Battle: Los Angeles topped the box office with an $36 million

March 15, 2011 12:12 am0 commentsViews: 4


Desperate to lure massive crowds back to movie homes, Hollywood dispatched 2 of its favorite species of box workplace commandos: aliens and werewolves. The maneuver resulted in a standstill bordering on retreat, and also the North Yankee movie business remained stuck in its months-long trough.

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Two of the 3 new films in wide unleash offered variant species of extraterrestrials: nasty warriors for the kids within the action film Battle: L.A. and adorable Martian babies in Disney’s 3D motion-capture comedy Mars desires Moms only 1 cluster survived: Battle: L.A. topped the box workplace with $36 million, in step with early studio estimates, whereas Mars desires Moms tested barren, earning a scandalously low $6.8 million.

Nor was the werewolf movie a howling success: Red Riding Hood, the fairy-tale romantic horror film that was expected to land within the high teens by appealing to ladies, underperformed at $14.1 million. A Twilight clone directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who did the primary film in that series, and starring Amanda Seyfried, Red Riding Hood finished third behind last week’s champ; the Johnny Depp animated western comedy Rango.

Battle: L.A. may be a World War II saga with a sci-fi twist: a bunch of inglorious bustards (actually, one gutsy unit of Marines) fights to stay a military of house invaders from overrunning Santa Monica created for slightly but $100 million, the film earned the contempt of film critics, who do not matter, and a Cinema Score rating of B from moviegoers underneath eighteen, who do. One problem: there weren’t enough youngsters to push Battle: L.A. into the stratosphere. Quite half its audience was older than twenty five — yet one more indication that youngsters are selecting free entertainment on social networks over the type they need to acquire at theaters.

Overseas, where the film is termed World Invasion: Battle L.A. it registered sturdy numbers: $16.7 million in thirty three territories, with No. one openings within the U.K., India, Russia and South Korea. in an exceedingly poignant coincidence, the movie announces that aliens have created a catastrophe in coastal areas round the world, as well as Japan. Alas, real-life disaster trumped the movie’s most apocalyptic imaginings.

Last week, NASA scientists rejected as false a brand new study claiming proof of alien life. If there’s such a factor on Mars, it did not interest moviegoers, who boycotted producer Robert Zemeckis’ version of a children’s book by Bloom County’s Berkeley Breathed. created for concerning $150 million and directed by veteran animator Simon Wells, Mars desires Moms could have endured the lamest gap for a Disney animated feature since 1990, when The Rescuers Down underneath took in $3.5 million (about $6 million today), however in precisely one,230 theaters to Mars’ three,117. Cinema Score pollees gave the film a similar overall B rating that Battle: L.A. got, however the overall audience, being largely absentee, gave it an F.

This may appear sort of a typical box workplace mixture of sensible, dangerous and ugly, except that the dangerous and ugly have outnumbered the nice since before last Christmas. This weekend’s total theatrical gross is estimated at $126.5 million that is off concerning 14 July from a similar frame in 2010. In sixteen of the past seventeen weeks, weekend revenue has fallen below the take of the year before. Which just one occasion when it did not was a fluke, as Valentine’s Day fell on Presidents’ Day weekend, giving folks 2 reasons — date night and a vacation — to travel to the flicks?

Worse, from Hollywood’s perspective, is that the blockbuster drought. Hit movies — ones that gross $50 million or additional in an exceedingly weekend — bring customers to the multiplexes, and if those customers cannot get a price ticket to the massive smash, they pay to check one thing else. That buoyant breeze has been absent up to now this year, with not one film boasting weekend earnings of $40 million. Last year, that happened on seven of the primary eleven weekends: thrice with Avatar, once with the romantic comedy Valentine’s Day, once with the Scorsese-DiCaprio thriller Shutter Island and twice with Tim Burton’s Disney remake of Alice in Wonderland. On 5 weekends of the primary eleven last year, the winner’s gross topped $50 million; thrice it bested $60 million; and Alice’s gap weekend took a Jabberwocky-size haul of $116.1 million. No movie this year has opened to even a 3rd of that quantity. See how dangerous things are?

In the micro-bank business of indie films, Jane Eyre opened with a blustery $182,317 on four screens in town and L.A. for the year’s highest per-screen average ($45,579). The gothic romance, starring Alice’s Mia Wasikowska and Inglorious Bustards co-star Michael Fassbinder, can go wider next weekend, when its competition can embody the R-rated comedy Paul, starring Seth Rogen as … an alien. There is Hollywood knowledge for you: when set up B does not work, strives it once more.

Here are the Sunday estimates of this weekend’s top-grossing photos in North Yankee theaters, as reported by Box workplace Mojo:

1. Battle: L.A. , $36 million, 1st weekend

2. Rango, $23.05 million; $68.7 million, second week

3. Red Riding Hood, $14.1 million, 1st weekend

4. The Adjustment Bureau, $11.5 million; $38.5 million, second week

5. Mars desires Moms, $6.8 million, 1st weekend

6. Hall Pass, $5.105 million; $34.9 million, third week

7. Beastly, $5.09 million; $17 million, second week

8. Simply escort It, $4 million; $94 million, fifth week

9. The King’s Speech, $3.6 million; $129.1 million, 16th week

10. Gnomeo & Juliet, $3.5 million; $89 million, fifth week

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