The box office numbers are in and there was an upset!
Olympus Has Fallen, the only action film out this weekend, was a favorite to take the top spot at the box office. However, Dreamwork’s animated adventure, The Croods pulled an upset to overcome the the live action movie that was stock piled with heavy hitters such as Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Erin Eckhart and Angela Bassit.
The Croods took first place with an estimated $11.6 million showing in 4,046 theaters nationwide. This success is likely due to the kids around the country being out of school for spring break and the upcoming Easter/Passover holidays. In addition, audiences graded The Croods with an “A” CinemaScore, which means all those “homeworkless” kids will hear from word of mouth: “The Croods is the movie to watch.” The studio is expecting to pocket upwards to $40 million for the full three day weekend.
Olympus Has Fallen debut to a solid $10 million. That’s good giving the fact that it was only showing in 3,098 theaters nationwide. Perhaps the film would have been the #1 movie had it showed in the same amount of theaters as The Croods. Olympus Has Fallen did, however, make more money in its opening weekend than did A Good Day to Die Hard, which opened up to $8.2 million. Suckers for violence and action gave the Antoine Fuqua film an “A-” CinemaScore proving that the film is a true rated R movie. The movie is expected to bank close to $28.2 million this weekend due to its star power and action packed sequences.
Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful round off the top three films adding an additional $5.7 million to its $176.3 million total.
Halle Berry’s thriller The Call fell significantly from its strong performance opening weekend adding just $2.6 million for a total of $24.9 million. However, Berry continues to attract moviegoers as The Call has been all profit since making its $13 million budget its first weekend out.
These are the top five films currently in the box office. Check back for a updated number at the end of the three day weekend.
Below is the top 10 movies in theaters now, based on Deadline’s box office numgers.
1. The Croods (DreamWorks Animation/Fox) NEW [Runs 4,046] PG
Friday $11.6M, Weekend $42.0M
2. Olympus Has Fallen (FilmDistrict) NEW (Runs 3,098] R
Friday $10.0M, Weekend $28.0M
3. Oz The Great and Powerful (Disney) Week 3 [Runs 3,805] PG
Friday $5.7M, Weekend $20.8M, Cume $176.3M
4. The Call (TriStar/Sony) Week 2 [Runs 2,507] R
Friday $2.6M (-57%), Weekend $8.4M, Cume $30.6M
5. Admission (Focus Features) NEW [Runs 2,160] PG13
Friday $2.0M, Weekend $6.4M
6. Spring Breakers (A24) Week 2 [Runs 1,104] R
Friday $1.9M, Weekend $5.0M, Cume $5.5M
7. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Warner Bros) Week 2 [Runs 3,160] PG13
Friday $1.3M (-64%), Weekend $4.1M, Cume $17.3M
8. Jack The Giant Slayer (Warner Bros) Week 4 [Runs 2,560] PG13
Friday $765K, Weekend $2.7M, Cume $58.8M
9. Identity Thief (Universal) Week 7 [Runs 2,166] R
Friday $760K, Weekend $2.5M, Cume $127.7M
10. Snitch (Summit/Lionsgate) Week 5 [Runs 1,807] PG13
Friday $545K, Weekend $1.8M, Cume $40.2M