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Weekend Box-Office: April 22-24, 2011

04.24.2011

Birds beat Tyler Perry by a smidgen...

Despite another massive opening by a Tyler Perry movie, it was the animated birds in RIO that managed to squeeze out the #1 spot at the box-office this weekend, with close to $27M in grosses, which was only 30% less than last weekend's take. RIO has now grossed $81M in the first 10 days of its release in North America, and another $205M around the world, giving it a grand total of $286M already! That makes RIO the highest worldwide grossing movie of 2011! The film in 2nd place overall is another animated film, RANGO.

Tyler Perry's latest MADEA movie also managed a very strong showing in its first weekend of release, but wasn't his biggest opening of all-time (that would be MADEA GOES TO JAIL in 2009 with $41M). I'm just amazed that this was Perry's 10th film release in the past 7 years! This dude is putting Woody Allen to shame! That said, unlike the Wood-man, Perry's films actually gross a lot of money -- especially during their opening weekends -- but have never surpassed the $100M mark (the closest one was MADEA GOES TO JAIL with $91M). Considering that Perry's films are shot on very low budgets, I'm thinking this trend will continue for some time to come, or at least until the "quality" of his films starts to decrease (a la Woody Allen). Here's a list of all of Tyler Perry's releases since 2005, along with their total and opening grosses:

MADEA'S BIG HAPPY FAMILY (2011): $28M (opening)
WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO? (2010):
$61M (total), $29M (opening)
I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF (2009): $52M (total), $23M (opening)
MADEA GOES TO JAIL (2009): $91M (total), $41M (opening)
THE FAMILY THAT PREYS (2008): $37M (total), $17M (opening)
MEET THE BROWNS (2008): $42M (total), $20M (opening)
WHY DID I GET MARRIED? (2007): $55M (total), $21M (opening)
DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS (2007): $31M (total), $11M (opening)
MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION (2006): $63M (total), $30M (opening)
DIARY OF A BLACK WOMAN (2005): $51M (total), $22M (opening)

The other "new film" of the weekend, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, also opened fairly decently with a 3rd place showing and about $18M. Your guess is as good as mine in terms of what percentage of that total was made up of tweens just wanting to check out Robert Pattinson. HOP also managed to actually raise its weekend total compared to last weekend, by about 16%, surely having to do with the Easter weekend. In the same vein, last week's #2 movie, SCREAM 4, lost a massive amount of its audience from last weekend (61%, in fact) and dropped into 5th place. The other horror movie in the top 10, INSIDIOUS, continued to hang around the top 10 for yet another weekend though, as it raised its total to $45M in its fourth week of release.

The 3 films to get booted from the top 10 this weekend including LIMITLESS ($74M), ARTHUR ($29M) and YOUR HIGHNESS ($20M). The 2 latter films can be considered "disappointments" when compared to their respective budgets of $40M for ARTHUR and $50M for YOUR HIGHNESS. LIMITLESS only cost $27M to make and is considered an early "hit" of the year.

Next week sees the release of 3 new movies, including what may be the first "summer movie" of the year in FAST FIVE, which starts the "summer movie season" off one weekend early this year with everyone on board including Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker, the Rock, Jordana Brewster and plenty of cars. The other film being released is from Disney and called PROM, while the Weinstein Company has decided that releasing a sequel to HOOKWINKED was apparently a good idea. So how much money do you think FAST FIVE will open with next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Rio $26.8 M $81.3 M
2. Madea's Big Happy Family $25.8 M
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3. Water for Elephants $17.5 M
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4. Hop $12.5 M $100.5 M
5. Scream 4 $7.2 M $31.2 M
6. African Cats $6.4 M
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7. Soul Surfer $5.6 M $28.7 M
8. Insidious $5.4 M $44.2 M
9. Hanna $5.3 M $31.7 M
10. Source Code $5.1 M $44.7 M

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12:59AM on 05/01/2011
sorry i actually did not mean to ruin it! my bad
sorry i actually did not mean to ruin it! my bad
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8:04AM on 04/26/2011
So no 5CREAM or S6REAM bet they already been printing the posters for these
So no 5CREAM or S6REAM bet they already been printing the posters for these
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11:16PM on 04/24/2011

Not to be a pain...

But Tyler Perry also released For Colored Girls last year.

The man has a business practice that is quite admirable.
But Tyler Perry also released For Colored Girls last year.

