Weekend box office: The Croods and Olympus Has Fallen finish strong

Weekend box office, Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds in The Croods

Once again, an animated kids movie shows why you should never bet against them at the weekend box office as THE CROODS (click the link to read our review) took the top spot.  I don’t feel like I heard much about it, but I heard nothing but good things about it and our reviewer liked it.  It beat out the Gerard Butler starring OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, which is basically “Die Hard” at the White House.  This is really the first successful movie Butler has had in a while, but if I were a studio executive, I wouldn’t read too much into it.  There are no other action movies in theaters right now and guys need something to watch, too.  I’m guessing WHITE HOUSE DOWN will do much better, even though it’s basically the same movie but with Channing Tatum in the lead.  The Tina Fey, Paul Rudd film ADMISSION didn’t fare as well, proving that Tina Fey will make your money back for you, but she’s not going to sell out theaters.  I think audiences like her better in 22 minute increments.

Next week sees the release of two anticipated movies, albeit the anticipation comes from two very different demographics.  G.I. JOE: RETALIATION will finally get its long awaited release in theaters, this time with more Channing Tatum than originally planned.  Early word from screenings says this is the G.I. Joe movie fans wanted.  We also get the release of THE HOST from Twilight author Stephenie Meyer.  I doubt it will achieve Twilight-like success, but I think it’s still going to be huge.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. The Croods $44.7m

2. Olympus Has Fallen $30.5m

3. Oz The Great and Powerful $22m

4. The Call $8.7m

5. Admission $6.4m

6. Spring Breakers $5m

7. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone $4.2m

8. Jack The Giant Slayer $2.9m

9. Identity Thief $2.5m

10. Snitch $1.9m

(Deadline)

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