Box Office Rundown: January 4th-6th, 2013



Hey all, I know it’s been a few weeks where I haven’t kept up on the Box Office Rundown and Weekly Movie Guides, but with the new year, I’m back into the swing of things (not to mention work slowing down slightly) so I’m back, and hope to stay on top of both for the rest of the year.  We’ll see.  Anyway, this past weekend was a surprising one at the box office, so let’s take a look at the top ten estimates.

1. Texas Chainsaw 3D – $23,000,000
2. Django Unchained – $20,082,000
3. The Hobbit – $17,525,000
4. Les Miserables – $16,117,000
5. Parental Guidance – $10,152,000
6. Jack Reacher – $9,300,000
7. This is 40 – $8,559,000
8. Lincoln – $5,258,000
9. The Guilt Trip – $4,530,000
10. Promised Land – $4,312,000

Yes, you read that correctly, Texas Chainsaw 3D, the unwarranted, seemingly unwanted sequel-boot has come out on top.  John Luessenhop‘s  3D film looked like it didn’t offer much to fans of the franchise, but it just proves how thirsty for new horror fans of the genre are.  Most reviews said the film was all around bad, bad writing, bad acting, and bad directing.  Our own Jeremy, however, didn’t mind it so much, and found it to be a fun entry into the ever-expanding series.  With the success of this one, we’re sure to see another sequel, especially considering this one had a relatively low budget on only $8 million.

Riding right behind it, Quentin Tarantino‘s latest opus, Django Unchained has been riding high on critical success and great word of mouth.  Jeremy and I both agreed it might be his best film yet, and with Oscar nominations right around the corner, I won’t be surprised to see it get even more love.  Made for $100 million, it has already grossed $106.3 million in only 13 days of release.  With Oscar nominations, it’s sure to keep doing well for weeks to come, especially going into January, which doesn’t have a lot of strong releases this year.  January has long been a barren wasteland at the box office, but since 2008, it has seen a strong increase in overall business, making hits out of fare that would do deplorably in other parts of the year, like last year’s The Grey, for example.

At number three, The Hobbit is still going strong with $17.5 million, boosting its total to $263 million.  Not the ginormous hit that the other films were, but seeing as how it’s at nearly $825 million worldwide, I think it’s safe to say Peter Jackson is safe as the king of Middle Earth.  Les Miserables is doing well right behind it at number four, raking in $16 million, bringing its US total to $103 million on a $61 million budget.  It hasn’t done as well overseas, but with an awards bump, it’s sure to see an increase in business.

At number five, Parental Guidance made $10.1 million, making it a respectable $51 million so far, not bad for a movie made for half that, which wasn’t expected to play well after the Christmas holiday.  Jack Reacher made $9.3 million, finally pushing the film past its budget of $60 million with $63 million in earnings so far.  Tom Cruise isn’t the sure-fire hit-maker he used to be, but this film proves he can still carry a movie that would have tanked with someone else starring.

This is 40 made $8.5 million at number seven, and while the film isn’t the runaway hit that most of Apatow’s other films are, he makes them cheap enough where it doesn’t matter.  His name is safe in Hollywood, he just needs his next film to be a big hit if he ever wants to make something more ambitious.  Lincoln might not have had any particularly huge weekend at any point in its release, and this week it falls to number eight, but it has played long, and earned $144 million overall.   Nobody makes them with the sure hand that Speilberg makes, and while I still haven’t seen it myself (I’m one of the people that thought it looked horribly boring, despite all the fantastic talent involved), I’m sure it will also get an awards season boost as everyone will finally hunker down and see it just to know if they’re missing a gem.

The Guilt Trip is trying to stick it out at number nine, with $4.5 million, and it hasn’t quite made its money back in its theatrical run, but it will do well with older crowds when it hits home theater markets.  The mild theatrical run is indicative of its mild nature, so there’s no huge surprise here.

Promised Land is the new film from Gus Van Sant, and although half his films are box office poison (often due to their overly “artsy” nature) this one is about a hot-button topic at the moment, and Matt Damon is a likeable enough guy, or so audiences seem to think.  Jeremy told me he really liked the film, so keep an eye out for his review of the number ten film of the weekend, which made $4.3 million, not bad for a film that has low visibility and is on half the screens (or less) that most of these releases are on.

Source : Box Office Mojo

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