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'Bridesmaids' Box Office: Women (Almost) on Top

Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Tai the Elephant, Water for Elephants
Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Tai the Elephant in Francis Lawrence's Water for Elephants

May 20

Paul Feig's sleeper hit Bridesmaids, starring Kristen Wiig, topped the North American box office throughout this past week, grossing another $2.85 million on Thursday, May 19, according to Box Office Mojo. The well-received comedy fell (slightly) below the daily $1k-per-theater average yesterday, with $980 per site.

Bridesmaids, in fact, should pass the $50 million milestone domestically this weekend. Total to date: $38.45 million. The Universal release features Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm, Rose Byrne, and Jill Clayburgh.

One that has just passed the $50 million milestone is the Reese Witherspoon-Robert Pattinson-Christoph Waltz circus drama Water for Elephants. Directed by Francis Lawrence and based on Sara Gruen's bestseller, Water for Elephants' cume stood at $50.27 million on Thursday, following the addition of $381k that day.

At no. 2, Kenneth Branagh's Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Tom Hiddleston, grossed $2.2 million.

At no. 3, Fast Five, starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Jordana Brewster, drew $1.27 million.

Fast Five was followed by Scott Charles Stewart's Priest, which pulled in $786,000. Priest fell below the $1m-per-day mark on Wednesday, its sixth day out, when it collected $885,000. The horror/thriller stars Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban, and Lily Collins.

At no. 5, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson's Something Borrowed took in $546,000.

Next in line were Paula Patton and Angela Bassett's Jumping the Broom with $418,000 at no. 6 and Carlos Saldanha's Rio, featuring the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, with $416,000, down two spots at no. 7.

Water for Elephants brought in $381,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family with $122,000, AnnaSophia Robb's Soul Surfer with $113,000, Born to Be Wild with $84,000, Jake Gyllenhaal-Michelle Monaghan's Source Code with $73,000.

Among the top-twelve movies Bridesmaids had the highest per-theater average, $980. Soul Surfer had the lowest, $78.

Also among the top twelve on Thursday, five movies were up, seven were down compared to the day before. Jumping the Broom posted the highest Wednesday-to-Thursday attendance increase, 9 percent. Priest posted the highest drop-off rate, down 11 percent.

Photo: Water for Elephants (David James / 20th Century Fox / Regency)

May 17

Paul Feig's Bridesmaids, the first major sleeper hit of 2011, topped the North American box office for the first time on Monday, May 16, collecting $2.99 million according to Box Office Mojo. The Universal release features Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm, Rose Byrne, and Jill Clayburgh's last film appearance.

Also worthy of (art-house) box office note, Cary Joji Fukunaga's Jane Eyre, starring Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska passed the $10 million mark on Monday. Total: $10.01 million.

Down one spot at no. 2, Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, and starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Tom Hiddleston, grossed $2.85 million. For the first time, Thor per-theater average, $721, was below the $1k-per-day mark. Monday was its 11th day out.

At no. 3, Fast Five, starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Jordana Brewster, drew $1.59 million.

Fast Five was followed by Scott Charles Stewart's Priest, which pulled in $1.21 million, averaging $423 per site, at no. 4. Priest thus fell below the $1k-per-day mark on its fourth day out. The horror/thriller stars Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban, and Lily Collins.

Up two spots at no. 5, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson's Something Borrowed took in $582,000.

Next in line were Paula Patton and Angela Bassett's Jumping the Broom with $537,000 at no. 6 and Carlos Saldanha's Rio, featuring the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, with $401,000, down two spots at no. 7.

The Reese Witherspoon-Robert Pattinson-Christoph Waltz circus drama Water for Elephants brought in $400,000 at no. 8. Water for Elephants should be passing the $50 million milestone on Thursday.

Rounding out the top twelve were Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family with $143,000; AnnaSophia Robb's Soul Surfer with $100,000; Jake Gyllenhaal-Michelle Monaghan's Source Code, back among the top twelve with $74,000; and Patrick Wilson-Rose Byrne's Insidious with $73,000.

Gone from the top twelve on Monday was Glenn Close-Hayden Panettiere's Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil.

Among the top-twelve movies Bridesmaids had the highest per-theater average, $1,025. Soul Surfer had the lowest, $69.

Also among the top twelve, Bridesmaids posted the lowest Sunday-to-Monday drop-off rate, down 62 percent. Rio posted the highest, down 86 percent.

