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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa has topped this weekend’s North American box office ending Gravity‘s three-week run at the top.
Johnny Knoxville’s raunchy comedy Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, about an 86-year-old and his eight-year-old grandson, opened with $32 million.
Gravity, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, as astronauts adrift in space took $20.3 million.
The space saga was followed by Tom Hanks’ hostage drama Captain Phillips which earned $11.8 million. Ridley Scott’s star-studded The Counsellor came fourth.
Starring Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt, The Counsellor is about a greedy lawyer who turns to drug trafficking.
Written by No Country for Old Men author Cormac McCarthy, it brought in $8 million over the weekend – one of the worst openings on record for a Ridley Scott film.
The weekend’s fifth place finisher, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2, earned $6.1 million – bringing its total takings to $100.6 million.
Gravity, meanwhile, has now earned $199.8 million in North America.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa has topped this weekend’s North American box office
Elsewhere in the chart, the latest film adaptation of the Stephen King’s supernatural horror tale, Carrie fell to sixth place.
Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, the film, about an outcast high school girl out for revenge, earned $5.9 million.
It was followed by Escape Plan, with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger as inmates trying to break out of the world’s most secure prison. It made $4.3 million.
Steve McQueen’s 12 years a Slave, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month, took $2.2 million; while romantic comedy Enough Said, starring the late Sopranos star James Gandolfini, earned $1.6 million to fill the ninth spot.
Rounding off the top 10 was Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal’s thriller Prisoners, taking $1.1 million.
Despite a restrictive certification and playing on just four screens, the controversial French film and Cannes Palme d’Or winner Blue is the Warmest Color, earned a $101,000.
The figure amounted to an impressive per screen average of $25,279.
North American box office top five:
- Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – $32 million
- Gravity – $20.3 million
- Captain Phillips – $11.8 million
- The Counsellor – $8 million
- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 – $6.1 million
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Texas Chainsaw 3D has unexpectedly topped the US box office, ending The Hobbit’s three-week reign.
The horror movie, set immediately after the events in Tobe Hooper’s classic 1974 slasher picture, made $23 million in its opening weekend.
It immediately made back its $20 million budget for film company Lionsgate.
Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained held firm at number two, making $20.1 million, while The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey slipped to number three.
Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth has so far taken $263.8 million in the US, and about $825 million globally.
Fourth place went to musical adaptation Les Miserables, starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. It has now passed the $100 million mark, the first musical movie to do so in under 14 days.
And fifth position went to Billy Crystal’s big screen comeback Parental Guidance, about an elderly couple left in charge of their grandchildren.
Texas Chainsaw 3D has unexpectedly topped the US box office, ending The Hobbit’s three-week reign
Texas Chainsaw 3D is the seventh film in the horror franchise, featuring an antagonist called Leatherface, who wears a mask made of human skin. The character was reportedly based on serial killer Ed Gein, who also inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
The original was refused a certificate by the British Board of Film Classification in 1975, which felt its focus on sadistic terror and “abnormal psychology” was unsuitable – although some local councils allowed it to be shown with an X certificate.
It was released on video in 1981, at a time when videos did not have to receive a formal classification, and remained on shelves until the introduction of the Video Recordings Act 1984.
However, the film is now freely available, having been granted at 18 certificate in 1999, and subsequently shown uncut on television.
The audience for the new installment was predominantly under-25, meaning they were too young to have seen the original first time around.
The major draw was said to be singer-songwriter Trey Songz, who stars in the film alongside Alexandra Daddario and Dan Yeager.
Lower down the charts, Matt Damon’s gas-fracking drama Promised Land had a slow start, debuting at number 10 with $4.3 million after opening in limited release a week earlier.
And Kathryn Bigelow’s hotly-tipped CIA drama Zero Dark Thirty continued to dominate specialist cinemas, making $2.75 million from a meager 60 screens.
The latest US box office figures come as it was reported that 2012 was a record year for US cinema.
Total ticket sales for the year reached $10.8 billion, with a 6% rise in admissions – the largest in more than a decade – reported film trade newspaper Variety.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has topped the US box office chart for a second week.
Director Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth took $36.7 million over the weekend, dwarfing its competition.
The Hobbit easily beat Tom Cruise’s latest action movie, Jack Reacher, which came second with $15.6 million.
But a drop-off in The Hobbit’s takings, down from $84.8 million last week, suggests it will struggle to match the success of the final Lord Of The Rings film.
The Return Of The King made $1.2 billion worldwide after its release in 2003. At the time, it was the second highest-grossing film ever, although it has since been overtaken by the likes of Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
Box office analysts said the 57% decline in The Hobbit’s second-week takings was due to the Christmas shopping rush.
