Domestic box office: Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg 'The Other Guys' has solid debut
Aug. 8, '10, update: Adam McKay's action-comedy The Other Guys, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, took the top spot at the North American box office this Aug. 6-8, '10, weekend, grossing a solid $35.6 million at 3,651 theaters ($9,751 per venue). Christopher Nolan's blockbuster Inception had to settle for second place after three weekends at no. 1.
For comparison's sake: nearly two months ago Adam Sandler's widely derided comedy Grown Ups debuted with $40.6 million. Its total domestic gross currently stands at $155 million.
Aug. 9 update: The Other Guys collected $36.54 million according to box office actuals released by the studios.
Will Ferrell second-highest domestic debut?
The Other Guys officially marks Will Ferrell's second-biggest debut ever, trailing only the unadjusted opening weekend gross of the Ferrell-McKay effort Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Back in Aug. 2006, that comedy took in $47 million.
Adjusted for inflation, however, The Other Guys is also trailing the opening weekends of Blades of Glory (2007), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), and Elf (2003).
On the positive side, The Other Guys proved to be quite an improvement over the last pairing of the duo Will Ferrell-Adam McKay: the fantasy adventure Land of the Lost opened to the tune of a mere $18.8 million in June last year.
Mark Wahlberg best domestic box office debuts
Mark Wahlberg's two best domestic box office openings were those for Planet of the Apes (2001), $68.5 million, and The Perfect Storm (2000), $41.2 million.
In the last nine years, the closest Wahlberg has had to The Other Guys was M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening, which took in $30.5 million in June 2008. Poor reviews/word of mouth, however, sank that one rather rapidly. Its total take was a disappointing $64 million.
'The Other Guys' cast
Besides Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, The Other Guys features the following:
Cameos: Brooke Shields. Anne Heche. Rosie Perez. Adam McKay.
'Inception' no longer holds box office crown
Following its regular attendance decrease pattern, Inception lost only 32 percent of its business when compared to the previous weekend. The film's per theater average (at 3,418 sites) remained quite high: $5,442.
For comparison's sake: starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, Lisa Cholodenko's well-received family comedy-drama The Kids Are All Right is currently playing at 994 venues after going wider only three weeks ago. This weekend it averaged an estimated $2,622 per site – or less than half Inception's average. (All things being equal, movies playing at fewer locations will have higher per-theater averages.)
Inception domestic cume to date: $227.7 million.
Besides Leonardo DiCaprio, the Inception cast includes:
'Step Up 3D' displays weak legs at no. 3
Trailing The Other Guys and Inception at no. 3 was new entry Step Up 3D.
The Disney / Summit Entertainment co-production directed by Jon M. Chu, and featuring Rick Malambri and Sharni Vinson, grossed an estimated $15.5 million at 2,435 sites for a no-more-than-acceptable $6,366 per theater.
Aug. 9 update: Step Up 3D brought in $15.8 million according to box office actuals released by the studios.
Directed by Anne Fletcher, and starring Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, the original Step Up (2006) pulled in $20.6 million on its first weekend. Jon M. Chu's sequel, Step Up 2: The Streets (2008), brought in a slightly more modest $18.9 million.
Although Step Up 3D debuted on Friday with a good $6.6 million, it lost 23 percent of its business on Saturday. That's never a good sign. (The Other Guys was also off on Saturday, but only by 4.5 percent.) In other words, Step Up 3D should be stepping off the domestic box office chart's Top Twelve rather rapidly.
Even considering its relatively low $30 million production budget (not including advertising/distribution expenses), Step Up 3D will be able to recover its cost only after playing overseas, where the second entry performed particularly well, taking in more than $90 million.
'Dinner for Schmucks' served leftovers
At no. 4 this weekend at the U.S. and Canada box office, Angelina Jolie's spy thriller Salt collected $11.1 million (down 43 percent). Total to date: $91.9 million. (All “totals to date” in this article are domestic totals only.)