Photo: Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures).

May 16

Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, and starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Tom Hiddleston, was the leader at the North American box office this past weekend, May 13-15, grossing $34.7 million according to actuals found at Box Office Mojo.

But the real success story of the weekend was that of Paul Feig's extremely well-received comedy Bridesmaids, which took in nearly two million more than estimated yesterday.

Starring Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids collected $26.27 million at no. 2, thus reaching the highest per-theater average among the top-twelve movies: $8,995. The Universal release also featuresMaya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm, Rose Byrne, and Jill Clayburgh's last film appearance.

Surprisingly, several other films actually earned more than what was reported on Sunday: Fast Five (nearly $1 million), Priest ($500,000), Rio ($250,000), and Water for Elephants ($100,000).

At no. 3, Fast Five, starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Jordana Brewster, drew $20.44 million. Partly thanks to its North American figures, the Justin Lin-directed actioner is now the most successful 2011 release at the worldwide box office.

At no. 4, newcomer Priest, directed by Scott Charles Stewart, and starring Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban, and Lily Collins, pulled in $14.95 million.

At no. 5, Carlos Saldanha's Rio, featuring the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, took in $8.27 million, down a minuscule 3 percent compared to last weekend. Internationally, Rio remains the biggest 2011 hit.

Next in line were Paula Patton and Angela Bassett's Jumping the Broom with $7.06 million at no. 6, and Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson's Something Borrowed with $6.87 million at no. 7.

The Reese Witherspoon-Robert Pattinson-Christoph Waltz circus drama Water for Elephants drew $4.2 million at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family with $2.21 million, AnnaSophia Robb's Soul Surfer with $1.82 million, Glenn Close-Hayden Panettiere's Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil with $1.15 million, Patrick Wilson-Rose Byrne's Insidious with $958,000.

Gone from the top twelve were the Disney documentary African Cats, Jake Gyllenhaal-Michelle Monaghan's Source Code, and Aimee Teegarden-Thomas McDonell's Prom.

Among the top-twelve movies Bridesmaids had the highest per-theater average, $8,995. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil had the lowest, $902.

Also among the top twelve (barring newcomers Bridesmaids and Priest), Jumping the Broom posted the highest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate, down 54 percent. Rio posted the lowest, down 3 percent.

Photo: Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures).

Kristen Wiig, Ellie Kemper, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, Bridesmaids
Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

May 14

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Tom Hiddleston, Kenneth Branagh's Thor topped the North American box office for the second straight weekend, May 13-15, grossing $34.5 million (down 47 percent) according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

Thor's sizable 60–64 percent Friday drop (depending on whether or not you include the previous week's Thursday midnight screenings) was considerably attenuated on Saturday, when the Paramount/Marvel adventure flick soared an estimated 66 percent. Thor passed the $100 million milestone that day; its domestic total to date is $119.25 million.

Thor's top foreign markets are Australia, which happens to be Chris Hemsworth's native country, the United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Russia, China, South Korea, Brazil, Spain, and Italy. Worldwide total: $317.66 million. Cost: $150 million.

Aided by generally excellent reviews, Paul Feig's Bridesmaids collected $24.4 million at no. 2. Most pundits had been expecting a $15-$20 million take for the Universal release featuring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm, Rose Byrne, and Jill Clayburgh's last film appearance.

At 2,918 locations, Bridesmaids scored a solid $8,365 per-theater average vs. Thor's (3D-assisted) $8,706. Bridesmaids cost a reported $32.5 million.

For comparison's sake: Kate Hudson-Ginnifer Goodwin opened last week with $13.94m; Patrick Dempsey-Michelle Monaghan's Made of Honor opened in May '08 with $14.76m; Anne Hathaway-Kate Hudson's Bride Wars opened in January '09 with $21.05m; and Tina Fey-Amy Poehler's Baby Mama opened in April '08 with $17.4 million. (I've refrained from comparing Bridesmaids to Judd Apatow's male-oriented comedies.)

Photo: Universal Pictures

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Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig
Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne,Bridesmaids

Kenneth Branagh's Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston, topped the North American box office for the second consecutive Friday, grossing $9.1 million on May 13 according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

That represents a 64 percent drop from a week ago – or about 60 percent if one excludes the $3.3 million the film earned at Thursday midnight screenings. Even so, Thor should pass the $100 million milestone some time today.

