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'The Roommate' Movie Tops & James Cameron Underwater Thriller Flops

The King's Speech movie'The King's Speech' movie with two-time Oscar nominee Colin Firth.

'The King's Speech' movie domestic box office: Tops second consecutive day

Fri., Feb. 11, update: The King's Speech topped the North American box office for the second day in a row. The 2011 Best Picture Oscar favorite drew in $805,000 on Thursday, according to Box Office Mojo.

However, the brief reign of The King's Speech will come to an end today, as both the Jennifer Aniston-Adam Sandler comedy Just Go with It (with Nicole Kidman in a supporting role) and the Justin Bieber documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never are expected to land in the top two spots on the U.S. and Canada box office chart.

Directed by Tom Hooper, The King's Speech stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, and veteran Claire Bloom (The Buccaneer, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm).

'No Strings Attached' no. 2

Trailing The King's Speech, the Ivan Reitman-directed Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy No Strings Attached collected $712,000, followed by the 3D underwater adventure flick Sanctum, executive-produced by Avatar and Titanic filmmaker James Cameron, with $627,000.

At no. 4, Christian E. Christiansen's thriller The Roommate, featuring Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet, and Matt Lanter, brought in $605,000.

The Jason Statham-Ben Foster actioner The Mechanic earned $522,000 at no. 5. The film is a remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson vehicle co-starring Jan-Michael Vincent.

More Top Twelve movies

Rounding out the Top Twelve box office movies on Thur. were:

Among the Top Twelve movies, The King's Speech had the highest per-theater average, $312. The Dilemma had the lowest, $105.

Also among the Top Twelve, The King's Speech posted the highest Wed.-Thur. attendance increase, up 18 percent. Sanctum was the only Top Twelve movie to be down on Thur.: a decrease of 2 percent.

The King's Speech cast'The King's Speech' cast members Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth.

'The King's Speech' on top

Thu., Feb. 10: On its 76th day out, Tom Hooper's period movie The King's Speech topped the U.S. and Canada box office, collecting $680,000 according to Box Office Mojo.

Although it was a dreary domestic box office day, the feat of The King's Speech shouldn't be dismissed. The generally acclaimed period drama starring Colin Firth has displayed enormous resilience in the last two and a half months, and – if it comes out on top on Oscar night – it'll probably pass the $100 million mark in North America. Not bad at all for a $15 million-budgeted movie.

'No Strings Attached' rises as 'Sanctum' sinks

Not far behind The King's Speech, the Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy No Strings Attached – a release with stronger legs than initially thought – collected $665,000, up one spot at no. 2. Surely, the Best Actress Oscar ballyhoo vis a vis Portman's performance in Black Swan hasn't done any harm to her mostly dismissed early 2011 release.

Down two spots at no. 3, Alister Grierson's 3D underwater adventure flick Sanctum, featuring Ioan Gruffudd, Rhys Wakefield, Richard Roxburgh, and Alice Parkinson, brought in $640,000.

Sanctum was followed by the 2011 Super Bowl weekend's top movie, The Roommate, with $565,000.

At no. 5, the Jason Statham-Ben Foster actioner The Mechanic earned $504,000.

More Top Twelve box office films

Rounding out the Top Twelve films on the domestic box office chart were the following:

  • The Rite with $428,000 at no. 6.
  • True Grit with $390,000, up one spot at no. 7.
  • The Green Hornet with $379,000, down one spot at no. 8.
  • Black Swan with $308,000 at no. 9.
  • The Fighter with $254,000 at no. 10.
  • The Dilemma with $241,000 at no. 11.
  • 127 Hours with $140,000 at no. 12.

Among the Top Twelve movies on Wed., The King's Speech had the highest per-theater average, $263. The Dilemma had the lowest, $95.

Also among the Top Twelve, The Roommate posted the highest Tue.-Wed. drop-off rate, down 27 percent. True Grit posted the lowest, down 12 percent.

Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth The King's Speech movie images: The Weinstein Company.

Sanctum movie Rhys Wakefield'Sanctum' movie: Rhys Wakefield in James Cameron-produced 3D underwater adventure.

Box office: James Cameron-produced 3D underwater movie 'Sanctum' rises to the top

Tue., Feb. 8, box office update: Following a weak post-2011 Super Bowl Monday, the North American box office was mostly up on Tuesday. Even so, not even the no. 1 movie, Sanctum, managed to score more than $850,000 (compared to $810,000 the day before).

