There were four big movies opening this weekend, and they all were able to get into the top 5 and even one of them was able to grab the top spot for the weekend.
The top movie is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw6dECrl-BE) opening with a $35 million weekend. The movie was able to best out the first movie that only opened with $30 million. The fact that it’s the only family film in theaters for a while, it should help this movie do well.
Dropping to #2 is Prisoners (Clip ‘Why did you run?’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOBzBMiSY2U) with $11.2 million, bringing the 2-week total to $38.9 million. The movie has been getting great reviews, not just by the fans. While this movie is a dark horse for the Oscars, it still might help its chances with a big box office.
Premiering at #3 is the worldwide premiere of Rush (trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzNbGH1oZJc) with $10.3 million, bringing its opening to $10.5 million. This movie is a shoe in for the Oscar race with Ron Howard as the director and it’s good reviews by the critics, but I doubt it will make any noise at the box office.
Coming in at #4 is the premiere of Baggage Claim (trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9JwZRQXzNQ) with $9.3 million. This is one of two romantic comedies opening this weekend and currently is the best romantic comedy of the year, which had essentially none up until this week.
Rounding out the top 5 and just missing the #4 spot is Don Jon (trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6615kYTpOSU) with $9 million. This is Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s first time writing and directing and the opening fits the kind of movie it is. It’s a quirky comedy that will get some laughs, but a lot of people will probably wait to get it on Redbox and not see it in theaters.
There are three big movies set to premiere this week, and all three movies might find themselves at the Oscars. The story of a woman who fights against getting lost in space in Gravity; the story of a young man trying to pay off his college debt with gambling in Runner, Runner; and a story told in real time of the events following JFK’s assassination in Parkland. Each movie has a chance at hitting the top 5 but I would expect either Gravity or Runner, Runner to grab the top spot considering they are new kinds of movie and Parkland is a movie that has been done in some form already.
**all totals are from boxofficemojo.com