The early weekend box office numbers have this weekend’s movies in a tight race. Limitless, the Bradley Cooper drama co-starring Robert De Niro, claimed the top spot earning $19,000,000. The film received moderately positive reviews.
Rango, the family animated movie starring the voice of Johnny Depp, continues to do well at the box office coming in at #2, grossing $15,300,000. The film continues to earn money in its third week of release.
Last weeks number one movie, Battle: Los Angeles, fell to #3 making $14,600,000. The film dropped 58% from last weekend. However, Battle: LA will continue to stay in the top 5 at the box office in the coming weeks.
Rounding out the top five movies was the legal drama, The Lincoln Lawyer, starring Matthew McConaughey at #4 earning $13,400,000; and at #5 was the slapstick comedy, Paul, starring Simon Pegg and Jason Bateman, which earned $13,200,000.
As everyone expected, Battle:Los Angeles dominated at the box office this weekend taking in $36.0 million. The film received mostly positive reviews, and the special effects were amazing. There was no doubt Battle: Los Angeles would take the top spot, it was just a matter of much it would earn.
The family animated movie, Rango, which claimed last weeks top spot, fell to second place grossing $23.1 million. This is not bad considering three other movies, Red Riding Hood, Battle: Los Angeles, and Mars Needs Moms, all opened this weekend.
Red Riding Hood finished in third place pulling in a very disappointing $14.1 million. The film received mostly negative reviews, despite having a likeable cast led by Amanda Seyfried.
Rounding out the top five at the box office were the romantic thriller, The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, which came in forth place earning $11.5 million, and the disappointment of the weekend was the Walt Disney animated family film, Mars Needs Moms, making only $6.8 million in the fifth place spot.
It was a busy weekend at the box office. The family animated movie, Rango, which starred the voice of Johnny Depp, was #1 at the box office taking in $38.0 million. The film has received great reviews for both the story and visuals. This movie also reunited Depp with director Gore Verbinski, who directed Depp in the previous three Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
The Adjustment Bureau, the Matt Damon romantic thriller, came in at #2 grossing $20.9 million. Like Rango, the film received mostly positive reviews. This could be a very positive sign that things are turning around for Universal Pictures, who released this film. Universal has had many box office bombs the past few years.
The teen movie, Beastly, which is based on the Beauty and the Beast, starring Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer, and Neil Patrick Harris, came in at #3 earning $10.1 million. Some in Hollywood were expecting the film to perform much better than it did. However, this film will be very successful once it is released on home video and airs on paid television.
Rounding out the top five were last weeks top two movies at box office. Hall Pass took the #4 spot making $9.0 million, and Gnomeo and Juliet came in at #5 earning $6.9 million.
It was a tight race to the top of the box office this weekend between Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s romantic comedy, Just Go With It, and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. By a small margin, the winner was Just Go With It, taking in $31,000,000, barely beating Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. This continues the trend of Sandler’s movies opening in the number one spot at the box office.
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never came in at an extremely close second place, grossing $30,260,000, making this the most competitive weekend box office competition we have seen in quite some time.
The Walt Disney family animated movie, Gnomeo and Juliet, featuring the music of Sir Elton John, came in third place grossing $25,500,000. The film received positive reviews, and should stay in the top five at the box office for at least the next few weeks.
Rounding out the top five movies was the adventure movie, The Eagle, earning $8,589,000 in fourth place, and last weeks number one movie, The Roommate, earned $8,400,000 in the number five spot.
From a money making standpoint, it was a very quiet weekend at the box office. The horror movie, The Rite, was #1 this weekend earning $15.0 million. This film, which is based on the novel, The Rite:The Making of a Modern Exorcist, stars Academy Award winner, Sir Anthony Hopkins. Despite negative reviews, the film still performed fairly well, continuing the trend of horror film success at the box office.
Last weeks #1 movie, the romantic comedy No Strings Attached, came in at #2 grossing $13.7 million. The film cost $25 million to make, and so far it has grossed over $39 million domestically already making back the cost of production. The success of No Strings Attached must be making its star, Natalie Portman, who also produced the film, extremely happy.
The action movie, The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham, landed at #3 this weekend earning a very disappointing $11.5 million. This film is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name, which starred iconic tough guy actor Charles Bronson. Most in Hollywood expected the film to earn more than it did this weekend.
Rounding out the top five movies were Seth Rogen’s action movie, The Green Hornet at #4 earning $11.5 million, and at #5 was The Kings Speech, pulling in $11.1 million.
The romantic comedy, No Strings Attached, starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman was #1 at the box office this weekend taking in $20,300,000. Despite lukewarm reviews, the film did very well. It well may be that Natalie Portman is considered America’s new sweetheart. Her performance in Black Swan not only earned her a Golden Globe and Critics Choice award for best actress, but she will also most definitely get an Oscar nomination this Tuesday morning when the Academy Award nominations are presented. Portman is the front runner to win the Best Actress Academy Award this year.
