Sunday, May 19, 2013

"Star Trek Into Darkness" under-performs, "Iron Man 3", "Gatsby" stay strong

After two weeks of box office over-performances, there was bound to be a film that didn't quite live up to its heavy box office expectations. That film is Star Trek Into Darkness. While the 3D sequel had big, blockbuster grosses, it didn't have the four-day $100 million start that most box office prognosticators were expecting. That said, the $84 million that Star Trek Into Darkness grossed is definitely a solid start. The film also received an A Cinemascore, which indicates that the four-day Memorial day weekend could be huge for the sequel. I have seen the film, and in all likelihood, I'll have a review today. Over the three-day weekend, Star Trek Into Darkness grossed $70.55 million, which doesn't match up to its 2009 predecessor.

In second place was Marvel's Iron Man 3, which had a somewhat steep drop, but considering the competition, didn't. It grossed another $35 million this weekend, which raises its total to $337 million. The actioner crossed $1 billion worldwide this week and is now the ninth highest grossing film of all time. The Great Gatsby built on its buzzy opening in third place with a $23.4 million weekend. That's a 53% drop, which is better than other recent female-driven films.

After third place, the box office is practically deserted. Pain and Gain finished in fourth with a $3.1 million weekend, raising its total to $46 million. The Paramount actioner should finish with around $55 million when all is said and done. The Croods had its last, $2.75 million hurrah this weekend, with Epic next weekend. The film has now grossed $176.7 million and will likely finish with $185 million by the end of its run. 42 wasn't far behind in sixth place with $2.73 million. The baseball drama has crawled its way to $88 million and will not likely reach $100 million.

Universal's Oblivion had another huge drop this weekend with $2.2 million in grosses. The sci-fi actioner has been shut out over the last few weeks with a lot of new action in the sci-fi marketplace. The indie smash hit Mud wasn't far behind in eighth place with $2.16 million. The drama has grossed $11.5 million so far. And to round out the top ten, Peeples made $2.15 million to raise its total to $7.8 million. Wow. And The Big Wedding finished in tenth place with another $1.1 million. The romantic comedy has now grossed $20 million so far.

Next weekend is going to be the biggest Memorial day weekend ever. I can practically guarantee it. It'll be interesting to see what happens though, with so many big films in the marketplace. Here are my predix for the four-day weekend:

1. Fast and Furious 6- $110 million
2. The Hangover Part III- $74 million
3. Epic- $65 million
4. Star Trek Into Darkness- $50 million
5. Iron Man 3- $22 million
6. The Great Gatsby- $15 million
7. Pain & Gain- $1.4 million
8. The Croods- $1.3 million
9. 42- $1.2 million
10. Oblivion- $1 million

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