Despite the predicted end of the world, plenty of people still went to see PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES for a #1 opening. You'd think they'd want to show their faith with something religious, like Scott Charles Stewart's PRIEST, which opened at #4 last week. Instead, it fell to #6 with $4.6 million, a drop off of about 70%.
Otherwise, it was once again a rather uneventful weekend for horror at the box office. James Wan's INSIDIOUS came in at #14 with $469,000, and Duncan Jones' SOURCE CODE made another $402,000 at #16. Not bad for flicks that have been out for months. The number of theaters that played Wes Craven's SCREAM 4 was cut way back again, and the flick brought in another $84,000.
As bad as these last couple of weeks have been for the genre, the next one will be even worse. The only theatrical openings are THE HANGOVER 2 and KUNG FU PANDA 2, so we'll be lucky if we even see PRIEST cling on to a Top 10 spot. You might as well queue up your DVD/Blu-ray player, because the theater won't have much to offer for a few weeks.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
||$ 90.1 Million||NEW|
|2. Bridesmaides||$ 21.1 Million||$ 59.5 Million|
||$ 15.5 Million||$ 145 Million|
|4. Fast Five||$ 10.6 Million||$ 186 Million|
|5. Rio||$ 4.7 Million||$ 131 Million|
||$ 4.6 Million||$ 23.7 Million|
|7. Jumping the Broom
||$ 3.7 Million||$ 31.3 Million|
|8. Something Borrowed
||$ 3.4 Million||$ 31.4 Million|
|9. Water for Elephants||$ 2.2 Million||$ 52.4 Million|
|10. Madea's Big Happy Family||$ 1.0 Million||$ 51.8 Million|