T’was a big weekend at the box office, with a big debut from two films, one that I totally discounted from the top five predictions I made on Friday. So what went down? Read on.
As expected, The Croods had a huge opening weekend, grossing a strong $44 million. Dreamworks + big name voice talent + family friendly = the top of the box office heap. We’ll have to see if the film can keep its momentum heading into Easter weekend, but for this weekend, The Croods get bragging rights.
Find out how the rest of the weekend turned out after the jump!
If you look back at my predictions, you’ll see Olympus Has Fallen is nowhere to be found. Truth is, though other pundits thought the film would do well, I really thought it would have no resonance. Neither Gerard Butler or Aaron Eckhart are huge box office draws, but clearly the idea of Die Hard in the White House captured the imagination of audiences. Olympus Has Fallen debut at number two with an outstanding $33 million.
Clearly, this wasn’t my weekend, as two other films I thought would bring in big money didn’t. In the case of Harmony Korine’s buzz flick Spring Breakers, it had to settle for sixth place and only $5 million. While far from what I called, the film will still make a profit and is the director’s highest profile film so far. As for Admission, neither Tina Fey or Paul Rudd were able to save this from being a dude. The film debut in fifth with an abysmal $6.4 million.
As for the rest of the top five, Oz: The Great And Powerful dropped to third with $22 million, while The Call hit third place with $8.7 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) The Croods – $40 million
2) Oz: The Great And Powerful – $25 million
3) Spring Breakers – $17 million
4) Admission – $12 million
5) The Call – $10 million
And here’s how the weekend turned out:
1) The Croods – $44 million
2) Olympus Has Fallen – $33 million
3) Oz: The Great And Powerful – $22 million
4) The Call – $8.7
5) Admission – $6.4 million
Next week sees the release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Host. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions.