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Weekend Box-Office: July 8-10, 2011

07.10.2011

Money, money, money...

The latest TRANSFORMERS movie is in full gear now, as it retains the #1 spot during its second weekend of release, increases its domestic total to 261M -- which makes it the biggest movie of the year so far (see below) -- and increases its worldwide total to $645M, making it the second biggest international movie of the year, behind the latest PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN flick, which has made 1.02B so far this year. Here are the 2011 top 5 movies so far, according to their domestic receipts:

1. TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON: $261M
2. THE HANGOVER: PART II: $250M
3. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 4: $236M
4. FAST FIVE: $209M
5. THOR: $178M

In second place this weekend, was the latest R-rated comedy release entitled HORRIBLE BOSSES. The film managed a $28M opening, which seems to be in the same ballpark as the other R-rated original releases (if you don't count the HANGOVER sequel). Here are the opening weekend grosses of the other 3 R-rated comedies this summer, along with their domestic total so far in parentheses:

THE HANGOVER: PART II: $86M ($251M)
BAD TEACHER: $32M ($79M)
HORRIBLE BOSSES: $28M
BRIDESMAIDS: $26M ($158M)

Kevin James' latest "goof fest" THE ZOOKEEPER also generated some decent dollars in its debut (3rd place with $21M), but couldn't outdo his previous starring film's debut (PAUL BLART: MALL COP opened with $32M in 2009 and ended up grossing $146M) and may have a tough time recouping its $80M budget, unless "word of mouth" spreads nicely and fast.

Despite dropping to 4th place in its third week of release, Pixar's CARS 2 doesn't seem to be bowling anyone over, and is currently sitting in last place on Pixar's total grosses list with $148M in total, behind A BUG'S LIFE ($162M) and TOY STORY ($191M). Pixar films usually have "legs", but they also usually have "good word of mouth", which this mediocre sequel doesn't seem to have. I was personally blown away by how few people considered it their "favorite movie of the summer so far" in our POLL from this past week (only 6 people out of 3,274 voters considered it their fave). Ironically, it was one of Pixar's most expensive films to make, costing an apparent $200M.

The two films to get bounced from the top 10 this weekend were BRIDESMAIDS which had spent the previous 2 months in the top 10 and has currently grossed a total of $158M and Woody Allen's most successful film since the last 80s, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, which fell out of the top 10 but has now generated $39M in revenues (if it makes another $1.5M before it departs from theaters, it will become his most successful movie of all-time -- 1986's HANNAH AND HER SISTERS currently holds that title with $40M). Since 1966, Allen has directed 47 feature films.

Next week sees the release of WINNIE THE POOH which apparently runs for a whole 57 minutes (yipes!), but more importantly, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2, which is the final installment of the world's most successful movie franchise (at least until someone figures out a way to stretch it out some more). When you consider that Part 1 of the DEATHLY HALLOWS film opened with $125M last year and currently sits in 5th place for the biggest opening weekends of all-time, how much $$$ do you think the latest POTTER flick will open with next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon $47 M $261 M
2. Horrible Bosses $28.1 M
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3. Zookeeper $21 M
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4. Cars 2 $15.2 M $148.8 M
5. Bad Teacher $9 M $78.8 M
6. Larry Crowne $6.3 M $26.5 M
7. Super 8 $4.8 M $118.1 M
8. Monte Carlo $3.8 M $16.1 M
9. Green Lantern $3.1 M $109.7 M
10. Mr. Popper's Penguins $2.9 M $57.7 M

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3:00PM on 07/11/2011

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Let's forget for a second the fact that it was a crappy film, okay? How about me being BORED? Yes, the film was boring too.
Let's forget for a second the fact that it was a crappy film, okay? How about me being BORED? Yes, the film was boring too.
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6:37AM on 07/11/2011

Transformers...

...was a great film in my opinion. It was exactly what I needed when I saw it as it feels like there's a lack of big popcorn flicks over the last couple of months. I went to see this with my wife and son, along with some other friends, and even my mother. Everyone loved it. You simply cannot deny that it's a fun experience whether that means the whole film or just parts.

It frustrating to see people bashing the film when they've admittedly not even been to see it, and call themselves
...was a great film in my opinion. It was exactly what I needed when I saw it as it feels like there's a lack of big popcorn flicks over the last couple of months. I went to see this with my wife and son, along with some other friends, and even my mother. Everyone loved it. You simply cannot deny that it's a fun experience whether that means the whole film or just parts.

