May 20, 2012 2:15pm EST
The all-star action movie, which is on course to become one of the top five highest-grossing films in history, has landed a third week atop the U.S. box office, with $55.1 million (£34 million) in ticket sales from Friday (18May12) to Sunday (20May12).
Battleship, starring Rihanna, Liam Neeson and Taylor Kitsch, opened with a disappointing $25.3 million (£15.8 million) to finish a distant second, according to Sunday estimates.
May 20, 2012 8:48am EST
The Avengers Assemble a Three-Peat At the Box Office!
Disney and Marvel’s The Avengers topped the box office for the third straight week as three wide release newcomers entered the summer marketplace. A staggering $55 million in its third weekend gives the moneymaking superheroes the second best third weekend performance in box office history behind only Avatar’s $68.5 million and just ahead of Spider-Man’s $45 million. By Sunday night after just 17 days of release these box office avengers will have a domestic total near $458 million and a global total stretching even further beyond the $1 billion mark with a current $1.180.4 million total. The film is currently #4 film of all time globally, #6 film of all time domestically, and #7 film of all time internationally!
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MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS (Marvel): 3rd week of release
Worldwide, Marvel’s The Avengers has surpassed Toy Story 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest to become the biggest Disney release of all time and is currently the #4 film of all time on a global basis.
DOMESTIC WKND ESTIMATE (May 18-20): $55.1M at 4,249 locations (down 47% from last weekend). Weekend theater average: $12,958.
INTERNATIONAL WKND ESTIMATE (May 18-20): $56.0M
MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS is currently in release in 54 territories representing about 95% of the international market.
ESTIMATED DOMESTIC CUME: $457.1M MILLION
ESTIMATED INTERNATIONAL CUME: $723.3 MILLION
ESTIMATED GLOBAL CUME: $1.180.4 MILLION
Crossed $1B global threshold in 19 days (May 13). First Marvel film and fifth Disney release to reach $1B.
Currently #4 film of all time globally, #6 film of all time domestically, and #7 film of all time internationally.
On Saturday, the film became Disney’s highest grossing film domestically, passing PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST.
In Latin America, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS has accumulated $171M to date, exceeding the entire run of AVATAR and TITANIC to become the highest grossing film inhistory.
Highest-grossing film of 2012 on a global, international, and domestic basis.
Highest-grossing Disney release of all time globally and domestically.
On Saturday, the film became Disney’s highest grossing film domestically, passing PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST.
Fastest film to reach $400M (14 days), $300M (9 days) and $200M (3 days).
Biggest opening weekend of all time ($207.4M).
Biggest second weekend of all time ($103M) and the first time in history a film crossed the $100M+ mark in its 2nd weekend.
Highest Saturday ($69.5M) and Sunday ($57M) totals of all time.
Second-biggest single-day gross of all time ($80.8M).
Marvel’s The Avengers has passed the total domestic cumes for Captain America ($177M), Thor ($181M), Iron Man 2 ($312.4M) and Iron Man ($318.4M).
Marvel’s The Avengers surpassed the international box office totals of Captain America ($192M), Iron Man ($266.7M), Thor ($268.3M) and Iron Man 2 ($311.5M) in just 12days of release.
Biggest opening weekend of all time in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Central America, Peru, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, United Arab Emirates.
Performance to date – key int’l territories
Hong Kong $12.4M
With $226.8 million already in the war chest internationally, Universal’s Battleship starring Liam Neeson and pop music phenom Rihanna hit North American theaters this weekend with a $25.3 million debut. The film earned another $6.5 million internationally this weekend pushing its worldwide total to over $250 million. The PG-13 action sci-fi thriller which also stars John Carter’s Taylor Kitsch, takes its name from the popular Hasbro board game and is the second big budget action film of the summer.
Bringing his unique comedic sensibilities to theaters for the third time is Sacha Baron Cohen in Paramount’s R-rated comedy The Dictator. In the wake of Borat and Bruno, Cohen has made a name for himself as a purveyor of off-beat humor and wild characterizations. Having already earned $4.2 million on Wednesday and $2.9 million on Thursday, the film had a better-than-expected weekend total of $17.4 million for a third place debut and a five day total of $25.3 million. The Dictator opened to a worldwide gross of $54.8m this wknd, with a gross of $30.3m internationally. We opened 29 markets, 9 of which were top 20 markets. Our highest grossing markets were as follows: UK earning $7.3m, AUS earning $5.6, Germany earning $4.4m, Russia earning $2.5m and Norway earning $1.4.