Last week’s #1 movie, The Green Hornet, based on the 1960′s television show starring the iconic martial arts star Bruce Lee, fell to #2 grossing $18,100,000. Seth Rogen, who wrote, produced , and starred in the film, should be really happy with the film’s performance in its second week of release.
The Dilemma, the buddy comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, took third place this weekend earning $9,727,000. The film has earned $33,364,000 domestically. However it cost $70,000,000 to make, not including the cost of promotion (buying commercial time on television and billboards). It will be some time until the film earns its money back.
Rounding out the top five movies were two movies that you will be hearing about at the Academy Awards: The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, came in at #4 making $9,164,000, and the Coen Brothers, True Grit, was #5 this weekend pulling in $8,000,000.
The Green Hornet, Seth Rogen’s action/comedy film based on the 1960′s television show, finished #1 at the box office this weekend earning $34.0 million. The Green Hornet has been a passion project for Rogen, who not only stars in the film, but also co-wrote and produced it. Rogen worked on this film for years, and his hard work has definitely paid off.
The Dilemma, Ron Howard’s comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, grossed $17.4 million this weekend taking the #2 spot at the box office. Most in Hollywood expected the film to earn a lot more money, even despite the film’s negative reviews.
True Grit, the remake of the 1969 John Wayne movie directed by the Coen Brothers (starring Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld), came in at #3 grossing $11.2 million. Hailee Steinfeld won a Critics Choice Award on Friday night for Best Young Actor/Actress, and has a very good chance of winning another award for her outstanding performance in this film at the Golden Globe Awards tonight.
Rounding out the top movies were The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, earning $9.1 million in the #4 spot, and at #5 was The Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, which made $8.1 million. Both Colin Firth and Natalie Portman are the front runners to win the best actor/actress awards at both the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards.
After being in theaters for three weeks, The Coen Brothers movie, True Grit, won the weekend box office taking in $15 million. The film has now earned a total of $110.4 million, making True Grit the biggest box office hit ever for the Coen Brothers, who have been directing films since 1984.
The Little Fockers, which has been at the top of the box office since it was released, finally dropped to #2 earning $13.7 million. Despite negative film reviews from critics, audiences still flocked to the theatres to see the film.
The Nicolas Cage fantasy movie, Season Of The Witch, which was one of two new movies that opened this weekend, came in at #3 grossing a weak $10.7 million. The film cost $40 million to produce, and given its numbers on opening weekend, it will be lucky if it makes half of its money back.
The top five films at the box office this weekend were exactly the same as last weekend. Little Fockers was still the #1 movie, earning $26.3 million over the New Years holiday weekend. Little Fockers has now earned $103.2 million in North America, making it the second movie released in 2010 by Universal Pictures (who had another poor year) to gross over $100 million. Universal’s “Despicable Me” was the other film to gross over $100 million.
The Coen Brothers remake of True Grit came in at #2 earning $86.8 million. The film has received fantastic reviews and you can count on Oscar nominations for the filmmakers and actors, especially for 14 year old newbie, Hailee Steinfeld, who gave one of the best performances we’ve seen in 2010.
Tron Legacy came in at #3 grossing $18.3 million. So far, the film has earned $130.9 million domestically, and worldwide, it has made $196,354,000. The budget for the film was $170 million, so the film has more than earned its money back. Maybe the sequel talks for a third Tron movie will heat up.
Rounding out the top five were Yogi Bear pulling in $66.1 million at #4, and at #5 was The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader earning $10.5 million.
Little Fockers, the third and hopefully last film in the Meet The Parents franchise, was the #1 movie at the box office over the holiday weekend. The film grossed $34,016,000, bringing its total to $48,302,000 since its opening on December 22nd. Most Hollywood insiders expected the film to earn much more than it did, given that the second film, Meet The Fockers, which opened in 2004 at the exact same time, earned $46,120,980 in its opening weekend. Over the five day Christmas holiday weekend, it earned $70,517,720, a far cry from the sum earned by Little Fockers. The Little Fockers production budget was $100 million, $20 million more than the Meet The Fockers budget. Universal Pictures is undoubtedly disappointed this weekend!
True Grit, the Coen Brothers remake of the 1969 John Wayne film starring Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Matt Damon, and Hailee Steinfeld came in at #2 this weekend grossing $25,600,000. These numbers are impressive considering this is not a mainstream movie for all audiences. The film received great reviews, so even though the Golden Globes overlooked the movie, you can count on Academy Award nominations for the film and especially for newbie, Hailee Steinfeld, who gives a phenomenal performance. True Grit also marks the biggest opening for a Coen Brothers movie thus far.
Last week’s #1 movie, Tron: Legacy, slipped to #3 grossing $20,107,000. The Sequel to the 1982 film has now earned $88,296,000 domestically. There are rumblings of a possible third Tron movie in the works.
Rounding out the top five films at the box office are two family movies, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader at #4 taking in $10,800,000, and coming in at #5 was Yogi Bear, taking in $8,800,000.