Jay Roach's Dinner for Schmucks, starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, was down three spots, scoring $10.5 million at no. 5. That's following an alarming 55 percent drop-off rate; Carell and Rudd were surely burned by Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in The Other Guys.
For comparison's sake: Date Night, which stars Steve Carell and Tina Fey (and features Mark Wahlberg), was down only 34 percent on its second weekend out last April. Date Night went on to gross $98 million domestically after a $25 million debut. Dinner for Schmucks – a $69 million production whose current domestic total stands at $46.7 million – won't get even close to that figure.
More successful Steve Carell
At no. 6, Despicable Me, featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, and Best Actress Academy Award winner Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins, 1964), raked in $9.4 million. Total to date: $209.4 million.
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore grossed $6.91 million (down 44 percent) at no. 7, while the Zac Efron weepie Charlie St. Cloud earned $4.7 million at no. 8 – down a precipitous 62 percent. Their respective totals are $26.4 million and $23.5 million. Warner Bros. and Universal have a flop each.
Rounding out the Top Twelve were:
- Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3 with $3.04 million. Total: $396.3 million.
Voice Cast: Tom Hanks. Tim Allen. Joan Cusack. Laurie Metcalf.
- The Kids Are All Right with $2.6 million. Total: $14 million.
Cast: Annette Bening. Julianne Moore. Mark Ruffalo. Mia Wasikowska. Josh Hutcherson.
- Grown Ups with $2.45 million. Total: $155.7 million.
Cast: Adam Sandler. Chris Rock.
- The Nicolas Cage fantasy The Sorcerer's Apprentice with $2.35 million. Total: $57 million.
'Eclipse' vs. 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'
Gone from the Top Twelve chart:
- David Slade's romantic fantasy The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
Cast: Kristen Stewart. Robert Pattinson. Taylor Lautner. Bryce Dallas Howard. Xavier Samuel. Dakota Fanning. Jodelle Ferland.
- After only three weekends, the Selena Gomez star vehicle Ramona and Beezus.
Bear in mind that Eclipse's fate is still iffy, as its estimated $2.3 million gross was only $50,000 below that of The Sorcerer's Apprentice. They may switch places when North American box office actuals are released on Monday.
Among the Top twelve movies, The Other Guys had the highest per-theater average, $9,751, followed by Step Up 3D with 6,366. The Sorcerer's Apprentice had the lowest, $1,332.
Excepting new entries The Other Guys and Step Up 3D, also among the Top Twelve movies The Kids Are All Right – currently at 994 venues (a 147-theater increase) – posted the smallest drop-off rate, 26 percent. Charlie St. Cloud suffered the worst tumble, down 62 percent.
The fact that The Kids Are All Right lost nearly one-quarter of its business despite adding about 20 percent more theaters means that the family comedy-drama is losing steam and won't be able to sustain further expansions. As mentioned earlier in this post, the film's per-theater average was a soft $2,622 – about half that of Inception, currently playing at 3,418 locations.
North American box office: 'Inception' trailing new entries 'The Other Guys,' 'Step Up 3D'
Aug. 7, '10: As expected, Christopher Nolan's sturdy-legged blockbuster Inception was not the no. 1 movie at the North American box office on Friday, Aug. 6, '10. Adam McKay's action-comedy The Other Guys, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, took the top spot with a solid $13.2 million at 3,651 theaters ($3,615 per venue).
That means The Other Guys' weekend take should hover around $37-$40 million, thus marking a commercial turnaround for both Will Ferrell (following the disastrous Land of the Lost) and Mark Wahlberg (following a series of underperformers such as The Lovely Bones, Max Payne, We Own the Night, and Shooter).
'Step Up 3D' vs. 'Step Up'
According to Box Office Mojo, the somewhat surprising no. 2 movie on Friday was new entry Step Up 3D, a Disney / Summit Entertainment co-production that collected $6.6 million from 2,435 sites – averaging a good, though hardly phenomenal $2,710 per venue.
