Weekend Box Office: ‘Crood’ Strikes Oil

With such a lack of family films this year, there was never any doubt as to which movie would win the weekend. Surprisingly, it was a pretty big box office weekend all around.

No shock to anyone, DreamWorks’ ‘The Croods‘ finished the weekend in first place. Debuting on more than 4,000 screens, the caveman kids’ flick earned $44.7 million domestically and $63.3 million from overseas markets, for a $108 million opening. Things are already looking up for DreamWorks after last year’s disappointing ‘Rise of the Guardians‘.

A much bigger surprise was how well Antoine Fuqua’s ‘Olympus Has Fallen‘ performed. The ‘Die Hard’ knockoff was expected to open with $19.2 million, but actually earned $30.5 million. After several big flops this year, ‘Olympus’ shows that we’re not done with action movies quite yet. We just don’t want to see them starring the same old washed-up geezers.

While those releases over-performed, Tina Fey and Paul Rudd’s new comedy Admission‘ failed to make any noise. It fell behind three-week-old ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful‘ and one-week-old ‘The Call‘. With a $6.4 million opening, ‘Admission’ only managed to land in the fifth place.

Spring Breakers‘ expanded from three screens to 1,104 and drew some strong business along the way. The dark comedy finished in sixth place with $5 million. Produced on a $2 million budget, the movie is already making pure profit.

InAPPropriate Comedy‘ failed even worse than expected. On 275 screens, the alleged comedy earned $172,000, for a per-screen average of only $275. That’s got to be a new low for a movie starring an Academy Award-winning actor. Shame on you, Adrien Brody.

The U.S.-only release of ‘Starbuck‘ proved worthwhile. I would like to see the original sperm-donor comedy prior to watching Vince Vaughn stutter and improvise his way through an American remake, and it looks like I’m not alone. On three screens, the film earned $16,400, yielding a per-screen average of $5,467.

Top 10:

1. ‘The Croods’ (Fox) – $44,700,000

2. ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ (FilmDistrict) – $30,500,000

3. ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ (Buena Vista) – $22,031,000

4. ‘The Call’ (TriStar) – $8,700,000

5. ‘Admission’ (Focus) – $6,446,000

6. ‘Spring Breakers’ (A24) – $5,000,000

7. ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ (Warner Bros.) – $4,275,000

8. ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ (Warner Bros.) – $2,965,000

9. ‘Identity Thief’ (Universal) – $2,545,000

10. ‘Snitch’ (Summit) – $1,930,000

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