It was a disappointing weekend at the box office for a number of reasons. First of all, after several decent weeks, the overall box office was down. Secondly, the movies that opened this weekend had less than impressive openings.
The good news for Warner Bros. Studios is that it managed to claim the top spot at the weekend box office, although not with the picture they probably thought would be number one. After two weeks in the number two spot, “Argo” jumped into the top spot, winning the weekend with over $12 million. There is no doubt that strong word of mouth and talk of Academy Award nominations helped the thriller jump to the top in its third week of release.
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The bad news for Warner Bros. is that despite the fact that it’s big new release, the star studded “Cloud Atlas” came in second, it did so with a less than impressive $9.6 million. Critics and fans have been split on the overly long and confusing drama starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry among other outstanding actors in the cast.
Coming in third and holding strong is Adam Sandler’s animated Halloween flick, “Hotel Transylvania”, which brought in another $9.4 million to push its five week total past the $130 million mark. “Paranormal Activity 4” dropped to fourth this week with $8.5 million. The film has grossed over $42 million in just over ten days, giving Paramount enough confidence to go forward with a fifth movie set for October 2013, as well as an alleged Latino themed spin-off flick, which is being targeted for a March 2013 release. You stayed for the after credits scene, didn’t you?
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“Silent Hill: Revelation” rounded out the top five with a less than stellar $8 debut, while the other new release for the weekend, Nickelodeon’s “Fun Size” came in tenth with just over $10 million.
Next week, Denzel Washington stars in “Flight”, which is Robert Zemeckis’ first live-action movie since “Castaway” in 2000. Other new releases included the animated “Wreck-It Ralph” and “The Man with the Iron Fists” starring Russell Crowe and produced by Quentin Tarantino.
1. “Argo” (Warner Bros.): $12,085,059
2. “Cloud Atlas” (Warner Bros.): $9,612,247
3. “Hotel Transylvania” (Sony): $9,444,014
4. “Paranormal Activity 4” (Paramount): $8,510,186
5. “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” (Open Road Films): $8,023,036
These numbers are official according to Box Office Mojo.
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