Despite big disappoints and steep falls, the box office was still big this weekend with six films over $15 million and a few over performances. In first place for the second weekend in a row was Fast and Furious 6. The sixth installment in the action franchise grossed another $34.5 million, which is a 65% drop from last weekend. That's a bit worse than Fast Five and considering that Fast Six has less competition than Fast Five did (Thor), it's disappointing. However, Fast and Furious 6 has grossed $170 million so far. Second place was the over performing caper, Now You See Me. The fun action caper grossed $28 million, which is much better than the $19 million tracking suggested. Along with the A- Cinemascore, this movie should be around a while.
Now to the bomb of the week. After Earth grossed $27 million which is a horrible start for the critically reviled Jaden Smith vehicle. This movie is a flop at the level of John Carter and Battleship and could be the second Scientology-related vehicle to die (Battlefield Earth). The previous statement is just a rumor, but it could be true. What isn't a rumor is that along with a B Cinemascore, this movie is going to tank.
In fourth place was Fox's Epic which grossed another $16.5 million this weekend to raise its total to $65.1 million. The animated actioner should keep strong until Monsters University. Paramount's Star Trek Into Darkness fell behind a bit this weekend after pacing ahead of its predecessor all week. The sci-fi film grossed $16.5 million as well, raising its total to $181.1 million. Into Darkness should finish around $225 million.
In a shocking sixth place finish, The Hangover Part III plummeted to $15.9 million, which is about a 62% drop and a bit better than Part II. However, with an $88 million total so far, this movie shouldn't do much better than $130 million. Iron Man 3 was farther behind in seventh with $8 million, raising its total to $384.7 million. It should pass $400 million in mere weeks. The Great Gatsby was eighth with another $6.2 million, raising its total to $128 million. The drama could get to $145 million if its lucky. And rounding out the top ten were Bollywood film Yei Jawaani Hai Deewani in ninth place with $1.6 million and Mud in tenth with $1.2 million.
Next weekend is The Internship, which has been previewed to death and The Purge. Here are my predictions.
1. The Internship- $30 million
2. The Purge- $21 million
3. Fast and Furious 6- $19 million
4. Now You See Me- $15 million
5. After Earth- $11 million
6. Epic- $10 million
7. Star Trek Into Darkness- $8 million
8. The Hangover Part III- $6.5 million
9. Iron Man 3- $5 million
10. The Great Gatsby- $4 million