Weekend Box Office: August 19-21, 2011

Who will win the staring contest?

1. The Help – $20,018,659
2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes – $16,119,502
3. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World – $11,644,672
4. Conan the Barbarian (2011) – $10,021,215
5. The Smurfs – $7,802,377
6. Fright Night (2011) – $7,714,388
7. Final Destination 5 – $7,703,466
8. 30 Minutes or Less – $6,402,602
9. One Day – $5,079,566
10. Crazy, Stupid, Love. – $4,797,364

Remember when I said Conan was on a bad Friday start and it better have been made cheap if Lionsgate wanted to pass it off as a low opener and not a complete bomb? Well, apparently the budget for Conan the Barbarian is $90 million, so it’s pretty much screwed! None of the opening movies really performed that well, with Spy Kids: All the Time in the World coming out on top in the number 3 spot with a soft $11 million dollars on a $27 million dollar budget. I bet it limps to that in a few weeks, which is kind of sad.

Conan the Barbarian on the other hand is completely fucked. It opened with $10 million and I bet it will drop to at least number 7 next weekend, which means it might close out around $25 to $30 million domestically. I think generic marketing is to blame and possibly even 3D. Conan isn’t a household name and selling the audience on a generic warrior flick that comes slashing at you in 3D isn’t really going to help you in a summer full of big and unique films like Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which finally took a dip to number 2 after reigning supreme for two weeks.

The Help took a jump to the top spot, which kicks its gross up to $71 million on a $25 million dollar budget. Talk about profit and then some, especially for a drama tossed out in the middle of action and horror films. Speaking of horror, the newest vampire opener Fright Night finished in number 6 with a small $7 million. Although the film only cost $30 million to make, most people will mark this as a massive bomb since it had a pretty massive marketing campaign behind it. I didn’t really care for the film nor did Wilson, who reviewed the film, but I always hate seeing R rated horror films bomb and PG13 ones doing good!

One Day probably will spend one day at your local cinema if it keeps it up, barely cracking the top 10. I was surprised to see the film get such a wide release and I guess others were too, which is why they didn’t see it, that and the fact that most of the reviews are coming in low. I have no intentions seeing it in theaters and it looks like I’m not the only one.

Final Destination 5 dropped to number 7 with a total gross of $32 million. It only has to make it to $40 million to break even, but usually these films do much better, which is again a surprise because it’s probably one of the better ones of the series. That’s what New Line Cinema gets when they market the fourth film to be THE FINAL DESTINATION, only to follow it a year later with ANOTHER DESTINATION FILM!

For those of you feeling bad for 30 Minutes or Less, just stop right now because it’s already at a domestic gross of $25 million on a $28 million dollar budget, so even though it’s sort of coming and going, it still made some good money!

Until next week kind sirs and madams!

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