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'Battle Los Angeles' Tops & 'Mars Needs Moms' Bombs Phenomally

Max Irons, Shiloh Fernandez, Red Riding Hood
Max Irons, Shiloh Fernandez, Red Riding Hood

March 18, '11, update: If the North American box office was sleepy on Wednesday, it was snoring on Thursday, March 17. Perhaps the blame should be placed on St. Patrick's Day, as most people surely chose partying over moviegoing. Every single movie was down on the top-twelve chart, even though generally box office figures are up on Thursdays. Even so, figures were up 28 percent compared to Thursday last week.

Of note, Gore Verbinski's animated feature Rango topped the chart for the first time since last Thursday. Featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fischer, Abigail Breslin, and Ned Beatty, Rango collected $2.04 million according to Box Office Mojo.

Down one spot at no. 2, Battle: Los Angeles took in $2.02 million The action-sci-fier features Aaron Eckhart, Ramon Rodriguez, Gino Anthony Pesi, Cory Hardrict, Michael Peña, Ne-Yo, and Michelle Rodriguez. On Thursday, Battle: Los Angeles was down 33 percent compared to Monday.

Directed by Twilight's Catherine Hardwicke, and starring Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman, Red Riding Hood brought in $1 million at no. 3. Also in the Red Riding Hood cast: The Twilight Saga's Billy Burke, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas, Julie Christie, Max Irons, and Shiloh Fernandez.

The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, and veteran Terence Stamp, drew $897,000 at no. 4. Damon's thriller thus fell below the $1m-per-day mark for the first time on Day 14.

At no. 5, Disney's animated 3D feature Mars Needs Moms grossed $720k. After seven days, the Robert Zemeckis-produced, Simon Wells-directed, $150 million-budgeted Mars Needs Moms has finally passed the $10 million mark domestically. Total: $10.08 million. Overseas (up to March 13), Mars Needs Moms has taken in $2.1 million in seven (mostly small to mid-sized) territories.

Next in line were James McAvoy's Gnomeo & Juliet with $514,000 at no. 6 and Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens' Beastly with $485,000 at no. 7.

Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly's Hall Pass, starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, scored $423,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Jennifer Aniston-Adam Sandler's Just Go with It with $393,000, Liam Neeson-Diane Kruger' Unknown with $318,000, Colin Firth-Helena Bonham Carter's The King's Speech with $317,000, Alex Pettyfer's I Am Number Four with $280k.

Among the top twelve movies, Battle: Los Angeles had the highest per-theater average, $592. Unknown had the lowest, $138.

Also among the top-twelve, Battle: Los Angeles posted the steepest Wednesday-to-Thursday drop-off rate, down 21.5 percent. I Am Number Four posted the lowest, down 10 percent.

Photo: Red Riding Hood (Kimberley French / Warner Bros.)

March 17

Alex Pettyfer, Beastly
Alex Pettyfer, Beastly

Battle: Los Angeles topped the sleepy North American box office chart on Wednesday, March 16. Every single movie was down on the top-twelve chart.

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, Battle: Los Angeles took in $2.35 million. The action-sci-fier features Aaron Eckhart, Ramon Rodriguez, Gino Anthony Pesi, Cory Hardrict, Michael Peña, Ne-Yo, and Michelle Rodriguez.

Featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fischer, Abigail Breslin, and Ned Beatty, Gore Verbinski's animated feature Rango collected $2.21 million at no. 2.

Directed by Twilight's Catherine Hardwicke, and starring Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman, Red Riding Hood brought in $1.12 million at no. 3. Also in the Red Riding Hood cast: The Twilight Saga's Billy Burke, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas, Julie Christie, Max Irons, and Shiloh Fernandez.

The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, and veteran Terence Stamp, drew $1.05 million at no. 4.

At no. 5, Disney's animated 3D feature Mars Needs Moms grossed $767,000. After six days, the $150 million-budgeted Mars Needs Moms has yet to reach the $10 million mark domestically.

Next in line were James McAvoy's Gnomeo & Juliet with $552,000 at no. 6 and Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly's Hall Pass, starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, with $547,000 at no. 7.

Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens' Beastly scored $499,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Jennifer Aniston-Adam Sandler's Just Go with It with $433,000, Colin Firth-Helena Bonham Carter's The King's Speech with $362,000, Liam Neeson-Diane Kruger' Unknown with $348,000, Alex Pettyfer's I Am Number Four with $284,000.

Among the top-twelve movies, Battle: Los Angeles had the highest per-theater average, $690. I Am Number Four had the lowest, $142.

Also among the top-twelve, Battle: Los Angeles posted the steepest Tuesday-to-Wednesday drop-off rate, down 21.5 percent. I Am Number Four posted the lowest, 10 percent.

Photo: Beastly (CBS Films)

March 16

Shiloh Fernandez, Red Riding Hood
Shiloh Fernandez in Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood

Jonathan Liebesman's Battle: Los Angeles topped the U.S. and Canada box office once again on Tuesday, March 15, taking in $3 million. The action-sci-fier features Aaron Eckhart, Ramon Rodriguez, Gino Anthony Pesi, Cory Hardrict, Michael Peña, Ne-Yo, and Michelle Rodriguez. Among the top-twelve movies on the box office chart, Battle: Los Angeles was the only one to be down on Tuesday, a minor down 1.5 percent drop.

Featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fischer, Abigail Breslin, and Ned Beatty, Gore Verbinski's animated feature Rango collected $2.5 million at no. 2.

Directed by Twilight's Catherine Hardwicke, and starring Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman, Red Riding Hood brought in $1.37 million at no. 3. Also in the Red Riding Hood cast: The Twilight Saga's Billy Burke, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas, Julie Christie, Max Irons, and Shiloh Fernandez.

The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, and veteran Terence Stamp, drew $1.28 million at no. 4.

At no. 5, Disney's animated 3D feature Mars Needs Moms grossed $940k. Despite a 27 percent attendance jump, it remained below the $1m-per-day mark. After five days, Mars Needs Moms has yet to reach the $10 million mark domestically.

At no. 6, Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly's Hall Pass, starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, pulled in $629,000.

Next in line were James McAvoy's Gnomeo & Juliet with $616,000 at no. 7 and Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens' Beastly with $610,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Jennifer Aniston-Adam Sandler's Just Go with It with $501,000, Colin Firth-Geoffrey Rush's The King's Speech with $412,000, Liam Neeson-January Jones' Unknown with $407,000, Alex Pettyfer's I Am Number Four with $315,000.

Among the top-twelve movies, Battle: Los Angeles had the highest per-theater average, $878. I Am Number Four had the lowest, $157.

Also among the top-twelve, as mentioned above Battle: Los Angeles was the only movie to be down on Tuesday (compared to Monday), a minor down 1.5 percent. Just Go with It posted the highest attendance increase, up 29 percent.

Photo: Red Riding Hood (Kimberley French / Warner Bros.)

March 15

Mars Needs Moms, Seth Green, Robert Zemeckis
The Supervisor (Mindy Sterling), Ki (Elisabeth Harnois) watch Milo (Seth Green) and Milo's mother (Joan Cusack) in the Robert Zemeckis-produced Mars Needs Moms

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, Battle: Los Angeles topped the North American box office once again on Monday, March 14, taking in $3.04 million. Battle: Los Angeles features Aaron Eckhart, Ramon Rodriguez, Gino Anthony Pesi, Cory Hardrict, Michael Peña, Ne-Yo, and Michelle Rodriguez.

Featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fischer, Abigail Breslin, and Ned Beatty, Gore Verbinski's animated feature Rango collected $2.29 million.

Directed by Twilight's Catherine Hardwicke, and starring Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman, Red Riding Hood brought in $1.19 million at no. 3. Also in the Red Riding Hood cast: The Twilight Saga's Billy Burke, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas, Julie Christie, Max Irons, and Shiloh Fernandez.

The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, and veteran Terence Stamp, drew $1.02 million at no. 4.