The Top Ten movies were down 3 percent compared to last week, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo.

For the second day in a row, the no. 1 movie in the U.S. and Canada was the 3D underwater adventure flick Sanctum, executive-produced by Avatar and Titanic filmmaker James Cameron, and directed by Alister Grierson (of the 2006 World War II drama Kokoda). Featuring Ioan Gruffudd, Rhys Wakefield, and Richard Roxburgh, Sanctum brought in $849,000.

'The King's Speech' up two spots

Up two spots at no. 2, Tom Hooper's The King's Speech drew in $803,000. The period drama toplines the following:

Colin Firth. Geoffrey Rush. Helena Bonham Carter. Guy Pearce. Veteran Claire Bloom (James Mason's leading lady in The Man Between, Laurence Olivier's in Richard III).

At no. 3, the Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy No Strings Attached collected $796,000. It was followed by Christian E. Christiansen's poorly received thriller The Roommate with $706,000 – down two spots at no. 4. In the cast: Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Matt Lanter, and Cam Gigandet.

At no. 5, the Jason Statham-Ben Foster actioner The Mechanic, a remake of the Charles Bronson-Jan-Michael Vincent 1972 thriller, earned $624,000.

More Top Twelve movies

Rounding out the Top Twelve at the Tuesday box office were the following:

  • The horror flick The Rite with $527,000.
    Cast: Anthony Hopkins. Colin O'Donoghue.
  • The adventure flick The Green Hornet with $447,000.
    Cast: Seth Rogen. Jay Chou. Cameron Diaz. Christoph Waltz. Tom Wilkinson. Edward Furlong.
  • Joel and Ethan Coen's Western True Grit with $444,000.
    Cast: Jeff Bridges (in the old John Wayne role). Matt Damon (in the old Glen Campbell role). Hailee Steinfeld (in the old Kim Darby role). Josh Brolin.
  • Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan with $404,000.
    Cast: Natalie Portman. Mila Kunis. Barbara Hershey. Winona Ryder. Vincent Cassel. Benjamin Millepied. Sebastian Stan. Toby Hemingway.
  • David O. Russell's The Fighter with $300,000.
    Cast: Mark Wahlberg. Amy Adams. Melissa Leo. Christian Bale.
  • Ron Howard's The Dilemma with $279,000.
    Cast: Vince Vaughn. Kevin James. Winona Ryder. Channing Tatum. Jennifer Connelly. Queen Latifah.
  • Danny Boyle's 127 Hours with $175,000.
    Cast: James Franco. Kate Mara. Amber Tamblyn.

Among the Top Twelve, Black Swan posted the highest Mon.-Tue. attendance increase, up 33 percent. The Rite posted the lowest, up 5 percent.

Sanctum movie Richard Roxburgh'Sanctum' movie with Richard Roxburgh.

'Sanctum' beats 'The Roommate': Domestic box office

Mon., Feb. 7, box office: The post-2011 Super Bowl Monday wasn't exactly a great day at the U.S. and Canada box office. Not a single movie earned more than $1 million. In fact, not one earned more than $900,000 – or $810,000, for that matter. The Top Ten movies were down 13 percent compared to last week, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo.

On this unexciting box office day, the no. 1 movie – for the first time – was the 3D underwater adventure flick Sanctum, executive-produced by James Cameron, and directed by Alister Grierson. Sanctum brought in $808,000.

That was followed by the weekend's top release, now down one spot, Christian E. Christiansen's The Roommate, with $706,000.

At no. 3, No Strings Attached collected $653,000. Right on its heels, Tom Hooper's The King's Speech brought in $627,000.

Up two spots at no. 5, The Mechanic earned $551,000.

'The Green Hornet' plummets

Rounding out the Top Twelve movies at the North American box office on Monday were:

  • The Rite with $503,000 at no. 6.
  • The Green Hornet with $408,000 at no. 7.
  • True Grit with $393,000 at no. 8.
  • Black Swan with $304,000 at no. 9.
  • The Dilemma with $241,000 at no. 10.
  • The Fighter with $238,000 at no. 11.
  • 127 Hours with $136,000 at no. 12.