It frustrating to see people bashing the film when they've admittedly not even been to see it, and call themselves movie fans? The so called critics on Rotten Tomatoes have averaged this film off to 36%, yet 60,000+ audience users have it stacked at 90%. You snobby fucks need to pull your head out and actually try and enjoy yourselves a bit.
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2:59PM on 07/11/2011
Let's forget for a second the fact that it was a crappy film, okay? How about me being BORED? Yes, the film was boring too.
Let's forget for a second the fact that it was a crappy film, okay? How about me being BORED? Yes, the film was boring too.
3:23PM on 07/12/2011
In your opinion. That's fine I guess, I'll go tell the queen for you.
In your opinion. That's fine I guess, I'll go tell the queen for you.
4:06AM on 07/11/2011
Winnie the Pooh opened here in South Africa a few months back. I took my girlfriend and her five-year-old son to see it and can confirm that it was great! Its a little scary in places (for a child), but a really nice throwback to classic animation. The only other thing I have to say is this the film is very much a children's movie. If you want a story that works for both adults and children (like Pixar usually puts out), you're not going to find it with Winnie the Pooh. See it if you have a
Winnie the Pooh opened here in South Africa a few months back. I took my girlfriend and her five-year-old son to see it and can confirm that it was great! Its a little scary in places (for a child), but a really nice throwback to classic animation. The only other thing I have to say is this the film is very much a children's movie. If you want a story that works for both adults and children (like Pixar usually puts out), you're not going to find it with Winnie the Pooh. See it if you have a small child, or are just a huge fan of beautiful, old school animation.
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2:00AM on 07/11/2011
Good stuff.
And TF3 is getting a better international vs domestic % (currently 60/40) compared to the first two (50/50), proabbly due to the 3D.
Will it hit a billion? Japan and China are yet to have it open there yet and this weekends drops aren't too shabby. It's got a good shot. Mr Potter might be the only competition.
Good stuff.
And TF3 is getting a better international vs domestic % (currently 60/40) compared to the first two (50/50), proabbly due to the 3D.
Will it hit a billion? Japan and China are yet to have it open there yet and this weekends drops aren't too shabby. It's got a good shot. Mr Potter might be the only competition.
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11:42PM on 07/10/2011

TF 3 was worth every penny... IMAX and All

Say what you will about TF3... subpar acting, remarkably flimsy plot, cheesy dialogue, exposition so poor yet conspicuious it's designed to pander to a 3rd grader and humor designed for his younger brother. You'd be right on all counts.

Now having said that, and I speak only for myself... it took nothing away from my enjoyment of this film. In fact, it was less of a movie and more of a theme park experience. The 3-D was the best utilization of the medium since "Avatar" and even, dare I
Say what you will about TF3... subpar acting, remarkably flimsy plot, cheesy dialogue, exposition so poor yet conspicuious it's designed to pander to a 3rd grader and humor designed for his younger brother. You'd be right on all counts.

Now having said that, and I speak only for myself... it took nothing away from my enjoyment of this film. In fact, it was less of a movie and more of a theme park experience. The 3-D was the best utilization of the medium since "Avatar" and even, dare I say, surpassed it in several regards. Amongst the sea of shitty 3-D films, this stands out to me a a great use of the medium. They appear to have addressed and fixed the issue of the inherit dimness of the glasses, Bay was forced to slow down the action (which was a welcome change to the usual choppy cuts), and the cinematography was very obviously designed for the enhanced dimension. For the first time in years, I found myself looking at my watch not in dismay, but actually hoping the Chicago sequence would last longer. As a Dir. of Marketing who works 50+ hours a week and who loves every moment I spend with my daugther, I'm actually considering plunking out another $20 to see it in IMAX 3-D again... and that's about the best compliment I can pay to a film in this economy.

