Contagion Breaks Out Into First Place

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Warner Bros. Pictures’ Contagion opened in first place at the domestic box office with an estimated $23.1 million from 3,222 theaters, averaging $7,180 per location. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and made for about $60 million, not counting marketing costs, the viral thriller stars Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston, Sanaa Lathan and Jennifer Ehle.

After topping the box office the last three weekends, The Help slipped to second place but still added $8.7 million. The hit adaptation, produced for just $25 million, has collected an impressive $137.1 million after five weeks.

While it opened in just 1,869 theaters, Lionsgate’s new fight drama Warrior still struggled, debuting with only $5.6 million and averaging $3,000 per site. Directed by Gavin O’Connor and starring Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Morrison and Nick Nolte, the movie did carry a budget of just $25 million which should help it in the long run.

Dropping down two spots to fourth, Focus Features’ The Debt brought in $4.9 million to take its two-week total to $22 million. The thriller cost $20 million to make.

TriStar Pictures’ Colombiana rounded out the top five at the domestic box office with $4 million. The $40 million action film has earned $29.8 million in three weeks.

20th Century Fox hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes also added another $3.9 million domestically in sixth place its sixth weekend to push its total to $167.8 million. Internationally, the film added $12.5 million to bring its foreign total to $207.6 million and its worldwide total to $375.4 million. The movie cost about $93 million to make.

Out of the limited releases, Kevin Hart’s Laugh at My Pain performed best with $2 million from 97 theaters, a strong average of $20,619. That was followed by The Black Power Mixtape 1967 – 1975, which received $20,400 from two theaters and averaged $10,200.

Then there were the two bombs – big bombs. Sony’s Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star earned just $1.5 million from 1,500 theaters, an abysmal average of $967 per theater. Even worse, horror film Creature was able to pull in only $331,000 from 1,507 theaters – that’s an average of $220 per theater, easily one of the worst debuts of all time.

Sony’s The Smurfs topped the international box office for the fifth straight week. The animated film grossed another $14.9 million overseas and has collected $321 million at the foreign box office. Made for $110 million and with a sequel already in the cards, the big screen adaptation has now earned $457.3 million worldwide.

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