At no. 5, Disney's animated 3D feature Mars Needs Moms grossed $740,000, having thus fallen below the $1m-per-day mark after only four days out.

Produced by Robert Zemeckis, the $150 million-budgeted Mars Needs Moms is now being referred to as one of the biggest box office disasters in history. In fact, Mars Needs Moms is directly responsible for Disney's decision to scrap Zemeckis' planned remake of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine. To date, Mars Needs Moms has grossed $7.65 million.

At no. 6, Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly's Hall Pass, starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, pulled in $547,000.

Next in line were James McAvoy's Gnomeo & Juliet with $503,000 at no. 7 and Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens' Beastly with $477,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Jennifer Aniston-Adam Sandler's Just Go with It with $389,000, Colin Firth-Geoffrey Rush's The King's Speech with $339,000, Liam Neeson-January Jones' Unknown with $331,000, Alex Pettyfer's I Am Number Four with $265,000.

Among the top-twelve movies, Battle: Los Angeles had the highest per-theater average, $891. I Am Number Four had the lowest, $133.

Also among the top-twelve, Gnomeo & Juliet surprisingly posted the lowest Sunday-to-Monday drop-off rate, down 55.5 percent. “Surprisingly” because animated features tend to have steep weekend-to-weekday drops; indeed, Rango posted the highest drop-off rate, down 67.5 percent.

Photo: Mars Needs Mom (ImageMovers Digital LLC. / Disney)

March 14

Red Riding Hood, Amanda Seyfried, Catherine Hardwicke
Amanda Seyfried in Red Riding Hood, directed by Twilight's Catherine Hardwicke

Sony Pictures' Battle: Los Angeles topped the U.S. and Canada box office this past weekend (Mar. 11-13), taking in $35.57 million, or about $500,000 less than estimated, according to weekend box office actuals.

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, Battle: Los Angeles features Aaron Eckhart, Ramon Rodriguez, Gino Anthony Pesi, Cory Hardrict, Michael Peña, Ne-Yo, and Michelle Rodriguez.

Directed by Gore Verbinski, and featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fischer, Abigail Breslin, and Ned Beatty, Rango collected $22.6 million.

At no. 3, Red Riding Hood, directed by Twilight's Catherine Hardwicke, and starring Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman, opened with $14 million. Also in the Red Riding Hood cast: The Twilight Saga's Billy Burke, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas, Julie Christie, Max Irons, and Shiloh Fernandez.

The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, and veteran Terence Stamp, drew $11.59 million at no. 4.

At no. 5, Disney's animated 3D feature Mars Needs Moms grossed $6.91 million, about $100,000 more than expected but a abysmal figure nevertheless. The $150 million-budgeted film's per-theater average was a disastrous – especially for a 3D release – $2,218 at 3,117 locations.

At no. 6, up one spot from yesterday's estimates, Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens' Beastly brought in $5.02 million.

Next in line were Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly's Hall Pass, starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, with $5.01 million at no. 7 and the Jennifer Aniston-Adam Sandler comedy Just Go with It with $4.01 million at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were James McAvoy's Gnomeo & Juliet with $3.61m; Colin Firth's The King's Speech with $3.57 million, Liam Neeson-January Jones' Unknown with $3.36 million, Alex Pettyfer's I Am Number Four with $2.26 million.

Gone from the top twelve were Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Topher Grace's Take Me Home Tonight (after only one week), and Martin Lawrence's Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son.

Among the top-twelve movies, Battle: Los Angeles had the highest per-theater average, $10,411. I Am Number Four had the lowest, $1,127.

Also among the top-twelve (barring new entries Battle: Los Angeles, Red Riding Hood, and Mars Needs Moms), Just Go with It posted the lowest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate, down 37.5 percent. I Am Number Four posted the highest, down 61 percent.

Photo: Red Riding Hood (Warner Bros.).

Yellow Submarine, The Beatles

It was inevitable. Following the abysmal box office take of the Robert Zemeckis-produced, Simon Wells-directed Mars Needs Mom, reportedly budgeted at $150 million but taking in $6.9 million this past weekend, the Walt Disney Co. has canceled Zemeckis' next project for the studio, a remake of The Beatles' 1968 animated feature Yellow Submarine, The Hollywood Reporter has announced.

