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Weekend Box Office Report: June 7-9, 2013

Jun. 9, 2013by: Dave Davis

Everyone feels the urge to Purge!

Summer is normally the time when attractively packaged, aggressively promoted and astronomically budgeted movies rule the box office. But this weekend the low-budget horror flick THE PURGE showed them all who's boss, taking the #1 spot with a $36.3 million opening.

The R-rated movie, featuring Ethan Hawke in a futuristic society where all crime is allowed one night a year, basically made back its relatively miniscule $3 million budget just from Thursday late shows. Director James DeMonaco will probably have a full inbox tomorrow morning (his only previous feature directing experience was the little-seen crime movie STATEN ISLAND, also featuring Hawke).

It's not all blood and roses, though -- paying crowds gave the masked terror a mediocre 'C' CinemaScore, which (along with a certain legendary superhero) could take a slice out of future business. Still, the (somewhat) similarly themed domestic invasion cheapie THE STRANGERS ended up with $52.5 million back in 2008. And an opening weekend that's 12 times its budget is surely enough to produce some smiling faces on those responsible for THE PURGE.

FAST & FURIOUS 6 had just enough juice in the tank to cross the line in second with $19.7 million, just as it also coasted past the $200 million mark in its third weekend of release (it's at $584M worldwide). Not far behind with $19.5 million was the magician heist movie NOW YOU SEE ME, whose smoke-and-mirrors seems to be working for word-of-mouth, judging by its commendable 33% drop since its opening last week.

And then in fourth, the reunion of WEDDING CRASHERS duo Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in the PG-13 comedy THE INTERNSHIP, thudding with $18.1 million. On the upside, audiences did somehow grant the Google-based goofing a 'B+' CinemaScore, and there isn't much currently in theaters for comedy competition (2005's WEDDING CRASHERS started with $33.9M and ended up over $200M). But THE INTERNSHIP's opening is a near-low for director Shawn Levy (NIGHT AT THE MUSEUMs, DATE NIGHT).

The computer-animated fantasy EPIC is slowly battling its way to the $100 million mark, while STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS just warped past $200M in its fourth weekend. The outlook is grim for Will and Jaden Smith as AFTER EARTH lost nearly 60% from its already nominal opening last week. While nearing $100M globally, it's definitely on the low end of director M. Night Shyamalan's box office history (even the disaster THE HAPPENING made $163M worldwide).

THE HANGOVER PART III may be a domestic disappointment (compared to the first's $277M and the sequel's $254M), but it's already made an additional $110M overseas. IRON MAN 3 continues to fulfill the comic book character quotient until the big red 'S' arrives, while MUD is finally cleaned off after clinging to the bottom of the chart for over a month, and Joss Whedon's Shakespeare adaptation MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING had a decent but not explosive limited-release opening with a $36k per-screen average.

Next weekend brings Superman back to theaters in the highly anticipated MAN OF STEEL, while Seth Rogen and friends face the apocalypse in THIS IS THE END (on Wednesday), HARRY POTTER star Emma Watson commits crime in THE BLING RING (in limited release), and Ethan Hawke's BEFORE MIDNIGHT expands to over 600 screens.

How much do you think MAN OF STEEL will make during its opening weekend? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Purge $36.3 M
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2. Fast and Furious 6 $19.7 M $202.9 M
3. Now You See Me $19.5 M $61.3 M
4. The Internship $18.1 M
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5. Epic $12.1 M $84.1 M
6. Star Trek Into Darkness $11.7 M $200.1 M
7. After Earth $11.2 M $46.5 M
8. The Hangover Part III $7.3 M $102.3 M
9. Iron Man 3 $5.7 M $394.3 M
10. The Great Gatsby $4.2 M $136.1 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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9:39AM on 06/10/2013
Wife and I caught Now You See Me over the weekend and we both really enjoyed it. I'm glad to see it has legs.
Wife and I caught Now You See Me over the weekend and we both really enjoyed it. I'm glad to see it has legs.
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8:30AM on 06/10/2013
Good for The Purge, have always liked Ethan Hawke's work. Nice it made some good coin before Man of Steel rakes in it next weekend.
Good for The Purge, have always liked Ethan Hawke's work. Nice it made some good coin before Man of Steel rakes in it next weekend.
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5:47AM on 06/10/2013
Whilst I have no intention in watching The Purge on the big screen, it clearly has a very interesting premise which no doubt caught the interest of many people amongst all the blockbuster sci-fi / action / superhero movies that are currently showing and with the Man of Steel just around the corner perhaps people wanted something a little different this weekend. The Purges distributors picked a brilliant time to open and someone deserves a massive slap on the back for that.
Whilst I have no intention in watching The Purge on the big screen, it clearly has a very interesting premise which no doubt caught the interest of many people amongst all the blockbuster sci-fi / action / superhero movies that are currently showing and with the Man of Steel just around the corner perhaps people wanted something a little different this weekend. The Purges distributors picked a brilliant time to open and someone deserves a massive slap on the back for that.
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5:09AM on 06/10/2013
Finally saw The Iceman, will easily be in the top 10 best of the year. Michael Shannon's performance is chillingly brilliant.
Finally saw The Iceman, will easily be in the top 10 best of the year. Michael Shannon's performance is chillingly brilliant.
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2:00AM on 06/10/2013

