THEATER OWNERS: WHERE DID ALL THE PEOPLE GO?
There was a lot of room to spread out at many theaters over the weekend as the box office plunged by a third from the comparable weekend a year ago. According to box-office tracker Paul Dergarabedian, the top 12 films earned just $97.08 million versus $144.92 million a year ago. Not a single film cracked even the $20-million mark. The closest any film came to that was the $17.6 million earned by Sony/Screen Gems’ Think Like a Man, which held on to the No. 1 position for the second straight week. Four other films bunched up closely in second- through fifth-place. Sony/Columbia’s animated The Pirates! Band of Misfits docked at No. 2 with $11.14 million, followed by the sixth week of The Hunger Games with $10.814 million, which in turn edged out Warner Bros.’ The Lucky One with $10.808 million, a difference of just over $6,000. Universal’s The Five-Year Engagement, which had been expected to win the weekend, ended up in fifth place with $10.61 million. Next weekend’s debut of the Avengers is expected to earn — on its own — more than every film at the box office did this past weekend — combined.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Media by Numbers (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):
1.Think Like a Man, Sony, $17,604,141, 2 Wks. ($6,0,472,199); 2. The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Sony Animation/Aardman, $11,137,734, (New); 3. The Hunger Games, Lionsgate, $10,814,271, 6 Wks. ($372,019,021); 4. The Lucky One, Warner Bros., $10,808,023, 2 Wks. ($39,409,719); 5. The Five-Year Engagement, Universal, $10,610,060, (New); 6. Safe, Lionsgate, $7,892,539, (New); 7. The Raven, Relativity Media, $7,289,642, (New); 8. Chimpanzee, Disneynature/Disney, $5,227,862, 2 Wks. ($18,920,794); 9. The Three Stooges, 20th Century Fox, $5,167,421, 3 Wks. ($36,907,965); 10. The Cabin in The Woods, Lionsgate, $4,619,480, 3 Wks. ($34,783,320).