Not that Yellow Submarine had just been sailing along. The Reporter adds that “there were budget issues and a key presentation Zemeckis was to have made before the Beatles heirs kept being pushed back. A December date for the confab was scrapped and never rescheduled.” Additionally, Disney had shut down Zemeckis' ImageMovers studio in May 2010.

In Zemeckis' motion-capture remake, the Beatles were to have been played by Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz and Adam Campbell. Winner of a Best Director Academy Award for Forrest Gump, Zemeckis also directed the motion-capture features The Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol.

Zemeckis last live-action feature films were What Lies Beneath and Cast Away, both 2000 releases.

Battle: Los Angeles, Jonathan Liebesman
Jonathan Liebesman's Battle: Los Angeles

March 13, '11: Summer hasn't arrived, yet, but Daylight Savings Time has. Perhaps that's the clue for Hollywood studios to start releasing braindead summer fare in an attempt to satiate the hunger of those who've had enough of braindead winter fare, e.g., Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son, The Green Hornet, No Strings Attached, and the like.

That probably explains why Sony Pictures' Battle: Los Angeles was the no. 1 movie at the North American box office this weekend (Mar. 11-13), taking in $36 million at 3,417 locations, averaging $10,536 per site according to studio estimates. Unless there's a catastrophic drop next weekend – always a possibility for this kind of stuff – that's not bad at all for a movie that cost a reported $70 million.

Battle: Los Angeles' approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics is a mere 22 percent. But people who go watch that sort of thing don't read reviews. Most probably they can't read, period. But illiterate or not, they surely have reason to rejoice: Expect Battle: Las Vegas, Battle: London, Battle: Luanda sometime in the not too distant future. Battle: Libya is raging right now, but that one doesn't have cool special effects. That's why most people pay no attention to it.

Directed by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning's Jonathan Liebesman, and written by The General's Daughter's Christopher Bertolini – his first feature screenplay in more than a decade – Battle: Los Angeles features a multi-ethnic cast that includes Aaron Eckhart (whose much better received Rabbit Hole flopped late last year), Ramon Rodriguez, Gino Anthony Pesi, Cory Hardrict, Michael Peña, Ne-Yo, and Michelle Rodriguez.

Overseas, Battle: Los Angeles opened at the top spot in Russia, Korea, the United Kingdom, and India. International gross is estimated to be $16.7 million in 33 countries.

Photo: Battle: Los Angeles (Richard Cartwright / Columbia Pictures).

Amanda Seyfried, Red Riding Hood
Amanda Seyfried in Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood

Last week's box office champ, Paramount/DreamWorks' animated Rango was down one spot on the North American chart this weekend (Mar. 11-13).

Directed by Gore Verbinski, and featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fischer, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Timothy Olyphant, and Ray Winstone, Rango collected $23.05 million – down a not inconsiderable 39.5 percent – as per studio estimates. To date, Rango has pulled in $68.65 million. Cost: $135 million.

At no. 3, the new Warner Bros. release Red Riding Hood, directed by Twilight's Catherine Hardwicke, and starring Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman, opened with a disappointing $14.13 million at 3,030 sites. The $42 million-budgeted thriller's per-theater average was a so-so $4,665. But then again, considering that Hardwicke's film has been lambasted by critics – it has a dismal 7 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics – perhaps its box office figures are actually not that bad. Also in the Red Riding Hood cast: The Twilight Saga's Billy Burke, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas, Julie Christie, Max Irons, and Shiloh Fernandez.

Directed by George Nolfi, and starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, and veteran Terence Stamp, last weekend's no. 2 movie, The Adjustment Bureau, was down two spots with $11.45 million (down 46 percent). Total to date: $38.45 million. It doesn't seem at all likely that Matt Damon's latest will be able to recover its reported $50 million production costs at the domestic box office. (Studios keep only about 50-55 percent of a film's box office gross.)

