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Weekend Box-Office: July 9-11, 2010

07.11.2010


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

Despicable Me tops Predators...

Universal Pictures' first foray into 3D animation has already turned into a huge success, as DESPICABLE ME killed its box-office competition this weekend, making $60M in its first three days of release, which ain't too shabby when you consider that the film apparently only cost $70M to produce. So yeah, I think it's safe to assume that DESPICABLE YOU, the sequel, will be greenlit any minute now (that's not the real title, btw). Go minions!!

The film that much of our audience checked out and adored this weekend (more MOVIE FAN CENTRAL reviews HERE), PREDATORS, also opened with decent numbers in 3rd place, with about $25M, which also bodes well for that franchise, as the film only cost about $40M to put together. Can you we expect a PREDATORS 2? (although the PREDATOR movie titles will start to get a little confusing at that point) For those scoring at home, the original 1987 PREDATOR movie opened with $12M and ended up making $60M when all was said and done.

Last week's #1 movie, and the current "talk of the town", ECLIPSE, managed only a drop of 49% from last weekend massive opening, which is pretty impressive on its own, since it shows that the film still has some "legs", despite having already grossed $237M in the first 12 days of release (it currently sits in 4th place on the 2010 top-grossing movies list). Looks like it will definitely surpass the franchise's previous record-holder, NEW MOON, which made $296M last year.

The rest of the top 10 also made quite a few dollars, as the real summer movie season finally looks like it's taking off, as films like TOY STORY 3, GROWN UPS and even KNIGHT & DAY only lost 27%, 14% and 25% of their audiences from last week, respectively. Even M. Night Shyamalan's mucho-maligned THE LAST AIRBENDER has already surpassed the $100M mark, after only 10 days of release. Not bad for a movie that most everyone was shitting on! I don't think we'll see any sequels anytime soon (as Shyams seems to believe), but then again...stranger things have happened in Hollywood (note the success of certain Pauly Shore movies back in the early '90s).

But let's not forget to discuss one of the biggest events of the weekend, which is that TOY STORY 3 became 1) the highest-grossing movie of 2010 after only 4 weeks of release and more importantly, 2) the highest-grossing Pixar movie of all-time!! Who woulda guessed it! The film crossed the $340M mark this past weekend, which puts it $1M ahead of 2003's FINDING NEMO. Congrats to all of the awesome people who work at Pixar. Easily one of the most successful movie production houses of all-time!

The two films to get knocked out of the top 10 this weekend included GET HIM TO THE GREEK ($60M) and SHREK FOREVER AFTER ($233M) which despite making all that money, was the least successful of all the SHREK films -- SHREK: $267M, SHREK 2: $441M, SHREK 3: $322M.

Next weekend sees the release of two major summer releases including Nicolas Cage's latest hairpiece in THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE (directed by Jon Turtletaub!!), which opens on Wednesday, and the movie that we've all been waiting for (seriously, no joke), Christopher Nolan's awesome looking INCEPTION starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Our editor-in-chief Mike Sampson saw the film recently and awarded it a 10/10. So how much $$$ do you think INCEPTION will make next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

1. Despicable Me $ 60.1 Million
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2. Eclipse $ 33.4 Million $ 237 Million
3. Predators $ 25.3 Million
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4. Toy Story 3 $ 22 Million $ 340.2 Million
5. The Last Airbender $ 17.2 Million $ 100.2 Million
6. Grown Ups $ 16.4 Million $ 111.3 Million
7. Knight & Day $ 7.9 Million $ 61.9 Million
8. The Karate Kid $ 5.7 Million $ 164.6 Million
9. The A-Team $ 1.8 Million $ 73.9 Million
10. Cyrus $ 1.4 Million $ 3.5 Million

