Dwayne Johnson, who has become the action movie go-to guy, joined Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie in this weekend’s R-rated, Michael Bay directed testosterone fest Pain & Gain and led the weekend with a $20 million debut. The film had a nearly even split between male and female audiences with a 51% male and a surprising 49% female audience.
Universal’s Oblivion starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman landed in second with $17.443 million in its second weekend after a number one debut last week. The PG-13 sci-fi adventure has now earned $64.7 to date and had a 53% drop thus giving the advantage to Wahlberg and Johnson as the newcomer to the marketplace.
Sliding into third place in its third weekend is Warner Bros.’ excellent Jackie Robinson sports biopic 42 which dropped a mere 39%, good enough for $10.725 million this weekend and nearly $70 million to date.
Fourth place went to The Big Wedding from Lionsgate which wound up with $7.5 million in its debut. The R-rated comedy stars Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Katherine Heigl and an all-star ensemble cast that tried to draw older audiences seeking something brand new that is aimed squarely at them and not young males.
Fox’s ever-popular The Croods took another $6.6 million in its sixth weekend as it continues to take full advantage of the lack of family film competition in the marketplace. Dropping just 29% the animated blockbuster has raised its N. American total to $163 million.
This is the final weekend before the official kickoff of the 2013 Summer Movie Season when Disney’s Iron Man 3 opens Friday, May 3 opens in N. America; if the record international total of $195.3 million in 42 territories is any indication, it should have a massive debut!