Yet, the real box office success story on Friday was that of Paul Feig's Bridesmaids, which collected $7.83 million at no. 2, and should end up with more than $20 million for the weekend. Most pundits had been expecting a $15-$20 million take.

At 2,918 locations, the extremely well-received comedy had the highest per-theater average among the top-twelve movies: $2,685 vs. Thor's (3D-assisted) $2,296.

Bridesmaids features Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm, and Rose Byrne, who now has two films among the top twelve, Insidious being the other. Bridesmaids also marks Jill Clayburgh's last film appearance.

Women, in fact, fared surprisingly well on Friday – something unusual at any time of the year, especially during the “official” summer season. Besides Bridesmaids, four other top-twelve films are centered on women: Something Borrowed (Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson), Jumping the Broom (Paula Patton, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine), Soul Surfer (AnnaSophia Robb), and Prom (Aimee Teegarden).

Three others have central or near-central female roles: Thor (Natalie Portman), Water for Elephants (Reese Witherspoon), and Rio (Anne Hathaway's she-bird) – not to mention Madea's Big Happy Family (Loretta Devine, Cassi Davis, Shannon Kane, Tyler Perry in drag).

For comparison's sake: at this time last year, the only top-eleven* movie (more or less) centered on female characters was Letters to Juliet (Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave). Only four others had major female roles: Date Night (Tina Fey), The Back-up Plan (Jennifer Lopez), Just Wright (Queen Latifah), and, to some extent, A Nightmare on Elm Street (Rooney Mara).

* At no. 12 on the chart, Babies is a documentary.

Photo: Universal Pictures

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Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

With an estimated $9.2 million on Friday, May 13, Thor may end up with $32 million for the weekend as per Deadline.com. That's about a 63 percent drop from last Friday, and 50 percent from last weekend. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Tom Hiddleston, Thor cost a reported $150 million.

Opening with stronger numbers than many had predicted, Paul Feig's Bridesmaids, featuring Kristen Wiig, collected about $8.5 million on Friday and may reach $23 million by Sunday evening. Many pundits had been expecting the well-received comedy to earn less than $20 million.

Fast Five was down one spot at no. 3 with $6 million on Friday. It was followed by newcomer Priest, a 3D action/horror flick based on a Korean graphic novel. Starring Paul Bettany and Twilight's Cam Gigandet, Priest drew an estimated $5.5 million on Friday and may reach $15 million over the weekend.

Vying for fifth place were Something Borrowed, with Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin, and Jumping the Broom, with Paula Patton and Angela Bassett.

Something unusual for the “summer” season: films featuring women in major roles – I'm including Natalie Portman's Thor here – took up four of the top six spots at the North American box office on Friday.

Remember: These are rough, early estimates. Official studio estimates will be posted Saturday. Official weekend estimates come out on Sunday. Weekend box office actuals will be released on Monday.

Photo: Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)

May 15

Robert Pattinson, Rosie, Tail the Elephant, Water for Elephants
Robert Pattinson, Tai the Elephant, Water for Elephants

Next in line at the North American box office this weekend, May 13-15, was the Reese Witherspoon-Robert Pattinson-Christoph Waltz circus drama Water for Elephants with $4.1 million at no. 8, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

Directed by Francis Lawrence, Water for Elephants has proved itself quite resilient: it was down only 32 percent. Domestic total: $48.47 million. Water for Elephants should pass the $50 million milestone domestically within the week. Cost: $38 million.

It's worth noting that Water for Elephants was the top release in Australia this weekend, taking in $3.8 million. The film's current worldwide total stands at $82.47 million.

Rounding out the top twelve were:

  • Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family with $2.2 million (down 47 percent). Domestic total: $50.21 million. Perry's latest passed the $50 million milestone some time today. There's no way Madea's Big Happy Family will get even close to the box office success of Perry's previous Madea misadventure, Madea Goes to Jail, which went on to gross $90.5 million domestically. Madea's Big Happy Family cost a reported $25 million.
  • AnnaSophia Robb's Soul Surfer with $1.8 million (down 22 percent). Domestic total: $39.2 million. Cost: $18 million.
  • Glenn Close-Hayden Panettiere's Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil with $1.03 million (down 49 percent, after losing 1,229 locations). Domestic total: a dismal $8.44 million. Internationally, Hoodwinked Too! grossed $622k up to May 8. Cost: $30 million.
  • Patrick Wilson-Rose Byrne's Insidious with $965k (-28 percent). Domestic total: $51.68 million. Cost: $1.5 million, in addition to $20m+ in marketing expenses.

