This weekend, Tony Stark obliterated the competition as the much-anticipated super hero sequel Iron Man 3 generated the second biggest opening weekend in box office history and also became the top-grossing global blockbuster of 2013. Domestic audiences spent a jaw-dropping $175.3M this weekend, according to estimates, seeing the third installment in the Marvel franchise including grosses from Thursday night shows starting at 9:00pm. Playing in 4,253 theaters, the PG-13 actioner averaged a scorching $41,218 per location and was helped by surcharges for the 3D conversion.
This weekend, for the ninth time in ten years, Michael Bay saw his latest directorial effort open at number one as the action-comedy Pain & Gain debuted on top of a sluggish box office frame with an estimated $20M. Headlined by Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, the R-rated Paramount release averaged a respectable $6,103 from 3,277 theaters. The action director’s only film to not hit number one was his 2005 disaster The Island. He then made only Transformers movies until Pain & Gain.
This weekend, now in his fourth decade of scoring number one hit movies, Tom Cruise enjoyed one of the best openings of his entire career with the futuristic science fiction film Oblivion, which topped the box office worldwide. Universal and Relativity saw their latest hit film open to an estimated $38.2M in North America from 3,783 theaters for a potent $10,085 average. 323 IMAX sites contributed a solid $5.5M, or 14% of the gross.
This weekend, Jackie Robinson made history again as the new film 42 delivered the best opening ever for a baseball movie and clinched first place at the North American box office by racing past industry expectations. Meanwhile, the mindless spoof comedy Scary Movie 5 attracted a fraction of the once-popular franchise’s audience and debuted in second place. Overall ticket sales were about even with normal mid-April levels.
To whom it may concern,
Let me start off by saying that I love the WWE. It has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My earliest childhood memories are of waking up Saturday mornings and watching my heroes in the ring give it their all to please the masses.
After I finished watching Wrestlemania 29 last Sunday, I couldn’t help but feel a vast amount of sadness and confusion take over me. Sadness because I do not know how a product as amazing as World Wrestling Entertainment could completely botch their biggest event of the year. Confused because I cannot for the life of me fathom why this company just doesn’t seem to get why the fans of this sport love it so much.
This weekend, the horror remake Evil Dead led a solid session thanks to a number one debut while holdovers G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Croods fared well giving the marketplace three films grossing north of $20M each. Plus the 3D re-release of the dino-smash Jurassic Park also scored points with audiences driving the top ten to over $125M in ticket sales. Ticket buyers also caught up on recent hits as four films in the top ten enjoyed low declines of 20-30%.
This weekend, testosterone ruled the Easter frame as the 3D action sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation opened at number one, but Tyler Perry’s latest offering Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor also scored a strong debut of its own in third place. The animated holdover The Croods held up well in its second weekend pulling in families over the school holiday helping the box office beat Easter business from the past two years.