In other box office news, the Tom Hanks-Julia Roberts vehicle Larry Crowne opened – at no. 4 – with a measly $15.74 million at 2,973 theaters over the four-day 4th of July weekend, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The Tom Hanks-directed romantic comedy will have trouble matching its $30 million budget at the domestic box office – let alone recouping it.
Nia Vardalos, Hanks' Larry Crowne co-writer, hasn't been very lucky since her 2002 sleeper hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding: Connie and Carla cumed at $8 million in the U.S. and Canada in 2004; I Hate Valentine's Day took in a minuscule $11,004 in 2009; and now comes the widely lambasted Larry Crowne.
Faring even worse, Monte Carlo, starring teen idol and reported Justin Bieber paramour Selena Gomez, drew only $8.75 million at 2,743 sites in its first four days out. The romantic comedy cost a reported $20 million. Katie Cassidy, Leighton Meester, and Cory Monteith co-star.
If studio estimates are correct, John Lasseter's Cars 2 suffered a bigger second-weekend box office drop than previous Pixar/Disney features: down 60 percent over the three-day weekend. After adding $32.07 up to July 4, Cars 2 has pulled in a total of $123 million domestically.
Down at no. 7 after tumbling 64 percent over the three-day weekend, Green Lantern's cume currently stands at $103 million. Overseas figures have thus far added $33 million to the $200 million film's gross. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Green Lantern passed the $100 million milestone on Sunday, while Kristen Wiig's comedy Bridesmaids passed the $150 million milestone last Friday. Total to date: $153.79 million.
Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks Larry Crowne photo: Universal Pictures.