Gone from the top twelve were the Disney documentary African Cats, Jake Gyllenhaal-Michelle Monaghan's Source Code, and Aimee Teegarden-Thomas McDonell's Prom. (Obviously, I spoke too fast yesterday about Prom's weekend resurgence. Prom was down 60 percent compared to last weekend, after losing 1,529 locations.)

Among the top-twelve movies Thor, with the assistance of 3D surcharges, had the highest per-theater average, $8,706. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil had the lowest, $808.

Also among the top twelve (barring newcomers Bridesmaids and Priest), Jumping the Broom posted the highest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate, down 52 percent. Rio posted the lowest, down 6 percent.

Photo: Water for Elephants (David James / 20th Century Fox / Regency)

Mel Gibson, The Beaver
Mel Gibson, The Beaver

In other box office news: Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris opened in second place in France, collecting $4 million this weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The romantic comedy which has received a number of positive reviews stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Marion Cotillard. (The no. 1 movie in France was Fast Five.)

Black Swan has finally opened in Japan, grossing $6.1 million (including previews). Starring Oscar winner Natalie Portman, the international total of Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama currently stands at $198.6 million.

Directed by Jodie Foster, and starring Mel Gibson, Foster, and Jennifer Lawrence, The Beaver was up nearly 47 percent at the North American box office this weekend after adding 83 locations. That sounds better than the film's actual performance: The Beaver brought in only $158,000 at 105 locations, averaging a paltry $1,505 per site according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

Directed by Dan Rush, and starring Will Ferrell, Everything Must Go earned the actor good reviews but disappointing box office figures: $825,000 at 218 theaters, for a weak $3,784 per-site average.

At 40 locations, Hesher debuted with only $125k and a low $3,175 per location. Directed by Spencer Susser, Hesher features Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, Natalie Portman (who also co-produced the film), and three-time Oscar-nominated veteran Piper Laurie.

Justin Chadwick's The First Grader debuted with an okay $22,600 at 3 locations. Its per-theater average was $7,533.

Photo: The Beaver (Ken Regan / Summit Entertainment)

Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Fast Five
Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Fast Five

Following Kenneth Branagh's Thor and Paul Feig's Bridesmaids at the North American box office this weekend, May 13-15, Fast Five, starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Jordana Brewster, drew $19.53 million (down 40 percent) at no. 3 according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

The Justin Lin-directed actioner passed the $150 million milestone on Friday, its 15th day out. Domestic total: $168.78 million. Worldwide: $440.48m; Fast Five is now the top 2011 release at the global box office, having just surpassed Rio. (Rio, however, remains the no. 1 title internationally – at least until next weekend.) Fast Five cost: $125 million (official); $175 million (unofficial).

At no. 4, newcomer Priest, directed by Scott Charles Stewart, and starring Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban, and Lily Collins, scored $14.5 million – thus, at the higher end of expectations. Partly thanks to 3D surcharges, Priest, based on Hyung Min-Woo's graphic novels, had a decent $5,063 per-theater average. Worldwide total: $40.1 million. Cost: $60 million.

At no. 5, Carlos Saldanha's Rio, featuring the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, took in $8 million, down a minuscule 6 percent compared to last weekend. The absence of kiddie flicks on North American screens is surely the reason for Rio's strong hold-over power. Domestic total: $124.96 million. Worldwide: $428.56 million. Cost: $90 million.

Paula Patton and Angela Bassett's comedy Jumping the Broom was next with $7.3 million at no. 6. Down a not inconsiderable down 52 percent, Jumping the Broom at least managed to not sink as quickly as the Tyler Perry comedies, which usually plummet around 60 percent on their second weekend. Domestic total: $25.99 million. Cost: $6.6 million.

Since neither Patton nor Bassett are international stars, chances are that Jumping the Broom's worldwide take will end up quite similar to its domestic one.

Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson's Something Borrowed earned $7 million (down 50 percent) at no. 7. Domestic total: $25.64 million. Cost: $35 million. Up to May 8, Something Borrowed had collected $2.7 million overseas.

