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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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