The original Step Up (2006) took in $20.5 million on its first weekend. Despite higher ticket prices and 3D surcharges, this latest Step Up should gross – only – about the same.
After having lost about 140 theaters, Inception was down two spots at no. 3 with $5.53 million. But don't be too surprised if Nolan's thriller/sci-fier starring Leonardo DiCaprio ends up in second place – ahead of Step Up 3D – when weekend estimates are released tomorrow. Inception, in fact, had the second highest Thursday-to-Friday surge among the top twelve movies – an impressive up 53 percent.
Porn industry-set 'Middle Men' has unsexy debut
Two other new entries in limited release fared poorly on Friday.
In spite of its sensational milieu and topics – the adult movie industry, drugs, greed – Paramount's George Gallo-directed Middle Men, featuring Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Laura Ramsey, Gabriel Macht, and veteran James Caan (The Godfather, Thief), took in only $101,000 at 401 sites. That's means a dismal $401 per-theater average.
For comparison' sake: starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, David Slade's romantic fantasy The Twilight Saga: Eclipse averaged $434 per site at 1,704 theaters on its 38th day out.
Weak 'Flipped' outing
At only 45 venues, Warner Bros.' Rob Reiner-directed Flipped, about a budding romance between two teenagers, collected a mere $72,000 for a lowly $1,600 per-theater average.
For comparison' sake: At 38 theaters on Day 8, Lisa Cholodenko's family comedy-drama The Kids Are All Right, starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, earned $285,000, for a $7,518 per-theater average.
Box office: Chace Crawford thriller 'Twelve,' adult film industry-set drama 'Middle Men' flop
Several new entries in limited release in North America didn't fare all that well at the box office this weekend, Aug. 6–8, '10. For starters, Twelve, toplining Chace Crawford as a pot dealer nicknamed White Mike, grossed a measly $107,000 at 231 venues for a dismal $463 per-theater average.
Directed by Joel Schumacher, who has seen better box office days (St. Elmo's Fire, Dying Young, Batman Forever), the $5 million-budgeted thriller will likely disappear from view within the next week or two.
Besides Chace Crawford, best known for the TV series Gossip Girl, Twelve also features Rory Culkin, Emma Roberts, Philip Ettinger, 50 Cent, and veteran Ellen Barkin (The Big Easy). Kiefer Sutherland narrates.
According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, Paramount Vantage's George Gallo-directed Middle Men, about the travails of those involved in the online porn industry, collected $305,000 at 401 sites. That represents an anemic $1,210 per theater.
Also in the Middle Men cast: Luke Wilson, Gabriel Macht, Giovanni Ribisi, Laura Ramsey, and veteran James Caan (Lady in a Cage, Games).
Chace Crawford movies
As found on the IMDb, Chace Crawford has only three feature film credits prior to Twelve:
- The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008).
Dir.: Mickey Liddell.
Cast: Haley Bennett. Chace Crawford. Jake Weber. Shannon Woodward.
- Loaded (2008).
Dir.: Alan Pao.
Cast: Jesse Metcalfe. Corey Large. Monica Keena. Nathalie Kelley. Chace Crawford. Johnny Messner. Parker Stevenson.
- The Covenant (2006).
Dir.: Renny Harlin.
Cast: Steve Strait. Laura Ramsey. Sebastian Stan. Chace Crawford. Toby Hemingway. Taylor Kitsch. Jessica Lucas. Kyle Schmid. Wendy Crewson. Stephen McHattie. Kenneth Welsh.
'Flipped' no flop, but no hit either
At only 45 venues, Warner Bros.' Rob Reiner-directed Flipped scored $234,000, for a $5,200 per-theater average. That isn't too bad for a quirky romantic teen comedy not featuring any major stars; and that means Flipped should have a little elbow room when it opens in more theaters. A little.
