Welcome to the inaugural edition of WEEKEND ROUNDUP, where we discuss the weekends box office results. The top 3 this week are Thor: The Dark World, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, and Free Birds.
This weekend was a great one to start on because we get to talk about the newest addition to Marvel's Phase 2, Thor: The Dark World, and how it demolished the box office this weekend. It's no surprise that this film took the top spot, especially since no other film had a wide release this weekend. A handful of movie had their limited releases, but were only shown in a few theaters across the country.
1. THOR: THE DARK WORLD
Thor: The Dark World left every other movie in the dust, raking in $86.1 million, not quite enough to join the elite club of superhero films to break $100 million on opening weekend (The Avengers, Man of Steel, & Iron Man 3 to name a few), but better than the original, which made $65.7 million back in 2011. Now, I'm sure a portion of that increase is directly associated with the success of The Avengers, but I'd also like to think that word-of-mouth about how amazing this film is (check out our Fandom Fridays review of Thor: The Dark World) helped garner some extra ticket sales as well. I believe this is only the beginning of a huge box office draw for this film, and I wouldn't be surprised if it breaks $500 million by the time it's done (the first Thor made just shy of $450 million).
2. JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA
Next on the list for this weekend is Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa with $11.3 million. Definitely not on the same level as Thor: The Dark World, but not too shabby for a film with only a $15 million production budget. Three weeks in, Bad Grandpa has already made over $100 million worldwide, and understandably so. Not being a huge fan of Jackass, I was hesitant to watch this movie, but my brother really wanted to see it, so I went for it. And I was laughing the entire time. The combination of Jackass-style, hidden camera shenanigans and movie story-telling was actually an intriguing concept and worked pretty well. This is not the greatest comedy of the year by any stretch, but it was pretty funny and I definitely had a surprisingly good time watching it.
3. FREE BIRDS
Finally, we have the Thankgiving-themed animated comedy, Free Birds. Time-traveling turkeys on a mission to stop the first Thanksgiving? How could that not do well? Bringing in just under $11.2 million dollars in its second weekend, Free Birds shows that even original, non-Disney, non-Pixar animated films can do pretty well for themselves (making over $30 million worldwide in just a week and a half). Although, I have to wonder if it will be able to keep this momentum going once Disney's Frozen releases at the end of the month. I guess we'll have to wait and find out.
Here's an overview of this weekend's box office draws:
#1 - Thor: The Dark World - $86,109,000
#2 - Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa - $11,300,000
#3 - Free Birds - $11,180,000
Next week is the release of The Best Man Holiday, the sequel to the 1999 romantic comedy-drama, The Best Man. Will it be able to gain footing against Thor: The Dark World's second week? Only time will tell. Join us next week when we give you the scoop on how your favorite movie are doing on WEEKEND ROUNDUP!
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Source credit: www.boxofficemojo.com