While Bond is tearing up the box office overseas, here in the U.S. it was a slow weekend at the box office, with all new releases failing to impress. As a result, “Argo”, the well-received thriller that has been second at the box office the past two weeks, jumped up to first place this weekend, but still with only $12.3 million. The animated monster comedy “Hotel Transylvania”, which was fourth last weekend, also got a boost, coming in second with $9.5 million.
Despite all the hype—both good and bad—surrounding it, the epic “Cloud Atlas” debuted in third with only $9.4 million. This could be because its complex subject matter, involving reincarnation and connecting events through different times and places, daunted audiences, but the film’s runtime likely had a lot to do with it. Clocking in at just under three hours, a lot of people maybe didn’t want to sit through that long a film. On top of that, the longer a film is the less show times a theater can fit in in one day, resulting in less potential revenue for that film.
The R-rated 3D horror film “Silent Hill: Revelation” did put up a decent show, debuting in fifth with $8 million and tying the hit “Taken 2”. Another, more family-friendly Halloween flick, “Fun Size”, debuted in tenth with $4.06 million. The surfing drama “Chasing Mavericks”, starring Gerard Butler, had the poorest debut of all the new releases this weekend. That film didn’t even make the top 12, coming in thirteenth with $2.2 million.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.
- “Argo”: $12.3 million
- “Hotel Transylvania”: $9.5 million
- “Cloud Atlas”: $9.4 million
- “Paranormal Activity 4”: $8.6 million
- “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D”: $8 million
- “Taken 2”: $8 million
- “Here Comes the Boom”: $5.5 million
- “Sinister”: $5.07 million
- “Alex Cross”: $5.05 million
- “Fun Size”: $4.06 million
- “Pitch Perfect”: $3.9 million
- “Frankenweenie”: $2.4 million
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
- Wehrenberg Theatres
- AMC Theatres
- Regal Movie Theatres
- Galleria 6
- Chase Park Plaza
- Granite City
- Moolah Theatre
- Hi-Pointe Theatre
- St. Andrews Cinema
- Plaza Frontenac Cinema
- Tivoli Theatre
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