Warner Bros.’ Dark Shadows starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton scared up $12.77 million in its second weekend and raises its 10 day total to $50.9 million. The film is an update of the gothic TV soap opera from the late 60’s and also stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter.
Rounding out the top five is Lionsgate’s ensemble comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting earning $10.5 million. Starring Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Brooklyn Decker, Dennis Quaid and Chris Rock, the PG-13 rated romantic comedy had appeal to females as well as the date crowd looking for some laughs in their summer movie diet.
Unfortunately this was a “down” weekend at the nation’s theaters with tough comparisons to last year’s comparable weekend when Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides had its $90.1 million opening weekend along with Bridesmaids and a $21 million debut. Year-to-date is still ahead of last year by nearly 16% as we await the men of Sony’s Men In Black 3 in 3-D top come to the box office rescue.
Weekend Box Office (Estimates)
Top Movies for Weekend of May 18, 2012
Movie Weekend Gross Total to Date
1 The Avengers (PG13) $55.057M $457.1M
2 Battleship (PG13) $25.35M $25.35M
3 The Dictator (R) $17.4M $24.5M
4 Dark Shadows (PG13) $12.77M $50.9M
5 What to Expect When You're Expecting (PG13) $10.5M $10.5M
May 18, 2012 10:30am EST
What's that noise you hear far off in the distance? Well, it's either the "boom!" of a box office success, or the sad sound of another sinking Taylor Kitsch ship. If you stepped away from televisions, bus stops, and billboards over the past few weeks, you may have missed the fact that Peter Berg's BANG BANG BANG fest Battleship opened today, and so far the reviews have been less than stellar-Skarsgård.
Kitsch's recent box office failures has us yearning for an earlier, simpler time — a time when we could find the brooding hunk on the small screen, playing ball with his friends in Dillon, Texas. Interestingly enough, Battleship was produced and directed by Friday Night Lights creator Berg, who brought another FNL alum, Jesse Plemons (Also known as that geeky kid who killed a guy) along for the ride.
All of this FNL nostalgia had us thinking — what if Berg had scrapped the rest of his no-name cast (Liam Neeson, Rihanna) and had instead brought along the whole Dillon crew for the ride? How would everyday folk like Coach Eric Taylor and Matt Saracen fare against an alien attack? While the results can't be certain, Hollywood.com took a fairly educated stab at what we call Friday Night Lights vs. Battleship: The Reckoning.
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Alexander Skarsgard Race Against Time in 'Battleship'/'Titanic' Mash-Up
May 18, 2012 5:56am EST
The box office world was rattled back in April, when The Hunger Games defied all odds to take the number one spot for a rare fourth consecutive weekend. The stronghold was another notch on the belt for 2012, which has consistently delivered overperforming numbers, from the beginning of January until the summer. Shockingly, Hunger Games may not even be the biggest success story of the first half of the year.
That title goes to The Avengers (read review), which should add a possible $50 million more to its already-gargantuan total over the weekend. According to Hollywood.com Box Office Analyst Paul Dergarabedian, the total should sail right under the third weekend record holder, Avatar ($68.5 million), but top the second place slot, Spider-Man ($45 million). While Hunger Games' domination earned it $388 million domestically, with a global total of $632 million, Avengers still tops it with a shorter run. By Sunday, the movie will have made nearly $450 million in the U.S. and continue to leave the $1 billion global mark in the dust. Men in Black 3 is on the horizon, but a historical fourth weekend for The Avengers isn't out of the question.
Opening against Marvel's cinematic titan are three new movies. Coming in at numbers two is Hasbro's board-game-turned-movie Battleship (read review), starring Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna, Liam Neeson and Brooklyn Decker. Kitsch saw lukewarm box office performance from March's John Carter, but with $220 million already in the can from its international release Battleship is ready to wash away any preconceptions on the actor's ability to carry a tentpole. The movie should open in North America in the $35 - $40 million range — formidable against a movie as big as Avengers. Whether it recoups its $200 million price tag is questionable, but Kitsch's future looks a little brighter as Battleship sets sail.
Counter-programming to this weekend's two action-centric epics, What to Expect When You're Expecting (read review) arrives on schedule without any complications. The ensemble comedy that centers on a cast of funny, familiar faces all dealing with the ups and downs of pregnancy should deliver $15 - $18 million. The movie's marketing has geared the film strongly towards women, but if men looking for a breather from sci-fi insanity discover it, there's a chance for unexpected results.
In its second weekend, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton's Dark Shadows (read review) takes a second bite into the box office with a take of around $15 million. The adaptation of the cult TV show should round out at around $50 million by weekend's end.
