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Weekend Box Office Report: May 31-June 2, 2013

Jun. 2, 2013by:

FF6 beats Smiths and magicians!

The box office sputtered a bit after Memorial Day weekend's record-breaking business, but FAST & FURIOUS 6 still had enough nitrous to rocket past all challengers and rush to first place with another $34.5 million in its second week.

While that's almost a 65% drop from its enormous opening, its 10-day total is already $170.3 million and it's rapidly closing on half a billion total worldwide. FAST FIVE ended up with $626.1 million globally, and FF6 looks like it's on the road to similar figures.

As for the newcomers, the illusionist caper NOW YOU SEE ME ended up picking the most pockets, taking second with a $28 million opening. Although that's much lower than the last two major efforts from director/Luc Besson protégé Louis Leterrier (CLASH OF THE TITANS started with $61.2M, THE INCREDIBLE HULK with $55.4M), it's an original story and also performed better than even the studio expected. Audiences also seemed mostly satisfied and granted it an 'A-' CinemaScore, which means it could have some surprising summer endurance.

Not the case for the father/son sci-fi thriller AFTER EARTH, which crashed in third with $27 million. The movie, carrying a $130M price tag, put superstar Will Smith and offspring/commodity Jaden together with director M. Night Shyamalan. But the videogame-like story (based on Big Willie's idea) didn't draw the same kind of crowds that push Smith's movies like MIB3, I AM LEGEND and HANCOCK to opening weekends two or three times that of AFTER EARTH. Maybe people just wanted to see him do more than sit in a chair and talk for 90 minutes? Judging by the 'B' CinemaScore, that may be the case.

Tied for fourth place were the CG animated fantasy EPIC (which also opened in fourth last week) and JJ Abrams' sequel STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, both with an estimated $16.4 million. EPIC is doing better internationally than domestically -- its worldwide total is $150M, while TREK has beamed up $328 globally so far.

It looks like US audiences are forgetting THE HANGOVER PART III quicker than a Wolf Pack wild night, as last week's #2 movie drops to sixth with $15.9 million. The end of the debauchery trilogy is groping for the $100 million mark and seems highly unlikely to get anywhere near the domestic totals of the first ($277M) and second ($254M), but the overseas market is where the big bucks will be made -- PART II somehow pulled in $332.3M just from international crowds.

Even with $1.18 billion, IRON MAN 3 will probably stall at #5 on the all-time worldwide chart, as it seems doubtful it can catch up to HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2's $1.34 billion. Further down, the Bollywood "coming of age" comedy YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEW (aka THIS YOUTH IS CRAZY) had a strong showing on 162 screens, putting it just ahead of the resilient MUD.

Outside the chart, OBLIVION, THE CROODS and 42 leave the Top 10, while the indie FRANCES HA is performing well on 133 screens and THE EAST and THE KINGS OF SUMMER opened to only moderate attention in limited release.

Next weekend reunites THE WEDDING CRASHERS stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn for the Google-based comedy THE INTERNSHIP, while anything goes for Ethan Hawke in the horror-thriller THE PURGE, and THE AVENGERS director Joss Whedon scales things down considerably for his adaptation of Shakespeare's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (in limited release).

What June release are you most looking forward to seeing? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Fast and Furious 6 $34.5 M $170.3 M
2. Now You See Me $28 M
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3. After Earth $27 M
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4. Epic $16.4 M $65.1 M
5. Star Trek Into Darkness $16.4 M $181.1 M
6. The Hangover Part III $15.9 M $88 M
7. Iron Man 3 $8 M $384.7 M
8. The Great Gatsby $6.2 M $128.2 M
9. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deew $1.3 M
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10. Mud $1.2 M $16.9 M

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5:23PM on 06/02/2013

Good bye "Oblivion"