Was it a bad movie? You bet. Was it an amazing theater experience? Absolutely. I don't regret a single cent that I paid. I'll keep holding out hope that one day a film will be released that the content, characters and story will stand up to the effects and added dimension... maybe "The Hobbit" will answer the call. But in the meantime, TF3 was certainly a passable substitute.
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12:48AM on 07/11/2011
You're a Director of marketing, four seasons of Mad Men has taught me you already have no soul and can afford to waist your time and money on movies such as this. The rest of us aren't so lucky.
You're a Director of marketing, four seasons of Mad Men has taught me you already have no soul and can afford to waist your time and money on movies such as this. The rest of us aren't so lucky.
10:08PM on 07/10/2011
Why do people insist on torturing themselves with Bay's shit? Mind you, he has made good movies, but his TF franchise is the worst thing he's done, and one of the worst trilogies ever. I am ashamed of the human race at this moment.
Why do people insist on torturing themselves with Bay's shit? Mind you, he has made good movies, but his TF franchise is the worst thing he's done, and one of the worst trilogies ever. I am ashamed of the human race at this moment.
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11:03PM on 07/10/2011
I don't know if I can characterize Bayhem as torture. I'm not going to see it, and I'm not thrilled that it's doing so well. But what the man lacks in substantive, coherent moviemaking he tends to make up for with aesthetic brilliance. What would you prefer the human race do with its time? I am actually curious to know.
I don't know if I can characterize Bayhem as torture. I'm not going to see it, and I'm not thrilled that it's doing so well. But what the man lacks in substantive, coherent moviemaking he tends to make up for with aesthetic brilliance. What would you prefer the human race do with its time? I am actually curious to know.
11:19PM on 07/10/2011
The funny thing is both of you refuse to see a micheal bay movie but probably paid to see the zookeeper. A even dumber movie, with even less of a point in being made than transformers
The funny thing is both of you refuse to see a micheal bay movie but probably paid to see the zookeeper. A even dumber movie, with even less of a point in being made than transformers
12:50AM on 07/11/2011
Why is this at -13? You're only speaking the truth.
Why is this at -13? You're only speaking the truth.
9:27PM on 07/10/2011
wow barely out 2 weeks & transformers 3 is already the years top grossing movie, pretty impressive i must say, but will probably get passed up by the final Harry Potter film, which no doubt will open huge next week.
wow barely out 2 weeks & transformers 3 is already the years top grossing movie, pretty impressive i must say, but will probably get passed up by the final Harry Potter film, which no doubt will open huge next week.
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7:15PM on 07/10/2011
Just throwing this out there. All the reports I have read state that Winnie the Pooh's runtime is 69 minutes NOT 57.
At 69 minutes, it's actually LONGER than Dumbo and only about 5 minutes shorter than Disney classics like Bambi, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, The Great Mouse Detective, Oliver & Company, The Rescuers Down Under, Fantasia 2000 and the original The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
Yes it's a short runtime but not as significant as it
Just throwing this out there. All the reports I have read state that Winnie the Pooh's runtime is 69 minutes NOT 57.
At 69 minutes, it's actually LONGER than Dumbo and only about 5 minutes shorter than Disney classics like Bambi, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, The Great Mouse Detective, Oliver & Company, The Rescuers Down Under, Fantasia 2000 and the original The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
Yes it's a short runtime but not as significant as it may seem from all the other posts.
Don't let the runtime hinder you from seeing this in theaters because 2d animation really needs the support. Hopefully this movie doesn't get completely overlooked like Curious George a couple years ago.
Plus, it really shows that all the people have put a great deal of love and passion in this project. The trailers have been a great throwback to classic animation and just because it's up against Potter doesn't mean it should get massacred.
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10:38PM on 07/10/2011
69 minutes is the exact same running time as The Land Before Time, one of the greatest animated movies ever. Just goes to show, it doesn't have to be terribly long to be memorable.
69 minutes is the exact same running time as The Land Before Time, one of the greatest animated movies ever. Just goes to show, it doesn't have to be terribly long to be memorable.
11:25PM on 07/10/2011
Exactly, Land Before Time is remembered to this day, 23 years later. How well will you remember all 112 minutes of Cars 2 in even 2 years? Exactly.

The length of the movie has never mattered so long as the story is told well.
Exactly, Land Before Time is remembered to this day, 23 years later. How well will you remember all 112 minutes of Cars 2 in even 2 years? Exactly.

