The battle of the big budget box office continues as “The Wolverine” fell short of expectations. But, it has appeared to have stopped the hurt.
With its $55 million take domestically, “The Wolverine” is doing much better overseas and that will surely help. But, the studio was hoping for a higher opening domestically, noted The Wrap.
However, those expectations of always opening better than its predecessor (or similar movie) is a goal, but not necessarily a reality. Sometimes a movie simply will not do that, but can Hollywood admit and except that is another matter?
One thing “The Wolverine” did do is break that streak of big budget flops. Hugh Jackman stars in the latest saga and for now, is a winner.
1. “The Wolverine” – “$55 million
2. “The Conjuring” – $20 million
3. “Despicable Me 2” – $16 million
4. “Turbo” – $13.3 million
5. “Grown Ups 2” – $11.5 million
The paranormal film had another strong weekend only fell 47 percent, with is very good for this genre. Most times, the first week out really does it for a film like this, so that percentage drop is helpful to the overall box office numbers.
The other films released over the weekend were not in enough theaters to compete here. But, they need to be addressed. “Fruitvale Station” went wider (first released on July 11) but nowhere near the theater count of the top five. Its $4.5 million take is No. 10. The first weekend saw the film have a strong opening, as noted here. Even the flop of “The Lone Ranger” is still in more theaters, as are a few others, including “World War Z.”
The tale is a poignant one, though, as “Fruitvale Station” is one of those gems needed to combat all the special effects and weak plots of some of the big box office films. And it is based on a true story to boot. With the racial overtones still brewing in the states over the George Zimmerman, in comes this one. It is about a African-American looking to make some changes in his life, only to have it taken away by gunfire.
“The To Do List” had a soft opening while “Blue Jasmine” did not. This is a major deal for the latest Woody Allen film. It opened in only six theaters but the per screen average was absolutely huge. At $102,167 is one of the best all-time.
It sits in the top 20 for best per screen average. it pushed past another Allen film, “Midnight in Paris,” which took in $99,834 per screen in six as well.
Now, that film ended its run at $58.6 million, according to Box Office Mojo. In other words, a huge start for the director’s film does not always mean fantastic box office when it goes wider. The buzz will be louder now looking ahead to award season, though.
“The Way, Way Back” is still expanding and sits at No. 15 with $3.3 million. Speaking of theater counts, a glance shows “Man of Steel” at 501. It seems odd that the flop of “The Lone Ranger” is in so many more (1,267) than the caped wonder. After all, “Man of Steel) set a June opening record. It peaked early and seemed to have fallen out of the discussion. They are already focused on the future with Batman against Superman.