That movie was so good. I saw it again and loved it even more. Will definitely be getting that on blue-ray
That movie was so good. I saw it again and loved it even more. Will definitely be getting that on blue-ray
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10:38PM on 06/02/2013
If bunch of magicians can beat The Smiths (even by a narrow margin), The Smiths should re-evaluate their star powers.
If bunch of magicians can beat The Smiths (even by a narrow margin), The Smiths should re-evaluate their star powers.
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3:45PM on 06/02/2013
Still can't believe Star Trek hasn't made more money. I mean, yeah, Trek was always a hard sell. But there was such good will toward the first one that this one should have easily been bigger. I blame a lousy plot, bad marketing, and a bland title. And as arguably the second most anticipated movie of the summer after Iron Man 3, it should have been given a little more distance from that movie's release date. Like last weekend, this weekend or next, for example. There's practically no big
Still can't believe Star Trek hasn't made more money. I mean, yeah, Trek was always a hard sell. But there was such good will toward the first one that this one should have easily been bigger. I blame a lousy plot, bad marketing, and a bland title. And as arguably the second most anticipated movie of the summer after Iron Man 3, it should have been given a little more distance from that movie's release date. Like last weekend, this weekend or next, for example. There's practically no big movies coming out til Superman.
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4:24PM on 06/02/2013
If the studio wanted to make more, they shouldn't have released it in May. The month was already on lockdown with IM3 and Furious 6 releasing weeks apart. The studio should have known those two films would crush competition and win most moviegoers attention. 181M is a lot but if they wanted more, they should have picked July (preferably the beginning). There's no way in hell, if I had a movie I would have released it in May next to IM3 and FF6, unless it's a children's flick.
If the studio wanted to make more, they shouldn't have released it in May. The month was already on lockdown with IM3 and Furious 6 releasing weeks apart. The studio should have known those two films would crush competition and win most moviegoers attention. 181M is a lot but if they wanted more, they should have picked July (preferably the beginning). There's no way in hell, if I had a movie I would have released it in May next to IM3 and FF6, unless it's a children's flick.
4:47PM on 06/02/2013
I don't think the plot was poor, and I really like the title. Perhaps it was the whole keep the plot / villain / everything a secret but we'll spoil a lot anyway in the trailers and posters bit (aka marketing) that may have had a negative impact. Maybe it's because it opened overseas 3 weeks before opening in the US and moviegoers were resentful.

The original movie made around $386 million worldwide. Compare that to the $329 million the sequel has made, and it still has plenty of time to
I don't think the plot was poor, and I really like the title. Perhaps it was the whole keep the plot / villain / everything a secret but we'll spoil a lot anyway in the trailers and posters bit (aka marketing) that may have had a negative impact. Maybe it's because it opened overseas 3 weeks before opening in the US and moviegoers were resentful.

The original movie made around $386 million worldwide. Compare that to the $329 million the sequel has made, and it still has plenty of time to make more.
6:51PM on 06/02/2013
Yes because $180 million is not enough money? Star Trek is a movie made for fans only period. (not a fan myself) It will never bring in the grosses of any comic book movie. Be happy it will break $200 mil by the end run.
Yes because $180 million is not enough money? Star Trek is a movie made for fans only period. (not a fan myself) It will never bring in the grosses of any comic book movie. Be happy it will break $200 mil by the end run.
6:46PM on 06/02/2013
Seems like kind of a slow weekend, but still glad Furious 6 (as the movie calls itself) finished on top again. It's really a fun popcorn summer flick & sets up part 7 even better than this one. I would not doubt if it finishes first again next week, I don't see The Internship making that much, no buzz or interest. I am just waiting on Man of Steel to come out already.
Seems like kind of a slow weekend, but still glad Furious 6 (as the movie calls itself) finished on top again. It's really a fun popcorn summer flick & sets up part 7 even better than this one. I would not doubt if it finishes first again next week, I don't see The Internship making that much, no buzz or interest. I am just waiting on Man of Steel to come out already.
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5:33PM on 06/02/2013
Baz should do a Bollywood.
Baz should do a Bollywood.
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12:04PM on 06/03/2013
Watched a few hits and misses this weekend, Byzantium is great, The Big Wedding isn't. Populaire was a little disappointing and way too long and The Purge was watchable.
Watched a few hits and misses this weekend, Byzantium is great, The Big Wedding isn't. Populaire was a little disappointing and way too long and The Purge was watchable.
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12:09AM on 06/03/2013

