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Weekend Box-Office: January 6-8, 2012

01.08.2012

The Devil Inside frightens off Tom Cruise

Shocker! The only new release of the weekend, the low-budget demonic possession faux documentary THE DEVIL INSIDE, scared up more than twice of what was expected: a whopping $34.5 million, one of the biggest January openings ever! Only CLOVERFIELD and the 1997 reissue of STAR WARS scored more bucks.

It was obviously more due to curiosity and the hopes of cheap thrills than the movie's quality, however -- the horror genre tends to be critic-proof, but there were reports of audiences actually booing the movie and giving it an 'F' Cinemascore grade when departing. Either way, it was a considerable return on Paramount's meager investment (before they coughed up the multiple millions for prints and marketing, naturally).

But don't feel too bad for Tom, as MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL still managed to collect another $20M despite early January usually being really slow for the box office. The action-espionage movie has gathered $170M so far, plus another $288M overseas. Seems like Brad Bird was the right choice to inject some life in the M:I franchise, so you can bet that Paramount and Cruise are itching to get him back behind the camera for another.

Four weeks into its run, SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS also still has momentum, with another $14.1M added to its total. It's still a good ways from the first movie's $209M finish, but it has also brought in $177M internationally to add to its $157M domestic total. Think we'll see Robert Downey Jr. as the famed sleuth again? 

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is also holding very well, with Lisbeth Salander beating down the animal competitors of ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED, WAR HORSE and WE BOUGHT A ZOO. And the acclaimed Cold War drama TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY made an impression when it finally expanded from limited release to 800+ screens, bringing in $5.7M for ninth place.

Next weekend will probably put Satan in the corner -- besides the potentially poisonous word-of-mouth, THE DEVIL INSIDE will have to deal with Disney's 3D reissue of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the Mark Wahlberg action flick CONTRABAND, the musical comedy JOYFUL NOISE, and the expansion of awards-buzzed WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN and THE IRON LADY.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Devil Inside $34.5 M
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2. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol $20.5 M $170.2 M
3. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows $14.1 M $157.4 M
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo $11.4 M $76.8 M
5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked $9.5 M $112 M
6. War Horse $8.6 M $56.8 M
7. We Bought a Zoo $8.4 M $56.5 M
8. The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn $6.6 M $61.9 M
9. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy $5.7 M $10.4 M
10. New Year's Eve $3.2 M $52 M

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Source: THR

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3:47PM on 01/09/2012

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I'm happy for Tom Cruise, despite MI4 being over praised by critics and easily pleased fans alike, same for Sherlock Holmes 2, what a piece of shit, but good for RDJ. As for the Devil Inside, I can't wait to see it, if it's as bad as people say it is. Love the booing, hilarious. Man, Tom Cruise really phoned it in for MI4.
I'm happy for Tom Cruise, despite MI4 being over praised by critics and easily pleased fans alike, same for Sherlock Holmes 2, what a piece of shit, but good for RDJ. As for the Devil Inside, I can't wait to see it, if it's as bad as people say it is. Love the booing, hilarious. Man, Tom Cruise really phoned it in for MI4.
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8:13AM on 01/09/2012

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

More proof positive that people are retarded beyond belief these days.
More proof positive that people are retarded beyond belief these days.
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9:43PM on 01/08/2012
Muppets should still be up there dammit
Muppets should still be up there dammit
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7:53AM on 01/09/2012
IT'S STILL REAL TO ME DAMMIT!!!
IT'S STILL REAL TO ME DAMMIT!!!
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8:26PM on 01/08/2012
Oh yeah and kudos to Paramount. Like others below me said, they marketed the shit out of that film. Everyone i spoke to said it looked terrifying but I had a feeling it would suck because it was being released in January, but they fooled enough people to make a profit!
Oh yeah and kudos to Paramount. Like others below me said, they marketed the shit out of that film. Everyone i spoke to said it looked terrifying but I had a feeling it would suck because it was being released in January, but they fooled enough people to make a profit!
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8:25PM on 01/08/2012
So happy to hear that Dragon Tattoo is doing well! It was such a great film and combined with foreign box office i'm sure we will get the sequel now. Lets just hope Fincher returns!
So happy to hear that Dragon Tattoo is doing well! It was such a great film and combined with foreign box office i'm sure we will get the sequel now. Lets just hope Fincher returns!
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8:16PM on 01/08/2012
Great news about Holmes 2 & M:I4 still banking money but I am so so happy Dragon Tattoo is still hanging up there also, after the abysmal comments on this site last week.
Great news about Holmes 2 & M:I4 still banking money but I am so so happy Dragon Tattoo is still hanging up there also, after the abysmal comments on this site last week.
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7:02PM on 01/08/2012
I'm glad the site isn't saying TGWTDT has had a "lukewarm" reception anymore. And actually giving it props for what it represents, hopefully a wave of quality mature movies that will scare away families that the studios will actually support.
I'm glad the site isn't saying TGWTDT has had a "lukewarm" reception anymore. And actually giving it props for what it represents, hopefully a wave of quality mature movies that will scare away families that the studios will actually support.
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6:47PM on 01/08/2012
I'm glad Girl With Dragon Tattoo is has legs. I don't think it was ever supposed to be a smash at the box office on opening weekend.
I'm glad Girl With Dragon Tattoo is has legs. I don't think it was ever supposed to be a smash at the box office on opening weekend.
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6:17PM on 01/08/2012

Attention producers of WWZ

View this as proof that R rated horror movies generally fair better than PG13 horror movies, no matter how shitty they are.
View this as proof that R rated horror movies generally fair better than PG13 horror movies, no matter how shitty they are.
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6:13PM on 01/08/2012
Even though my comment is negative, I too agree that Paramount did a great job with marketing the trailer for this film. I saw this turd yesterday afternoon and I could not believe how bad it was. I have never been more annoyed by a movie's ending in recent memory.
Even though my comment is negative, I too agree that Paramount did a great job with marketing the trailer for this film. I saw this turd yesterday afternoon and I could not believe how bad it was. I have never been more annoyed by a movie's ending in recent memory.
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6:06PM on 01/08/2012
Ughhh.... Kudos for Paramount for effectively
marketing this POS. For a while, the trailers fooled me into believing this would be a worthwhile horror ride. But now I know better. Also, I'm pleasantly surprised that TGWTDT is still hanging on.
Ughhh.... Kudos for Paramount for effectively
marketing this POS. For a while, the trailers fooled me into believing this would be a worthwhile horror ride. But now I know better. Also, I'm pleasantly surprised that TGWTDT is still hanging on.
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6:04PM on 01/08/2012
This is why we can't have nice things.
This is why we can't have nice things.
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