Weekend Box-Office: Hollywood Rings in the New Year as the Top Ten All Show Increases

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Happy New Year and what do you know, every single film in the top ten is up from last weekend. Some are even showing impressive increases as it would appear Hollywood rung in the new year with some in theater success. It’s nice to have something nice to say for a change as a result. Let’s take a quick look and get back to football shall we…
Laremy predicted the #1 movie correctly 4 Weeks In A Row

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Up 7.1% from last weekend as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol has now surpassed Mission: Impossible III in terms of domestic take. It’s showing some nice legs and if the drops next weekend aren’t too significant it could remain in the top ten for a little while.

Weekend: $31.6 million (7.1% increase)
Cummulative Total: $134.5 million
RottenTomatoes Score: 93%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #1 and his prediction of $33.92 million was $2.32m off for a percentage error of 7.34%.
Sherlock 2 is holding better than I thought it would, but I just don’t see it matching the $209 million the first one brought in. I’m also curious if they’ll go for a third film to round out the trilogy. This one just seemed to me like they had run out of ideas already. What do you think?
Weekend: $22 million (8.9% increase) / Cume: $132.1 million / RottenTomatoes: 59%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #2 with $22.29 million, which is $0.29m off for a 1.32% error.
I think the Chipmunks deserve some kudos as they had a great weekend with 44.4% gains. This film is still well behind the over $200 million both of its predecessors made and the $75 million budget is much more than they probably should have spent making it, but I don’t see this series ending here as I would assume this franchise could have an equally long life churning out direct-to-video titles.
Weekend: $18.2 million (44.4% increase) / Cume: $94.6 million
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #6 with $9.81 million, which is $8.39m off for a 46.1% error.
War Horse mounted a nice comeback after a week that showed nothing but drops and a Friday of only $4.6 million. Either Disney overestimated these weekend results or people are talking and loving War Horse. Made on what I was told was a $66 million budget as Spielberg once again worked with his regular crew, this film is well on its way to a successful run at the box-office.

I should note, however, the 125% increase is only due to the fact it only played one day last weekend instead of all three.

Weekend: $16.9 million (125% increase) / Cume: $42.9 million / RottenTomatoes: 77%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #3 with $21.042 million, which is $4.142m off for a 24.51% error.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo also performed better than expected after Friday’s numbers where I thought it would only manage $13.5 million, and with almost $3 million more than that I think Columbia and crew can be a little happier, but that $57.1 million cume so far doesn’t look too great against a reported $90 million budget.
Weekend: $16.3 million (28.3% increase) / Cume: $57.1 million / RottenTomatoes: 86%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #4 with $13.38 million, which is $2.92m off for a 17.91% error.
Another gainer as more people learned the ins and outs of zoo purchasing.
Weekend: $14.3 million (52.1% increase) / Cume: $41.7 million / RottenTomatoes: 63%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #7 with $8.42 million, which is $5.88m off for a 41.12% error.
Spielberg’s other film has already done what it needed to do overseas and now the domestic take is just icing on the cake.
Weekend: $12.2 million (25.8% increase) / Cume: $48 million / RottenTomatoes: 75%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #5 with $10.43 million, which is $1.77m off for a 14.51% error.
Of course, everyone was waiting to endure New Year’s Eve on the actual New Year’s Eve! Ugh!
Weekend: $6.7 million (103% increase) / Cume: $46.3 million / RottenTomatoes: 7%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #9 with $2.41 million, which is $4.29m off for a 64.03% error.
It almost seems as if this film doesn’t actually exist.
Weekend: $4.3 million (43% increase) / Cume: $13.2 million / RottenTomatoes: 13%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #8 with $2.64 million, which is $1.66m off for a 38.6% error.
It seems people are finally catching up on what I was saying a few weeks ago, it looks like The Descendants is slowly becoming the Best Picture front-runner everywhere.
Weekend: $3.6 million / Cume: $39.6 million / RottenTomatoes: 89%
Laremy’s rank: Not Ranked

Elsewhere, The Iron Lady pulled in a whopping $221,752 from only four theaters for a $55,438 per theater average and the Iranian film likely to win Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Feature, A Separation, brought in $66,598 from only three theaters for a $22,199 per theater average.

Additionally, Focus’ excellent new film Pariah pulled in $49,695 from four theaters and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close made $106,000 from six theaters.

This coming weekend Paramount will release The Devil Inside as the week’s lone new release and while it looks incredibly creepy it doesn’t look like it’s being screened for critics in advance. Never a good sign, especially coupled with the release date.

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