UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October 2012...
James Bond returned to UK cinemas this past Friday in Skyfall (read our reviews here, here and here), with Daniel Craig's third outing as 007 banking a hefty £20,180,369 to claim the highest opening for a Bond film (Craig's previous efforts Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace debuted with £13m and £15m respectively), as well as the biggest UK opening of 2012, besting fellow blockbusters such as The Avengers (£15.8m), The Dark Knight Rises (£14.3m) and The Amazing Spider-Man (£11m).
As a result of the new Bond movie, UK cinemas were virtually devoid of alternative new releases, with the rest of the chart comprised of holdover films. Last week's top movie Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted made way for Skyfall at the top and slipped to second place, while the Liam Neeson action sequel Taken 2 »
In keeping with the Halloween spirit, two current horror classic remakes have used the holiday as an opportunity to do a bit of marketing. First up, Fede Alvarez's reboot of Evil Dead has released the first images of the Necronomicon, or Book of the Dead. In Sam Raimi's 1981 classic, the book was discovered by the friends staying in the cabin and who inadvertently unleashed evil spirits. This new version isn't the one that fans are familiar with, possibly due to copyright issues...or perhaps there's a surprise in store for us once the movie hits. Evil Dead, starring Jane Levy (Fun Size), opens April 12th, 2013. In other horror remake news, Kimberly Peirce's reboot of Carrie has kicked off their viral marketing campaign with a series of disturbing messages that fans can access over the phone. Starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, Carrie opens March 15th, 2013. Hit »
- Dave Trumbore
There is a lot of nostalgia held in old Nickelodeon films from our generation. Anyone around the age of 22 and under can clearly remember watching films such as Good Burger and Snow Day as a child, and it’s because of these memories that we fondly hold onto the television we grew up with. Many of my peers believe we grew up in the golden age of children’s cartoons, and although I partly agree, that’s an argument for a different time.
What is relevant is the fact that the networks have grown just as we have, aiming their entertainment at a whole new generation. Rather than producing shows like All That, Catdog, Doug, Kenan & Kel and countless others, many of the newer shows are tech obsessed, slightly narcissistic and just not as good. With the changing times comes a change to the films Nickelodeon chooses to make as well. »
- Christian Law
Title Weekend Total Analysis Argo $12.3M $60.8M Ben Affleck's potential Oscar contender takes advantage of 4 weak debuts Hotel Transylvania $9.5M $130.4M Continues to do monster business ever after 5 weeks; should continue to fill seats through Halloween Cloud Atlas $9.4M $9.4M Leveraged strong word of mouth into a solid third-place debut in wide release Paranormal Activity 4 $8.7M $42.6M Dropped a deadly 70% in its second weekend, further proof that audiences are tired of this found-footage franchise Taken 2 $11.5M $117M Even after 4 weeks in theaters, managed to outdo newcomers Silent Hill 2, Fun Size, and Chasing Mavericks
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- reelz staff
And finally, Ben Affleck's "Argo" topped the box-office weekend after three weeks. The surefire Oscar contender took in $12.3 million for the No. 1 spot, beating new releases such as "Cloud Atlas" and "Fun Size."
"Argo" movie review
"Cloud Atlas" from the Wachowskis ("The Matrix" films) and Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run") took in $9.5 million for the No. 3 spot. The Tom Hanks/Halle Berry-starrer was budgeted for $100 million, so this film, as creative-forward as it was, flopped. ("Cloud Atlas" movie review)
Meanwhile, newcomer "Fun Size" also failed to bring in the fun at the box-office. The Paramount/Nickelodeon flick starring Victoria Justice debuted at No. 10 with $4 million. This film, directed by Josh Schwartz from a 2010 Black List script by Max Werner, was only budgeted for $14 million, so it would be easier for "Fun Size" to recoup its money comapred to "Cloud Atlas. »
Here's your weekend box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Argo - $12.3 million 2. Hotel Transylvania - $9.5 million 3. Cloud Atlas - $9.4 million 4. Paranormal Activity 4 - $8.6 million 5. Taken 2 - $8.0 million 6. Silent Hill: Revelation - $8.0 million 7. Here Comes the Boom - $5.5 million 8. Sinister - $5.07 million 9. Alex Cross - $5.05 million 10. Fun Size - $4.06 million The Big Stories We told you that word of mouth on Ben Affleck's Argo was going to be good. A drop last week of over 15.5% has turned into only a 25% drop this week and good enough to enjoy its first week at number one. It's only the second film this year to make the leap to number one after at least a week in release after Safe House in February and...
- Erik Childress
Commercial fortunes of Ben Affleck-directed picture grow, along with awards prospects
A slow session in the Us followed the previous week's bump with Paranormal Activity 4. Said horror movie slid three places to fourth in its second weekend and is on course to become the lowest in the franchise (Stateside, that is) by some margin. The story of the weekend was the rise of Argo, which climbed to the top of the pile in its third weekend on release through Warner Bros. Ben Affleck's widely admired directing showcase is making stately progress at the box office and this will give it commercial clout as the awards season moves forward, which never hurts a contender's prospects.
