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Weekend Box-Office: May 7-9, 2010

05.09.2010


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

Iron Man is a smash! But doesn't break the "Dark Knight" record...

Two new movies were released this past weekend. BABIES was a documentary about babies from around the world and it opened in 10th place with $1.6M. The other film was IRON MAN 2 and it opened in 1st place with about $132M more than BABIES. Not too shabby. In fact, the film smashed its own franchise record, as the original IRON MAN had opened with $99M back in 2008, and ended up making $318M when all was said and done. Looks like the sequel will top that total, but then again, let's wait and see.

On the other hand, many wondered if IRON MAN 2 would beat the all-time opening weekend record of $158M set by THE DARK KNIGHT, but unfortunately it didn't, landing in 5th place on that lauded list instead. After THE DARK KNIGHT, the films on record are: SPIDER-MAN 3 ($151M), NEW MOON ($143M), PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST ($136M). Heck, even ALICE IN WONDERLAND is 7th on that list with $116M in its opening weekend earlier this year. IRON MAN 2 has also earned $194M overseas so far, bringing its overall total to $330M already. Wow. All that and the film wasn't even "forced" into a 3-D release! Kudos to Favreau and the studio for that!

Unsurprisingly, last week's #1 movie, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET dropped 72% of its audience from its opening, but still managed to hang around in 2nd place. The film's decrease was one of the biggest drops of the year for any movie from week 1 to week 2. The film which lost the least of its audience from last weekend was DATE NIGHT, which in its 5th week of release, still stands pretty strong in 4th place with about $80M in total so far. The film is already profitable, as it only cost about $55M to produce.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON also kept on chugging along in 3rd place, adding another $7M to its coffers this past weekend, and pushing the movie's total past the impressive $200M mark. The two films to get booted from the top 10 this week include KICK-ASS ($45M) which was still profitable, costing only $30M to put together and OCEANS ($16M) which seems to have "tanked", if you consider that it apparently cost about $80M to make (although I assume that's the sort of movie that will make a lot more money on home video).

Next week sees the release of 3 new "summer movies" including Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe going back to the well again with ROBIN HOOD, a film which looks like a combination of GLADIATOR, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN and any other Robin Hood movie before it. For the romance seekers out there, Amanda Seyfried is back again in something called LETTERS FROM JULIET (her agent might want to look up the word "over-exposed" in the dictionary before booking her on her next gigs), while the African-American community will be targeted with JUST WRIGHT featuring Queen Latifah and Common singing about basketball. Oh, what's that you say? The two rappers are actually the lead actors in this movie? M-ooooookay. Whatever your desire, this week's poll question asks you what your thoughts are on the latest cinematic ROBIN HOOD incarnation? VOTE HERE!!!

1. Iron Man 2 $ 133.6 Million
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2. A Nightmare on Elm... $ 9.2 Million $ 48.5 Million
3. How to Train... $ 6.8 Million $ 201.1 Million
4. Date Night $ 5.3 Million $ 80.9 Million
5. The Back-Up Plan $ 4.3 Million $ 29.4 Million
6. Furry Vengeance $ 4 Million $ 11.6 Million
7. Clash of the Titans $ 2.3 Million $ 157.8 Million
8. Death at a Funeral $ 2.1 Million $ 38.3 Million
9. The Losers $ 1.8 Million $ 21.5 Million
10. Babies $ 1.6 Million
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5:27PM on 05/10/2010
Seems studio estimates were a bit high. 128 mil, not 134. This is from boxofficeguru.com:
Final opening wknd for Iron Man 2: $128,122,480, 4380 theaters, $29,252 avg. #5 all-time.
Seems studio estimates were a bit high. 128 mil, not 134. This is from boxofficeguru.com:
Final opening wknd for Iron Man 2: $128,122,480, 4380 theaters, $29,252 avg. #5 all-time.
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1:26PM on 05/10/2010
For some reason I'm not really a big fan of this year's May.
For some reason I'm not really a big fan of this year's May.
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4:40PM on 05/10/2010
yeah could it be any more lame?
yeah could it be any more lame?
3:17AM on 05/10/2010

Saw this coming a year away.

