Box Office: ‘Pain & Gain’ #1, ‘Big Wedding’ Flops and ‘Iron Man 3’ Opens Huge Internationally


Pain and Gain box office resultsOkay, let’s just get the Pain & Gain results out of the way. The latest Michael Bay film managed to score the #1 slot this weekend with an estimated $20 million on a reported $26 million budget. The film, however, isn’t likely to remain strong thanks to a “C+” CinemaScore and the coming of a monster movie… Iron Man 3.

Opening a week early in 42 international markets, the follow-up to The Avengers actually bested the former’s $185.1 million international opening weekend take with $195.3 million of its own.

Iron Man 3 is set to open in more than 4,000 theaters next weekend in the U.S. and ticket prices are already beginning to skyrocket as a ticket to see either Iron Man 3 or Star Trek Into Darkness this summer in IMAX 3D at the Lincoln Center Cinemas in New York City will run you $21.50 each. When fewer people are going to the movies, make sure those still attending make up the difference right?

Iron Man 3 scored $21.5 million in the UK, $19.2 million in Korea and $18.4 million in Australia (source) while breaking opening weekend records in Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia & Singapore (source). Along with the U.S., Iron Man 3 still has yet to open in Russia, China and Germany so the results for this one are looking massive.

In other news, it was an ugly opening weekend for Lionsgate’s The Big Wedding, which sounded like a geriatric American Pie based on descriptions. The film managed a weak $7.5 million in its opening frame and is likely never to be discussed again thanks to a “C+” CinemaScore.

Looking over box office predictions from Thursday, Laremy went higher than the $14 million tracking for Pain & Gain to decent results with his $23.2 million prediction, but Jack Tyler was the winner in the comment section with his $21 million figure as most of the readers went too high, one even went as high as $45.2 million… Maybe overall?

When it comes to Big Wedding predictions, it was The Movie Guru for the win with a spot-on $7.5 million prediction. Excellent work.

In limited release, Jeff Nichols‘ new film Mud has been receiving great reviews (read mine here) with high marks for both Matthew McConaughey and young co-star Tye Sheridan. Opening in only 363 theaters the film managed a solid $2.2 million opening. I guess Reese Witherspoon going to prison actually helped word of mouth. Good on yah Reese.

As I already said, it’s all Iron Man 3 next weekend and it’s looking to open in more than 4,000 theaters. Care to make some early predictions? Thursday’s Oracle should be a fun one…

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Weekend: Oct. 17, 2019, Oct. 20, 2019

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