Commanding the final slot of the top five is Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator (read review). The movie, which opened on Wednesday, March 16 to avoid the crowded weekend, earned $4.2 million in its first day. With a weekend gross in the low teens, the movie should gross around $25 million by Sunday.
What movie are you seeing this weekend?
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May 17, 2012 5:00am EST
The sexy star, who is married to tennis ace Andy Roddick, had no idea Battleship and What to Expect When You're Expecting would hit the big screen on the same day - and she's telling all her friends to cancel their plans on Friday night.
She says, "We shot them a year apart. I did Battleship first...I'm telling all my friends to go and see them both on the same day... It's very exciting."
Decker admits the two films couldn't be more different: "One, I'm this, like, Southern, sort of, country pregnant woman with twins, and then the other one is full of aliens and action and all sorts of fun."
Rihanna, Taylor Kitsch and Mass Destruction in Battleship Trailer
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May 16, 2012 2:52pm EST
How do you turn a classic board game that featured nothing more than tiny plastic boats and pegs and turn it into a two(-plus)-hour movie? Why, you take total liberty with it and make it a Michael Bay-style big budget spectacle about a maritime battle of Friday Night Lights stars versus space aliens.
Battleship opens in theaters this Friday and while it may be a departure from the board game we all knew and loved (to shout "you sunk my Battleship" at) we wanted to give other movies and shows that may have never have the chance to be a game (lookin' at you, Mad Men and The Artist) their chance to play along.
Check out our list of movies and TV shows we want to make our reluctant neighbors play at our next game night. Okay, the games would sit in our closets and collect dust while we inexplicably couldn't bring ourselves to throw them away, but still!
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May 16, 2012 1:15pm EST
"Taylor Kitsch wanted to do many of his stunts himself. In one scene, he gets Tasered, but it involves him falling down on the concrete ground. Every time he fell, I could tell it hurt." Actress Brooklyn Decker's Battleship co-star struggled through the film's action scenes.
May 16, 2012 9:32am EST
Less Transformers more Act of Valor director Peter Berg's Battleship is a bombastic idiotic and ear canal-shattering love letter to the Navy slathered with a summer blockbuster sugarcoating that sufficiently masks any glimmer of heart. Following suit with their previous adaptation Transformers toy company Hasbro has transformed their popular board game into a sci-fi action movie as stiff and lifeless as the plastic pieces used to play. The saving grace is Berg's fondness for the ridiculous injecting Top Gun-level machismo into his tale of aliens vs. boats. Silliness is cinematic buoyancy for a movie as lazy as Battleship.
Continually finding himself in trouble's way roughneck Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch of TV's Friday Night Lights and John Carter) enlists in the U.S. Navy alongside his boy scout brother Stone (Alexander Skarsgård) and under the supervision of his lady friend Sam's (Brooklyn Decker) overbearing father Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson). Alex works his way up the chain of command quickly earning the rank of Lieutenant just in time for the annual competitive skirmish with the Japanese Navy. It's all fun and games until — per usual — aliens drop down from the stars and wreak havoc on Hawaii. With most of the fleet trapped on the outskirts thanks to a ship-proof forcefield Alex is forced to command his own ship and take down the intergalactic adversaries with old school style. Discombobulated radar in alien waters means Alex and his team are shooting blind — will B11 be a hit or a miss?
Kitsch spends most of his time rubbing shoulders with Petty Officer 'Weps' (Rihanna) and the rest of his diligent crew whipping up ways to defeat the alien forces who only go on the offensive when attacked. That's just the beginning of the storytelling's illogic moment after moment favoring Michael Bay-inspired mayhem and tensionless spats of screaming aboard the ship's bridge over coherency. There's an Independence Day-inspired moment where an alien creature palms Kitsch's face unleashing imagery of their devastated home planet to his mind. Maybe? That never comes back and an explanation of why the aliens are here why we're fighting them or if they're really that bad at all never comes into play. Kitsch and his men just know the world's under attack and we have to blow the opposition to smithereens.
Ensuring attentive brains are never too focused the perspective in Battleship is ever-shifting jumping from Alex's Destroyer to Sam and her paraplegic rehab patient Lieutenant Colonel Mick Canales together on the run from alien ground troops. Around Battleship's halfway point when the duo partners with a twitchy scientist (Hamish Linklater) and Mick rises above his disability to beat the living daylights out of an extraterrestrial is when Berg throws his hands in the air stops caring and pulls out all the stops. Giant alien roller balls that rip up everything in their path? Check. Bouncing space ships that can only be combated using water displacement theory? Check. Navy vets returning for one…last…job? Check check. Before the finale of this 131 minute monstrosity Kitsch and his Japanese counterpart Yugi Nagata (Tadanobu Asano) sit down to play an actual game of Battleship. Sure it's with actual missiles but there's a grid there's a target and there's shouting out of corresponding numbers. For those worried about board game fan service it's there (but don't sit around waiting for the infamous tagline).