Didn't we all see this coming? Iron Man trumps all others, which is a good thing, I enjoyed it for what it is; a very entertaining piece of work. Granted, I had my complaints, but in the end, it does what movies are supposed to: entertain and let you grab a bag of popcorn, a drink, kick-back, and enjoy the show. Nice to see Iron Man 2 doing well. :)
Didn't we all see this coming? Iron Man trumps all others, which is a good thing, I enjoyed it for what it is; a very entertaining piece of work. Granted, I had my complaints, but in the end, it does what movies are supposed to: entertain and let you grab a bag of popcorn, a drink, kick-back, and enjoy the show. Nice to see Iron Man 2 doing well. :)
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7:53AM on 05/10/2010
Gee, you predicted Iron Man 2 would win the box office? A whole year ago??!? Maybe I should let you pick my lottery numbers for me, what with your damn-the-odds willingness to root for the underdog.
Gee, you predicted Iron Man 2 would win the box office? A whole year ago??!? Maybe I should let you pick my lottery numbers for me, what with your damn-the-odds willingness to root for the underdog.
9:08AM on 05/10/2010
Oh, come on dude, for Christ's sake...you know what I meant! I didn't predict anything, was just stating the obvious; we all knew a mile away that Iron Man 2 would sit at the top of the list during it's opening week and probably a couple of weeks after. I never claimed to be an oracle and I wasn't even boasting about making an "accurate prediction". Jeez...
Oh, come on dude, for Christ's sake...you know what I meant! I didn't predict anything, was just stating the obvious; we all knew a mile away that Iron Man 2 would sit at the top of the list during it's opening week and probably a couple of weeks after. I never claimed to be an oracle and I wasn't even boasting about making an "accurate prediction". Jeez...
12:44AM on 05/10/2010

Really disappointed...

Just saw "Iron Man 2," and was really disappointed. Spent half the movie bored out of my mind. Really bummed because I was really looking forward to it. Cast was uniformly good and the movie skates by on Downey's charisma and Gwyneth's timing, but... Man. What a miss.
Just saw "Iron Man 2," and was really disappointed. Spent half the movie bored out of my mind. Really bummed because I was really looking forward to it. Cast was uniformly good and the movie skates by on Downey's charisma and Gwyneth's timing, but... Man. What a miss.
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11:48PM on 05/09/2010
Good news to hear. On a somewhat related note. Saw the sorry excuse of a trailer for Shrek 4 before Iron Man 2 on opening day & wasn't surprised that no one laughed at all. There was even little children watching this yet no one laughed. Maybe a half chuckle at the end. Also, your a freaking tool of Dreamworks Miguelito. Your rants fall on deaf ears my friend. Dreamworks is beating a dead horse with the Shrek franchise and will see the result of this later this month.
Good news to hear. On a somewhat related note. Saw the sorry excuse of a trailer for Shrek 4 before Iron Man 2 on opening day & wasn't surprised that no one laughed at all. There was even little children watching this yet no one laughed. Maybe a half chuckle at the end. Also, your a freaking tool of Dreamworks Miguelito. Your rants fall on deaf ears my friend. Dreamworks is beating a dead horse with the Shrek franchise and will see the result of this later this month.
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4:33PM on 05/10/2010
I have to reply if only because you called me out by name. So what if I am a tool of Dreamworks? Everyone and their mother is up Pixar's ass, so all's fair.
I have to reply if only because you called me out by name. So what if I am a tool of Dreamworks? Everyone and their mother is up Pixar's ass, so all's fair.
4:35PM on 05/10/2010
And, um, Shrek is in 3D. Are you forgetting that? Remember me when it has a bigger opening than Iron Man 2!
And, um, Shrek is in 3D. Are you forgetting that? Remember me when it has a bigger opening than Iron Man 2!
11:32PM on 05/09/2010
i am Jack's complete lack of surprise.
i am Jack's complete lack of surprise.
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11:08PM on 05/09/2010
If it toppled that piece of shit NOES remake, then I'm sitting pretty.
If it toppled that piece of shit NOES remake, then I'm sitting pretty.
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11:05PM on 05/09/2010

Sweet Opening!