“The real winner this weekend might be holiday shopping,” said Paul Dergarabedian, from Hollywood.com.
The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey has topped the US box office chart for a second week
Tom Cruise’s film also opened with lower-than-expected takings, making approximately half as much money as Mission Impossible 4, which was released this time last year.
The movie is based on Lee Child’s Jack Reacher character, a former soldier and military policeman who lives “off the grid” and doles out vigilante-style justice.
Written and directed by The Usual Suspects’ Oscar-winning scriptwriter Christopher McQuarrie, the film has fared well with critics, despite initial worries about the Cruise, who is 5 ft 7 in tall (1,70m), playing the 6 ft 5 in hero of the novels.
Elsewhere in the box office, Judd Apatow’s comedy This Is 40, a sequel to his 2007 hit Knocked Up, debuted at number three, taking $12 million.
Barbra Streisand comedy The Guilt Trip was another new entry, at number six, while a 3D version of Pixar’s Monsters Inc came in at seven.
A prequel to the hit movie, about two Monsters employed to scare small children, is due for release next year.
Meanwhile, a limited release for Kathryn Bigelow’s political thriller Zero Dark Thirty fared particularly well.
Based on the story of the CIA’s hunt for Osama Bin Laden, the Oscar-tipped movie was only shown in five cinemas – but managed to make $410,000 over the weekend.
Playing to packed houses, it raked in $82,000 per screen. By comparison, Jack Reacher only made $4,654 per screen.
With more Oscar bait due to hit US cinemas on Christmas Day – including Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and the film adaptation of Les Miserables – receipts are expected to rise next week.
“We haven’t reached the key holiday play time yet,” said Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner movies.
“It explodes on Tuesday and goes right through the end of the year.”
US Box Office Top Five
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($36.7 million)
- Jack Reacher ($15.6 million)
- This Is 40 ($12 million)
- Rise of the Guardians ($5.9 million)
- Lincoln ($5.6 million)
Wreck-It Ralph has scored an impressive weekend at the US box office with $49.1 million in ticket sales.
Disney animated film Wreck-It Ralph, about a video game villain who tries to become a hero, earned almost twice as much as the number two movie, Denzel Washington’s Flight.
Ben Affleck’s Argo, based on the true story of a 1979 hostage crisis in Iran, came third with $10.2 million.
Cinema attendance was up this week in areas hit by Hurricane Sandy.
Dave Hollis at Walt Disney Studios said audiences in areas affected by the storm were “very healthy” and had been boosted by school closures on Friday.
“In a nice way, Wreck-It Ralph ended up actually becoming an opportunity to relieve yourself from the reality that might be going on around you,” he told the Reuters news agency.
“I don’t know if it was a function of cabin fever or just escaping by getting into a movie theatre, but there was definitely a gravitating towards the theatre phenomenon.”
Last week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named Wreck-It Ralph as one of 21 features eligible for next year’s best animated film Oscar.
Others include Brave, which has so far earned $235.8 million after 20 weeks on release, and Frankenweenie, which has brought in $33.3 million in North American ticket sales.
Wreck-It Ralph has scored an impressive weekend at the US box office with $49.1 million in ticket sales
The Man with the Iron Fists, starring Russell Crowe, brought in $8.2 milion to take the number four spot in this week’s Top 10.
Liam Neeson’s action film Taken 2 came fifth, while Cloud Atlas, in which Tom Hanks and Halle Berry play six different roles across 500 years, was ranked sixth.
Rounding off the Top 10 was Silent Hill: Revelation, the latest in the horror film franchise, which earned $3.3 million in ticket sales the weekend after Halloween.
Skyfall enjoyed another successful second weekend internationally, earning $156 million in overseas ticket sales.
The new James Bond film, starring Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem, will be released in the US and Canada on November 9th.
North American Box Office Top Five
1. Wreck-It Ralph – $49.1 million
2. Flight – $25 million
3. Argo – $10.2 million
4. The Man with the Iron Fists – $8.2 million
5. Taken 2 – $6 million
Liam Neeson new movie Taken 2 has narrowly beaten Ben Affleck’s thriller Argo to stay top of the North American box office.
Taken 2 took $22.5 million according to early estimates, with Argo making $20.1 million.
Ethan Hawke’s Sinister, a supernatural horror about a crime writer, debuted at number three with $18.3 million.
Taken 2 has not been a big hit with the critics, while Argo is already creating Oscar buzz.
Some critics described Taken 2 as just a replay of the original.
Liam Neeson plays an ex-CIA agent who travels across Europe to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped on a trip to Paris.
“It kind of proves that reviews do not matter,” said Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for box office tracker Hollywood.com.
“Audiences just continue to eat this up. They just love Liam Neeson in this role.”
