Weekend box office: Pain & Gain beats Oblivion but The Big Wedding struggles

Weekend box office Mark Wahlberg in Pain & Gain

It seems everyone complains about Michael Bay’s Transformers movies, but in Bay’s defense, every time he tries to venture away from movies about stuff blowing up, it turns out to be a bit of a box office disappointment.  You can add PAIN & GAIN to that list as it looks like the film might not even crack $20 at the weekend box office.  So you can bet that Michael Bay will let loose in TRANSFORMERS 4 and I’ll be that he’ll just blow everything up he can find.  And then there’s THE BIG WEDDING, featuring Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Kirsten Dunst, Diane Keaton and many others.  Predictably, the giant ensemble wedding comedy hit with a thud and looks like it won’t even make $10 million.  The good news for everyone that stayed home this weekend due to lack of interest is that next weekend officially kicks off the summer movie season.  So you should have a reason to leave your house until late August.

Next week sees the much anticipated release of IRON MAN 3 and given the raving reviews from critics that have already seen it, I’d say the third film in the Iron Man franchise has big things in store next weekend.  I don’t think it will break THE AVENGERS records, but it’s going to be huge and no one will be happier about that than Robert Downey Jr., who I’m sure will remind Disney of that when they start negotiating future Iron Man deals.  Wisely, no other big movie is scheduled to compete with IRON MAN 3.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Pain & Gain $20m

2. Oblivion $17.6m

3. 42 $10.1m

4. The Big Wedding $7.5m

5. The Croods $6.5m

6. G.I. Joe: Retaliation $3.4m

7. Scary Movie 5 $3.3m

8. The Place Beyond The Pines $2.6m

9. Olympus Has Fallen $2.6m

10. Jurassic Park 3D $2.5m


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