I like that Iron Man 2 cleaned house, was going to see it over the weekend but was completely sold out in my area. So instead of seeing it I got to check out "The Losers" in my opinion looked like a better movie then Iron Man 2. Great movie wish more people knew about it, very under-rated film. Liked it alot, and probably will prefur it over Iron-man 2 when I see it!
I like that Iron Man 2 cleaned house, was going to see it over the weekend but was completely sold out in my area. So instead of seeing it I got to check out "The Losers" in my opinion looked like a better movie then Iron Man 2. Great movie wish more people knew about it, very under-rated film. Liked it alot, and probably will prefur it over Iron-man 2 when I see it!
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10:59PM on 05/09/2010
Damn double posts, so anyway, I don't see Robin Hood making that much next week. SO hopefully IM2 will have the legs to stay at top again next week, & won't drop too much, so a $60 mil plus next week is good.
Damn double posts, so anyway, I don't see Robin Hood making that much next week. SO hopefully IM2 will have the legs to stay at top again next week, & won't drop too much, so a $60 mil plus next week is good.
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10:58PM on 05/09/2010
Why is it every time a big action summer movie or sequel comes out it has to break the all-time record on opening weekend, it's stupid & doesn't make sense. $132 mil is a killer opening weekend total, plain & simple. Will check out Iron Man 2 this week.
Why is it every time a big action summer movie or sequel comes out it has to break the all-time record on opening weekend, it's stupid & doesn't make sense. $132 mil is a killer opening weekend total, plain & simple. Will check out Iron Man 2 this week.
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10:44PM on 05/09/2010
I personally think May is too early for summer releases. And Mother's Day weekend doesn't sound like a great time for an action movie. It should have opened on Memorial Day weekend.

But $133 million is obviously nothing to sneeze at.
I personally think May is too early for summer releases. And Mother's Day weekend doesn't sound like a great time for an action movie. It should have opened on Memorial Day weekend.

But $133 million is obviously nothing to sneeze at.
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10:34PM on 05/09/2010
If Iron Man 2 couldn't top Dark Knight, I'm gonna cringe when the opening weekend scores come in for the new Twilight.....
If Iron Man 2 couldn't top Dark Knight, I'm gonna cringe when the opening weekend scores come in for the new Twilight.....
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7:54AM on 05/10/2010
Who cares if Twilight makes a shitload of money? It's not targeted at your average JoBlo reader anymore than IM2 was targeted at pimply 14-year-old girls.
Who cares if Twilight makes a shitload of money? It's not targeted at your average JoBlo reader anymore than IM2 was targeted at pimply 14-year-old girls.
2:45PM on 05/10/2010
I disagree brijazz, 1/2 the IM2 audiance was female, and thats a fact!
I disagree brijazz, 1/2 the IM2 audiance was female, and thats a fact!
10:31PM on 05/09/2010
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that Iron Man 2 is gonna make EXACTLY the same amount of money as the first one. Mediocre opening means it won't live up to some great expectations. This is a movie that people knew if they wanted to see or not. Those who did went this weekend. Also, is anyone else interested in the fact that Dreamworks is probably gonna have two animated films in the top five week after next? Too bad Shrek is gonna cannibalize How To Train Your Dragon. It's good
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that Iron Man 2 is gonna make EXACTLY the same amount of money as the first one. Mediocre opening means it won't live up to some great expectations. This is a movie that people knew if they wanted to see or not. Those who did went this weekend. Also, is anyone else interested in the fact that Dreamworks is probably gonna have two animated films in the top five week after next? Too bad Shrek is gonna cannibalize How To Train Your Dragon. It's good enough to still reach $220 mil, though.
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10:59PM on 05/09/2010
WTF do you mean MEDIOCRE opening at 133 mil?
WTF do you mean MEDIOCRE opening at 133 mil?
1:09AM on 05/10/2010
There are 2 films coming out from Dreamworks? I knew that Shrek part 52 was coming soon due to the barrage of idiocy in its marketing, but hadn't heard about anything else.
There are 2 films coming out from Dreamworks? I knew that Shrek part 52 was coming soon due to the barrage of idiocy in its marketing, but hadn't heard about anything else.
1:49AM on 05/10/2010
He's refering to "how to train your dragon" staying in the top 5.
He's refering to "how to train your dragon" staying in the top 5.
9:50PM on 05/09/2010

