Hugh Jackman’s new “X-Men” film “The Wolverine” topped the box office this weekend as expected, but the film grossed less than expected by Marvel Studios. Jackman’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” grossed much more during its theatrical debut, grossing over $30 million more than this week’s release. “The Conjuring” dropped one spot to second place at the movies, earning an additional $22.1 million. “Despicable Me 2” also dropped one spot on the leaderboard, earning an additional $16 million for Universal Pictures. “Turbo” dropped from third place to fourth, making $13.3 million during the weekend and “Grown Ups 2” landed in fifth place garnering $11.5 million more for the Adam Sandler sequel.
Also notable this weekend was the earnings for “Fruitvale Station.” This film is getting lots of Oscar buzz for the performance by Michael B. Jordan. The film chronicles the last day of Oscar Grant. He was in the news years ago when he was shot and killed by a police officer in a BART station in Oakland, Calif. The film was written and directed by first-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler. The film is in tenth place currently and the buzz and earned an impressive $4.66 million. For any true film buff out there, this is a film to put on your list of films not miss.
Next weekend watch for six new films to shake up the box office charts. Debuting this Friday, August 2 are the action flick starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg “2 Guns,” the animated feature “The Smurfs 2,” James Ponsoldt’s new film “The Spectacular Now, the thriller “The Canyons” and the sci-fi thriller “Europa Report.”
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The action adventure film “The Wolverine” debuted in first place at box office this weekend. Although it was the top earning film of the week, the film did not meet the expectation of the film’s studio Twentieth Century Fox. The made $55 million in domestic receipts. But almost 30 million less that its predecessor “X-Men’s Origins: Wolverine.”
In “The Wolverine,” summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, Wolverine becomes embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons. The film was directed by James Mangold and stars Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima.
“The Wolverine” is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language and has a run-time of 2 hours and 6 minutes.
New Line Cinema’s horror flick “The Conjuring” dropped from first place to second in its second week in distribution. The film earned an additional $22.1 million this weekend and had grossed a domestic total of $83.9 million in just two weeks.
In “The Conjuring,” paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives. The film stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Lili Taylor.
“The Conjuring” is rated R for sequences of disturbing violence and terror and has a run-time of 1 hour and 52 minutes.
“Despicable Me 2”
Universal’s new animated film “Despicable Me” dropped from second place to third place during its fourth week in theaters. The film earned an additional $116 million during its second week in theaters. The film has earned a domestic total of $306 million.
In “Despicable Me 2,” Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. The film stars Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Benjamin Bratt.
“Despicable Me 2” is rated PG for rude humor and mild action and has a run-time of 1 hour and 38 minutes.
DreamWorks Animation’s new film “Turbo” came in fourth place at the box office during its second week in movie theaters. The film made $13.3 million and a total of $55.8 million in domestic receipts since its debut.
In “Turbo,” a freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti and Samuel L. Jackson.
“Turbo” is rated PG for some mild action and thematic elements and has a run-time of 1 hour and 36 minutes.
“Grown Ups 2”
“Grown Ups 2” fell from fourth place to fifth place this weekend earning an additional $11.5 million and garnering a domestic total of $102 million since its release.
In “Grown Ups 2,” after moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and 400 costumed party crashers sometimes crazy follows you. The film stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Chris Rock.
“Grown Ups 2” is rated PG-13 for crude and suggestive content, language and some male rear nudity and has a run-time of 1 hour and 41 minutes.
Summit Entertainment’s adult action film “Red 2” placed sixth on the box office leaderboard this weekend earning $9.4 million. The film has earned a total of $35.1 million in domestic receipts since its release last week.
In “Red 2,” retired C.I.A. agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. The film stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren.
“Red 2” is rated PG-13 for pervasive action and violence including frenetic gunplay, and for some language and drug material and has a run-time of 1 hour and 56 minutes.
Guillermo del Toro’s new film “Pacific Rim” slid from sixth place to seventh place at the box office this weekend. The film earned an additional $7.54 million and has earned a domestic total of $84 million since its debut.
In “Pacific Rim,” as a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse. The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi.
“Pacific Rim” is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language and has a run-time of 2 hours and 12 minutes.
The gal pal comedy “The Heat” remained in eighth place this weekend, during its fifth week in theaters. It earned an additional $6.85 million in domestic sales and has earned a total of $141 million.
In “The Heat”, an uptight FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn is paired with testy Boston cop Shannon Mullins in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner — or a friend for that matter. The film stars Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy and Demián Bichir.
“The Heat” is rated R for pervasive language, strong crude content and some violence and has a run-time of 1 hour and 57 minutes.
Universal Picture’s new film “R.I.P.D.” dropped from seventh place to ninth place during its second week in theaters. The film earned $5.86 million and has only earned $24.4 million since its release into theaters last week.
In “R.I.P.D.,” a recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him. The film stars Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Bacon.
“R.I.P.D.” is rated PG-13 for violence, sci-fi/fantasy action, some sensuality, and language including sex references and has a run-time of 1 hour and 36 minutes.
The Weintstein Company’s new film “Fruitvale Station” landed in tenth place this weekend, which is very good for an independent film. The film earned $4.66 million this weekend and has grossed $6.34 million in the U.S. and Canada. The film is receiving huge Oscar buzz and may likely climb the top films list next week.
“Fruitvale Station,” is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
“Fruitvale Station” is rated R for some violence, language throughout and some drug use and has a run-time of 1 hour and 30 minutes.