Sunday, July 28, 2013

Weekend box office for July 26 - 28; Wolverine barely makes the cut

The Wolverine was #1 with an average $55 million opening weekend, nearly equal to those of X-Men: First Class and the original X-Men. That number would have been solid back in 2000 when the series started, but pales in comparison to the big numbers posted by Iron Man and Man of Steel. Perhaps the series will return to its former heights with next year's Days of Future Past. The To Do List made an alright $1.5 million with a limited release. It had a lower theater average than recent limited releases Fruitvale Station and The Way, Way Back, and much lower than the 6-screen release of Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. The Conjuring was a strong second, not suffering from the significant second weekend drop that hit The Purge, the previous highest-opening original R-rated horror film.

Despicable Me 2 is still strong, and will soon become the second biggest film of 2013 as its $660 million worldwide gross rapidly closes in on Fast 6's $741 million. R.I.P.D. looks like it won't even reach After Earth's low $59 million, and will find little relief internationally unlike domestic duds AE ($235 million worldwide) and Pacific Rim (currently $224 million). Red 2 not only opened lower than the first, it's dropping at a faster rate too. And Red only finished with $90 million. See more details about the weekend here.

Weekend box office estimates for July 26 - 28:

1) The Wolverine; $55 million; opening weekend

2) The Conjuring; $22,130,000; $83,867,000 total; 2nd weekend

3) Despicable Me 2; $16,024,000; $306,413,000 total; 4th weekend

4) Turbo; $13,325,000; $55,768,000 total; 2nd weekend

5) Grown Ups 2; $11,500,000; $101,664,000 total; 3rd weekend

6) Red 2; $9,400,000; $35,074,000 total; 2nd weekend

7) Pacific Rim; $7,540,000; $84,026,000 total; 3rd weekend

8) The Heat; $6,850,000; $141,245,000 total; 5th weekend

9) R.I.P.D.; $5,857,000; $24,352,000 total; 2nd weekend

10) Fruitvale Station; $4,657,000; $6,339,000 total; 3rd weekend

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