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Weekend Box-Office: September 23-25, 2011

Sep. 25, 2011by: JoBlo

The Lion is still the King, baby...

Despite 4 new "big ticket" movies hitting theaters this past weekend, it was those crazy 3D animated Disney lions that managed to hang on to the #1 spot for the second weekend in a row, as THE LION KING re-release has now generated $62M during the first 10 days of release. Originally, Disney had announced it as a LIMITED 2-week release, but needless to say, now that they're bringing in the big cheese ($$$), they've decided to "extend" the release a little further. Not sure for how much longer, but it's to note that the film will be getting its "Diamond Edition" Blu-Ray release on October 4th.

THE LION KING's great success aside, it's interesting to see how the 4 other new releases fared during their 1st week in the marketplace. Unfortunately for fans of action films, the Statham-Owen-DeNiro combo, THE KILLER ELITE, performed the worst of the bunch with a 5th place finish and only $10M in receipts. On the "good news" side for action flicks, Twilight heartthrob Taylor Lautner's attempt at piercing that genre with ABDUCTION, also didn't perform too well, as it generated only $11M and a 4th place showing. The film wasn't screened to critics in advance, and ultimately ended up with only 3% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. What happened to director John Singleton? From BOYZ IN THE HOOD to this dreck? Yeesh!

And from the company that brought you the "feel good" BLIND SIDE back in 2009, DOLPHIN TALE performed quite well in its first weekend of release, falling only half a million dollars below MONEYBALL in 3rd place, although that might change once the "actual figures" are reported on Monday (remember that Sunday figures are just "estimates" for now). Finally, it was Brad Pitt's MONEYBALL that gave THE LION KING the most competition, as it finished only $1.5M below the Disney classic in 2nd place. Out of the 4 new releases, KILLER ELITE cost the most to make at $70M, followed by MONEYBALL with a $50M budget, and then DOLPHIN TALE and ABDUCTION at approximately $35M each.

As 4 new films were introduced to the box-office charts, 4 others dropped out of the top 10 including THE DEBT ($29M), RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES ($174M), WARRIOR ($12M) and COLOMBIANA ($35M). It's sad to see how few dollars WARRIOR generated, despite its superior reviews. A similar refrain can be uttered for DRIVE, which dropped to 7th place in its second weekend of release, as it lost 50% of its audience from last weekend. Thankfully for both films, their budgets were only $25M for WARRIOR and $15M for DRIVE. On the "really great news" front, the Sarah Jessica Parker-starring I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT dropped to 10th place in only its second week of release. The film has only made $8M in two weeks.

Next weekend sees the release of 4 more new movies vying for the top spot including the "newly married couple du jour" Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz starring in the thriller DREAM HOUSE, Anna Faris giving the "hot bimbo funny blonde" character another shot in WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER co-starring Captain America, as well as an inspirational movie called COURAGEOUS and let's not forget...our pick of the week entitled 50/50, a dramedy based loosely on the real life cancer diagnosis of one of Seth Rogen's good buddies (who ended up writing the screenplay) Our man Chris Bumbray caught it at the Toronto Film Festival and raved all about it HERE. So which film do you think will finish in the #1 spot next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Lion King $22.1 M $61.7 M
2. Moneyball $20.6 M
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3. Dolphin Tale $20.3 M
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4. Abduction $11.2 M
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5. Killer Elite $9.5 M
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6. Contagion $8.6 M $57.1 M
7. Drive $5.8 M $21.4 M
8. The Help $4.4 M $154.4 M
9. Straw Dogs $2.1 M $8.9 M
10. I Don't Know How She Does It $2.1 M $8 M