The man has a business practice that is quite admirable.
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8:25PM on 04/24/2011
Saw Water for Elephants and was surprised at how good it really was. Don't care for Pattinson but actually liked him in the role. Def see it if you want a good period piece.
Saw Water for Elephants and was surprised at how good it really was. Don't care for Pattinson but actually liked him in the role. Def see it if you want a good period piece.
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7:08PM on 04/24/2011

michelle rodriguez

when you watch fast five guys stay for the credits you get a surprise!
when you watch fast five guys stay for the credits you get a surprise!
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7:25PM on 04/24/2011
well done man, couldn't you have just said stay for the credits?!!!!!
So glad I've already seen this.
well done man, couldn't you have just said stay for the credits?!!!!!
So glad I've already seen this.
6:53PM on 04/24/2011

Michelle Rodriguez

Fast Five takes place after Fast & Furious. Jesus Joblo, I hope you never did a review of the latter because you obviously did not see it.
Fast Five takes place after Fast & Furious. Jesus Joblo, I hope you never did a review of the latter because you obviously did not see it.
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7:05PM on 04/24/2011
actually she is in it if you wait for the credits to end! im not going to spoil it though.
actually she is in it if you wait for the credits to end! im not going to spoil it though.
10:23PM on 04/24/2011
Yeah, but did anyone say "Iron Man starring RDJ, Samuel L. Jackson..."? No...
Yeah, but did anyone say "Iron Man starring RDJ, Samuel L. Jackson..."? No...
7:31AM on 04/26/2011
well, Siwy, I'd say she's ALMOST in it...
And, almost not related, yes, F5 takes place after FF4... But BEFORE FF3 !
well, Siwy, I'd say she's ALMOST in it...
And, almost not related, yes, F5 takes place after FF4... But BEFORE FF3 !
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6:44PM on 04/24/2011
Meh..bring on Fast Five already..dat movie will for sure be #1 guaranteed...why is everyone surprised Arthur bombed an unneccesary remake, more surprised about Scream 4.
Meh..bring on Fast Five already..dat movie will for sure be #1 guaranteed...why is everyone surprised Arthur bombed an unneccesary remake, more surprised about Scream 4.
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6:36PM on 04/24/2011

Scream 4 wasn't THAT bad.

As we all know, Easter is that mystical time of the year when the ghost of Jesus rises from the grave to feast on the flesh of the living! So we all sing Easter songs to lull him back to sleep.

And oh yeah...Fast Five & Thor will kick some early summer movie season ASS!!!
As we all know, Easter is that mystical time of the year when the ghost of Jesus rises from the grave to feast on the flesh of the living! So we all sing Easter songs to lull him back to sleep.