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10:17AM on 07/12/2010
Hey Jim Law...how bout the reality...I make very even-handed comments on a number of topics on here, so do your research. Not to hate on Pixar or Toy Story 3, but no one is mentioning a very big deal...the fact that TS3 and Shrek 2 are competing for highest-grossing animated movie ever. You're all so quick to recognize Pixar's supremacy. You are the ones who jump on me (36 negatives for my comment? are u kidding me? ) u all have fun with ur little community. next step is u ban me from the
Hey Jim Law...how bout the reality...I make very even-handed comments on a number of topics on here, so do your research. Not to hate on Pixar or Toy Story 3, but no one is mentioning a very big deal...the fact that TS3 and Shrek 2 are competing for highest-grossing animated movie ever. You're all so quick to recognize Pixar's supremacy. You are the ones who jump on me (36 negatives for my comment? are u kidding me? ) u all have fun with ur little community. next step is u ban me from the site or some shit
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10:42AM on 07/12/2010
don't take it personal. we need varied voices here. God forbid this site turn into a choir of clones. You & Terminal 83 have a home here. Keep doing what you do even if a shitload of people disagree
don't take it personal. we need varied voices here. God forbid this site turn into a choir of clones. You & Terminal 83 have a home here. Keep doing what you do even if a shitload of people disagree
1:06PM on 07/14/2010
Yeah, I'll be sure to research all your posts and get back to you with that. All I know is that you pop up in every Pixar article and start talking shit that has nothing to do with the topic at hand. You're like the Kanye West of Strike Backs. "Pixar is decent, but Shrek made the most money ever, yo." Neat.
Yeah, I'll be sure to research all your posts and get back to you with that. All I know is that you pop up in every Pixar article and start talking shit that has nothing to do with the topic at hand. You're like the Kanye West of Strike Backs. "Pixar is decent, but Shrek made the most money ever, yo." Neat.
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8:12AM on 07/12/2010

Predator (1987)

60m when MOVIE tickets where $4 bucks ... not bad, LOL
60m when MOVIE tickets where $4 bucks ... not bad, LOL
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7:38AM on 07/12/2010

Despicable Me

Don't go see Despicable Me if you're 12 or more, it's just for the kids. No a good film for adults like Toy Story 3 or Dragons where.
Don't go see Despicable Me if you're 12 or more, it's just for the kids. No a good film for adults like Toy Story 3 or Dragons where.
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2:00AM on 07/12/2010

I know this is out of left field but...

the world will end soon! Uwe Boll has made a decent movie: Rampage. It's on instant watch on netflix and it doesn't suck ass and is actually kind of good. I thought it was big news especially because its by our modern unlovable Ed Wood.
the world will end soon! Uwe Boll has made a decent movie: Rampage. It's on instant watch on netflix and it doesn't suck ass and is actually kind of good. I thought it was big news especially because its by our modern unlovable Ed Wood.
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1:18AM on 07/12/2010

GREAT

Predators did as well as expected. It's hard to beat a kiddie animated movie along with seasoned winners like Toy Story 3 and Twilights... This film would have made more money around October/November but the bold choice to enter R rated action films during summer is a welcome idea. Good movie and quite a bit of potential for better sequels.
Predators did as well as expected. It's hard to beat a kiddie animated movie along with seasoned winners like Toy Story 3 and Twilights... This film would have made more money around October/November but the bold choice to enter R rated action films during summer is a welcome idea. Good movie and quite a bit of potential for better sequels.
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10:41PM on 07/11/2010

FOX only supports its Crap Movies

I agree 100% with "Brer B8a" Predators was not marketed well at ALL! It had to have the worst advertising I have seen for such a high profile film. I knew this was coming out all year because I am nerd but all my buddies had no idea. I don't get what the deal with FOX is I feel like Joblo.com and all its followers should run a damn movie studio seriously.....
I agree 100% with "Brer B8a" Predators was not marketed well at ALL! It had to have the worst advertising I have seen for such a high profile film. I knew this was coming out all year because I am nerd but all my buddies had no idea. I don't get what the deal with FOX is I feel like Joblo.com and all its followers should run a damn movie studio seriously.....
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11:19PM on 07/11/2010
If we all chipped in, I bet we could buy MGM
If we all chipped in, I bet we could buy MGM
10:21PM on 07/11/2010
Well maybe there is still hope for this summer after all, will hopefully check out Predators sometime this week. Great news for Toy Story 3 becoming the number 1 movie of the year & all time Pixar movie. Bring on the thumbs down votes but I'm still glad The Last Airbender broke $100 mil as I really enjoyed it & not afraid to admit it one bit.
Well maybe there is still hope for this summer after all, will hopefully check out Predators sometime this week. Great news for Toy Story 3 becoming the number 1 movie of the year & all time Pixar movie. Bring on the thumbs down votes but I'm still glad The Last Airbender broke $100 mil as I really enjoyed it & not afraid to admit it one bit.
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10:12PM on 07/11/2010

Predators did well worldwide...

