Was there anyone who doubted that Pixar’s latest, Toy Story 3, was going to be in the top spot at the box office this weekend? The only competition this thing had facing it was Jonah Hex, and that film’s currently sitting at something like 12% on RottenTomatoes.com (Toy Story 3 had a perfect 100% until Armond effing White got ahold of it). The only real question was how much was Toy Story 3 going to earn this weekend, and at this point the film looks set to earn a whopping $118 million in its first three days. That puts it on track to be the biggest animated film this year since How to Train Your Dragon (not to be confused with How to Drain Your Lizard, an entirely different, much less kid-friendly production). Keep on reading for the weekend box office report thus far, my gentle Examiner readers…
Well, the early numbers are in, and by every estimation Toy Story 3 will be the undisputed winner in this weekend’s box office race. As you well know, we gather here every Saturday to analyze the box office, and every Saturday the numbers turn out to be about 98.9% accurate for the Sunday outcome. So, yeah, it’s a little early, but at this point if you wanna argue it, you’re arguing whether Toy Story 3 is going to end the weekend with $118 million or $124 million: no matter how you cut it, nothing else came close– and certainly not other-newcomer Jonah Hex. Let’s take a closer look at the films in the top ten:
1. TOY STORY 3: $120 million estimated for the weekend
This, my friends, is one helluva opening. Consider that Pixar’s Finding Nemo pulled in a $70.2m opening and The Incredibles pulled in $70.4m and you’ll see the difference: people love these characters, and they were eager to see them back on the big screen. There’s also that 3D price hike to consider: some places are charging upwards of $4 more for tickets to see Toy Story 3 in 3D (and what parent would dare to take their demanding children to a lowly 2D version of Pixar’s latest?), and that starts to add up quickly when it’s the prefered format. Pixar’s said that this is the last Toy Story film, but that we can very likely expect to see some shorts featuring the series’ characters as time goes on. See that Dreamworks? Three’s the number you gotta stop at. Meditate on that when deciding whether or not you’re gonna make good on that promise to never make a fifth Shrek movie. Fun Fact: Considering that Jonah Hex reportedly had about a $60m budget (some estimates say $30m, some say $75m), you could’ve made two Jonah Hexes with the cash Toy Story 3 will earn in three days.
2. KARATE KID: $30 million for the weekend, $106m cumulative
This one was the surprise hit of last weekend, doubling The A-Team‘s earnings and turning Will Smith’s kid into a genuine box office presence right out of the gate. This week, they started talking about what they’d like to do for the sequel. Me, I’d like to see Jaden Smith fight Ralph Macchio. In a snake-pit. Surrounded by flaming torches. Covered in herpes (the torches; not Macchio and Smith). That’d be interesting, right? Just keep Chris Tucker away from Jackie Chan and I’ll remain quiet. Anyway, The Karate Kid is on track to earn another $30 million this weekend, which means it’s probably going to walk away with the title of “Breakout Hit of Summer 2010”. Good work, guys.
3. THE A-TEAM: $13 million for the weekend, $49m cumulative
Was anyone else surprised to see this one not doing as well as it has? When the trailers would roll in theaters, audiences I was in always seemed to be on the film’s side: laughing in the right places, excitedly chattering after the trailer wrapped. I was expecting this one to do about $10m more than it did last week, but that just goes to show you that this box office business is all just a guessing game: nobody knows nothing, and all that. Looks like the film’s already sinking fast, with another $XXm added to the coffers this weekend. Poor Joe Carnahan’s engaged in a slap-fight with Deadline Hollywood’s Nikki Finke over her harsh words about the film, by the way. As if the dude didn’t have enough problems on his plate…
4. SHREK FOREVER AFTER: $8.5 million for the weekend
Well, this thing’s been out for what seems like months now, and it was weeks ago that I officially ran out of things to say about it. Like Robin Hood, it simply wouldn’t stop appearing in the top ten. Chances are, Shrek‘s going to drop like a stone with Toy Story being the shiny, new, fancy toy in town, but it’ll likely stay in the top ten for another few weeks at least. It’s had a really successful run, and Dreamworks is surely pleased. This weekend, it added another $8.5m to its total. Yawn.
5. JONAH HEX: $6 million for the weekend (and it better enjoy it while that lasts)
Warner Brothers knew they had a bomb on their hands with this one, and they did everything they could to bury it where no one would ever find it: they barely ran trailers for the damn thing until starting about two weeks ago; they released no trailer for the film until about a month before it arrived; they booted the original director off the flick and had Francis Lawrence (who turned in I Am Legend to the studio) come in for extensive reshoots (some reports put it at 50 script pages’ worth of reshoots); and they cut down the final product to 80 minutes. Including the final credits. That means Jonah Hex is about 73 minutes long, at best. Do you hear what I’m saying to you? The studio knew it was a bomb (Deadline Hollywood claims that a Warner Bros. insider says the studio “wrote the film off” months ago), and they’re likely happy to make whatever they can from this disaster before word of mouth hits the streets. Funny Aside: yesterday, when I went to see Toy Story 3, I inexplicably witnessed about four people exiting the early-bird screening of Jonah Hex. They looked ready to kill themselves. Seriously, I almost offered to hug every one of them. Poor Josh Brolin.
As for the rest of the top ten, you had Get Him to The Greek hanging on for dear life in sixth place with another $6m, bringing its total up to about $48m for the past three weeks. This isn’t the worst that Judd Apatow’s braintrust has ever done, but it’s certainly not one of their bigger hits. Katherine Heigl’s Killers— the reason that Heigl will be reading scripts that come her way a little more closely in the near future– managed another $5.5m and is just below $40m total. Bruckheimer’s Prince of Persia earned another $4m this weekend but still hasn’t even cracked $80m. That one may turn out to be the biggest bomb of the summer, once you factor in cost. In ninth place you’ve got Sex and The City 2 with $2.7m (it’s struggling to get to $100m as we speak and may hit it in a few weeks). And, finally, in tenth place: Marmaduke, which earns another $2.5m this weekend for a $27.7m run over the past month. Wow, that’s bad. Suck it, anyway, Marmaduke. More like Marmadouche, am I right?
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