Among Monday's Top Twelve movies, The Green Hornet posted the highest Sun.-Mon. drop-off rate, down 59 percent. True Grit posted the lowest, down 37 percent.

 

Images of Richard Roxburgh and Rhys Wakefield in the James Cameron-produced Sanctum movie: Universal Pictures.

The Roommate cast Cam Gigandet'The Roommate' cast member Cam Gigandet.

'The Roommate' movie box office: Less than estimated

Feb. 7: Christian E. Christiansen's poorly received thriller The Roommate, whose cast includes Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet (Twilight), Matt Lanter (the Twilight spoof Vampires Suck), and Billy Zane (Titanic), was the no. 1 movie at the North American box office this past 2011 Super Bowl weekend, Feb. 4-6.

According to weekend actuals found at Box Office Mojo (Feb. 7), The Roommate took in $15 million. That's about $600,000 less than studio estimates published on Sunday.

In fact, most Top Twelve movies among earned slightly less than estimated. The Roommate, The King's Speech (once again), and No Strings Attached posted the most noticeable discrepancies, ranging between $400,000-$600,000.

'Sanctum' slightly better no. 2, 'The King's Speech' down 30 percent

At the other end, the James Cameron-executive-produced 3D action thriller Sanctum and the Natalie Portman star vehicle Black Swan brought in slightly more than estimated.

Directed by Alister Grierson, Sanctum earned $9.44 million in the second slot, followed by Natalie Portman's other Top Twelve star vehicle, the romantic comedy No Strings Attached, with $8 million at no. 3. Ashton Kutcher co-stars.

At no. 4, Tom Hooper's The King's Speech, featuring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, and veteran Claire Bloom, drew $7.71 million. Instead of the estimated 25 percent published yesterday, The King's Speech was actually down 30 percent from the previous weekend. Not a huge difference, but enough to place it behind both The Fighter (down 28 percent) and Yogi Bear (down 29 percent).

'Yogi Bear' among the Top Twelve

At no. 5, the Seth Rogen-Jay Chou adventure flick The Green Hornet grossed $5.96 million.

Next in line were the Anthony Hopkins-Colin O'Donoghue horror movie The Rite with $5.58 million at no. 6 and the Jason Statham-Ben Foster actioner The Mechanic with $5.29 million at no. 7.

At no. 8, Joel and Ethan Coen's Western True Grit, starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Hailee Steinfeld, scored $4.64 million.

Rounding out the Top Twelve were:

  • Black Swan with $3.73 million.
    Dir.: Darren Aronofsky.
    Cast: Natalie Portman. Mila Kunis. Barbara Hershey. Winona Ryder. Vincent Cassel. Benjamin Millepied.
  • The Dilemma with $3.28 million.
    Dir.: Ron Howard.
    Cast: Vince Vaughn. Kevin James. Jennifer Connelly. Winona Ryder. Channing Tatum. Queen Latifah.
  • The Fighter with $2.83 million.
    Dir.: David O. Russell.
    Cast: Mark Wahlberg. Christian Bale. Amy Adams. Melissa Leo.
  • Yogi Bear with $2.24 million.
    Dir.: Eric Brevig.
    Cast: Day Aykroyd (voice). Justin Timberlake (voice). Anna Faris. Tom Cavanagh. T.J. Miller.

'The Rite' suffers steepest drop

Among the Top Twelve movies, The Roommate had the highest per-theater average, $5,921. Yogi Bear had the lowest, $1,245.

Also among the Top Twelve (except for newcomers The Roommate and Sanctum), The Rite posted the highest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate, down 62 percent. The Fighter posted the lowest, down 28 percent.

 

The Roommate cast member Cam Gigandet image: Jaimie Trueblood / Sony Pictures.

The Roommate movie Leighton Meester Minka Kelly'The Roommate' movie with Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly.

'The Roommate' movie box office: Leighton Meester-Minka Kelly thriller tops (slow) Super Bowl weekend

Feb. 6: Sony / Screen Gems' The Roommate topped the North American box office this Super Bowl 2011 weekend, Feb. 4–6, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Christian E. Christiansen's poorly received thriller took in $15.6 million at 2,534 locations, averaging an acceptable $6,156 per theater.

That's not bad at all for a movie that cost a reported $16 million (not including marketing and distribution expenses).

The tale of a college freshman obsessed with her roommate, The Roommate features Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Twilight actor Cam Gigandet, Twilight spoof Vampires Suck actor Matt Lanter, and Billy Zane (Titanic).

Sanctum movie Rhys Wakefield'Sanctum' movie with Rhys Wakefield and Richard Roxburgh.

James Cameron-produced 'Sanctum' movie bombs

Executive produced by James Cameron, the Alister Grierson-directed 3D action thriller Sanctum opened with an abysmal $9.22 million at no. 2. With a per-theater average of $3,310 – despite 3D surcharges – from 2,787 sites, Sanctum will likely be gone from theaters soon.

The story of a deep sea cave expedition gone awry following a major tropical storm, Sanctum features Ioan Gruffudd, Richard Roxburgh, and Rhys Wakefield. The Universal release has little chance of matching its reported $30 million production cost at the domestic box office.

Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy passes $50 million

At no. 3, Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher's romantic comedy No Strings Attached grossed $8.4 million (down 37 percent). No Strings Attached passed the $50 million mark this Super Bowl weekend; its current domestic total is $51.78 million. Cost: $25 million.

Natalie Portman currently has two quite profitable releases in U.S. and Canadian theaters, the other being Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan.

At no. 4, Tom Hooper's The King's Speech, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter, continues to perform well, drawing $8.31 million (down 25 percent) this weekend. Domestic total: $84.12 million. Cost: $15 million.

'The Green Hornet' down nearly 50 percent

Next in line was the Seth Rogen-Jay Chou adventure flick The Green Hornet with $6.1 million (down 45.5 percent) at no. 5. Total: $87.22 million. Cost: $120 million.

By next weekend, there's a good chance The King's Speech will have earned more domestically than the eight times costlier The Green Hornet.

At no. 6, the Anthony Hopkins-Colin O'Donoghue horror movie The Rite scored $5.56 million (down 62 percent). Total: $23.67 million. Cost: $37 million. New Line / Warner Bros. have a sizable 2011 flop in their hands.

The Jason Statham-Ben Foster actioner The Mechanic brought in $5.37 million (down 53 percent) at no. 7. Total: $20.08 million. Cost: $40 million. The Mechanic has turned out to be another early 2011 flop.

At no. 8, Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit, starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Hailee Steinfeld, earned $4.75 million (down 37 percent). True Grit passed the $150 million milestone late last week. Total: $155.01 million. Cost: $38 million.

'Black Swan' to pass $100 million milestone

Rounding out the top twelve were:

  • The Dilemma with $3.44 million (down 39 percent). Total: $45.74 million. Cost: $70 million.
    Dir.: Ron Howard.
    Cast: Vince Vaughn. Kevin James. Winona Ryder. Jennifer Connelly. Channing Tatum. Queen Latifah.
  • Black Swan with $3.4 million (down 34 percent). Black Swan will quite likely pass the $100 million milestone next weekend. Total: $95.88 million. Cost: $13 million.
    Dir.: Darren Aronofsky.
    Cast: Natalie Portman. Mila Kunis. Winona Ryder. Barbara Hershey. Vincent Cassel. Benjamin Millepied.
  • The Fighter with $2.9 million (down 27 percent). Total: $82.46 million. Cost: $25 million.
    Dir.: David O. Russell.
    Cast: Mark Wahlberg. Amy Adams. Melissa Leo. Christian Bale.
  • Yogi Bear still pulling them in on weekends, with $2.33 million (down 26 percent). Total: $95.45 million. Cost: $80 million.
    Dir.: Eric Brevig.
    Cast: Day Aykroyd (voice). Justin Timberlake (voice). Anna Faris. Tom Cavanagh. T.J. Miller.

Starring James Franco, Danny Boyle's 127 Hours was gone from the Top Twelve this weekend, though it should return to the roster on weekdays, as Yogi Bear will surely lie low throughout the week. 127 Hours' total to date is $15.7 million. Cost: $18 million.

Among the top twelve movies, The Roommate had the highest per-theater average, $6,156. Yogi Bear had the lowest, $1,292.

Also among the top twelve (except for newcomers The Roommate and Sanctum), The Rite posted the highest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate, down 62 percent. The King's Speech posted the lowest, down 25 percent.

 

Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester The Roommate movie image: Jaimie Trueblood / Sony Pictures.

