Weekend box office: The World's End and The Mortal Instruments can't beat Lee Daniels' The Butler
Even though it was loved by critics, THE WORLD’S END was predictably unable to grab the top spot at the weekend box office. I don’t think anyone felt it was going to be a smash hit, but I was hoping for more than barely $10 million. But if we put it in perspective, SHAUN OF THE DEAD only did $3.3 million on its opening weekend while HOT FUZZ $5.8 million. So I guess when you look at it that way, the trio of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright are getting progressively better, almost doubling their previous efforts each time. Meanwhile, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: THE CITY OF BONES was supposed to be the next Twilight (aren’t they all?), but it will be lucky to end up with $9 million for the weekend. I think that might be a sign that Hollywood should lay off the YA adaptations for a while. The horror film YOU’RE NEXT wasn’t able to do any better, which is a little surprising given the lack of horror competition out there right now.
Next week sees the release of ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US and it will be interesting to see how it does at the weekend box office. Pre-teen girls will buy albums and go to concerts, but they can be finicky about seeing their favorite boy bands in theaters. We also have the Ethan Hawke action film GETAWAY and I never thought I’d write “Ethan Hawke” and “action” in the same sentence. Finally, we have the forgotten drama CLOSED CIRCUIT starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall coming out as well. Given the lack of competition, LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER might make it three in a row, otherwise my money is on the One Direction movie. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Lee Daniels’ The Butler $17m
2. We’re The Millers $13.5m
3. The Mortal Instruments City of Bones 9.2m
4. The World’s End $8.9m
5. Planes $8.6m
6. You’re Next $7m
7. Elysium $6.8m
8. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $5.2m
9. Kick-Ass 2 $4.3m
10. Blue Jasmine $4m