The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.
Despite the release of three new movies, the Marvel Studios/Paramount sequel Iron Man 2 starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, etc. remained on top over the weekend with $53 million, a 59% drop from its opening weekend that brought its domestic total to $212 million in ten days. Internationally, the summer kick-off blockbuster added $31 million to bring its overseas total to $245 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $457 million.
Director Ridley Scott and actor Russell Crowe reteamed for the fifth time for an unconventional take on the legend of Robin Hood (Universal), a historic epic that was received by lukewarm reviews and responses. It still managed to take second place with a moderately decent $37.1 million in 3,503 theaters, averaging $10.5k per site. Internationally, it fared much better by being #1 in most of the other regions where it opened, amassing $74 million to bring its three-day world total to an impressive $111.1 million. The film cost more than $200 million to make.
Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave star in the romantic film Letters to Juliet (Summit), which opened in third place with $13.7 million in just under 3,000 venues, averaging $4,633 per site.
Opening in fourth place was the Queen Latifah romantic comedy Just Wright (Fox Searchlight), co-starring fellow rapper Common, which brought in $8.5 million in its first weekend in 1,831 theaters, with an average per site very close to that of “Juliet.”
DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon, also distributed by Paramount, enjoyed the end of its second month in the Top 5 with another $5.1 million that brings its grand total to $207.7 million. It will be interesting to see how the family animated film holds up next weekend when DWA releases the fourth installment of the “Shrek” franchise.
On the other hand, the horror remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street (New Line/WB) starring Jackie Earl Haley as Freddy Krueger, dropped 48% in its third weekend to take sixth place with $4.7 million and $56 million total.
The Steve Carell-Tina Fey comedy Date Night (20th Century Fox) continued its impressive run with another $4 million in its sixth weekend, bringing its grand total to $87 million.
Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.