Rounding out the weekend of October 25-27, 2013, Bad Grandpa dominated over the competition, leaving the box office battlefield victorious. Box Office Aftermath is an ongoing column dedicated to recapping the weekend’s total ticket sales. Each week, combatants enter the cinematic war zone, bloodthirsty for your cash. But there can only be one true winner. In Box Office Aftermath, we will take a look at the numbers, how previous contenders fared, and provide a brief analysis of the results.
Alfonso Cuarón has been dethroned. All hail Kick Jackass Johnny Knoxville. The stunt comedy Bad Grandpa opened to a strong debut this Halloween weekend with $32.05 million. It is the second highest grossing for an opening weekend Jackass movie right behind Jackass 3D with $50 million. It would appear that moviegoers have not grown tired of this sort of prank comedy yet. With the budget only $15 million, we can most likely figure there will be a sequel down the road. The attendance this weekend saw 56 percent of the audience was male and 63 percent over the age of 25, which shows the teens who grew up with MTV’s Jackass hold on to their nostalgic funny bone.
Gravity, in its fourth weekend, finally toppled over into second place. The space epic still wound up with $20.13 million; not bad for how long its been in theaters. Its total domestic gross has just about doubled the production budget. As it stands, Gravity is the ninth highest grossing movie of the year and is on track to take in at least another $50 million domestically. Overseas the film has earned $164 million. Not too shabby for an original space thriller with only two cast members .
Trucking along in its third weekend is Captain Phillips. The recent-event adaptation walked away with a respectable $11.64 million to reach a total gross of $69.91 million thus far. Captain Phillips retention rate is still very high, with only a 29.1 percent drop.
The second debut of the weekend comes in fourth place, The Counselor. The Ridley Scott directed drama opened below its expected haul with $7.84 million. This just barely breaks above where Runner Runner debuted at with $7.7 million. With such highly recognizable names and a pretty engaging trailer, you’d think it would be enough for The Counselor to have a decent opening. With that in mind, the Tomato score in the 30 percentile had to dissuaded audiences away from the flick.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 closes out the top five with $6.27 million. With only two more new releases this weekend, both rated R, there are not many options for parents right now. Free Birds comes out this coming weekend, but I wouldn’t count on a story about time traveling turkeys to fill theaters.
In its second weekend, Carrie scared her way into sixth, earning only $5.98 million and dropping a big 62.8 percent. For a Halloween weekend, that isn’t great. As a remake, with lukewarm reviews, and very little buzz, these have been most likely been the deciding factors for its steep decline at the box office.
Also in its second weekend is Escape Plan. The Schwarzenegger and Stallone action picture dropped from fourth to seventh with a 53.9 percent decline in ticket sales. Taking home only $4.55 million is not a good sign for the aging actors, which suggests their star power is considerably waning.
And finally, its worth noting that the box office bomb from last weekend, The Fifth Estate, fell 65.9 percent in its second weekend, walking away with a pathetic $570.8 thousand. After this weekend, the $28 million adaptation has now upped its total domestic gross to $2.84 million for its first 10-days in theaters.
Last October the domestic box office saw a total gross of $578.6 million, whilst this October has seen only $401.3 after this weekend. I wouldn’t count on the existing movies to overcome 2012’s totals. Argo, Paranormal Activity 4, Taken 2, Sinister, Here Comes the Boom, and Frakenweenie took charge last year, and perhaps the lack of horror movies is killing the numbers this month. 2013 still has a pretty strong year ahead, so we’ll see just how much Oscar season can help out the cinemas.
(Click the image below to enlarge the chart. All figures are domestic box office.)
Until the next weekend bout, this has been your Box Office Aftermath.
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Source: Box Office Mojo