Ben Affleck directs and stars in Argo, based on a real-life story about a CIA operative who hatches a plan to rescue six Americans hiding in Tehran after the 1979 US embassy takeover.
Revenues from the film increased by 47% between Friday – its opening day – and Saturday.
“This is a really good indication of how quickly word of mouth can spread,” said Dan Fellman, head of distribution at Warner Bros.
“The critical acclaim in this case is going to translate into commercial success.”
Family comedy Hotel Transylvania and Kevin James comedy Here Comes the Boom rounded out the top five.
NORTH AMERICAN BOX OFFICE
1. Taken 2 – $22.5 million
2. Argo – $20.1 million
3. Sinister – $18.3 million
4. Hotel Transylvania – $17.3 million
5. Here Comes the Boom – $12 million
Jake Gyllenhaal’s thriller End of Watch and Jennifer Lawrence’s horror film House at the End of the Street have tied for top spot at the US box office.
According to early estimates, both films took $13 million each.
They were closely followed by third-placed film, Trouble with the Curve, starring Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams.
But it was another sluggish weekend overall, with revenues – $88 million – down 25% on the same time last year.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s thriller End of Watch has tied for top spot at the US box office
“This was a clash of the non-Titans,” said Paul Dergarabedian, analyst for box office tracker Hollywood.com.
“When three films are duking it out for the top spot with only around $13 million, that doesn’t represent a very strong period at the box office.”
British film Dredd had a disappointing opening, going in at number six with $6.3 million.
Perks, Emma Watson’s first film since Harry Potter, took $244,000 but only opened in four cinemas.
The 3D re-release of Finding Nemo was at number four, taking $9.4 million.
Resident Evil: Retribution slipped from the top spot to number five, with $6.7 million.
Other top ten films included The Master and ParaNorman.
The North American box office has had one of its worst weekends in more than a decade, industry estimates suggest.
Total takings in the US and Canada between Friday and Sunday are thought to be as low as $65 million.
Number one film The Possession pulled in just $9.5 million, a figure described as “pretty scary” by Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com.
“In the summer, single movies had opening weekends bigger than this entire weekend gross,” he said.
The weekend after the Labor Day holiday is traditionally the slowest of the year.
Number one film The Possession pulled in just $9.5 million in the US box office this weekend
Yet not since the weekend of 21-23 September 2001, when revenues were $59.7 million, have figures been so low.
Revenues for the same weekend last year totalled $82 million, with new release Contagion taking the top spot with a $22.4 million haul.
“It just comes down to the movies and the marketplace,” said Paul Dergarabedian.
“This crop of movies just didn’t have that solid draw.”
Bootlegging drama Lawless, this week’s second placed film, earned $6 million, bringing its total takings in the US and Canada to $23.5 million.
Debuting in third place was The Words, a romantic thriller featuring Bradley Cooper as an aspiring writer that made $5 million between Friday and Sunday.
After four weeks in theatres, The Expendables 2 earned $4.7 million to take fourth place. Another action sequel, The Bourne Legacy, rounded off the top five with weekend takings of $4 million.
Another new release, Bruce Willis thriller The Cold Light of Day, opened in 13th place with a disappointing $1.8 million.
This weekend’s sluggish results follow a mixed summer that included blockbusters such as The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises.
Yet it also saw weak performers like Adam Sandler comedy That’s My Boy and Johnny Depp vehicle Dark Shadows.
Overall, summer ticket sales in the US and Canada fell by 4% compared to last summer.
US BOX OFFICE TOP FIVE
1. The Possession – $9.5 million
2. Lawless – $6 million
3. The Words – $5 million
4. The Expendables 2 – $4.7 million
5. The Bourne Legacy – $4 million
Madagascar 3 has beaten Ridley Scott’s Alien offshoot Prometheus to top the US box office.
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted took nearly $60.4 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates.
Sci-fi thriller Prometheus, starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron, debuted in second place with $50 million.
The film is rated R in the US, meaning under-17s must see it with an adult.
Madagascar 3, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival last month, reunites voice stars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith and David Schwimmer.
Madagascar 3 has beaten Ridley Scott's Alien offshoot Prometheus to top the US box office
The Dreamworks Animation outperformed the $47.2 million debut of the 2005 original, but fell short of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, which took $63.1 million in its opening weekend.
The third instalment, which has been a bigger hit with the critics, benefited from higher ticket prices and more expensive 3D shows.
Prometheus, telling the story of a team of explorers who discover a clue to the origins of mankind, was also screened in 3D.
Last weekend’s US number one Snow White & the Huntsman slipped to third-place, with Men in Black 3 at number four.
Fifth place went to The Avengers, which has now taken $571.9 million at the US box office – making it the highest-grossing film of the year so far.
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