The top 10 contains one other awards hopeful in the form of Cloud Atlas, which Warner Bros launched in third place on $9.4m (£5.9m). This one needs positive word of mouth because as anybody »
- Jeremy Kay
From MTV News
Four new films, including the star-packed "Cloud Atlas," couldn't withstand the positive buzz around Ben Affleck and his newest film "Argo." After two weekends in second place, the international thriller clinched the top spot at the box office with a modest $12.4 million, adding to a now $60.8 million total.
"Cloud Atlas," the ambitious film from the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, disappointed with a $9.4 million take, only good enough for a third place finish, behind the persistent "Hotel Transylvania," which added $9.5 million to its impressive $130.4 million total.
The two other debuts, "Fun Size" and "Chasing Mavericks," fell completely flat. The Victoria Justice vehicle managed to pull in just over $4 million, and the Gerard Butler surfing movie managed just over $2 million.
Head over to MTV News for your full box office breakdown.
- Kevin P. Sullivan
This Weekend’s Winners: The top films are both holdovers from the week(s) prior: Warner Bros.’ Argo was No. 1 again ($12.3 million), and Sony’s Hotel Transylvania ($9.5 million) carried the runner-up spot, while … This Weekend’s Losers: All the new films, the “best” of which, like Cloud Atlas ($9.4 million) and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D ($8 million), did poorly, while the worst of which, like Paramount’s Fun Size ($4 million) and Fox/Walden Media’s Chasing Mavericks ($2.2 million), did even worse.How It All Went Down: Skyfall doesn’t open for another two weeks here in the States, but it was a nonetheless apt description of the box office this weekend: With Hurricane Sandy looming, a bladder-busting two-hour-and-44-minute run time, difficult source material, and incredibly mixed critical reviews, Cloud Atlas marked the worst-ever opening for both the Wachowskis and their above-the-title star, Tom Hanks. “They will blame it on the weather, »
- Claude Brodesser-Akner
Overall it wasn't a particularly great weekend at the box office as Hurricane Sandy kept a lot of moviegoers at bay, however, that doesn't quite explain the failure of all of the new releases. Ben Affleck's Argo floated to the top of the pack in its third week, which usually doesn't happen unless the competition is pretty terrible. Hotel Transylvania also topped all newcomers although Cloud Atlas could still end up slipping past it for the #2 spot. Opening to just $9 million, Cloud Atlas proved to be a tough sell for mainstream audiences, marking the lowest debut ever for a Wachowski film (not counting their directorial debut Bound). Silent Hill: Revelation 3D was in even worse shape with $8 million, although it doesn't have a $100 million budget to recoup. None of that compares to the failure of Chasing Mavericks, however; the Gerard Butler surfing flick opened at #13 with just $2.2 million. Yikes. »
Everyone waits until the year is over to compile their “Best of whatever” movie lists. This has become a mundane practice. Time for a bit of a change, kids. Lots of tricks were being played at cinemas on what is considered, “Halloween weekend.” Fun Size was just going through the motions (a.k.a. uninspired play), while Silent Hill: Revelation 3D thought timing would be everything (critical and financial success). Meanwhile, Cloud Atlas read amazing on paper but lacked execution. The new releases for the respective week will have a capsule review at the end of the column. An updated list comes out every Monday. Here’s how things are shaking up so [ Read More ]
- Joe Belcastro
After settling for second for the past two weekends, Argo took in $12.4 million this time around, earning the box office's No. 1 spot. Hotel Transylvania climbed to second with $9.5 million while new release Cloud Atlas opened at $9.4 million. Last week's top earner, Paranormal Activity 4, came in fourth place with an $8.7 million haul while Taken 2 and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D tied for fifth place, each with $8 million. The week's other new releases, Fun Size and Chasing Mavericks, took in $4.6 million and $2.2 million, respectively. »
- Maggie Pehanick
In it's third week of release, Ben Affleck's thriller finally takes the number one spot...
What a weekend. Theaters were flush with new films, but it was Argo that ends up taking the top spot with $12 million dollars in tickets sold. Affleck's film is showing similar tracking to his previous effort, The Town. The film's continued success is a testament to Warner Bros. who has marketed this film extremely well, and to the power of good word of mouth among ticket buyers. The film is showing no signs of slowing down. The film could easily pass $100 million in North America. I'm not sure what the international interest will be in this film. I'm guessing it's not going to fare well in Iran.
The much ballyhooed Cloud Atlas opened in second place, which has to be seen as disappointing given the budget and the name attachments. The film was »
Ben Affleck's "Argo" rose back to first place in its third weekend, while all new releases struggled to become profitable as audiences focused more on pre-Halloween parties, football and the World Series. "Argo" grossed another $12.4 million for a new domestic total $60 million. The film cost $45 million to make and has an impressive 96% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Out of the four new releases, "Cloud Atlas," starring Tom Hanks and directed by the Wachowskis (The Matrix), performed the best, but was only able to earn $9.4 million, which was good enough for third place. The film cost around $100 million, which means that it's already a huge failure. It has a 62% fresh rating. "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D," the second installment in the franchise, took fifth place with $8 million, putting it on path to make back its $20 million budget. Unfortunately, the sequel has a terrible 7% fresh rating. "Fun Size" teen comedy landed in tenth place with $4.1 million. »
East Coast preparation for Hurricane Sandy and a dismal selection of new titles caused the North American box office to take a big hit this weekend. After two weeks of occupying the number two spot, the Ben Affleck hit Argo ascended to first place in week three. The film easily held off newcomers Cloud Atlas, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, Fun Size and Chasing Mavericks, all which had dismal debuts, while Paranormal Activity 4 took a huge blow in its second weekend of release.