Photo: Fast Five (Universal Pictures)

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Cam Gigandet, Priest
Cam Gigandet, Priest

Following Thor and Bridesmaids at the North American box office on Friday, May 13, Fast Five, starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Jordana Brewster, drew $5.87 million at no. 3 according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.. The Justin Lin-directed actioner has thus passed the $150 million milestone at the domestic box office on Day 15. Total to date: $155.12 million.

At no. 4, newcomer Priest, directed by Scott Charles Stewart, and starring Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban, and Lily Collins, scored $5.6 million. Partly thanks to 3D surcharges, Priest, based on Hyung Min-Woo's graphic novels, had a decent $1,955 per-theater average.

At no. 5, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson's Something Borrowed earned $2.3 million. It was followed by Paula Patton and Angela Bassett's Jumping the Broom with $2 million at no. 6.

Next in line were Carlos Saldanha's Rio, featuring the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, with $1.6 million at no. 7 and the Reese Witherspoon-Robert Pattinson-Christoph Waltz circus drama Water for Elephants with $1.16 million at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family with $600,000, AnnaSophia Robb's Soul Surfer with $475,000, Patrick Wilson-Rose Byrne's Insidious with $330,000, and Aimee Teegarden-Thomas McDonell's Prom with $260k – which has been performing better than expected on weekends.

Gone from the top twelve on Friday were the Disney documentary African Cats, Glenn Close-Hayden Panettiere's Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, Jake Gyllenhaal-Michelle Monaghan's Source Code.

Among the top-twelve movies Bridesmaids had the highest per-theater average, $2,685. Soul Surfer had the lowest, $267.

Also among the top twelve (barring newcomers Bridesmaids and Priest), Rio posted the highest Thursday-to-Friday attendance increase rate, up 267 percent. Water for Elephants posted the lowest, up 107 percent.

Photo: Sony Pictures

May 13

Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Water for Elephants
Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Water for Elephants

To date, Rio is the biggest worldwide box office hit of 2011. Fast Five and Thor are also performing remarkably well. But apart from Oscar winners The King's Speech and Black Swan – both late 2010 releases – the North American box office hasn't been all too keen on dramas about human relationships.

Nearly half of 2011 has gone by, and so far the year's only drama – outside the action/thriller/horror genres – to be found on the top 25 chart is Francis Lawrence's Water for Elephants, starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz.

Despite wildly mixed reviews, Water for Elephants has collected $44.37 million after three weeks, and will likely pass the $50 million milestone by next weekend. Those are hardly blockbuster figures, but probably more than many expected when the movie came out.

Internationally, Water for Elephants has added (up to May 8) $21.3 million for a worldwide total of $65.67 million. With $3.31 million, Germany is the film's biggest market outside North America. Next in line are France with $2.32 million, the United Kingdom with $2.09 million, and Russia/CIS with $2.04 million.

The other countries where Water for Elephants has grossed more than $1 million are Mexico with $1.59 million, Spain with $1.21 million, and Brazil with $1.06 million.

The circus-set drama has yet to open in Japan and Australia. It opened poorly in Italy, with only $543k and a paltry $1,714 per-theater average.

Reese Witherspoon's previous star vehicle, James L. Brooks' How Do You Know, collected $30 million in the U.S. and Canada and $17.49 million internationally earlier this year – highly disappointing figures, especially for a movie that cost a reported $120 million. Its top foreign markets were Germany ($3.11 million), Australia ($2.73 million), and Spain ($1.62m).

Robert Pattinson's previous non-Twilight Saga vehicle, Remember Me, went on to gross $19 million in North America and $36.96 million internationally in 2010. The romantic drama's top international markets were the United Kingdom/Ireland ($5.49 million), France ($3.53 million), and Russia/CIS ($3.48m).

Photo: Water for Elephants (David James / 20th Century Fox / Regency)

May 13

Chris Hemsworth, Thor close-up
Chris Hemsworth, Thor

Kenneth Branagh's Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston, topped the North American box office once again, grossing $4.02 million on Thursday, May 12, according to Box Office Mojo.

Thor is also expected to lead this weekend, despite competition from Bridesmaids and Priest.

Thor is expected to gross between $30m-$38 million on its second weekend out. Last weekend, it took in $65 million. Bridesmaids, featuring Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, and Jill Clayburgh's last film appearance, is expected to collect $15m-$20m, while the 3D Paul Bettany-Cam Gigandet horror drama Priest should land in third place with about $12m-$15 million.