Photo: Red Riding Hood (Kimberley French / Warner Bros.)

Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Beastly
Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Beastly

At no. 5, Disney's animated 3D feature Mars Needs Moms can already be considered one of 2011's biggest box office flops. Budgeted at about $150m, Mars Needs Moms grossed a measly $6.8 million in North America this weekend (Mar. 11-13). Its per-theater average was a disastrous – especially for a 3D release – $2,182 at 3,117 locations.

At no. 6, Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly's Hall Pass, starring Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate, and Richard Jenkins, took in $5.1 million (down 42 percent). Total to date: $34.93 million. Cost: $36 million.

Down four spots at no. 7, Beastly brought in $5.09 million (down 48 percent). Directed by Daniel Barnz, the romantic fantasy stars I Am Number Four's Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens.

Next in line was the Jennifer Aniston-Adam Sandler comedy Just Go with It, which drew $4 million (down 38 percent) at no. 8. Total to date: $93.98 million. Cost: $80 million.

Rounding out the top twelve were:

  • Best Picture Oscar winner The King's Speech, starring Best Actor winner Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, with $3.62 million. The King's Speech was down 42 percent after losing 472 venues. Total to date: $129.06 million. Cost: $15 million.
  • Gnomeo & Juliet, featuring the voice of James McAvoy and songs by Elton John, with $3.54 million (down 51 percent). Total to date: $89.03 million.
  • Liam Neeson-January Jones' Unknown with $3.37 million (down 42 percent, after losing more than 600 sites). Total to date: $58.42 million. Cost: $30 million.
  • Alex Pettyfer's I Am Number Four with $5.75 million (down 62 percent, after losing nearly 900 locations). Total to date: $50.4 million. Cost: $60 million.

Gone from the top twelve were Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Topher Grace's Take Me Home Tonight (after only one week), and Martin Lawrence's Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son.

Among the top-twelve movies, Battle: Los Angeles had the highest per-theater average, $10,536. I Am Number Four had the lowest, $1,103.

Also among the top-twelve (barring new entries Battle: Los Angeles, Red Riding Hood, and Mars Needs Moms), Just Go with It posted the lowest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate, down 38 percent. I Am Number Four posted the highest, down 61.5 percent.

Photo: Beastly (CBS Films)


         
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4 Comments to 'Battle Los Angeles' Tops & 'Mars Needs Moms' Bombs Phenomally

  1. Ter05

    I've seen it twice, once with friends and once with family members who wanted to see it. I enjoyed it both times. The critics seem to hate most of the good movies and I wonder how much their negative blasting of fun movies hurt at the box office. The two young male stars of the movie were wonderful and refreshing, the scenery and interesting village were great, the mystery part of it was fun. The six people I saw it with from age 18 - 68 all liked it a lot.

  2. Amy Wi

    Mars Needs Moms is the worst movie I ever seen. Waste of money and time. I found bad reviews on it, but I did not imagine it would be so bad. There is not one single thing in the movie to enjoy. Wow what a scam to rob money from people.

  3. zac

    Hello, Selene,

    Considering its relatively low cost, I agree with you. Even if you consider marketing/distribution expenses, “Red Riding Hood” should eventually earn a profit for Warner Bros.

  4. luacheia99

    Seems that this week's release were very good considering the bash that the film critic's reviews.
    I saw BATTLE: LOS ANGELES trailer and I can't understand how people pay to see a movie like this…. I am verryyyyy tired of this kind of movie!
    Now… RRH did really good if you consider the reviews! THAT I really didn't get! Why did people think it would be different? It IS a fairytale with a wolf in the woods, with a girl and two guys, made by a director who until now just did teens movies. The big problem is people itself, who could not disassociate Twilight from RRH. It was a huge mistake from the studio! They could not hire Catherine, because the thematic is the same! Same thematic, same director, same movie!
    But the truth is the fairytale is older than Twilight but the screenwriter changed it and did a thematic copy! Lousy job!
    But I think, in the end, the movie will do well in the worldwide box office and will profit!