Rhys Wakefield and Richard Roxburgh Sanctum movie image: Universal Pictures.

The Roommate movie Minka Kelly'The Roommate' movie with Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester.

'The Roommate' movie box office: Thriller has none too thrilling debut

Feb. 5: At the start of the 2011 Super Bowl weekend, Sony / Screen Gems' release The Roommate topped the ho-hum North American box office on Friday, Feb. 4, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The Christian E. Christiansen-directed thriller took in $6.4 million at 2,534 locations on its first day out. Its per-theater average was an acceptable $2,526, though chances are that things will go downhill from here.

Most critics didn't get to see The Roommate, but those who did weren't exactly impressed. Christiansen's film has an embarrassing 9 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' Top Critics. The tale of a college freshman obsessed with her roommate, the aptly titled The Roommate features in its cast:

Leighton Meester. Minka Kelly. Cam Gigandet (Twilight). Matt Lanter (the Twilight spoof Vampires Suck). Billy Zane (Titanic).

James Cameron 'Sanctum' disappoints

Executive produced by James Cameron, the Alister Grierson-directed 3D action thriller Sanctum collected a mere $3.55 million at no. 2. With a per-theater average of $1,275 from 2,787 sites – despite 3D surcharges – Sanctum will be no threat to the box office standing of either Avatar or Titanic.

This tale of a deep sea cave expedition gone awry following a major tropical storm has a lowly 32 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' Top Critics. In the Sanctum cast:

Ioan Gruffudd. Richard Roxburgh. Rhys Wakefield.

Box office: 'No Strings Attached' and 'The King's Speech'

Trailing The Roommate and Sanctum on Friday was the Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy No Strings Attached, which collected $2.92 million at no. 3. No Strings Attached should pass the $50 million mark before the Super Bowl weekend is over. Total to date: $46.31 million.

At no. 4, Tom Hooper's The King's Speech drew in $2.33 million. The multiple Academy Award nominee stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, and veteran Claire Bloom (Look Back in Anger, The Haunting).

Jason Statham The Mechanic Ben FosterJason Statham in 'The Mechanic,' with Ben Foster.

More titles: Top Twelve box office

Next in line among the Top Twelve movies at the domestic box office were:

  • The Rite with $1.93 million at no. 5.
    Dir.: Mikael Håfström.
    Cast: Anthony Hopkins. Colin O'Donoghue. Alice Braga. Ciarán Hinds. Toby Jones. Rutger Hauer.
  • The Green Hornet with $1.8 million at no. 6.
    Dir.: Michel Gondry.
    Cast: Seth Rogen. Jay Chou. Cameron Diaz. Christoph Waltz.
  • The Mechanic with $1.78 million at no. 7.
    Dir.: Simon West.
    Cast: Jason Statham. Ben Foster.
  • True Grit with $1.43 million at no. 8.
    Dir.: Joel and Ethan Coen.
    Cast: Jeff Bridges. Matt Damon. Hailee Steinfeld. Josh Brolin.
  • The Dilemma with $1.13 million at no. 9.
    Dir.: Ron Howard.
    Cast: Vince Vaughn. Kevin James. Winona Ryder. Queen Latifah. Channing Tatum. Jennifer Connelly.
  • Black Swan with $1.07 million at no. 10.
    Dir.: Darren Aronofsky.
    Cast: Natalie Portman. Barbara Hershey. Winona Ryder. Mila Kunis. Vincent Cassel. Benjamin Millepied.
  • The Fighter with $886,000.
    Dir.: David O. Russell.
    Cast: Mark Wahlberg. Christian Bale. Melissa Leo. Amy Adams.
  • 127 Hours with $450,000, back among the Top Twelve.
    Dir.: Danny Boyle.
    Cast: James Franco. Kate Mara. Amber Tamblyn.

Among the Top Twelve movies, The Roommate had the highest per-theater average, $2,526. The Dilemma had the lowest, $445.

Also among the Top Twelve – except for newcomers The Roommate and SanctumThe Dilemma posted the highest Thursday-to-Friday attendance increase, up 200 percent. 127 Hours posted the lowest, up 134 percent.

 

Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly The Roommate movie image: Jaimie Trueblood / Sony Pictures.

Ben Foster and Jason Statham The Mechanic movie image: CBS Films.


         
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