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Bridesmaids Box Office: Women (Almost) on Top

May 16: 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 boxofficemojo.com.

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 $119.3 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: $317.7 million. Cost: $150 million.

But the real success story of the weekend was that of Paul Feig’s well-received comedy Bridesmaids, which took in nearly $2 million more than estimated yesterday.

Starring Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids collected $26.3 million at no. 2, thus reaching the highest per-theater average among the Top Twelve movies: $8,995. The Universal release also features Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm, Rose Byrne, and Jill Clayburgh’s last film appearance. Most pundits had been expecting a $15–$20 million take. Bridesmaids cost a reported $32.5 million.

For comparison’s sake: Kate Hudson-Ginnifer Goodwin opened last week with $13.9 million; Patrick Dempsey-Michelle Monaghan’s Made of Honor opened in May 2008 with $14.8 million; Anne Hathaway-Kate Hudson’s Bride Wars opened in January 2009 with $21.1 million; and Tina Fey-Amy Poehler’s Baby Mama opened in April 2008 with $17.4 million. (I’ve refrained from comparing Bridesmaids to Judd Apatow’s male-oriented comedies.)

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.

At no. 3, Fast Five, starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Jordana Brewster, drew $20.4 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 $15 million.

At no. 5, Carlos Saldanha’s Rio, featuring the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, took in $8.3 million, down a minuscule 3 percent compared to last weekend. Internationally, Rio remains the biggest 2011 hit.

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.

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)

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.

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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.

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. BrooksHow Do You Know, collected $30 million in the U.S. and Canada and $17.5 million internationally earlier this year – dismal figures for a movie that cost a reported $120 million. Its top foreign markets were Germany ($3.1 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 $37 million internationally in 2010.


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

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

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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 :-)

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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.

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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…

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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.

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