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Weekend Box-Office: May 13-15, 2011

05.15.2011

Thor smash...again!!!!!

Despite the awesome reviews for BRIDESMAIDS across the board, the film just couldn't beat the power of THOR which maintained the #1 position on the box-office charts, two weeks in a row. The Judd Apatow-produced comedy didn't fare too badly though, as it finished in 2nd place with a very respectable $25M, which exceeded expectations (the film only cost $32M to make). THOR, on the other hand, lost about 48% of its audience from last weekend, which is also a pretty respectable figure for a "genre film" which tend to lose 60% in their second weeks of release.

THOR has earned $119M during its first 10 days of release, which is an awesome figure, of course, but far behind the $211M that IRON MAN 2 has garnered after its first 10 days of release last year. THOR has made a ton of money overseas as well though, so I don't think anybody at Marvel is panicking much at this point (the film cost $150M to produce). It'll be interesting to see how far it drops next weekend though, when the latest PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN film is released and aims at the same audience.

The other new film release of the weekend, PRIEST, also didn't fare too poorly with a 4th place finish and about $15M in grosses. Once more, the 3D theaters didn't gain as much money as the 2D theaters for the film, so it'll be interesting to see how 3D trend continues to do over the summer. It's to note that last year's LEGION was directed by the same guy as PRIEST -- and also starred Paul Bettany -- opened with $18M and ended up with around $40M, which PRIEST would be lucky to attain, in my opinion.

FAST FIVE is now officially the #1 top grossing movie of 2011, with $169M in domestic receipts alone, which is about $45M more than the film in 2nd place overall, RIO with $125M (it's to note that RIO only lost 6% of its audience from last weekend, so it's got leeeeeeegs!). The rest of the overall top 5 are rounded out by RANGO in 3rd place with $120M, THOR in 4th place with $119M and HOP in 5th place with $107M.

Not too surprisingly, the two films to get booted from the top 10 this week were HOOKWINKED TOO ($8M) and PROM ($9M). Neither film seemed to connect with any audience.

Next weekend sees the release of only one movie entitled PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, which is obviously one of the biggest money-making summer franchises from the past decade, so it'll be interesting to see how it does after a 4-year absence and the loss of stars Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley (uuuuuuh, what ever happened to those two, anyway?). The first PIRATES opened with $47M and ended up with $305M, the second PIRATES opened with $136M (4th biggest opening of all-time, incidentally) and ended up with $423M and the third PIRATES opened with $115M and ended up with $309M. Sooooo, how much $$$ do you think PIRATES 4 will open with next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Thor $34.5 M $119.3 M
2. Bridesmaids $24.4 M
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3. Fast Five $19.5 M $168.8 M
4. Priest $14.5 M
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5. Rio $8 M $124.9 M
6. Jumping the Broom $7.3 M $25.9 M
7. Something Borrowed $7 M $25.6 M
8. Water for Elephants $4.1 M $48.5 M
9. Madea's Big Happy Family $2.2 M $50.2 M
10. Soul Surfer $1.8 M $39.2 M

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9:51PM on 05/16/2011

Thor was lame


Sorry, but it was.

Biggest hole in the movie:

If Thor and Loki were babies during the wars on Earth, how did the ancient Nords ever develop mythology about them being warriors, or know that Loki was a liar and the god of mischief?

Since the Nords on Earth did have this mythology, how come the Asgardians never got wind of it?


Sorry, but it was.

Biggest hole in the movie:

If Thor and Loki were babies during the wars on Earth, how did the ancient Nords ever develop mythology about them being warriors, or know that Loki was a liar and the god of mischief?

Since the Nords on Earth did have this mythology, how come the Asgardians never got wind of it?

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11:09PM on 05/16/2011
how exactly does time pass for gods?
how exactly does time pass for gods?
12:22PM on 05/16/2011

Something Borrowed

People are still seeing this?! Get that shit out of here.
People are still seeing this?! Get that shit out of here.
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8:08AM on 05/16/2011
Bridesmaids surprises me. By the way, what's the deal with the Free Shipping stuffs below me?
Bridesmaids surprises me. By the way, what's the deal with the Free Shipping stuffs below me?
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1:56AM on 05/16/2011
i went and saw bridesmaids with my girlfriend. great time. very funny and raunchy even though all female cast
i went and saw bridesmaids with my girlfriend. great time. very funny and raunchy even though all female cast
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11:32PM on 05/15/2011
I pretty much expected this. I'm hoping word gets around about Bridesmaids, cause it was pretty damn hilarious. I know that the fact that it is an all female cast will keep a lot of men out of the theater, but it's really a hilarious film, so more people should go see it. Next week will see PotC I am expecting, so we'll see.
I pretty much expected this. I'm hoping word gets around about Bridesmaids, cause it was pretty damn hilarious. I know that the fact that it is an all female cast will keep a lot of men out of the theater, but it's really a hilarious film, so more people should go see it. Next week will see PotC I am expecting, so we'll see.
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11:19PM on 05/15/2011