And oh yeah...Fast Five & Thor will kick some early summer movie season ASS!!!
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7:34AM on 04/26/2011
I don't understand the thumbs down, this is Funny !
So it's time for Easter Zombuny ?
I don't understand the thumbs down, this is Funny !
So it's time for Easter Zombuny ?
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6:34PM on 04/24/2011
The info presented in this article makes the case why we don't get very many quality R-rated movies anymore, and why Hollywood horror has gone PG-13. The kiddie stuff almost always makes bank.
The info presented in this article makes the case why we don't get very many quality R-rated movies anymore, and why Hollywood horror has gone PG-13. The kiddie stuff almost always makes bank.
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7:36AM on 04/26/2011
And that's why Studios won't take risks with their movies anymore !
Sad but true !
And that's why Studios won't take risks with their movies anymore !
Sad but true !
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5:26PM on 04/24/2011
crazy how much money animated films keep making. Only "Mars needs moms" tanked, but all others make a gazillion dollars. With "Hoodwinked" opening next week there will be three animated movies in the top 10 (I include "Hop" since it features an animated main character and has the same target audience).
crazy how much money animated films keep making. Only "Mars needs moms" tanked, but all others make a gazillion dollars. With "Hoodwinked" opening next week there will be three animated movies in the top 10 (I include "Hop" since it features an animated main character and has the same target audience).
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5:24PM on 04/24/2011
Summer movie season starts with a warmup entitled Fast Five. Looks like 2011 will be another good year for animation thanks to Rango and Rio.
Summer movie season starts with a warmup entitled Fast Five. Looks like 2011 will be another good year for animation thanks to Rango and Rio.
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5:16PM on 04/24/2011
It's obvious by all the rather stagnate Box-Office takes, audiences are waiting for Studios to drop the cool stuff! (THOR Green Lantern Cowboy & Aliens Capt.America X-Men Pirates Transformers and a few others.)
It's obvious by all the rather stagnate Box-Office takes, audiences are waiting for Studios to drop the cool stuff! (THOR Green Lantern Cowboy & Aliens Capt.America X-Men Pirates Transformers and a few others.)
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4:40PM on 04/24/2011
Glad for Rio, even though it's not as good as Rango who makes far less money, and that for a movie taking place in Rio there is not enough samba and far to much Will I Am... Sorry for SCRE4M, the movie deserve better numbers. How can HOP make so much money... What a POS !
Glad for Rio, even though it's not as good as Rango who makes far less money, and that for a movie taking place in Rio there is not enough samba and far to much Will I Am... Sorry for SCRE4M, the movie deserve better numbers. How can HOP make so much money... What a POS !
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4:35PM on 04/24/2011
I'm still shocked that Tyler Perry hasn't gone 3D yet, what a no talent ass clown. On a completely related note, follow this guy on twitter not only is he one of the premier stand up comics out there, but he also talks in the third person. [link]
I'm still shocked that Tyler Perry hasn't gone 3D yet, what a no talent ass clown. On a completely related note, follow this guy on twitter not only is he one of the premier stand up comics out there, but he also talks in the third person. [link]
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5:30PM on 04/24/2011
lol! don't give him any ideas.
lol! don't give him any ideas.
1:43PM on 04/25/2011
I don't see how you can openly diss the guy because you don't like his movies... What actually makes him a "no talent ass clown"? I haven't seen all his movies, but I have seen like 1 or 2, but he clearly has some talent. He went from homeless, to making more movies in Hollywood than a lot of the directors that the people on here jock. He's actually one of the the highest grossing black directors of all time. So at least give the man some credit.. Whether you like him or not...
I don't see how you can openly diss the guy because you don't like his movies... What actually makes him a "no talent ass clown"? I haven't seen all his movies, but I have seen like 1 or 2, but he clearly has some talent. He went from homeless, to making more movies in Hollywood than a lot of the directors that the people on here jock. He's actually one of the the highest grossing black directors of all time. So at least give the man some credit.. Whether you like him or not...
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4:33PM on 04/24/2011
Shame on the low support for such a crazy film as Your Highness. Bet it will do better in Europe. Not to mention as a dvd, for some at home highness viewing.
Shame on the low support for such a crazy film as Your Highness. Bet it will do better in Europe. Not to mention as a dvd, for some at home highness viewing.
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4:18PM on 04/24/2011

HMMMMMM ...

... I'm not sure about all this "first summer movie" stuff that's going on around Fast Five. I consider Thor for that.
... I'm not sure about all this "first summer movie" stuff that's going on around Fast Five. I consider Thor for that.
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4:13PM on 04/24/2011
The only R-rated film in the top ten is tanking. Sad. I hope Tyler Perry keeps making many millions for Lionsgate so they can fund some quality R-rated genre shit.
The only R-rated film in the top ten is tanking. Sad. I hope Tyler Perry keeps making many millions for Lionsgate so they can fund some quality R-rated genre shit.
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3:53PM on 04/24/2011
"Next week sees the release of 3 new movies, including what may be the first "summer movie" of the year in FAST FIVE, which starts the "summer movie season" off one weekend early this year with everyone on board including Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker, the Rock, Jordana Brewster and plenty of cars."

There's one name that should be missing from that list. Unless I am missing something in the timeline.
"Next week sees the release of 3 new movies, including what may be the first "summer movie" of the year in FAST FIVE, which starts the "summer movie season" off one weekend early this year with everyone on board including Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker, the Rock, Jordana Brewster and plenty of cars."

There's one name that should be missing from that list. Unless I am missing something in the timeline.
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3:51PM on 04/24/2011
It's a shame that Scream 4 isn't doing better at the Box Office. It was just as good as the original and was the most fun I have had at the theaters since The Hangover.

It's a shame that Scream 4 isn't doing better at the Box Office. It was just as good as the original and was the most fun I have had at the theaters since The Hangover.

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3:46PM on 04/24/2011

Huh...

Guess the true killer in Scream 4 was, the box office. BAZINGA!!!
Guess the true killer in Scream 4 was, the box office. BAZINGA!!!
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8:56PM on 04/24/2011
That was a lame joke.
That was a lame joke.
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