Hurricane Irene didn’t help the weekend box office numbers at all, but throw in the lacklustre releases this weekend and you’ve got what could go down as the worst weekend since in 2011. On the plus side, I was very close on how much money our top five films brought in dollar wise, even though I had a few placements wrong. Here’s how it turned it:
The Help held onto the top spot for the second weekend in a row with $14 million. It’s total gross since its release three weeks ago is an impressive $96 million. I had predicted a first place showing and $16 million, so it’s nice to see I wasn’t too far off.
Debuting in second place was the Zoe Saldana action flick Colombiana with $10.3 million (I had predicted a third place showing with $10.5 million, so almost a gold star for me).
Debuting in third place this week with $8.68 million is the Guillermo del Toro produced horror film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (I had predicted a fourth place finish and $9 million). This has definitely been a disappointing summer for scary box office offerings, as nothing has really taken hold and captured the imagination (or wallets) of theatres goers.
Four place finds Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which grossed another $8.65 million for a total of $148 million in North America (I had predicted the film would do $13 million and hold onto the second spot). I don’t if anyone expected this film to perform as well as it has, both commercially and critically, but I think we’ve seen one of the most successful reboots in many years.
Closing out the top five is the debuting Our Idiot Brother, which was D.O.A. $6.5 million (I predicted a fifth place finish and a gross of $8 million). On the plus side, the Paul Rudd-staring comedy only had an estimated $5 million budget so it will likely make a small profit when all is said and done.
So, to wrap up, here are our predictions:
1) The Help – $16 million
2) Rise of the Planet of the Apes – $13
3) Colombiana – $10.5 million
4) Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark – $9 million
5) Our Idiot Brother – $8 million
And here’s how the weekend turned out:
1) The Help – $14 million
2) Colombiana – $10.3
3) Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark – $8.68 million
4) Rise of the Planet of the Apes – $8.65 million
5) Our Idiot Brother – $6.5 million
Coming up this week, we’ll see the release of The Debt, the sci-fi film Apollo 18 and the 3D horror extravaganza known as Shark Night 3D. Check back on Friday for our predictions on how these will perform.