Megamind Takes Over the Box Office


The 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.

DreamWorks Animation’s Megamind topped the weekend box office with an estimated $47.7 million from 3,944 theaters, a strong average of $12,082 per theater. Featuring the voices of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill, the 3D animated comedy also earned $8.2 million internationally in just seven markets for an overseas total of $18.6 million so far. The film cost about $130 million to make and $160 million to market worldwide.

Opening in second place domestically was the R-rated comedy Due Date, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis. The Warner Bros. Pictures release earned $33.5 million from 3,355 theaters and averaged $9,985 per site. The movie, budgeted at $65 million, topped the international box office with $21.5 million this weekend in 36 markets for a worldwide total of $55 million.

Coming in at #3 was Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls with $20.1 million. The Lionsgate release, which played in 2,127 theaters, averaged $9,450 and cost just $21 million to make.

Dropping one spot to fourth, Summit Entertainment’s RED added $8.9 million in its fourth weekend for a total of $71.9 million. It took fifth place internationally with $9.5 million in 37 markets and has earned $114.5 million worldwide so far. The graphic novel adaptation was produced for $58 million.

Lionsgate’s Saw 3D rounded out the top five with $8.2 million, a drop of 63.6% in ticket sales from its first weekend. The final installment in the franchise, made for $20 million, has grossed $38.8 million domestically.

Paramount’s Paranormal Activity 2 brought in another $7.3 million its third weekend for a domestic total of $77.2 million. Internationally, the sequel added $11.6 million from 37 markets to take its overseas total to $66 million. Made for just $3 million (not counting marketing costs), the movie now stands at $143.2 million worldwide.

Landing in seventh place was Jackass 3D with $5.1 million. After four weeks in theaters, the third installment has brought in $110.8 million in North America for Paramount. The film has added another $18.8 million overseas so far.

In limited release, Doug Liman’s Fair Game, starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, earned $700,000 from 46 theaters, an average of $15,217 per theater. More impressive was the $266,000 that Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours made from just four theaters – an average of $66,500 per theater.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.