The length of the movie has never mattered so long as the story is told well.
12:51AM on 07/11/2011
I prefer short movies, If any of the Transformers were 88mins or less the world would be better off.
I prefer short movies, If any of the Transformers were 88mins or less the world would be better off.
7:12PM on 07/10/2011
TF3 being better than TF2 and with a great 3D (rare enough to notice it), I'm glad it make lots of money, even though it's far from Oscar material!
Next week is HP7Part2 week... It's even better than Part1, despite a useless 3D (a couple of scenes aside), so there I'm glad it WILL make lots of money !
TF3 being better than TF2 and with a great 3D (rare enough to notice it), I'm glad it make lots of money, even though it's far from Oscar material!
Next week is HP7Part2 week... It's even better than Part1, despite a useless 3D (a couple of scenes aside), so there I'm glad it WILL make lots of money !
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6:43PM on 07/10/2011
a 57 Minute run time for Winnie The Pooh??! How is that possible? Even if it is the greatest adaptation of Pooh ever made, at 57 minutes, no one is going to be willing to pay $10 for a movie shy of an hour!

Glad Horrible Bosses rocked it, and it should have legs, it was way funnier than Bridesmaids (Which i did enjoy, but no where near as much as H B)
a 57 Minute run time for Winnie The Pooh??! How is that possible? Even if it is the greatest adaptation of Pooh ever made, at 57 minutes, no one is going to be willing to pay $10 for a movie shy of an hour!

Glad Horrible Bosses rocked it, and it should have legs, it was way funnier than Bridesmaids (Which i did enjoy, but no where near as much as H B)
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7:02PM on 07/10/2011
people pay $15 for 45 minute IMAX movies all the time
people pay $15 for 45 minute IMAX movies all the time
4:13AM on 07/11/2011
ya but Imax is an experience, and most of those 45 min Imax flicks are educational, outer space, deep sea, various other stuff... im all for people spending 15 bucks to see some amazing visuals of our planet and others
ya but Imax is an experience, and most of those 45 min Imax flicks are educational, outer space, deep sea, various other stuff... im all for people spending 15 bucks to see some amazing visuals of our planet and others
6:39PM on 07/10/2011
With a budget of only 50 million due to having no major stars, Super 8 may not be a mega hit, but it's extremely profitable and that's a good thing.

I'm kinda surprised X-Men has made more money, but once again no major stars except Kevin Bacon who was not prominently displayed in the previews.

The real question is, how much of TF3's grosses are from 3D, which in this case(RARE) is one of the best things the film's got going for it.
With a budget of only 50 million due to having no major stars, Super 8 may not be a mega hit, but it's extremely profitable and that's a good thing.

I'm kinda surprised X-Men has made more money, but once again no major stars except Kevin Bacon who was not prominently displayed in the previews.

The real question is, how much of TF3's grosses are from 3D, which in this case(RARE) is one of the best things the film's got going for it.
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6:14PM on 07/10/2011
Anyone know if Tree of Life is still suppose to get a wide release? I thought it was suppose to be this weekend, but none of the theaters in my area have it. And poor Winnie the Pooh is going to bomb badly, who decided to open that against Harry Potter? Oh well, maybe people who can't get tickets to sold out Potter shows will see it. Still, I can't believe they're releaseing a movie in theaters that is only 57 minutes.
Anyone know if Tree of Life is still suppose to get a wide release? I thought it was suppose to be this weekend, but none of the theaters in my area have it. And poor Winnie the Pooh is going to bomb badly, who decided to open that against Harry Potter? Oh well, maybe people who can't get tickets to sold out Potter shows will see it. Still, I can't believe they're releaseing a movie in theaters that is only 57 minutes.
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6:03PM on 07/10/2011
Captain America has some tough cookies to sell when it goes head to head with Harry Potter, and that goes the same with Cowboys and Aliens.
Captain America has some tough cookies to sell when it goes head to head with Harry Potter, and that goes the same with Cowboys and Aliens.
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9:32PM on 07/10/2011
the harry potter films always make the majority of their grosses in the 1st week, so opening a week after for Capt. America is still a good thing & it will be the highest opening week for all the comic films this year.
the harry potter films always make the majority of their grosses in the 1st week, so opening a week after for Capt. America is still a good thing & it will be the highest opening week for all the comic films this year.
5:58PM on 07/10/2011

Wildcard!

