Box Office: 'The Help' needs none to stay at no. 1 as 'Spy Kids 4' tops new releases
There were four major debuts this weekend, but it was status quo at the box office Friday as "The Help" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" remained on top of the box office.
Experiencing just a 21% drop, "The Help" grossed another $20.5 million for an impressive $71.8 million gross in less than two weeks. The DreamWorks drama will clearly surpass the $100 million mark before the end of the month.
Dropping to second place was last weekend's champ, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." The Rupert Wyatt prequel found another $16.3 million for $133.8 million to date. And for those playing at home, yes, "Apes" qualifies for one of the big surprise hits of the summer.
None of this week's new releases amounted to much, but "Spy Kids: All the time in the World in 4D" was able to climb to the top of the pack with $12 million. The last "Spy Kids" feature, "Spy Kids 3D: Game Over" opened to a franchise record $33 million, but that was way back in 2003. The generation that fell in love with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's family friendly concept has clearly grown up and moved on since then. Dimension Films will have to take solace that "Spy Kids 4" had a relatively small production budget.
Fourth place went to "Conan the Barbarian" with just $10 million. Featuring Jason Momoa as the classic Robert E. Howard hero, the Lionsgate and Millennium Films reboot did not performed as hoped. Any chances of creating a new franchise around the character may be put on hold.
Possibly more disheartening was the performance of DreamWorks' "Fright Night." Even while receiving the best reviews of this weekend's new releases, the reboot of the cult 1985 horror comedy grossed just $8.3 million. Disney handles marketing for DreamWorks titles now, and it's clear the current team is having problems opening male skewing titles such as this one.
Debuting in just 1,719 theaters and landing in ninth place was the Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess romance "One Day." Anne Hathaway took a break from filming "The Dark Knight Rises" to engage in a two-week media blitz for the romance, but it only found $5.1 million with a not-so magical $2,903 per screen average.
This Friday's new releases include the Paul Rudd comedy "Our Idiot Brother"," Guillermo del Toro's long awaited "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" and the Zoe Saldana action flick "Columbiana."
Box Office actuals are released on Monday.
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
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