Snow White Hunts Down $56.3 Million in First Place

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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.

Universal Pictures’ Snow White and the Huntsman topped the domestic weekend box office with a higher-than-expected $56.3 million from 3,773 theaters, an average of $14,910 per theater. The Rupert Sanders-directed action adventure, starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Sam Claflin, debuted to $39.3 million in 45 international markets for a worldwide total of $95.6 million. The film cost about $170 million to make, not counting marketing expenses.

Sony’s Men in Black 3 dropped 46.3% in ticket sales and to second place with $29.3 million. The third installment, produced for $225 million, has earned $112.3 million in North America after two weeks. Internationally, the sci-fi action comedy took first place with a strong $78.6 million for an international total of $274.6 million and worldwide total of $386.9 million. The first film in the franchise earned $589.4 million worldwide and the second film got up to $441.8 million.

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, which doesn’t open in North America until June 8, was launched in 15 markets overseas and grossed an impressive $35 million for Twentieth Century Fox. The Ridley Scott-directed sci-fi thriller stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron.

Marvel’s The Avengers continued to perform well its fifth weekend in theaters, adding $20.3 million domestically for a total of $552.7 million. Internationally, the blockbuster has reached $802.5 million for a massive worldwide total of $1.355 billion. On Friday, the film passed The Dark Knight ($533.3 million) for the third spot on the all-time domestic box office list and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($1.328 billion) for the third spot on the all-time worldwide list. Made for $220 million, the film trails James Cameron’s Titanic ($658.5 million domestically, $2.185 billion) and Avatar ($760.5 million, $2.782 billion) on both lists.

Universal’s Battleship took fourth place this weekend in North America with $4.8 million and has earned $55.1 million. The $209 million big screen adaptation has hit $235 million internationally.

Paramount’s The Dictator rounded out the top five with $4.73 million. It has earned $50.8 million after three weeks compared to its budget of $65 million.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel added 61 more theaters for a total of 1,294 and earned $4.6 million in sixth place. The film has collected $25.5 million domestically but over $106 million worldwide.

The other new releases included For Greater Glory, which brought in $1.8 million from 757 theaters, and Piranha 3DD, which earned just $179,000 from 86 theaters but appears to be doing well on VOD.

Also, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom grossed a strong $848,681 from 16 theaters for a total of $1.7 million after two weeks.

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

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