Directed by Jeff Tremaine, and featuring Johnny Knoxville and a bunch of morons, Jackass 3D pulled in $3.4 million at the North American box office on Wednesday, Oct. 20, as per Box Office Mojo.
A sign of the zeitgeist: once today’s box office figures are tallied, idiocy fest Jackass 3D will quite possibly have surpassed likely Oscar contender The Social Network. Up to Wednesday, Jackass 3D (7 days out) had grossed $62.25 million (inflated by 3D surcharges); The Social Network‘s total take was $64.83 million after 20 days.
Jackass 3D: the biggest fall opening ever (not adjusted for inflation, 3D surcharges). A sign of the times. Directed by Jeff Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville’s latest idiocy fest, brought in $50.35 million (including Thursday midnight screenings), according to actuals released at Box Office Mojo.
Jackass 3D cost only about $20 million (plus marketing/distribution expenses). That means Jackass 3D has more than recovered its budget on one single weekend.
Update: The previous September/October record holder was David Zucker’s Scary Movie 3, with $48.1 million back in 2003. As per BOM, Jackass’ 3D showings accounted for 90 percent of the film’s receipts. So much for those box office graphs “proving” the imminent demise of that format.
At a distant no. 2, Robert Schwentke’s comedy-actioner Red scored $21.76 million – about $700,000 less than estimated. Even so, it’s a better opening than many were expecting. Red stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, and Mary-Louise Parker, and features Karl Urban, Richard Dreyfuss and veteran Ernest Borgnine, among others.
David Fincher’s The Social Network, featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, and Rooney Mara, pulled in $10.3 million – also about $700,000 less than estimated – at no. 3.
At no. 4, Secretariat, starring Diane Lane and Red‘s John Malkovich, collected $9.31 million, followed by the Katherine Heigl-Josh Duhamel-Josh Lucas comedy Life As We Know It with $8.95 million at no. 5.
Movies are better than ever. Just ask Paramount.
The Paramount-distributed Jackass 3D, which cost a reported $20 million to make, pulled in an astounding $50 million at the North American box office on its first three days out according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Jackass 3D‘s take far surpassed expectations, which hovered around $25-30m, and even adjusted Saturday estimates, which had the film grossing $40 million after scoring nearly $22 million on Friday.
Once again starring Johnny Knoxville, and featuring an array of idiotic stunts, crass jokes, and 3D technology, Jackass 3D, much more than David Fincher’s The Social Network or Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter, fully reflects the current idioticized zeitgeist – at least in the United States.
At 3,081 theaters, Jackass 3D averaged $16,228 per site. Back in 2006, Jackass Number Two grossed $29 million (in 2D, lower prices) averaging $9,480, while in 2002 Jackass: The Movie pulled in $22.76 million, averaging $9,072 per venue.
Jackass Number Two went on to gross $72 million in North America; Jackass: The Movie reached $64 million. Neither film did well at all outside the US – $11.8 million for the second installment; $15.2 million for the first – where people apparently prefer their idiocy wrapped in a different package. To date, Jackass has remained a strictly all-American imbecility phenomenon.
Now, if they can only add odorama – so Jackass’ American fans can actually smell the shit and the farts – the inevitable Jackass Four (Take It Up Yours?) will open to the tune of $100 million.
Jackass 3D also features Bam Margera, Jess Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, in addition to Seann William Scott and Spike Jonze.
At a distant – but solid – no. 2, Robert Schwentke’s Red, a comedy-actioner adapted from Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner’s violent graphic novel, surpassed expectations by drawing $22.5 million on its opening weekend, as per studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.
The $58 million production distributed by Summit Entertainment stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, and Mary-Louise Parker, and features the likes of Richard Dreyfuss and Ernest Borgnine, among others.
Among the top twelve movies, Jackass 3D had by far the highest per-theater average, $16,228 (including Thursday midnight screenings). Easy A had the lowest, $1,145.
Playing at only six theaters, Hereafter, Clint Eastwood’s meditation on life and death that received mixed reviews when it premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival, took in a first-rate $38,500 per venue for a $231k total this weekend, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.
Another new entry, Tony Goldwyn’s Conviction, starring Hilary Swank (Eastwood’s leading lady in Million Dollar Baby) and Sam Rockwell, earned $110,000 at 11 theaters, averaging a good if unspectacular $10k per site. Reviews for the drama inspired by real-life events hasn’t been exactly ecstatic.
At only two locations, Olivier Assayas’ Carlos collected $18,600, averaging a just okay $9,800. (All things being equal, the fewer the number of theaters, the higher the per-theater average should be.)
Admittedly, this condensed version of the five-hour French television miniseries about terrorist Carlos the Jackal (played by Edgar Ramírez), has two disadvantages: a lack of major stars (in the US) in front or behind the camera and its 2hr20 million (some sources have it at 2hr45m) running time.
And finally, Ray Griggs’ right-wing documentary I Want Your Money, which purports to compare the government spending during the Ronald Reagan and the Barack Obama years, failed to attract the rabidly anti-government (officially, at least) Tea Party crowd.
I Want Your Money went on begging, as it grossed a mere $279,000 at 537 venues for an abysmal $520 per-theater average.
Jackass 3D, starring Johnny Knoxville, brought in $21.8 million on Friday (including Thursday midnight screenings), topping the North American box office and far surpassing estimates, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo.
At no. 2, Red, a comedy-actioner based on a violent graphic novel, also surpassed expectations by collecting $7.5 million on Friday. Red stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, and Mary-Louise Parker.
Other bit of box office news: Emma Stone’s Easy A crossed the $50 million mark on Friday. Total to date: an estimated $50.53 million.
Down two spots at no. 3, David Fincher’s The Social Network, featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, and Rooney Mara, drew $3.32 million.
The Katherine Heigl-Josh Duhamel-Josh Lucas comedy Life As We Know It was no. 4 with $3.06 million, followed by Secretariat, starring Diane Lane and Red‘s John Malkovich, with $2.84 million at no. 5.
Johnny Knoxville’s Jackass 3D, directed by Jeff Tremaine, is expected to top the North American box office this weekend, according to various pundits.
After two weekends with David Fincher’s widely acclaimed The Social Network at the (modest) top – first with $22.5 million, then with $15.5 million – moviegoing audiences, ever eager for more good movies (as revered critics and the chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America like to remind us), should flock to the quality stuff offered by the next Jackass: farting, puking, shitting – all in 3D, so audiences can feel as if Knoxville is actually taking a dump on their collective faces.
With the assistance of 3D surcharges, all that fun is expected to bring in $25-31 million from Friday-Sunday. Four years ago, Jackass Number Two (get it?) brought in $29 million on its first weekend out.
The no. 2 movie is expected to be Robert Schwentke’s Red, based on a graphic novel.
Looking at its billboards, Red, much like Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables late last summer, apparently aims to prove that senior citizens can kick even bigger ass than teenage thugs, as long as they know how to fondle big, thick, juicy weapons. There’s surely a moral lesson in there somewhere.
This Summit Entertainment release starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Mary-Louise Parker, and featuring the likes of Richard Dreyfuss and Ernest Borgnine, is expected to gross between $15 million and (with lots of luck) $25 million.
Jackass 3D image: Paramount Pictures.