Update: Hall Pass wins against Gnomeo and Juliet by $135K as the actual results came in. I guess I’m not 0 for 7 after all! Yipee!
It seemed like no one was interested to watch new films this week as a Gnome took the number 1 spot for the weekend. Overall box office was $25M below the same weekend last year ($97M vs $122M) and 2011 continues to lag behind the last 4 years in terms of overall attendance. The worst news this week is that Nicolas Cage’s Summit Film “Drive Angry” failed to deliver and finished 9th with only $5.1M. Still, I guess nothing’s worse than having “The King’s Speech” winning Best Pic and Best Director at the 2011 Oscars. I need to watch that film soon so that I won’t have any more bias around Black Swan and The Social Network!
Anyway, here are the top 7 films for the weekend!
2.) Gnomeo And Juliet – And the award for most surprising #1 film is the kiddie adaptation of Shakespeare’s Classic! In it’s third weekend, G&J grabs the top spot, forcing a new entry to second place. Gnomeo is set to rule the 2011 box-office tally for about a week before Johnny Depp’s Rango, rules the theaters this March. At least I nailed it with my $14.2M prediction
Predicted Outcome: Rank 2, $14.2M
Actual Gross: $14.2M
Total Gross: $75.1M
1.) Hall Pass – No one was excited for Owen Wilson’s return. Critics panned it, and the audiences watched The King’s Speech once again. I was bullish once again (but I really wasn’t, studios predicted a $20M opening).
Predicted Outcome: Rank 1, $17.0M
Actual Gross: $13.4M
Total Gross: $13.4M
3.) Unknown – 0 for 3 for me. Since Drive Angry fell to 9th, I guess I’ll be getting a perfect 0/7 this week! Thanks a lot, Nicolas Cage! I guess 3D really will die soon. I was right off the bat claiming this movie won’t repeat the second weekend success of Taken.
Predicted Outcome: Rank 4, $13.9M
Actual Gross: $12.4M
Total Gross: $42.8M
4.) Just Go With It – 0 for 4. This pic has a $4M lead over Gnomeo, but it will all change by next week. I was too bullish this week, I based my predictions with the 4-day holiday rather than the regular 3-day weekend! Good thing I also got my numbers right with this one.
Predicted Outcome: Rank 5, $11.2M
Actual Gross: $11.1M
Total Gross: $79.4M
5.) I Am Number Four – Hey! I guess it did remain in the Top 5 in its second week! Still, $37M on a budget of $60M is unacceptable, which is why this movie won’t have a sequel. (Just Like Percy Jackson)
Predicted Outcome: Rank 6, $10.3M
Actual Gross: $11.0M
Total Gross: $37.7M
6.) Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – I forgot that Sony released a one-week only Director’s Cut for this movie. As a result, a drop of less than 31% occurred. Good news for them, as it has already topped the Hannah Montana 3D Concert. Like I said, 3D will die soon. Why? 4D
Predicted Outcome: Rank 8, $6.2M
Actual Gross: $9.2M
Total Gross: $62.8M
7.) The King’s Speech – This film never reached number one. However, it has grossed more than $100M, it’s on its 14th week of release, it’s still in the Top 7, and most of all, it won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and pretty much the hearts of veteran and young critics alike. Good job, man. Good job. (But the Poster is still awful)
Predicted Outcome: Rank 9, $5.9M
Actual Gross: $7.6M
Total Gross: $114.5M
And there you go! For the first time ever, I went 0 for 7 with my predictions. But hey, no one’s perfect, and I promise you that I’ll get the number 1 spot right next week. Or else, I become a loser.
With that, here are the winners of the 2011 Oscars brought to you by the Internet Movie Database!