Weekend Box-Office: ‘Contraband’ Takes #1 Over ‘Beauty and the Beast’ 3D on Golden Globe Weekend

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The box-office is the least of my concerns today as the NFL playoffs continue and I’m preparing for tonight’s tag team live blog event accompanied by live tweeting and live breaking news winners as we cover tonight’s Golden Globe Awards. Definitely check out the box-office top ten below, but be sure and be back tonight for the Globes. It should be a lot of fun!
Laremy predicted the #1 movie correctly 1 Weeks In A Row

Contraband

Contraband
As I told you yesterday in my Friday report, Laremy was second guessing his #1 pick almost as soon as he hit publish on his predictions, but he damn near nailed it with a solid number and a right pick for #1 as Contraband wins the weekend.

Critics were a little hard on the film (myself included), but audiences seem to have enjoyed themselves with it receiving an A- CinemaScore. I ask you, is Mark Wahlberg a bona fide action star?

As for reader predictions, a lot of you had Beauty and the Beast at #1, but Arthur Carlson had the closest prediction at $25 million.

Weekend: $24.1 million
RottenTomatoes Score: 46%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #1 and his prediction of $22 million was $2.1m off for a percentage error of 8.71%.
21 years since it was first released in theaters and 20 years since it was the first animated film to ever be nominated for Best Picture and Disney has once again proven the power of storytelling sells tickets at the box-office. A great start for a film that is not only over 20 years old, but is also already available on a pristine Blu-ray edition. Hopefully more studios start releasing their old classics in wide release restored versions, but let’s do without the 3D please.

Laremy nailed the prediction on this one and while many of you predicted this one to be #1, you still had pretty solid overall predictions when it comes to its performance with John-PT coming the closest with a solid $18.2 million prediction.

Weekend: $18.4 million / RottenTomatoes: 91%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #2 with $18.75 million, which is $0.35m off for a 1.9% error.
Over $500 million worldwide and just under $30 million shy of Mission: Impossible II‘s $215.4 million made back in 2000. Let’s get a fourth one moving right now shall we?

Speaking of which, how do you rank the Mission: Impossible films? I love the first one, enjoy the second one as one of those guilty pleasures, the third might be my favorite in terms of action and the fourth is probably my least favorite, though I still need to see it a second time.

Weekend: $11.5 million (-41.9% drop) / Cume: $186.7 million / RottenTomatoes: 93%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #5 with $13.9 million, which is $2.4m off for a 20.87% error.
The Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah team-up also earned an A- CinemaScore from audiences and a critical drubbing. I wouldn’t have seen this movie to save my life, but I do wonder, were all those plastic surgery jokes written into the film because of Dolly Parton’s mangled face or did they come as a result of her casting?

As far as reader predictions go, gripmonster came closest with a nice $12.1 million prediction.

Weekend: $11.3 million / RottenTomatoes: 36%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #4 with $14.85 million, which is $3.55m off for a 31.42% error.
Sherlock is holding well, but that’s probably because the television trailers are telling everyone they have to see the movie twice. I mean, we do what the TV tells us don’t we?
Weekend: $8.4 million (-38.2% drop) / Cume: $170 million / RottenTomatoes: 61%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #6 with $8.91 million, which is $0.51m off for a 6.07% error.
Look at that nice little 26.5% drop. I know this film carried a lofty budget, but I think Sony is tremendously happy with the results so far considering the nature of the film. I think the audience for this one can only grow and should they be able to get David Fincher back there’s a chance The Girl Who Played with Fire could become a massive hit, especially if Fincher decides to make 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea first and really wows the audiences.
Weekend: $8.3 million (-26.5% drop) / Cume: $87.9 million / RottenTomatoes: 86%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #7 with $8.4 million, which is $0.1m off for a 1.2% error.
Thud! Hear that, that’s The Devil Inside running into a brick wall. If they actually think people want to see a sequel to this one they are going to have to call it something entirely different and cut a trailer twice as enticing as this one because the bad word of mouth is out there.
Weekend: $7.9 million (-76.6% drop) / Cume: $46.2 million / RottenTomatoes: 6%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #3 with $14.88 million, which is $6.98m off for a 88.35% error.
I don’t see why Fox wouldn’t make another one of these films, but they really need to reconsider that $75 budget.
Weekend: $5.8 million (-38.3% drop) / Cume: $118.7 million
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #10 with $5.25 million, which is $0.55m off for a 9.48% error.
I’ve been hard on War Horse and I feel it deserved it, but I would love to see Spielberg return with a quality epic and I have high hopes for Lincoln later this year.
Weekend: $5.6 million (-34.9% drop) / Cume: $65.7 million / RottenTomatoes: 77%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #8 with $5.81 million, which is $0.21m off for a 3.75% error.
Give Meryl Streep 797 more theaters and she blows it out of the park despite terrible reviews as people want to see a few days in the life of an old lady reminiscing about days long gone as her ghost of a husband haunts her.
Weekend: $5.3 million / Cume: $5.9 million / RottenTomatoes: 56%
Laremy’s rank: Not Ranked

Elsewhere, Roman Polanski’s Carnage went from 15 theaters to 494 and brought in $786,000; David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method added 40 theaters from 64 and made $570,000; Win Wenders’ 3D dance doc Pina added three theaters and made $108,000 from a total of six locations; and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close made $88,000 from six theaters in its last weekend in limited release as it expands wide next Friday.

Next weekend sees the release of Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, Red Tails and Underworld Awakening, the latter of which is the only one I have not received a screening invite for as of yet.

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