At no. 2 on Thursday, Fast Five, starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Dwayne Johnson, collected $2.1 million. As mentioned yesterday, the Justin Lin-directed actioner will pass the $150 million milestone at the domestic box office on Friday. Domestic total to date: $149.24 million.

At no. 3, Kate Hudson-Ginnifer Goodwin's Something Borrowed earned $1.1 million, thus ensuring the poorly received romantic comedy will remain above the $1m-per-day mark at least until Monday.

The Angela Bassett-Paula Patton comedy Jumping the Broom pulled in $733,000 at no. 4. That was its first “up” day – up 4 percent – this week. On the other hand, the Robert Pattinson-Reese Witherspoon-Christoph Waltz circus drama Water for Elephants had its first down day (-2 percent), collecting $561,000 at no. 5.

Carlos Saldanha's Rio, featuring the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, drew $436k at no. 6.

Next in line were Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family with $217,000 at no. 7 and African Cats with $142,000, up three spots at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Glenn Close-Hayden Panettiere's Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil with $141,000, AnnaSophia Robb's Soul Surfer with $134,000, Jake Gyllenhaal-Michelle Monaghan's Source Code with $116,000, Aimee Teegarden-Thomas McDonell's Prom with $104,000.

Among the top-twelve movies Thor had the highest per-theater average, $1,018. Prom had the lowest, $38.

Also among the top twelve, five movies were slightly down on Thursday; seven were up. With up 22 percent, African Cats was the only one to post a Wednesday-to-Thursday attendance increase rate above 10 percent. Thor posted the highest drop-off rate, down 4 percent.

Photo: Thor (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel / Paramount Pictures)

May 12

Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Water for Elephants
Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon in Francis Lawrence's Water for Elephants

The North American box office was down quite a bit on Wednesday, May 11, with a drop-off rate of nearly 20 percent for the top-ten films on the chart, according to Box Office Mojo.

Among the movies earning more than $500,000 on Wednesday, the Robert Pattinson-Reese Witherspoon-Christoph Waltz circus drama Water for Elephants held up best, with a relatively modest 11 percent drop. For comparison's sake: on Monday, Water for Elephants grossed 53 percent less than the Angela Bassett-Paula Patton comedy Jumping the Broom; on Wednesday, that gap had been reduced to 18 percent.

Down 22 percent, Kenneth Branagh's Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston, scored $4.18 million.

At no. 2, Fast Five, starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Dwayne Johnson, collected $2.14 million. The Justin Lin-directed actioner will pass the $150 million milestone at the domestic box office on Friday.

Fast Five was followed by Kate Hudson-Ginnifer Goodwin's romantic comedy Something Borrowed with $1.13 million – somewhat surprisingly still above the $1m-per-day mark.

Jumping the Broom pulled in $701k (-26 percent) at no. 4. Water for Elephants was next with $572,000 at no. 5.

Carlos Saldanha's Rio, featuring the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, drew $430k (-8 percent) at no. 6.

Next in line were Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family with $201k (-21 percent) at no. 7 and Glenn Close-Hayden Panettiere's Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil with $138,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were AnnaSophia Robb's Soul Surfer with $130,000, African Cats with $116,000, Jake Gyllenhaal-Michelle Monaghan's Source Code with $113,000, Aimee Teegarden-Thomas McDonell's Prom with $104,000.

Among the top-twelve movies Thor had the highest per-theater average, $1,059. Prom had the lowest, $38.

Also among the top twelve, Jumping the Broom posted the highest Tuesday-to-Wednesday drop-off rate, down 26 percent. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil posted the lowest, down 2 percent.

Photo: Water for Elephants (David James / 20th Century Fox / Regency)

May 11

Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Tai the Elephant, Water for Elephants
Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Tai the Elephant (as Rosie the Elephant) in Francis Lawrence's Water for Elephants: Up 24 percent on Tuesday

Kenneth Branagh's Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston, grossed $5.41 million on Tuesday, May 10, up a minuscule 0.1 percent according to Box Office Mojo.

At no. 2, Fast Five, starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Dwayne Johnson, collected $2.69 million. It was followed by Kate Hudson-Ginnifer Goodwin's romantic comedy Something Borrowed with $1.34 million.

The Angela Bassett-Paula Patton comedy Jumping the Broom pulled in $948k (-13 percent) at no. 4, thus falling below the $1,000-per-day mark for the first time on Day 5.