The good cheer that has been bestowed upon Argo continued strong in its third weekend as the fact-based Iranian hostage drama dropped a mere 25% on 2,855 theaters to earn an estimated $12.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $60.7 million. The film faces stiff competition over the next few weeks as Skyfall, Flight and Lincoln arrive on the scene and threaten to steal away adult ticket buyers. However, with year-end »
Weekend Box Office:
Hotel Transylvania $9.5 million
Cloud Atlas $9.4 million
Paranormal Activity 4 $8.6 million
Taken 2 $8 million
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D $8 million
Here Comes the Boom $5.5 million
Sinister $5.07 million
Alex Cross $5.05 million
Fun Size $4.06 millionArgo93%MovieWeb: 6 reviews95%RottenTomatoes: 209 reviews2Hotel Transylvania85%MovieWeb: 1 reviews43%RottenTomatoes: 96 reviews3Cloud Atlas100%MovieWeb: 3 reviews63%RottenTomatoes: 172 reviews4Paranormal Activity 482%MovieWeb: 5 reviews25%RottenTomatoes: 90 reviews5Taken 268%MovieWeb: 8 reviews21%RottenTomatoes: 155 reviews6Silent Hill: Revelation 3D89%MovieWeb: 2 reviews6%RottenTomatoes: 33 reviews7Here Comes the Boom67%MovieWeb: 0 reviews42%RottenTomatoes: 70 reviews8Sinister80%MovieWeb: 9 reviews62%RottenTomatoes: 120 reviews9Alex Cross64%MovieWeb: 4 reviews13%RottenTomatoes: 100 reviews10Fun Size34%MovieWeb: 0 reviews27%RottenTomatoes: 48 reviews »
Argo has climbed one place to top the Us box office this weekend. The Ben Affleck-directed thriller knocked previous chart-topper Paranormal Activity 4 off the summit after grossing $$12.35m. The horror sequel dropped to number four, earning $$8.67m in its second week on release. Multi-layered drama epic Cloud Atlas made its debut at number three with $$9.4m, narrowly beaten out by Hotel Transylvania, which jumped two places from last week's number four position and grossed $$9.5m. Other debuts this week come from Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, which entered at number five with $$8m, and teen comedy Fun Size, which grossed $$4.06m to slip in at number ten. The Liam Neeson-starring action film Taken 2 drops three places (more) »
- By Amy Bell
As the 2012 Halloween movie season draws to a close the big box office winner is… Hotel Transylvania? Yep! This Halloween belonged to the kiddies. It sure didn’t belong to Silent Hill: Revelation or Paranormal Activity 4.
The final weekend before Halloween and the highest grossing movie featuring things that go bump in the night, according to Box Office Mojo, is once again the computer animated Hotel Transylvania. Jumping up from fourth place last week to second just behind Argo with $9.5 million, the Sony Animation 3D family film has raked in $130 million in just five weeks. Adam Sandler’s animated Dracula is on track to “blah blah blah”-ing his way to being Sony’s highest grossing animated movie of all time.
Something that clearly won’t still be playing in theaters a month from now will be Paranormal Activity 4. Horror movies tend to drop big in their »
A slow weekend at the box office resulted in Argo grabbing the top spot. It’s being said that Hurricane Sandy had an impact on this weekend’s box office results, but it doesn’t look like any of this week’s new movies would have dramatically better results under optimal weather conditions.
Since we’re focusing on horror, we’re moving right to Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. When you factor in international sales and home video options, this movie will probably end up making money. With that being said, the results are disappointing for its opening weekend, when you consider that the first Silent Hill opened with $20 million in 2006. To be fair, Silent Hill reportedly had more than double the production budget of the sequel, so it isn’t surprising that reviews and audience reactions haven’t been the most positive.
Paranormal Activity 4 isn’t going to get »
- Jonathan James
Four new nationwide releases all underperformed this weekend, which allowed Argo to move up to first place in its third outing. Overall business was fairly quiet, with the Top 12 off 13 percent from last year with $81.2 million.It's hard to gauge the actual impact of Hurricane Sandy, which as of Sunday was about bear down on the East Coast. At worst, Sandy may have suppressed business by about 10 percent (for example, that would put Paranormal Activity 4's drop in line with Paranormal Activity 3), though it's impossible to say for sure. One thing that wasn't affected, at least, was the Saturday-to-Sunday drops: the Top 10 titles dipped 43 percent from Saturday to Sunday, compared with 47 percent last weekend. Argo eased 27 percent to $12.1 million in its third weekend. It's the first movie since True Grit to claim the top spot for the first time on its third frame. That's partly due to the movie's strong word-of-mouth, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
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