BAD LUCK AT B.O

Yet another film headlined by Paul Bettany which bombed. The man has no presence on screen. I still can't get over his english teacher like performances in firewall and other succession of movies. Who is the moron giving him all the projects? Rufus Swell or Timothy Dalton could have easily played his part in The Tourist and made it more interesting.
Yet another film headlined by Paul Bettany which bombed. The man has no presence on screen. I still can't get over his english teacher like performances in firewall and other succession of movies. Who is the moron giving him all the projects? Rufus Swell or Timothy Dalton could have easily played his part in The Tourist and made it more interesting.
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10:36PM on 05/15/2011
Bridesmaids will have legs. That film was hilarious and a pretty good movie to boot! Glad i picked that over priest though i still intend on seeing it.
Bridesmaids will have legs. That film was hilarious and a pretty good movie to boot! Glad i picked that over priest though i still intend on seeing it.
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10:34PM on 05/15/2011
Great "hold" and percentage drop for Thor. I love it when good movies get rewarded! Word of mouth has been VERY strong and Thor isn't done just yet. Pirates will be huge but Thor will have legs. Either way, Disney is smiling tonight.
Great "hold" and percentage drop for Thor. I love it when good movies get rewarded! Word of mouth has been VERY strong and Thor isn't done just yet. Pirates will be huge but Thor will have legs. Either way, Disney is smiling tonight.
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10:20PM on 05/15/2011

Good for Thor...

...but it's a sad day when a "Fast & Furious" movie is the highest grossing movie of the year, even though Summer is just underway, I don't know why it's making so much?! It was DUMB! Did anyone else notice that whenever Vin had to smile in a scene, he looked like he shit his pants?! Just an observation.
...but it's a sad day when a "Fast & Furious" movie is the highest grossing movie of the year, even though Summer is just underway, I don't know why it's making so much?! It was DUMB! Did anyone else notice that whenever Vin had to smile in a scene, he looked like he shit his pants?! Just an observation.
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10:32PM on 05/15/2011
Thank you God - I'm not going insane. I did not enjoy Fast Five at all. And this is coming from an individual who dug the first 2 sequels. It was far too proposterous to enjoy even on a "oh just leave your brain at the door" movie. And yes, the close ups of Vin Diesel were very noticeably awkward. His face kept twitching. That being said, in my humble opinion, I didn't enjoy Thor either. Read Ebert's review. Sums up my sentiments exactly.
Thank you God - I'm not going insane. I did not enjoy Fast Five at all. And this is coming from an individual who dug the first 2 sequels. It was far too proposterous to enjoy even on a "oh just leave your brain at the door" movie. And yes, the close ups of Vin Diesel were very noticeably awkward. His face kept twitching. That being said, in my humble opinion, I didn't enjoy Thor either. Read Ebert's review. Sums up my sentiments exactly.
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10:20PM on 05/15/2011
Thor was badass.
Thor was badass.
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9:44PM on 05/15/2011
Good for Thor, but what I want to know is...who the hell is still giving Tyler Perry money?? Get that crap out of here.
Good for Thor, but what I want to know is...who the hell is still giving Tyler Perry money?? Get that crap out of here.
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9:21PM on 05/15/2011
Good for 'Thor', but did I miss something? Did 'The Beaver' never get close to cracking the top ten??
Good for 'Thor', but did I miss something? Did 'The Beaver' never get close to cracking the top ten??
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10:53PM on 05/15/2011
"The Beaver" hasn't gotten a wide release yet which is why it didn't crack the top ten.
"The Beaver" hasn't gotten a wide release yet which is why it didn't crack the top ten.
1:17PM on 05/16/2011
And because its not performing very well, even as a limited release, it'll probably never go wide.
And because its not performing very well, even as a limited release, it'll probably never go wide.
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7:49PM on 05/15/2011
I would say Priest was a pretty big tank... you said it didnt do too poorly, but i saw previews for this over a year ago i believe, and it was a 3D movie and it only managed 15 mil... id say that is a tank. Quit this post conversion crap!
I would say Priest was a pretty big tank... you said it didnt do too poorly, but i saw previews for this over a year ago i believe, and it was a 3D movie and it only managed 15 mil... id say that is a tank. Quit this post conversion crap!
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10:23PM on 05/15/2011
Well that, and the movie just plain sucked.
Well that, and the movie just plain sucked.
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6:12PM on 05/15/2011
I'm sure POTC 4 will start off well, but will be interesting how it fairs once Kung Fu Panda 2 and Hangover 2 come out a couple of weeks later.
I'm sure POTC 4 will start off well, but will be interesting how it fairs once Kung Fu Panda 2 and Hangover 2 come out a couple of weeks later.
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6:03PM on 05/15/2011
Glad to see Thor bringing in a bunch of dough.. it really deserved it. It was a great time at the movies, and had a lot more heart then I expected it to.. Hiddleston was fantastic, Idris Elba was great, and even Hopkins turned down phoning it in for a pretty solid performance.
Glad to see Thor bringing in a bunch of dough.. it really deserved it. It was a great time at the movies, and had a lot more heart then I expected it to.. Hiddleston was fantastic, Idris Elba was great, and even Hopkins turned down phoning it in for a pretty solid performance.
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5:49PM on 05/15/2011
Nice to see more people choosing the 2D showings over the 3D so maybe these craptastic conversions will stop.
Nice to see more people choosing the 2D showings over the 3D so maybe these craptastic conversions will stop.
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3:05AM on 05/16/2011
here's hoping more people will stop seeing 3D movies and hollywood will FINALLY take notice that 3D is just NOT for every "blockbuster" out there..whether it be for dance or action even..
here's hoping more people will stop seeing 3D movies and hollywood will FINALLY take notice that 3D is just NOT for every "blockbuster" out there..whether it be for dance or action even..
5:27PM on 05/15/2011
$24M+ not bad for a film like "Bridesmaids". Glad to see "THOR" still ridin' the wave of Summer fun-time fever! All good.
$24M+ not bad for a film like "Bridesmaids". Glad to see "THOR" still ridin' the wave of Summer fun-time fever! All good.
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