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.
This was a tough weekend at the box office in a scenario that mirrored the June release of Adam Sandler’s That’s My Boy and the musical Rock of Ages where two new movies opened in theaters but neither was able to crack the Top 2, let alone gross more than $15 million.
Although Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises took a pretty heavy drop in its second Friday, partially due to the Olympics, it picked up business on Saturday to gross an estimated $64.1 million in its second weekend, down 60% from last weekend with a running total of $289 million in just ten days. By comparison, Nolan’s previous Batman movie The Dark Knight made $75.2 million in its second weekend, down 53%, and had grossed $313 million by its tenth day. Internationally, The Dark Knight Rises has reached $248.2 million for a worldwide total of $537.3 million.
The animated Ice Age: Continental Drift (20th Century Fox) remained in second place, dropping just 35% in its third weekend to bring in $13.3 million, taking its domestic total to just under $115 million. “Continental Drift” has performed much stronger overseas, earning $449.99 million and has collected $564.8 million globally.
As far as the new movies, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and British comic Richard Aoyade teamed up for the R-rated comedy The Watch (20th Century Fox), which opened in third place with a disappointing $13 million in 3,168 theaters, averaging just over $4,100 per site.
Even though the fourth installment of the dance franchise Step Up Revolution (Summit Entertainment) came in second place on Friday with $4.8 million, it took a nasty hit on Saturday to end the weekend in fourth place with an estimated $11.8 million. That’s down from the opening of the previous movie Step Up 3D, which opened with $15.8 million two years ago.
Seth McFarlane’s comedy Ted, starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, continues to do gangbusters as it makes its way to $200 million with another $7.4 million in fifth place. It has grossed $193.6 million in five weeks.
It pulled ahead of the summer’s other big superhero movie The Amazing Spider-Man (Sony), which dropped to sixth place with $6.8 million, having grossed $242 million domestically since opening earlier this month. Overseas, the film has earned $412 million for a worldwide total of $654 million.
DisneyPixar’s Brave took seventh place with $4.2 million and a domestic gross of $217 million to date and $309 million worldwide.
Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike (Warner Bros.) dropped to eighth place with $2.6 million and $107.6 million so far, while Oliver Stone’s equally star-studded ensemble crime drama Savages (Universal) took ninth place with $1.8 million, bringing its total to $43.9 million.
The Top 10 grossed roughly $126 million, which was down a whopping 25% from last year when Cowboys & Aliens and The Smurfs topped the box office with over $35 million each.
In limited release, Matthew McConaughey headlined the ensemble thriller Killer Joe (Millennium Entertainment), directed by William (The Exorcist) Friedkin, which brought in $38 thousand in three theaters.
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the Oscar-nominated directors of Little Miss Sunshine, returned with Ruby Sparks (Fox Searchlight), starring Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan. The film grossed $151 thousand in 13 theaters over the weekend and $192 thousand since opening Wednesday. The Sundance doc Searching for Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics) took in $28,500 in three venues in New York and Los Angeles.
Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.