Shocked

Nice to see it did well but I thought for sure we would have seen a new record. Glad to see it didn't beat TDK cuz it's a personal fav, but if it had then that would have just set the bar even higher and we would see fewer "flops", it definitely would have been a good thing. But 133 mil is still amazing. Go Marvel!
Nice to see it did well but I thought for sure we would have seen a new record. Glad to see it didn't beat TDK cuz it's a personal fav, but if it had then that would have just set the bar even higher and we would see fewer "flops", it definitely would have been a good thing. But 133 mil is still amazing. Go Marvel!
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9:44PM on 05/09/2010

good

I have yet to see Iron Man 2. I will but honestly I'm not THAT excited about it, especially in light of the ho-hum reviews.

I say good because I'm glad it didn't beat TDK which is hands down the best comic book movie ever. I would have hated to see it dethroned by a lesser film.
I have yet to see Iron Man 2. I will but honestly I'm not THAT excited about it, especially in light of the ho-hum reviews.

I say good because I'm glad it didn't beat TDK which is hands down the best comic book movie ever. I would have hated to see it dethroned by a lesser film.
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8:59PM on 05/09/2010
Great time
Great time
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8:58PM on 05/09/2010
Not a bad opening at all. But considering nearly everyone was predicting it breaking the Dark Knight's opening, including Box office analysits! Some surveys were even suggesting up to 200m mil... From that persepective it's dissapointing. Now how hard is it gonna fall? It's in for a tough run for the next 3 weeks: Shrek, Prince of Persia and Robin hood. I think it's gonna struggle over the next couple of weeks.
But a great opening when put in persepective.
Not a bad opening at all. But considering nearly everyone was predicting it breaking the Dark Knight's opening, including Box office analysits! Some surveys were even suggesting up to 200m mil... From that persepective it's dissapointing. Now how hard is it gonna fall? It's in for a tough run for the next 3 weeks: Shrek, Prince of Persia and Robin hood. I think it's gonna struggle over the next couple of weeks.
But a great opening when put in persepective.
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7:08PM on 05/09/2010
I knew it wasn't gonna beat TDK but it's still great to see a non-3D blockbuster bringing in the big bucks-hopefully the studios will realize that they don't need to rape all their films in order to make them profitable.
I knew it wasn't gonna beat TDK but it's still great to see a non-3D blockbuster bringing in the big bucks-hopefully the studios will realize that they don't need to rape all their films in order to make them profitable.
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10:30PM on 05/09/2010
I'd say you're being a little dramatic there. Some movies are good in 3D: Avatar, how to train your dragon, etc. think how much more impressive IM2's opening would've been
I'd say you're being a little dramatic there. Some movies are good in 3D: Avatar, how to train your dragon, etc. think how much more impressive IM2's opening would've been
6:50PM on 05/09/2010
Up in the top five biggest openings, along with Bats and Spidey--not bad for old shellhead, I don't think any other upcoming comic film is going to be able to claim that.
Up in the top five biggest openings, along with Bats and Spidey--not bad for old shellhead, I don't think any other upcoming comic film is going to be able to claim that.
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6:31PM on 05/09/2010