Soooo happy that Horrible Bosses beat out the latest cinematic abortion from Kevin James. Revenge for when Paul Blart made money while Observe & Report tanked.
Soooo happy that Horrible Bosses beat out the latest cinematic abortion from Kevin James. Revenge for when Paul Blart made money while Observe & Report tanked.
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5:51PM on 07/10/2011
I can't wait for next summer when The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises make a shitload of money and smart, well thought out creative filmakers like Joss Whedon and Christopher Nolan can be at the top of the box office heap while audiences can still retain their brain cells. Not too proud to be an American filmgoer at the moment.
I can't wait for next summer when The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises make a shitload of money and smart, well thought out creative filmakers like Joss Whedon and Christopher Nolan can be at the top of the box office heap while audiences can still retain their brain cells. Not too proud to be an American filmgoer at the moment.
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10:43PM on 07/10/2011
I can't believe what you're saying. By all accounts, this is a great summer for movies. There are actually only a handful of the "big" movies that have gotten bad reviews (Cars 2, Green Goblin, Pirates 4) but movies like Super 8, X-Men, and Kung Fu Panda have gotten great reviews. Same goes for Bridesmaids. Even Transformers 3 is getting good reviews!
I can't believe what you're saying. By all accounts, this is a great summer for movies. There are actually only a handful of the "big" movies that have gotten bad reviews (Cars 2, Green Goblin, Pirates 4) but movies like Super 8, X-Men, and Kung Fu Panda have gotten great reviews. Same goes for Bridesmaids. Even Transformers 3 is getting good reviews!
12:56AM on 07/11/2011
@ Miguelito- Haven't seen Bridesmaids but I hated Transformers and X-Men: First Class was mediocre at best. Also, I think you meant to say Green Lantern (instead of Green Goblin), which I actually enjoyed but audiences did not, and again makes me sad to be an American filmgoer.
@ Miguelito- Haven't seen Bridesmaids but I hated Transformers and X-Men: First Class was mediocre at best. Also, I think you meant to say Green Lantern (instead of Green Goblin), which I actually enjoyed but audiences did not, and again makes me sad to be an American filmgoer.
5:38PM on 07/10/2011

Sigh.

The numbers show that most Americans like watered down, stupid movies with fat idiots getting kicked in the nuts, CGI explosions, or a talking animal. You can thumb this down all you want but you know it's true. This movie community may be in the minority, but well-reviewed movies like Super 8 and X-Men: First Class bring in less in their entire theatrical run then half of what Transformers 3 made in 2 weeks.

Zookeeper is recycled garbage based along the lines of Night at the Museum. Add
The numbers show that most Americans like watered down, stupid movies with fat idiots getting kicked in the nuts, CGI explosions, or a talking animal. You can thumb this down all you want but you know it's true. This movie community may be in the minority, but well-reviewed movies like Super 8 and X-Men: First Class bring in less in their entire theatrical run then half of what Transformers 3 made in 2 weeks.

Zookeeper is recycled garbage based along the lines of Night at the Museum. Add in Kevin James (who apparently, people love- Paul Blart was one of the highest grossing movies of 2009) and bingo: instant cash. It's sad ... but it'll never change... and as long as we have directors that will challenge the mind and senses then it'll make it easier.
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9:29PM on 07/10/2011
you repeat the same nonsense every week, its the summer who cares.
you repeat the same nonsense every week, its the summer who cares.
10:45PM on 07/10/2011
Are you an arrogant non-American, or are you an ignorant American trying to sound like you have good taste in movies. Sit down and shut the fuck up.
Are you an arrogant non-American, or are you an ignorant American trying to sound like you have good taste in movies. Sit down and shut the fuck up.
11:21PM on 07/10/2011
@phila- I'm glad I've left such an imprint on you that you remember my posts.. thanks man.
@phila- I'm glad I've left such an imprint on you that you remember my posts.. thanks man.
12:26AM on 07/11/2011
Both of you just need to shut the hell up and give him a thumbs down if you don't like his post... Quit bitching.
Both of you just need to shut the hell up and give him a thumbs down if you don't like his post... Quit bitching.
12:58AM on 07/11/2011
@John Locke-I think this is the second time I've completely agreed with you while others haven't.
@John Locke-I think this is the second time I've completely agreed with you while others haven't.
5:32PM on 07/10/2011
I shed a tear for Super 8. It deserves better...
I shed a tear for Super 8. It deserves better...
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4:51PM on 07/10/2011
good run for TF3, next weekend is Harry Potter week
good run for TF3, next weekend is Harry Potter week
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5:59PM on 07/10/2011
Its already made three times what it cost to make, so don't feel too bad.
Its already made three times what it cost to make, so don't feel too bad.
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