PREDATORS actually made $43 million worldwide meaning it's already made back what it cost and then some. That's awesome news to me.
PREDATORS actually made $43 million worldwide meaning it's already made back what it cost and then some. That's awesome news to me.
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10:39AM on 07/12/2010
coming from an Elder Predator I must take this as gospel!
coming from an Elder Predator I must take this as gospel!
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9:55PM on 07/11/2010
Predators would have made more if it marketed better. I didn't even know it was coming out this week and it was one of the movies I wanted to see this summer.
Predators would have made more if it marketed better. I didn't even know it was coming out this week and it was one of the movies I wanted to see this summer.
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10:43PM on 07/11/2010
Absolutely right, I actually thought it was going to suck because they just used the same trailer with all the same scenes over and over, but Fox doesn't care about much unless your first name's James and last name's Cameron.
Absolutely right, I actually thought it was going to suck because they just used the same trailer with all the same scenes over and over, but Fox doesn't care about much unless your first name's James and last name's Cameron.
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9:33PM on 07/11/2010
Really want to see Despicable Me and Predators but with Inception coming this weekend, they will have to wait a bit longer!!
Really want to see Despicable Me and Predators but with Inception coming this weekend, they will have to wait a bit longer!!
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9:31PM on 07/11/2010
Nice to see Toy Story 3 becoming the biggest movie of the year (thus far). I hope it continues to do well.

Airbender has cracked 100 million? I wish that was a typo...
Nice to see Toy Story 3 becoming the biggest movie of the year (thus far). I hope it continues to do well.

Airbender has cracked 100 million? I wish that was a typo...
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9:12PM on 07/11/2010
i wonder if it's too late to take credit for the title "Despicable Me, Too"...
i wonder if it's too late to take credit for the title "Despicable Me, Too"...
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9:02PM on 07/11/2010
i wonder if it's too late to take credit for the title "Despicable Me, Too"...
i wonder if it's too late to take credit for the title "Despicable Me, Too"...
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6:04PM on 07/11/2010
Really was hoping for a bigger drop off for Airbender. M. Night needs more of a sign to re-access his career, unless Sixth Sense and Unbreakable were just unbelievable flukes. I'm all for Predators 2: Predatorses though!
Really was hoping for a bigger drop off for Airbender. M. Night needs more of a sign to re-access his career, unless Sixth Sense and Unbreakable were just unbelievable flukes. I'm all for Predators 2: Predatorses though!
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5:54PM on 07/11/2010
Big weekend at the B.O. all around.
Big weekend at the B.O. all around.
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5:31PM on 07/11/2010
Who would've thought that Toy Story 3 would be the #1 Pixar movie? Are you kidding me? Anyone with half a brain. Now it's got exactly $100 million to go to beat Shrek 2 so let's just all hush our mouths now.
Who would've thought that Toy Story 3 would be the #1 Pixar movie? Are you kidding me? Anyone with half a brain. Now it's got exactly $100 million to go to beat Shrek 2 so let's just all hush our mouths now.
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5:35PM on 07/11/2010
Man you just love to have people hate you. Always have to say something negative
Man you just love to have people hate you. Always have to say something negative
6:03PM on 07/11/2010
Seriously, what are you talking about? Why, the minute an article even mentions Pixar, do you throw up some sort of challenge against anybody that enjoys their films? It's some of the most childish shit I've ever seen.
Seriously, what are you talking about? Why, the minute an article even mentions Pixar, do you throw up some sort of challenge against anybody that enjoys their films? It's some of the most childish shit I've ever seen.
8:10PM on 07/11/2010
basically everything Jim Law said... your shit act is old and tired man.
basically everything Jim Law said... your shit act is old and tired man.
5:15PM on 07/11/2010
Sucks that we here in Portugal only get to see "Predators" at the end of August! I can't wait to see it!
Sucks that we here in Portugal only get to see "Predators" at the end of August! I can't wait to see it!
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5:13PM on 07/11/2010
Congrats to Toy Story 3 on becoming the biggest movie of the year. I hope it stays that way and Twilight better not keep up.
Congrats to Toy Story 3 on becoming the biggest movie of the year. I hope it stays that way and Twilight better not keep up.
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4:59PM on 07/11/2010
...just holdin' on for "The Other Guys"
...just holdin' on for "The Other Guys"
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4:46PM on 07/11/2010
"Predators" will definitely satisfy people who want almost two hours of people walking around and shooting shit. I didn't love it, but it does the trick.
"Predators" will definitely satisfy people who want almost two hours of people walking around and shooting shit. I didn't love it, but it does the trick.
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