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Yeah Iron Man 2 has done well pity the film was just mediocre.
Nightmare held better then Friday the 13th (2009). It isn't as bad as people say it is. It's already gone into profit anyway.
Yeah Iron Man 2 has done well pity the film was just mediocre.
Nightmare held better then Friday the 13th (2009). It isn't as bad as people say it is. It's already gone into profit anyway.
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10:31PM on 05/09/2010
agreed
agreed
6:18PM on 05/09/2010

330 MILL' WORLDWIDE AND NOT 3D

HATE 3D and wish it would die that said way to go IRONMAN I Loved it even liked it better than the first and after that credits scene I'm dying for next summer to get here. Keep up the good work MARVEL and you'll be the biggest studio in HOLLYWOOD.
HATE 3D and wish it would die that said way to go IRONMAN I Loved it even liked it better than the first and after that credits scene I'm dying for next summer to get here. Keep up the good work MARVEL and you'll be the biggest studio in HOLLYWOOD.
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6:07PM on 05/09/2010
I loved Iron Man 2, but frankly there was no way it was gonna beat The Dark Knight. I just think there's more familiarity and appeal with Bats than ole Shellhead. Not ragging on the flick though. Had a great time seeing it at midnight.
I loved Iron Man 2, but frankly there was no way it was gonna beat The Dark Knight. I just think there's more familiarity and appeal with Bats than ole Shellhead. Not ragging on the flick though. Had a great time seeing it at midnight.
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6:02PM on 05/09/2010
RIP FREDDY KRUEGER.
RIP FREDDY KRUEGER.
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5:35PM on 05/09/2010
I honestly thought it was gonna beat Dark Knight. BUT then again I also thought it was going to be much better than it was. But I really did still enjoy it. Mickey rocked the house and so did Rockwell!!
I honestly thought it was gonna beat Dark Knight. BUT then again I also thought it was going to be much better than it was. But I really did still enjoy it. Mickey rocked the house and so did Rockwell!!
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5:29PM on 05/09/2010
I'm not just liking this for Iron Man 2's productive weekend, but for Nightmare on Elm Street tanking like a fucking rock and hopefully putting the inevitably shitty sequel out of production.
I'm not just liking this for Iron Man 2's productive weekend, but for Nightmare on Elm Street tanking like a fucking rock and hopefully putting the inevitably shitty sequel out of production.
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5:17PM on 05/09/2010
Wow "Iron Man 2" a little better than I expected by at least $15M -"Date Night"! thumbs up! "The Losers" turns out AMPLY titled in more ways than one! "A Nightmare On Elm Street" currently= "par for the course". "Babies"...kinda feel for the film.
Wow "Iron Man 2" a little better than I expected by at least $15M -"Date Night"! thumbs up! "The Losers" turns out AMPLY titled in more ways than one! "A Nightmare On Elm Street" currently= "par for the course". "Babies"...kinda feel for the film.
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4:56PM on 05/09/2010

Well-Deserved!

Considering the disappointing sequels/prequels of last summer (Transformers 2, Wolverine, Terminator Salvation) it was great to see a summer blockbuster that was on par with the first. Best movie I've seen in theater this year.
Considering the disappointing sequels/prequels of last summer (Transformers 2, Wolverine, Terminator Salvation) it was great to see a summer blockbuster that was on par with the first. Best movie I've seen in theater this year.
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4:40PM on 05/09/2010
Nice numbers for IM2. My prediction was 140 mil. I really enjoyed the movie and I hope when IM3 comes around, less subplots and I think IM3 will be brilliant.
Nice numbers for IM2. My prediction was 140 mil. I really enjoyed the movie and I hope when IM3 comes around, less subplots and I think IM3 will be brilliant.
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4:31PM on 05/09/2010

Way to go Marvel!

A fantastic movie that I'll enjoy over and over again and a box office hit...well done.
A fantastic movie that I'll enjoy over and over again and a box office hit...well done.
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4:31PM on 05/09/2010
Good Job, Favreau
Good Job, Favreau
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