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Weekend Box-Office: May 14-16, 2010

05.16.2010


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

Iron Man remains #1 despite drop-off..

IRON MAN 2 lost close to 60% of its audience from last weekend, but it still managed to hang on to the #1 spot at the box-office, due to a disappointing opening from Ridley Scott's ROBIN HOOD, which apparently cost about $155M to make, but only managed to recoup about $37M of that over its first weekend of release. HOOD also managed another $74M around the world, so at least it broke the $100M barrier during its first weekend of release.

IRON MAN 2 is already at the $212M mark after only 10 days of release, which is about $34M more than where the original IRON MAN was at the same point in 2008 ($178M). It's to note that the original film ended up making $318M when all was said and done. IRON MAN 2 is now the 2nd highest grossing movie of 2010 so far, behind ALICE IN WONDERLAND's $331M, which I finally caught over the weekend and thought was dogshit, even though I usually love Tim Burton films. Too much CGI, lame-ass plot. First 30 minutes was good.

The other 2 new releases of this past weekend also didn't fare too badly with Amanda Seyfried's LETTERS TO JULIET scoring a decent 3rd place opening with about $14M. I personally can't tell the difference between that film and DEAR JOHN or THE LAST SONG from earlier this year, but then again, I don't have a vagina, so maybe that's the issue there. Queen Latifah and fellow rapper Common acted like lovers in JUST WRIGHT, which also managed a decent opening in 4th place and about $9M.

The 3 films to get booted from the top 10 this week included DEATH AT A FUNERAL ($41M), BABIES ($4M) and THE LOSERS ($23M) which the producers of THE A-TEAM are hoping doesn't mean their own "ragtag action team flick" will also suffer the same fate. The film that lost the least amount of its audience from last weekend was HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (-23%) and DATE NIGHT (-27%) which is slowly but surely moving closer to the $100M mark (it currently sits at $87M).

Next week sees the release of two big new "summer movies" including the 4th (and hopefully final!) installment of the SHREK series entitled SHREK FOREVER AFTER. The franchise has been uber-successful so far, although its revenues dropped from movie#2 to movie#3 (SHREK: $268M, SHREK 2: 441M, SHREK 3: $323M). The other film opening next weekend is the big-screen debut of the SNL character MACGRUBER starring Will Forte and Kristen Wiig. Our very own editor-in-chief Mike Sampson caught the film at SXSW and said that it was a blast. For this week's poll question though, how much $$$ do you think SHREK 4 will generate domestically? VOTE HERE!!!

1. Iron Man 2 $ 53 Million $ 212.2 Million
2. Robin Hood $ 37.1 Million
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3. Letters to Juliet $ 13.8 Million
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4. Just Wright $ 8.5 Million
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5. How to Train Your... $ 5.1 Million $ 207.8 Million
6. A Nightmare on Elm... $ 4.7 Million $ 56.1 Million
7. Date Night $ 4 Million $ 86.7 Million
8. The Back-Up Plan $ 2.5 Million $ 34.2 Million
9. Furry Vengeance $ 2.3 Million $ 15.1 Million
10. Clash of the Titans $ 1.3 Million $ 160.2 Million

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5:14PM on 05/17/2010
Awesome, but I'm having second thoughts about Iron Man 2 taking the box-office crown this summer.
Awesome, but I'm having second thoughts about Iron Man 2 taking the box-office crown this summer.
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4:58AM on 05/17/2010

Happy happy, joy joy.

I'm not a fanboy, btw, I didn't like the first Iron Man so much. But despite the mixed reactions, I loved Iron Man 2. It was so fun, and so awesome. Glad to see it retain its spot on the throne this week. It deserves it in my opinion.
I'm not a fanboy, btw, I didn't like the first Iron Man so much. But despite the mixed reactions, I loved Iron Man 2. It was so fun, and so awesome. Glad to see it retain its spot on the throne this week. It deserves it in my opinion.
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3:51AM on 05/17/2010
Interesting, Freddy dropped about 60% last week and was called dead in the water, IM2 drops 60% and its doing good (different levels of course)! It's gonna get hammered over the next few weeks too. Shrek, Prince of Persia, and then something else I forgot.
IM2: Dropping like a stone!
Robin Hood should have decent legs though.
Interesting, Freddy dropped about 60% last week and was called dead in the water, IM2 drops 60% and its doing good (different levels of course)! It's gonna get hammered over the next few weeks too. Shrek, Prince of Persia, and then something else I forgot.
IM2: Dropping like a stone!
Robin Hood should have decent legs though.
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4:55AM on 05/17/2010
LOL did you not read my post, plus dats the worse comparison EVER, comsidering Iron Man's opening was nearly 100 mil more, do the math son
LOL did you not read my post, plus dats the worse comparison EVER, comsidering Iron Man's opening was nearly 100 mil more, do the math son
11:12PM on 05/16/2010

Shame...

Disappointed that ROBIN HOOD didn't make more as it really was fantastic and critics are being too ridiculous about it.
Disappointed that ROBIN HOOD didn't make more as it really was fantastic and critics are being too ridiculous about it.
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10:34PM on 05/16/2010
I really liked Robin Hood, and thought they changed story enough to make it fresh to me. It's not one of Soctt's best films, but I liked it much better than his last few. The cast was solid all around, and the battle scenes were really intense. If you've already seen Iron Man 2 than this is the movie to see, better than I expected.
I really liked Robin Hood, and thought they changed story enough to make it fresh to me. It's not one of Soctt's best films, but I liked it much better than his last few. The cast was solid all around, and the battle scenes were really intense. If you've already seen Iron Man 2 than this is the movie to see, better than I expected.
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9:54PM on 05/16/2010

IM2 Rocks!

Good to see IM2 at the top once more, Ipersonally thought IM2 was better than IM, it was greater in action and scale, that always makes for a better film as long as you keep the heart and good story in there too, I think people wanted this film to fail which is why allot of them down talked it but in reality they probably ended up enjoying it as much as the peeps who admitted liking it.
Good to see IM2 at the top once more, Ipersonally thought IM2 was better than IM, it was greater in action and scale, that always makes for a better film as long as you keep the heart and good story in there too, I think people wanted this film to fail which is why allot of them down talked it but in reality they probably ended up enjoying it as much as the peeps who admitted liking it.
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9:00PM on 05/16/2010
I wasn't super pumped for Iron Man 2 but it was one I wanted to see and before going I heard some bad things about it. Some people said the action wasn't good. After seeing it I don't get how the action wasn't good though. The final battle against the drones was really awesome and this movie had way better action than the first Iron Man. Although Scarlett looked amazing I didn't like her character though.
As for Robin Hood I was excited to see it until I saw the trailer. It belongs in the
I wasn't super pumped for Iron Man 2 but it was one I wanted to see and before going I heard some bad things about it. Some people said the action wasn't good. After seeing it I don't get how the action wasn't good though. The final battle against the drones was really awesome and this movie had way better action than the first Iron Man. Although Scarlett looked amazing I didn't like her character though.
As for Robin Hood I was excited to see it until I saw the trailer. It belongs in the early 2000's when every movie tried to be epic but failed. Errol Flynn will always be Robin Hood to me.
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8:31PM on 05/16/2010

SOME MAY SHOOT ME BUT...

I caught Robin Hood this morning and it was pretty good. It's a different take. After 800 of fact, fiction and mythology, who knows what the true story was. Ridley put together a good show. Blanchett stole the movie with her performance and overall it was enjoyable and worth admission. I always say critics are envious bastards who wish they could make films. Go see it and make up your own mind. We are not LEMMINGS!
I caught Robin Hood this morning and it was pretty good. It's a different take. After 800 of fact, fiction and mythology, who knows what the true story was. Ridley put together a good show. Blanchett stole the movie with her performance and overall it was enjoyable and worth admission. I always say critics are envious bastards who wish they could make films. Go see it and make up your own mind. We are not LEMMINGS!
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8:30PM on 05/16/2010
i freakin LOVED IM2. it kicked all kinds of ass. i thought it was better than the first.
i freakin LOVED IM2. it kicked all kinds of ass. i thought it was better than the first.
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8:08PM on 05/16/2010
I've heard $272 million as the budget for Robin Hood. Bear in mind it needs to make about 2.5 times that to see profit, and that's a BIG flop.
I've heard $272 million as the budget for Robin Hood. Bear in mind it needs to make about 2.5 times that to see profit, and that's a BIG flop.
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10:17PM on 05/16/2010
read the third line of the article, since you did not read this at all
read the third line of the article, since you did not read this at all
3:19AM on 05/17/2010
I DID read that, but was pointing out that, from several sources, I'd heard a different number.
I DID read that, but was pointing out that, from several sources, I'd heard a different number.
6:20PM on 05/16/2010
Finally got a prediction correct for once, I said Robin Hood wouldn't finish at the top & IM2 would have a 50 mil plus 2nd week. Also I really don't see the big deal when studios make an issue over 60% or sometimes 70% drops when a movie opens to a 100 mil plus total, its so obvious it will drop the next week. Not every movie will bring in Avatar type numbers every week. It was released at the right time & had the hype.
Finally got a prediction correct for once, I said Robin Hood wouldn't finish at the top & IM2 would have a 50 mil plus 2nd week. Also I really don't see the big deal when studios make an issue over 60% or sometimes 70% drops when a movie opens to a 100 mil plus total, its so obvious it will drop the next week. Not every movie will bring in Avatar type numbers every week. It was released at the right time & had the hype.
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5:47PM on 05/16/2010

GLAD TO SEE IM2 STILL KICKIN' ASS

I think it will hold at #1 for a few week's at least , theirs not a lot of heavy competition in MAY.
I think it will hold at #1 for a few week's at least , theirs not a lot of heavy competition in MAY.
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4:35PM on 05/16/2010
"Date Night" holding on far better than most expected I'm sure-"A Nightmare On Elm Street" par for the course $ wise. "Iron Man 2" bangin' along just fine! "Robin Hood" will be in the RED at finish of it's theatrical run.
"Date Night" holding on far better than most expected I'm sure-"A Nightmare On Elm Street" par for the course $ wise. "Iron Man 2" bangin' along just fine! "Robin Hood" will be in the RED at finish of it's theatrical run.
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4:03PM on 05/16/2010
Good to see IMII going strong. Having only seen it once, I thought it was weaker than the first, but the good largely outweighed the bad (the suitcase suit being one example).

Also glad to see Robin Hood doing so mediocre. Hopefull R Scott won't waste his considerable talent on shit like that anymore..
Good to see IMII going strong. Having only seen it once, I thought it was weaker than the first, but the good largely outweighed the bad (the suitcase suit being one example).

Also glad to see Robin Hood doing so mediocre. Hopefull R Scott won't waste his considerable talent on shit like that anymore..
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3:57PM on 05/16/2010
Im glad robin hood bombed. Seriously we've seen this how many times now?! Robin Hood men in tights is still the best! As far as Iron Man 2 goes, i didnt care for it but glad to see it doing good.
Im glad robin hood bombed. Seriously we've seen this how many times now?! Robin Hood men in tights is still the best! As far as Iron Man 2 goes, i didnt care for it but glad to see it doing good.
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4:09PM on 05/16/2010
100 million dollars worldwide box office opening weekend is not bombing in the slightest.
100 million dollars worldwide box office opening weekend is not bombing in the slightest.
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3:47PM on 05/16/2010

Loved Iron Man 2

I've seen it twice now and I really love it. I know there are a lot of disappointed fans but I'm completely taken with the humour and the tone. It's so much fun and it's a pretty smart movie despite being a funny comic book movie. I recommend checking it out again if you've only seen it the once and look for some of the subtleties. It really does work well as a second film despite first appearances.
I've seen it twice now and I really love it. I know there are a lot of disappointed fans but I'm completely taken with the humour and the tone. It's so much fun and it's a pretty smart movie despite being a funny comic book movie. I recommend checking it out again if you've only seen it the once and look for some of the subtleties. It really does work well as a second film despite first appearances.
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5:45PM on 05/16/2010
I loved it too , even like it better than the first all the haters are just nit picking at minor shit like Sam Jackson's performance but he's barely in it and is tolerable enough.
I loved it too , even like it better than the first all the haters are just nit picking at minor shit like Sam Jackson's performance but he's barely in it and is tolerable enough.
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