The thud heard in Warner Bros. offices this weekend were the jaws of its executives hitting the floor after the tepid response that the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas received from the nation’s movie fans.
The epic film which covers connected lives over six lifetimes, bowed in third place at the box office with just $9.4 million, according to data provided by box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com. To say that’s a disappointment would be an understatement given its reported $100 million-plus budget.
While the movie opened to generally favorable reviews, its close to three-hour running time might have dissuaded audiences from showing up, but it certainly limited the number of screenings exhibitors could have. The Wachowskis, courtesy of The Matrix Trilogy, still has cred with younger audiences, but it’s evident they didn’t show up in droves.
But while Warner Bros. may be second guessing greenlighting Cloud Atlas, they have to be doing a happy dance over Ben Affleck’s Argo. In its third week, the Affleck directed film lands into the top spot for the weekend of Oct. 28 with $12.35 million. Most noticeably its drop off over last week was just 25 percent, suggesting Argo could play well into the month of November, even as holiday releases begin to show up.
Taking advantage of the Halloween season: Hotel Transylvania, the animated film starring Adam Sandler. In its fifth week it grossed $9.5 million and has grossed $130 million during that span.
The fourth spot belonged to Paranormal Activity 4 with $8.6 million a 70 percent drop from its debut last week, suggesting that the horror movie franchise may be running out of scares. Finishing the top five: Silent Hill: Revelation 3-D and Taken 2 with $8 million each.
Box office grosses were off 12.37 percent over this time last year, while revenues for this year continue to track 3.77 percent above last year and attendance is up 2.61 percent.
Here are this week’s Top 10 films according to Dergarabedian and Hollywood.com:
Argo (Warner Bros.): $12.35 million
Hotel Transylvania (Columbia): $9.5 million
Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros.): $9.4 million
Paranormal Activity 4 (Paramount): $8.6 million
Silent Hill: Revelation 3-D (Open Road): $8 million
Taken 2 (Fox): $8 million
Here Comes the Boom (Sony): $5.5 million
Sinister (Lionsgate): $5.07 million
Alex Cross (Lionsgate): $5.05 million
Fun Size (Paramount): $4 million