Another surprising performance during this weekend's box office as Blumhouse Productions continues to blow away all expectations.
In at number 1 with an incredible $36 million is The Purge (read our review). While some analysts figured the suspense thriller might come in at number 1, few expected it to open north of $20 million, let alone $30 million.
It seems Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) is at it again – taking a low-budget horror flick and generating a massive return on their investment. Based on its opening weekend alone, we wouldn't be surprised if Blumhouse turned The Purge into a franchise like Paranormal, Insidious, or Sinister.
Fast & Furious 6 comes in at number 2 with $19.7 million. Universal's latest entry in the insanely popular franchise is now at $202 million in domestic grosses and $584 million worldwide. Fast & Furious 6 is now only $42 million away from surpassing Fast Five's $626 million worldwide total.
Now You See Me continues to hold strong opening at number 3 with $19.5 million. Much like The Purge, Now You See Me should be counted as a sleeper hit for summer. The film is now at $61 million in domestic grosses.
It's hard to tell whether poor reviews or the waning popularity of this duo had a hand in The Internship's relatively week opening, but clearly audiences weren't all that interested. The film will be lucky to make back its $58 million budget, let alone turn a profit.
Rounding out the top 5 is Epic with $12 million. Fox and Blue Sky Studios' animated feature is now up to $84 million in domestic grosses and on pace to crack the $100 million domestic mark.
In at number 6 is Star Trek into Darkness with $11.7 million. The Enterprise's latest adventure just barely passed the $200 million mark this weekend, and also has a good shot at passing the Star Trek reboot in terms of worldwide box office. At the moment, Star Trek 2 sits at $376 million worldwide, while its predecessor finished with $385 million.
After Earth falls to number 7 this weekend with $11.2 million and $46 million overall. We'll have to wait until all the numbers are crunched to get the full picture, but the film is certainly a huge flop for Sony, Will Smith, and director M. Night Shyamalan. For Will Smith, this is a huge hit considering all of his previous summer releases grossed at least $100 million at the box office.
The Hangover Part III is the number 8 film this weekend with $7 million. While the R-rated comedy won't eclipse either of its predecessors in terms of total box office dollars, the Hangover Part III has eclipsed the $100 million mark with $102 million domestic.
Iron Man 3 comes in at number 9 with $5 million. The blockbuster Marvel sequel is likely on its way out next week so we'll sum up its achievements one last time: it's the highest-grossing film of the year with $394 million, the first movie to cross the $1 billion mark this year, and the 5th highest grossing movie of all time with $1.196 billion. Does next week's Man of Steel have any chance at these type of numbers?
The Great Gatsby is not far behind at number 10 with $4 million. Gatsby also fared quite well over the course of its five-week run in the top 10, amassing $136 million in the process.
Outside the top 10: Joss Whedon's black and white adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (read our review) opened with $183,000 on 5 screens. That's good enough for a per screen average of $36,600/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 Monday, June 10th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo