Box Office Numbers
In news that excites me, because it means soon we’ll be done talking about Iron Man 3 (at least until it comes out on home video), Comingsoon.net’s Box Office Report puts IM3‘s opening weekend total at $175,300,000.
Thursday previews and midnight screenings alone brought in a tidy $15.6 million – by the time Friday’s sales were totaled, Shane Black’s highly anticipated trilogy capper had made $68.3 mil…less than one might expect, but by Sunday totals shot up to $175.3 million, surpassing opening weekend totals for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2, and coming in second only to The Avengers (released almost exactly one year ago) for highest grossing opening weekend.
IM3 played on 4,253 screens in the US….meaning a per-theater average of over $41,000 – the third highest in cinema history.
Totals were just as impressive internationally, with the other 54 territories adding up to $175.9 mil….the current global take adds up to approximately $680,100,000 – and that’s just for starters!
IMAX reportedly sold out at nearly every one of their locations – surpassing The Avengers IMAX opening with $16.5 mil. in sales, second only to The Dark Knight Rises. Globally, IMAX totaled $40.2 million.
Iron Man 3 accounted for nearly 84% of movie theatre business this weekend.
Think about that: That means that if you were to grab any five movie-goers at random this weekend, FOUR of them would be on their way to see Iron Man 3…
What do you get when you put 2 master assassins, a demi-god, a super soldier, an egotistic genius and an unstoppable beast together? Besides the weirdest sitcom on late-night television, you get the The Avengers, thanks to Joss Whedon, joining the “one billion dollar club” in record time.
In just 19 days, the Marvel super epic has become the first Marvel film and the fifth Disney film release to reach the billion dollar milestone, making almost five times the $220 million dollar budget to make the film and setting several records in the process.
Estimated to have earned a gross of $373.2 million in North America and $628.9 million in overseas for a worldwide total of $1,002.1 million, The Avengers has climbed to the 11th spot on the all-time worldwide list. Surpassing the $1,001.9 million set by Chris Nolan and The Dark Knight, The Avengers has also become:
* The fastest film to reach $200 million domestically in three days
* The fastest to reach $300 million in nine days
* The highest Saturday ($69.5 million) and Sunday ($57 million) totals of all time
* And the second-biggest single-day gross of all time ($80.8 million).
“We’re obviously thrilled with the global success of ‘The Avengers,'” said Robert A. Iger, Disney’s Chairman and CEO. “It’s a fantastic movie and an extraordinary franchise that will continue with more great stories and compelling characters for years to come.”
Since its record-breaking release in North America, The Avengers has become the biggest opening weekend in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Central America, Peru, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, and United Arab Emirates. With its Japanese release slated for August 17th, the Marvel blockbuster is soon to be the biggest opening comic book movie of all time… if it can get past its competition.
In order in actually break into the top ten of all time, Whedon and company must first get past number 10’s Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton, and make another $22,217,904 or so. As some of us are already going into theaters for our third and fourth times, that could very well become a reality. Fingers crossed.
Source: Coming Soon
So the box office numbers are out and to no one’s surprise, The Expendables took the number one spot with $35 million this past weekend. After that, Eat, Pray, Love took the number 2 spot while The Other Guys and Inception was 3rd and 4th. Which leaves Scott Pilgrim vs. The World debuting at 5th at $10.5 million. While that may not be the worst of 2010, that honor goes to the MacGruber film, it’s still not a good number to look at when the budget of the film was somewhere around $60-$80 million.
So what went wrong? Was this a film that no one really wanted but the hardcore? Did having Michael Cera as the lead affected people’s decision to watch the film? Or did most nerds just pirated film so that they didn’t need to show their face in public? As for me, this was the first film in a LONG time where I went to go see on opening day because I’m a fan of the graphic novel and loved the video game, in which you can read the review here.
Am I upset by this news, of course I am. Though, I’m sure the film will eventually get most of it’s money through DVD/Blu-Ray sales, I did hope for it to at least take the number 3 spot. What do y’all think? Do you think this was going to happen or did you believe it would do better? While I know it’s not the end of the world, I would facepalm if both Vampire Sucks and Piranha 3D have better opening numbers than Scott Pilgrim.
We at nerd bastards don’t normally obsess over box office numbers, we generally don’t care. However, we can’t ignore the utter travesty that has happened over the past few days. Twilight: New Moon earned $26.27 million in midnight screenings which annihilated the previous record of $22.2 held by Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince. New Moon has also claimed the biggest sales for opening day. Selling roughly $71 million worth of tickets which sadly kicks the ass of the $67 million The Dark Knight made (previous record holder). Really, this is just crap. How the hell does a horrible, visual companion to a horribly written book do this well? How many new born babies did Stephenie Meyer offer up in sacrifice to get this franchise to reach such super cult status? Just as I and many other Twilight haters were about to gauge our hearts out with a rusty spoon we’ve just been informed that New Moon did not take the biggest and most important record of opening weekend sales. With a $140 million it will come in third place in the biggest record holder scale. It will settle behind Spiderman 3 (2nd) with $148 million and The Dark Knight (First) with 155.34 Million . It’s a case of Twilight fans winning a few battles but not winning the war. However, the next installment of the Twilight saga: Eclipse is poised to unleash hell on earth.