PITFALLS OF AFTER EARTH

It's easy to see why AE didn't faire better. First, it was short. 100 minutes. I think one scene they should have added would have been a 20 minute trek and anxiety ridden ride through a post apocalyptic city with giant rats, cats or dogs. Something more for the audience to identify with. The outdoors is great but seemed one dimensional. Secondly, Will Smith's characters don't die. Therefore, you have predictability. If he had died and the son became the protocol son had taken over
It's easy to see why AE didn't faire better. First, it was short. 100 minutes. I think one scene they should have added would have been a 20 minute trek and anxiety ridden ride through a post apocalyptic city with giant rats, cats or dogs. Something more for the audience to identify with. The outdoors is great but seemed one dimensional. Secondly, Will Smith's characters don't die. Therefore, you have predictability. If he had died and the son became the protocol son had taken over where dad left off, it may have made for a more gripping tale and been an opening for a sequel. Third and last, would have been a more complex set up. I felt it was rushed. We were given barely enough info to identify with the characters both pro and antagonist. I dug the film in its effects and the base story line. I just wished for a little more of a thicker film. Not to compare it to Oblivion but the twists in the story made up for it's thinness where AE didn't have the twists and that's where I feel it missed as well.
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10:23PM on 06/02/2013
I've gotta say, I expected Star Trek Into Darkness to do a whole lot better. I really enjoyed it, it's the most fun I've had watching a movie in theatres the whole year. I thought it had built-in mass appeal - it's big, entertaining, fun, it's a franchise flick...oh well. After Earth just seems like a particularly indulgent home video.
I've gotta say, I expected Star Trek Into Darkness to do a whole lot better. I really enjoyed it, it's the most fun I've had watching a movie in theatres the whole year. I thought it had built-in mass appeal - it's big, entertaining, fun, it's a franchise flick...oh well. After Earth just seems like a particularly indulgent home video.
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4:37PM on 06/02/2013
Damn M. Night bombs again. The guy should probably hang it up now, before people start to question his accomplished works, i.e. Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. "Were those actually good films?"
Damn M. Night bombs again. The guy should probably hang it up now, before people start to question his accomplished works, i.e. Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. "Were those actually good films?"
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4:53PM on 06/02/2013
Did you read the consensus comment on Rotten?

"After Earth is dull, ploddingly paced exercise in sentimental sci-fi -- and the latest setback for director M. Night Shyamalan's once-promising career."

It might start heading that way if he makes a sequel to Unbreakable and it bombs too.
Did you read the consensus comment on Rotten?

"After Earth is dull, ploddingly paced exercise in sentimental sci-fi -- and the latest setback for director M. Night Shyamalan's once-promising career."

It might start heading that way if he makes a sequel to Unbreakable and it bombs too.
6:47PM on 06/02/2013
Seems like doing the Unbreakable sequel finally is the only way to save his career. I am actually surprised AE evem made that much.
Seems like doing the Unbreakable sequel finally is the only way to save his career. I am actually surprised AE evem made that much.
7:40PM on 06/02/2013
I really enjoyed Signs at the time, apart from his awful cameo...
I really enjoyed Signs at the time, apart from his awful cameo...
5:16PM on 06/03/2013
Well then, the sequel to Unbreakable better be phenomenal or the guy is going to get crucified by his remaining fans.
Well then, the sequel to Unbreakable better be phenomenal or the guy is going to get crucified by his remaining fans.
4:14PM on 06/02/2013

"the videogame-like story"

What exactly is that supposed to mean?
What exactly is that supposed to mean?
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4:34PM on 06/02/2013
Just what it sounds like. The main character's mission is to retrieve a beacon and get extracted. Along the way he must: monitor inventory, receive updates and hints through a communicator, deal with indigenous species, reach designated checkpoints, and avoid an escaped creature until he has gained enough XP for the final Boss Fight.

Videogame.

Unsurprisingly, the credited screenwriter Gary Whitta comes from a videogame background (he's the former EIC of PC Gamer magazine).
Just what it sounds like. The main character's mission is to retrieve a beacon and get extracted. Along the way he must: monitor inventory, receive updates and hints through a communicator, deal with indigenous species, reach designated checkpoints, and avoid an escaped creature until he has gained enough XP for the final Boss Fight.

Videogame.

Unsurprisingly, the credited screenwriter Gary Whitta comes from a videogame background (he's the former EIC of PC Gamer magazine).
5:05PM on 06/02/2013
Owen Gleiberman of EW made a similar comparison:

"The movie takes off from a concept as basic as a videogame, and it sticks to that concept, without surprise."

Reading bad reviews this movie got hasn't been this fun since Gigli.
Owen Gleiberman of EW made a similar comparison:

"The movie takes off from a concept as basic as a videogame, and it sticks to that concept, without surprise."

Reading bad reviews this movie got hasn't been this fun since Gigli.
8:23PM on 06/02/2013
@Dave- I wouldn't have known about those points had you not expanded on them in that response. In the article it just seemed like another lazy offhanded remark, the kind that gets made all the time in movie commentary. That actually does sound "video game-like" though, thanks for clarifying.
@Dave- I wouldn't have known about those points had you not expanded on them in that response. In the article it just seemed like another lazy offhanded remark, the kind that gets made all the time in movie commentary. That actually does sound "video game-like" though, thanks for clarifying.
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