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10:38PM on 09/25/2011

Drive got my Money this weekend

My birthday was on Firday and when I was asked what I wanted to do I said I wanted to see Drive. It was amazing. Loved every minute of it and it is definitely the best film I've seen all year. Shit, even my dad loved/ enjoyed it and he hates going to the movies!!
My birthday was on Firday and when I was asked what I wanted to do I said I wanted to see Drive. It was amazing. Loved every minute of it and it is definitely the best film I've seen all year. Shit, even my dad loved/ enjoyed it and he hates going to the movies!!
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7:12PM on 09/25/2011
There is no reason that Abduction should have beat Killer Elite. However, Statham isn't doing himself any favors by staring in movies that all kind of look the same. If he wants to be the next big action star like Arnold and Sly he needs to branch out. Those guys did sports films (Rocky), Sci-fi (Total Recall, terminator), and comic books (Judge Dredd, Conan), in addition to their standard action films. I'd like to see Statham try someing in those genres for a change of pace.
There is no reason that Abduction should have beat Killer Elite. However, Statham isn't doing himself any favors by staring in movies that all kind of look the same. If he wants to be the next big action star like Arnold and Sly he needs to branch out. Those guys did sports films (Rocky), Sci-fi (Total Recall, terminator), and comic books (Judge Dredd, Conan), in addition to their standard action films. I'd like to see Statham try someing in those genres for a change of pace.
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7:30PM on 09/25/2011
Good point. His last three films (The Mechanic, Blitz, and Killer Elite) all look very similar to the average movie goer and fan.
Good point. His last three films (The Mechanic, Blitz, and Killer Elite) all look very similar to the average movie goer and fan.
8:18PM on 09/25/2011
I don't think anybody would take Statham serious as that kind of actor, the difference being Rocky is what made Stallone famous & on the map & same wth The Terminator for Arnold. Ironic though when Sththams biggest hit is in a Stallone movie.
I don't think anybody would take Statham serious as that kind of actor, the difference being Rocky is what made Stallone famous & on the map & same wth The Terminator for Arnold. Ironic though when Sththams biggest hit is in a Stallone movie.
8:38PM on 09/25/2011
philalva77, you make a good point.

Statham's most iconic role is The Transporter. And that's not saying much.
philalva77, you make a good point.

Statham's most iconic role is The Transporter. And that's not saying much.
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8:15PM on 09/25/2011
Ya this is what happens when those who were kids when Lion KIng 1st came have to take all 6 of their kids now, everybody wins, even disney
Ya this is what happens when those who were kids when Lion KIng 1st came have to take all 6 of their kids now, everybody wins, even disney
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12:31AM on 09/26/2011

you always say

'screw PG 13 screw PG 13 give me a real action movie, give me an R rated action movie!!! fuck you hollywood'

and they gave you one, in KILLER ELITE, and you fucking ignored it. Way to go america, yet again, way to go.

fucking embarrassing + disgraceful.
'screw PG 13 screw PG 13 give me a real action movie, give me an R rated action movie!!! fuck you hollywood'

and they gave you one, in KILLER ELITE, and you fucking ignored it. Way to go america, yet again, way to go.

fucking embarrassing + disgraceful.
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1:33AM on 09/26/2011
ya mad bro, woosah
ya mad bro, woosah
1:34AM on 09/26/2011
@philal - as a fan of action films, hell yeah I am. And so should every other movie fan who appreciated action films.
@philal - as a fan of action films, hell yeah I am. And so should every other movie fan who appreciated action films.
3:52AM on 09/26/2011
i feel ya on this one though
i feel ya on this one though
7:32PM on 09/25/2011
No shock to see Lion King in first place (again). It really is a great film.

Glad to have seen Abduction fail, but not so happy to see Drive moving down the charts.

I am going to try to catch 50/50 this week or next. It looks great.
No shock to see Lion King in first place (again). It really is a great film.

Glad to have seen Abduction fail, but not so happy to see Drive moving down the charts.

I am going to try to catch 50/50 this week or next. It looks great.
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8:45PM on 09/25/2011
Wondering if the grosses are added to the overall in take from the original release? I know thats what they did with the original Stars Wars re-releases.
Wondering if the grosses are added to the overall in take from the original release? I know thats what they did with the original Stars Wars re-releases.
9:27PM on 09/25/2011
Indeed it does. It is now the 12th highest grossing film domestically
Indeed it does. It is now the 12th highest grossing film domestically
10:05PM on 09/25/2011

Speaking of cats

At least Catwoman actually has cat ears now.
At least Catwoman actually has cat ears now.
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7:33AM on 09/26/2011
Warrior 12m? shame on us.
Warrior 12m? shame on us.
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10:13PM on 09/25/2011

