Paramount has certainly been on a box office roll of late and with the release of ‘Megamind,’ Dreamworks’ animated 3D film featuring the voices of Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt they have another winner with a “mega” debut of $47.65 million. The film opened in a massive 3,944 theatres and 195 IMAX screens which generated $3.2 million (or roughly 7%) of the weekend gross. Earlier this year Dreamworks’ ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ performed well in its non-Summer time-frame with an opening weekend gross of $43.7 million and also able to reap huge benefits from the 3D and IMAX components. “Megamind” with its good vs. evil premise, sci-fi feel and considerable star power was able to easily exceed ‘Dragon’s’ performance.
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Warner Bros.’ ‘Due Date’ capitalized on the unlikely comedic pairing of Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey, Jr. and thus created a match made in box office heaven with a $33.5 million debut. In this buddy road trip movie, “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips combines his twisted sense of humor with actual character development to great effect. “The Hangover’s” $45 million opening weekend surprised analysts and the film went on to become the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all-time. Here are some “Due Date” highlighted stats: It becomes the largest R-rated comedy for a November opening (prior: Borat, 11/3/06, $26m). ‘Due Date’ also posted the 8th largest R rated comedy opening of all time and Robert Downey Jr’s largest comedy opening ever (prior: Tropic Thunder, $25.8m). Cinemascore had an A- score with the under 18 crowd. Overall, 53% of the audience was male and 59% was under 35 years old.
The third newcomer to the weekend’s festivities is Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” from Lionsgate with $20.1 million. Perry is a true movie mogul having created an incredibly lucrative movie making empire in just a few short years. This is his tenth theatrical release in just five years and the stats tell the tale: Ten movies totaling just over $500 million in domestic box office, an average opening weekend gross of $23.5 million and an average total domestic gross per film of $53.5 million make Perry one of the most consistently successful filmmakers of all-time. Perry makes his way into dramatic territory in this latest film and with the R-rating a debut slightly under his average was to be expected. This one should be less front-loaded than other Perry films with the older target audience coming out over time to see the film.
Fourth place goes to the consistently performing word-of-mouth action movie ‘RED’ from Summit with another $8.85 million and a total approaching $75 million while fifth place is held by Halloween weekend’s number one film ‘Saw 3D’ from Lionsgate with $8.2 million and a total to date of $38.8 million.
Also opening in just four theatres with a massive per-theatre average of $66,481 is Fox Searchlight’s hotly anticipated critic’s favorite ‘127 hours’ starring James Franco as real life mountain climber Aron Ralston and directed by ‘Slumdog Millionaire’s’ Danny Boyle. The film earned $265,925 in its limited debut and is expected to expand in the coming weeks as solid word-of-mouth builds and critic start spreading the good word.
Year-to-date box office nearing the $9 billion mark as revenues and attendance got a nice boost with this weekend outperforming last year’s comparable frame by nearly 30%.
Weekend Box Office
Top 10 Movies – Weekend of November 5, 2010 (Estimates)
Movie Weekend Total
1. Megamind (PG)$47.7 M$47.7 M
2. Due Date (R)$33.5 M$33.5 M
3. For Colored Girls (R)$20.1 M$20.1 M
4. Red (PG-13)$8.9 M$71.9 M
5. Saw 3D (R)$8.2 M$38.8 M
6. Paranormal Activity 2 (R)$7.3 M$77.2 M
7. Jackass 3D (R)$5.1 M$110.8 M
8. Hereafter (PG-13)$4.0 M$28.7 M
9. Secretariat (PG)$4.0 M$51.0 M
10. The Social Network (PG-13)$3.6 M$85.0 M