 million production budget.
This week's other new release, Admission (read our review), comes in at number 5 with $6 million. While its fellow new releases over-performed, this comedy, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, floundered at the box office. Luckily, the film was made for a relatively low $13 million.
Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers (read our review) upped its theater count to 1,104 screens this week, which helped the film rake in $5 million at the box office. The somewhat controversial film is filled with stars (from James Franco to Selena Gomez) acting against type, which has helped it generate a considerable amount of attention. Spring Breakers was made for a very modest $2 million, making it a low risk/high reward proposition.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone fell to number 7 this weekend with only $4 million, which brings its domestic total up to $17 million. It looks like stars Jim Carrey and Steve Carell haven't have another flop on their resume.
In at number 8 is Jack the Giant Slayer with $2.9 million. Speaking of flops, the $195 million fantasy epic has only grossed $59 million over 4 weeks.
Identity Thief is the number 9 film this weekend with $2.5 million. The comedy's domestic total is now up to $127 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, March 25th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo