The box-office is looking rosy for many of the Summer blockbusters in cinemas with quite a few of them passing both domestic and international milestones over the holiday weekend.
Lets start with the big one – “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”. After sagging results for 3D domestically, supporters of the tech will be slightly relieved as around 60% of the domestic haul for the film came from 3D screenings.
‘Moon’ scored a haul of around $162 million from Tuesday through Sunday, down on the $200 million of the previous entry “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, however cinema polls show a definite increase in viewer satisfaction with this entry which means the film shouldn’t drop-off as severely.
Internationally the news was incredible – opening in 58 markets it took in $210 million from Tuesday through Sunday, topping the opening of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” by 51% and proving the biggest opening of the weekend so far in many countries. Also 70% of the overall international gross was generated by 3D this weekend.
“X-Men: First Class” is hovering around $139 million domestically, internationally though its scored a very robust $195.7 million. That makes it the second highest grossing “X-Men” film overseas, behind only ‘The Last Stand’ with $224 million.
Paul Feig’s “Bridesmaids” has passed “Knocked Up” as the biggest grossing Judd Apatow-related production in North America. The film has pulled in $152.9 million domestically and counting, overseas it sits at $34.8 million thus far – a feat in itself as Apatow films rarely do any serious business overseas.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” has surpassed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office with $234.2 million domestically and $774 million internationally for a total of $1,008,200,000.
While a disappointment domestically with $157 million, “Kung Fu Panda 2” continues doing big global box-office and now sits comfortably with a worldwide total haul of $531 million.
“Super 8” has now more than doubled its budget domestically with $110 million, while overseas it has scored a decent $45 million.
Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” is demonstrating great staying power and currently sits at $34.5 million domestic, his best performing film since 1986’s “Hannah and Her Sisters”, and his fourth best performing film overall.
Was there any bad news? The Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts-led “Larry Crowne” took just $13 million, not helped by a generally confusing marketing campaign and bad critical reviews.
“Green Lantern” continues to fizzle out quickly – dropping 64% in its second week and now sitting on a total of $102 million domestically. Unlike most other blockbusters, international ain’t saving its bacon – its global haul is a mere $33 million so far.
“Cars 2” plunged 60% in its second weekend to $32.1 million, a big drop for a Pixar movie as all their previous films drop just 25-45% over the same period.