For comparison's sake: At 38 theaters on its second weekend out, Lisa Cholodenko's family comedy-drama The Kids Are All Right, toplining Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo, earned $1.06 million, for a $28,009 per-theater average. That's why The Kids Are All Right is currently playing at nearly 1,000 theaters.
In other words, Flipped won't be able to expand all that much. In the cast: Callan McAuliffe and Madeline Carroll – the latter no relation to 1930s Fox star Madeleine Carroll (On the Avenue, The Prisoner of Zenda).
In addition to:
'The Wildest Dream,' Venice winner 'Lebanon'
At 12 locations, The Wildest Dream collected $64,600, for an okay $5,383 average. Directed by Anthony Geffen, the documentary tells the “intersecting” stories of both George Mallory, the first man to try to reach the peak of Mt. Everest, and Conrad Anker, the man who found Mallory's frozen remains 75 years later.
Samuel Maoz's Venice Film Festival winner Lebanon, a war drama set during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, grossed $16,700 at two sites. Average: an acceptable $8,350.
'Eclipse' gone from Top Twelve?
Starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner Eclipse collected $2.3 million this weekend according to studio estimates. As a result, the third installment in the Twilight Saga was edged out by The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which scored an estimated $2.35 million – the Disney release jumped 38 percent on Saturday, the second highest surge among the Top Twelve films. (It trailed another kiddie flick, Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3, which was up 40 percent.)
Anyhow, that means Eclipse is gone from North America's top twelve movies for the first time since it opened 40 days ago.
Having said that, bear in mind that Eclipse's weekend fate is still unclear, as its estimated take was only $50,000 below that of the Jay Baruchel-Nicolas Cage fantasy. The two movies may switch places when box office actuals are released on Monday.
Even if that doesn't happen, Eclipse should get back among the Top Twelve – perhaps even among the Top Ten – on Monday, as The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Grown Ups lose their kiddie/young teen audience.
Aug. 9 update: At no. 13, Eclipse brought in $2.29 million according to box office actuals released by the studios. At no. 12, The Sorcerer's Apprentice grossed $3.36 million.
'New Moon' to be eclipsed?
Eclipse's domestic total currently stands at $293.1 million. By next weekend, it should surpass the domestic gross – but not necessarily the number of tickets sold – of its predecessor, Chris Weitz's New Moon. The second installment in the Twilight Saga raked in $296.6 million in late 2009/early 2010.
Is inflation at play here? Slightly. But more importantly, Eclipse is the only Twilight movie to have opened at pricier IMAX houses.
'Eclipse' movie cast
Besides Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, the Eclipse cast features:
Bryce Dallas Howard (replacing New Moon and Twilight's Rachelle Lefevre). Elizabeth Reaser. Peter Facinelli. Xavier Samuel.
Michael Welch. Bronson Pelletier. Daniel Cudmore. Cameron Bright. Christian Serratos. Kirsten Prout. Sarah Clarke. Charlie Bewley.
Tinsel Korey. Kiowa Gordon. Justin Chon. Julia Jones. Alex Meraz. Jack Huston. Chaske Spencer. Gil Birmingham.
Tyson Houseman. Leah Gibson. Iris Quinn. Paul Jarrett. Justin Rain. Cainan Wiebe. Ben Geldreich. Alex Rice.
Best Actress Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace, 2004).
Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, 2009).
Melissa Rosenberg adapted the third novel in Stephenie Meyer's popular literary series.
Chace Crawford Twelve movie image: Gaumont / Hannover House.
Image of Callan McAuliffe and Madeline Carroll in Rob Reiner's Flipped movie: Ben Glass / Warner Bros.
Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell The Other Guys image: Macall Polay / Columbia Pictures.
Sharni Vinson and Rick Malambri Step Up 3D image: K.C. Bailey / Disney Enterprises.
Luke Wilson Middle Men image: Paramount Pictures.