Goin on the defensive,

First of all there is actually some quality movies out there, but I think the release dates are what are destroying the industry. At the same time there is a bunch of shit out there now too, but they are being pumped so hard by studios from a marketing standpoint.
Why would you put a movie like Killer Elite up against something like Moneyball. I feel there are good crowds for both, then all within the same weekend release all this other shit. It's becoming overload man. Also, I'm a Statham
First of all there is actually some quality movies out there, but I think the release dates are what are destroying the industry. At the same time there is a bunch of shit out there now too, but they are being pumped so hard by studios from a marketing standpoint.
Why would you put a movie like Killer Elite up against something like Moneyball. I feel there are good crowds for both, then all within the same weekend release all this other shit. It's becoming overload man. Also, I'm a Statham fan so I'll see him in just about anything, he is the modern day action hero. That is modern day, which is more on the line of a JVCD than an Arnold or Sly. Hell I was in WalMart today and saw a direct to DVD movie with Bruce Willis, WTF?!

In the words of Stanley Goodspeed, "The world is being Fed-xd' to hell!"...

Regardless I too hope Statham branches out and he is still the go to bad mo'fo in my book...
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11:04PM on 09/25/2011
with the digital world forever expanding it's become so difficult to market movies today, people have already decided whats good & whats not even before the movie comes out. The public likes whats already known & established like sequels & remakes & kids movies.
with the digital world forever expanding it's become so difficult to market movies today, people have already decided whats good & whats not even before the movie comes out. The public likes whats already known & established like sequels & remakes & kids movies.
5:19PM on 09/26/2011

killer elite could've done better if...

they didn't use a crappy 80's song in their commercials and trailers.
they didn't use a crappy 80's song in their commercials and trailers.
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9:16PM on 09/25/2011
Looking at the numbers fro Drive and Warrior (and the fact that Abductshit beat out Killer Elite), and after crying a bit and bemoaning what this says about filmgoers, I see a crystal clear image of why [link] don't want to take any chances on fresh, interesting material. Bring on the remakes!
Looking at the numbers fro Drive and Warrior (and the fact that Abductshit beat out Killer Elite), and after crying a bit and bemoaning what this says about filmgoers, I see a crystal clear image of why [link] don't want to take any chances on fresh, interesting material. Bring on the remakes!
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10:17PM on 09/25/2011
I guess anomaly has not seen The One. That's a sci-fi movie Statham tried, and it didn't work so well.
I guess anomaly has not seen The One. That's a sci-fi movie Statham tried, and it didn't work so well.
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12:01AM on 09/26/2011
I have not seen it, but I don't think 1 bad film means he should give up on trying different genres completely. With a few more poor openings like this weekend, he's gonna come close to being a direct-to-video star, and I'd prefer not to see that happen.
I have not seen it, but I don't think 1 bad film means he should give up on trying different genres completely. With a few more poor openings like this weekend, he's gonna come close to being a direct-to-video star, and I'd prefer not to see that happen.
8:39PM on 09/25/2011
Giants beat the Eagles!!!

G-MEN Baby!
Giants beat the Eagles!!!

G-MEN Baby!
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8:42PM on 09/25/2011
lol so much for the eagles being that super dream team, it don't work in football.
lol so much for the eagles being that super dream team, it don't work in football.
10:28PM on 09/25/2011
All this praise for Drive is baffling. It's certainly not a bad film but it's not as good as some are saying either. In fact, word of mouth from general audiences has got to be terrible. It's an arthouse film that struggles to tell any type of real story. It's well acted and shot but still very lacking. Why does its poor box office shock anyone?
All this praise for Drive is baffling. It's certainly not a bad film but it's not as good as some are saying either. In fact, word of mouth from general audiences has got to be terrible. It's an arthouse film that struggles to tell any type of real story. It's well acted and shot but still very lacking. Why does its poor box office shock anyone?
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11:35PM on 09/25/2011
I understand the film's deliberate pacing might rub people the wrong way, but how did it struggle to tell its story???
I understand the film's deliberate pacing might rub people the wrong way, but how did it struggle to tell its story???