Up a solid 24 percent – the highest attendance increase among movies that earned more than $250,000 – the Robert Pattinson-Reese Witherspoon-Christoph Waltz circus drama Water for Elephants was next with $640k.

Carlos Saldanha's Rio, featuring the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, drew $469,000 at no. 6.

Next in line were Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family with $253 at no. 7 and Glenn Close-Hayden Panettiere's Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil with $141,000, up one spot at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were AnnaSophia Robb's Soul Surfer with $138,000, Aimee Teegarden-Thomas McDonell's Prom with $131,000, Jake Gyllenhaal-Michelle Monaghan's Source Code with $121,000, African Cats with 118,000.

African Cats replaced Patrick Wilson-Rose Byrne's Insidious on the top-twelve chart.

Among the top-twelve movies Thor had the highest per-theater average, $1,368. Prom had the lowest, $48.

Also among the top twelve, Prom posted the highest Monday-to-Tuesday attendance increase, up 29 percent. Jumping the Broom and Madea's Big Happy Family – curiously both chiefly aimed at black audiences – were the only two movies to post a drop in revenues, down 13 percent and - 2 percent, respectively.

Photo: Water for Elephants (David James / 20th Century Fox / Regency)

May 10

Chris Hemsworth, Thor, Kenneth Branagh
Chris Hemsworth, Thor

Kenneth Branagh's Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston, grossed $5.4 million on Monday, May 9, down a relatively modest 68 percent according to Box Office Mojo.

At no. 2, Fast Five, starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Dwayne Johnson, collected $2.52 million. Fast Five's per-theater average fell below the $1,000-per-day mark for the first time: $690 on Day 11.

Up one spot at no. 3, Kate Hudson-Ginnifer Goodwin's romantic comedy Something Borrowed drew $1.11 million.

The Angela Bassett-Paula Patton comedy Jumping the Broom pulled in $1.09 million at no. 4, down a whopping, Tyler Perry-like 81 percent from Sunday. It could be that much like Perry's films, Jumping the Broom will be strictly a weekend attraction. It remains to be seen whether it'll also have as short a box office life span as Perry's flicks.

Robert Pattinson-Reese Witherspoon-Christoph Waltz's Water for Elephants was next with $518,000, up one spot at no. 5. It was followed by Rio, featuring the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, with $425,000, down one spot at no. 6.

Next in line were Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family with $259 at no. 7 and AnnaSophia Robb's Soul Surfer with $116,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Glenn Close-Hayden Panettiere's Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil with $113,000, Patrick Wilson-Rose Byrne's Insidious with $102,000, Aimee Teegarden-Thomas McDonell's Prom with $101,000, Jake Gyllenhaal-Michelle Monaghan's Source Code with $100,000.

Among the top-twelve movies Thor had the highest per-theater average, $1,366 – nearly 37 times higher than the lowest, Prom's $37.

Also among the top twelve, Soul Surfer posted the highest Sunday-to-Monday drop-off rate, down 86.5 percent; Insidious posted the lowest, down 64 percent.

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  1. Bettybmusing

    This such great news for WFE and Tai. Tai is now a international star and loved by many. Great events can bring about great changes :-)

  2. Maah

    I liked the movie a lot, and my boyfriend as well, i like action movies but somethimes it gets boring, the same old explosion, blood and stuff. Sometimes a good drama is nice.
    My fav performances in the movie is from Waltz, Pattinson ( he was good, really) and Hal Holbrook.
    Best drama of the year, until now.

  3. Stephan

    what a great movie..saw it today and couldn't believe how well played it was. I read the Book and missed uncle al but still christoper waltz and robert pattinson where impressive , playing their role on of each other. At the end I started to understand why Marlena wanted something else, the Elephant is a great creature..so majesitic . todays moving leaves nothing to imagen anymore, WfE tells a story with forbidden love but also pure love surviving on the instinct of one animal. the old man story was touching and full of hope that the older generation still has somehow an impact on the day to day basis. well drugs do not solve the fire of the lust of live. Scenery and clothes where perfect and I could see a lot of Emotions in all the actors. Great Cast…

  4. didi

    I so hope Water for Elephants is going to do very well at BO.
    Not only because it's a very beautiful movie, but it is a real one, without cgi (only the strict minimum). Perhaps it would stimulate filmmakers to make more movies in the style of the old classics.
    I'm getting really fed up with all action movies, 3D and computer animated herofilms. Too much of them to be good.