Unlike his turn in John Carter Kitsch is perfectly suited for the bro atmosphere of Battleship where every moment of drama begs for hammy delivery and crazy eyes. Decker too is an asset to the overly epic blockbuster — a step up from the reductive arm candy roles of the Transformers movies. Everyone else is barely a blip on the radar; Neeson is deprived of a single badass moment while Rihanna proves she can memorize and playback scripted lines as well as pop song lyrics. Berg has control of his action in a way that's more enjoyable than the previous Transformers films but it still plays like a tired clone. The initial two-thirds of Battleship that takes itself too seriously is exhausting. The final barrage is pure lunacy. Whether you can stay afloat for that long is the true test of heroism.
May 15, 2012 5:00am EST
"John Tucker Must Die and Snakes on a Plane - brilliant work." Taylor Kitsch jokes about his first Hollywood movies.
May 11, 2012 8:38am EST
After 2010's CG blowout Alice in Wonderland long-time collaborators Johnny Depp and Tim Burton return to a more realistic realm with their update of the '60s gothic soap opera Dark Shadows. It just so happens that realism in the case of Depp and Burton also involves vampires.
We first meet Barnabas Collins (Depp) in 1752 enjoying the aristocratic lifestyle of his successful father and wooing the female staff employed in the Collins' mansion. The romantic lifestyle is without consequence until Barnabas picks up and drops the wrong servant: Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green) a witch with a nasty case of jealousy. When Barnabas finally discovers true love Bouchard casts a spell on his favored female causing her to jump off a cliff. In the wake of the incident and with nothing left to live for Barnabas hurls himself off the edge — but Bouchard curses him before he hits the ground. He's become a vampire an immortal and Bouchard has just the everlasting punishment in mind. She buries Barnabas in a coffin never to be seen again.
Jump ahead to 1972 where a construction crew in Collinsport resurface the confined bloodsucker. After a quick bite Barnabas heads home to his manor to discover he's a true bat out of water. His family is gone replaced by a new generation of Collinses: Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) the family matriarch; Carolyn (Chloe Grace Moretz) her angsty niece; David (Gulliver McGrath) highly disturbed by memories of his dead mother; Roger (Johnny Lee Miller) the scheming deadbeat dad; and Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter) David's constantly intoxicated psychologist; and Victoria (Bella Heathcote) the new recruit hired to school David in his fragile state. Barnabas' learning curve adjusting to his new surroundings is the crux of Dark Shadows' purposefully meandering plot which strikes a few brilliant bits of comedy in between long stretches of lifeless melodrama. Turns out a soap opera adaptation ends up being pretty darn soap opera-y.
Unlike most summer blockbusters Dark Shadows sparingly uses action and large-scale set pieces to tell its story. Burton chooses a lower-key approach in the vein of his earlier films like Beetlejuice or Edward Scissorhands. But the movie differs in its lack of emotional throughline — all the colorful misadventures would be a lot more effective if there was something to care about. Barnabas strikes up a romance with Victoria but it's hamfisted. He becomes a fatherly figure to David but only late in the film. By the third montage set to a classic rock tune it's clear Burton and Depp seem far more interested in the bizarre collision of vampire tropes and '70s decor. A scene in which Barnabas converses with a group of pot-smoking hippies on the ins and outs of youth culture works as a sketch comedy vignette but in the grand scheme of the story is fluffy funny and pointless.
Depp's dedication to keeping things weird helps Dark Shadows stay alive. He loves the theatrics biting into every moment with epic speak lifted from the British thee-aaaay-ter. Green joins in on the fun full force her wicked seductress both playful and unabashedly evil. The rest of the cast makes little splash Pfeiffer playing the straight woman while the rest of the ensemble go toe to toe with the larger than life Depp. They don't seem in on the same joke as Depp and the many dialogue scenes just. Come. Off. As. Slooooow. And. Painful. Deliberate soap opera acting is a tightrope walk — only Depp and Green really make it across without faltering.
Dark Shadows is a mixed bag that feels indebted to a source material. Whether you're familiar with the style or not may will be a deciding factor. Burton's washy aesthetics and plodding pacing don't do the material any favors with Danny Elfman's standard issued score failing to elevate the atmosphere. Kitsch and horrors abound but the witch's brew of elements won't be everyone's cup of tea. Er cup of blood?