I'm fine with this

It is good to see an original story like The Purge do well at the box office. I didn't see The Internship but it looked like a massive pile of shit and it seems people are sick of Vince Vaughn with The Internship, The Watch, and The Dilemma all flopping pretty hard. This was an easy week for a movie like The Purge to win because next week This Is The End and of course Man of Steel are going to dominate the box office. I think This is The End should have come out this weekend and The
It is good to see an original story like The Purge do well at the box office. I didn't see The Internship but it looked like a massive pile of shit and it seems people are sick of Vince Vaughn with The Internship, The Watch, and The Dilemma all flopping pretty hard. This was an easy week for a movie like The Purge to win because next week This Is The End and of course Man of Steel are going to dominate the box office. I think This is The End should have come out this weekend and The Internship may not have cracked $10 million. Anyway predictions for next week:
1. Man Of Steel - $130 million
2. This Is The End - $45 million
3. The Internship - $9 million
4. The Purge - $8 million
5. Now You See Me - $7 million.
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1:20AM on 06/10/2013

Finally?

Can we finally say After Earth is a flop and audiences aren't THAT blind? I mean, I know the Smith boys think they shit gold. But sometimes its just shit.
Can we finally say After Earth is a flop and audiences aren't THAT blind? I mean, I know the Smith boys think they shit gold. But sometimes its just shit.
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1:03AM on 06/10/2013
I would not have pinned The Purge as a number 1 movie at all, but I'm glad for Ethan Hawke.
I would not have pinned The Purge as a number 1 movie at all, but I'm glad for Ethan Hawke.
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9:12PM on 06/09/2013
Really surprised The Purge made that but not surprised The Internship seems to be a failure, it really needed to be more Old School or Wedding Crashers & have R ratedlike humor, but then The Watch did last year & that one choked also. Just finally ready for Man of Steel to come out already!
Really surprised The Purge made that but not surprised The Internship seems to be a failure, it really needed to be more Old School or Wedding Crashers & have R ratedlike humor, but then The Watch did last year & that one choked also. Just finally ready for Man of Steel to come out already!
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7:39PM on 06/09/2013
Saw The Internship this past weekend. It was really funny and should have made much more than it did. Vaughn and Wilson still have that great chemistry that they had with Wedding Crashers and granted this film isn't a classic like Wedding Crashers or Old School, but it's still a solid comedy that I would go back and see again.

I was dieing during the Quddich match and Vaughn's and Wilson's characters reactions were priceless.
Saw The Internship this past weekend. It was really funny and should have made much more than it did. Vaughn and Wilson still have that great chemistry that they had with Wedding Crashers and granted this film isn't a classic like Wedding Crashers or Old School, but it's still a solid comedy that I would go back and see again.

I was dieing during the Quddich match and Vaughn's and Wilson's characters reactions were priceless.
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10:31PM on 06/09/2013
lol classic soloist comment... THANK YOU FOR EXISTING MAN
lol classic soloist comment... THANK YOU FOR EXISTING MAN
10:50PM on 06/09/2013
You got it.
You got it.
6:24PM on 06/09/2013
Glad to see that "Star Trek Into Darkness" finally made it past $200 million, and still has a ways to go. That should shut up all the recent "gloom and doom" from everyone who was expecting it to hit $100+ million when it was first released.
Glad to see that "Star Trek Into Darkness" finally made it past $200 million, and still has a ways to go. That should shut up all the recent "gloom and doom" from everyone who was expecting it to hit $100+ million when it was first released.
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4:12PM on 06/10/2013
Not gonna lie, I was worried after opening weekend - but it's held on nicely. Shit at this point if it keeps chugging along it could match the first one domestically. It's only like a week away from besting #1 globally.
Not gonna lie, I was worried after opening weekend - but it's held on nicely. Shit at this point if it keeps chugging along it could match the first one domestically. It's only like a week away from besting #1 globally.
5:48PM on 06/09/2013
Wow, I'm totally surprised that The Purge is in number 1 spot. It just came out of nowhere and took the box office chart by storm.
Wow, I'm totally surprised that The Purge is in number 1 spot. It just came out of nowhere and took the box office chart by storm.
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2:37PM on 06/09/2013
Hawke is having a great summer so far.
Hawke is having a great summer so far.
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2:31PM on 06/09/2013

WOW

Way to go Ethan Hawke! That is freaking huge for that budget and that type of movie.
Way to go Ethan Hawke! That is freaking huge for that budget and that type of movie.
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