Weekend Box Office: ‘Black’ Is Back on Top

While ‘The Avengers’ may not have held the #1 spot for the fourth week in a row, the movie is still kicking ass and smashing records. Slipping to the #2 spot, it earned another $46.8 million over this four-day holiday weekend. Currently at $523.5 million, it’s less than $10 million away from knocking ‘The Dark Knight’ out of the all-time #3 spot on the list of highest domestic grossers.

Men in Black 3‘ didn’t bring in as much dough as expected, but still did very well. The film’s $70 million four-day haul was helped by the added bonus that comes with 3D ticket prices. Taking that into consideration, its $55 million three-day run was right on par with the disappointing ‘Men in Black II’.

That wretched little ‘Battleship‘ sunk 46% during the long weekend, only adding $13.7 million. The $209 million movie has only grossed $47.2 million domestically. Even more laughable is the fact that ‘The Dictator‘ held on better than ‘Battleship’. The edgy Sacha Baron Cohen comedy slid only 32.6%, grossing $11.7 million and bringing its run to $43.6 million.

Dark Shadows‘ finished in the #5 spot, nudging out new opener ‘Chernobyl Diaries‘ by $105,000. The $9.3 million opening of ‘Chernobyl Diaries’ is hardly a good start. My favorite comment about this comes from Box Office Mojo, which noted that ‘Orphan’ opened better than ‘Chernobyl Diaries’.

The per-screen average of Wes Anderson’s latest, ‘Moonrise Kingdom, is shockingly impressive. Grossing $669,000 on just four screens, the comedy is estimated to have brought in $167,250 on each screen. Not impressed? Know that this is the best per-screen average of all time for a live-action movie. The acclaimed dramatic comedy ‘The Intouchables‘ also featured a strong per-screen average of $34,350, but that’s less impressive next to ‘Moonrise Kingdom’. ‘The Intouchables’ grossed $137,400 on four screens.

Top 10:

1. ‘Men in Black 3’ (Sony) – $70,000,000

2. ‘The Avengers’ (Buena Vista) – $46,878,000

3. ‘Battleship’ (Universal) – $13,769,000

4. ‘The Dictator’ (Paramount) – $11,755,000

5. ‘Dark Shadows’ (Warner Bros.) – $9,405,000

6. ‘Chernobyl Diaries’ (Warner Bros.) – $9,300,000

7. ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ (Lionsgate) – $8,850,000

8. ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ (Fox Searchlight) – $8,225,000

9. ‘The Hunger Games’ (Lionsgate) – $2,850,000

10. ‘Think Like A Man’ (Screen Gems) – $1,800,000

1 comment

  1. JM

    In China, ‘MIB 3’ was censored from 110 minutes down to 90.

    I wonder if that inflated its grosses, by adding extra screenings?

    Or maybe it reduced its total screens, inflating the grosses of other films?

    What’s funny is, ‘The Avengers’ is pretty much dead, and it still hasn’t hit Japan.

    They write songs about it, but it’s true.

    The west is the best.

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