While the box office was a bit down from last year, Limitless was the clear winner of the weekend. Limitless scored an estimated $19 million, while the newcomers, The Lincoln Lawyer and Paul each scored a $13.4 and $13.1 million each respectively.
Relativity Media finally scored their very first no. 1 hit with Limitless. The Bradley Cooper film only cost $27 million, received good reviews, and scored a solid B+ from CinemaScore. The film opened much better than the last Bradley Cooper film, Case 39 which only made a mere $5.3 million. The film was expected to make only $15 million over the weekend, but considering the fact that the film was heavily promoted (It even had a Super Bowl ad), it did well for itself. I wonder what the results would have been with the original star, Shia LaBeouf in it.
Lionsgate got a decent opening with the Matthew McConaughey film, The Lincoln Lawyer. The film did not have the heavy promotion that Limitless did, but it did advertise with the $6 tickets. The film received some of the best reviews of the year with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 81% fresh. It’s reported budget is $40 million so it’s possible it can earn back it’s budget considering it received a A- from CinemaScore. If only McConaughey had taken his shirt off, then it could have made back so much more.
Rango and Battle: Los Angeles both got the no. 2 and no. 3 spots respectively. The Paramount sleeper hit, scored a $15.3 million only falling a mere 32.2% this weekend. It’s total has climbed to $92.5 million and should make back somewhere in the $100 million mark. The Sony alien flick however dropped 59% from last weekend and made back $14.6 million. It has raised it’s cume to $60.6 million. It should make it to about the $80-90 million at the end of it’s run.
Finally, the other alien movie disappointed a little. Universal’s Paul scored a $13.1 million seems a little disappointing considering the full studded cast. The film received a 71% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was from the director of Superbad. The film received a solid B+ from CinemaScore. While it’s opening seems disappointing, the film’s main stars, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost last two movies, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz only scored a $3.3 million and $5.8 million on it’s opening weekends. Even Greg Mottola’s last film, Adventureland only made $5.7 million on opening weekend. Paul could have generated very good word-of-mouth and can possible make back it’s budget of $40 million.
Good news for fans of Paul, The Lincoln Lawyer and Paul could switch postions by Monday when final numbers come out. They both had a similar Sunday decline that was about 35% for Lincoln Lawyer and 32% for Paul.
Next weekend, Zach Synder’s Sucker Punch looks like it will dominate next weekend as it doesn’t have very strong competition (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules?). Other than 300, Synder’s last two movies Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and Watchmen both disappointed, however with a PG-13 rating and a film with very sexy women in very hot clothes with Guns, I don’t think Sucker Punch will disappoint.
The rest of the top 10 of the weekend are below.
|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count / Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|3||1||Battle: Los Angeles||Sony||$14,600,000||-59.0%||3,417||-||$4,273||$60,602,000||$70||2|
|4||N||The Lincoln Lawyer||LGF||$13,400,000||-||2,707||-||$4,950||$13,400,000||$40||1|
|6||3||Red Riding Hood||WB||$7,255,000||-48.2%||3,030||-||$2,394||$25,962,000||$42||2|
|7||4||The Adjustment Bureau||Uni.||$5,932,000||-48.9%||2,660||-187||$2,230||$48,779,000||$62||3|
|8||5||Mars Needs Moms||BV||$5,317,000||-23.1%||3,117||-||$1,706||$15,401,000||$150||2|
|10||7||Hall Pass||WB (NL)||$2,600,000||-48.1%||1,905||-650||$1,365||$39,590,000||$36||4|