Sunday 29 April 2012

U.S Box Office Report - 27th - 29th April 2012

1.     Think Like a Man - $18M - $60.8M   
2.     The Pirates! Band of Misfits - $11.4M - $11.4M
3.     The Lucky One -     $11.3M - $39.9M
4.     The Hunger Games - $11.2M - $372.4M   
5.     The Five-Year Engagement - $11.1M - $11.1M   
6.     Safe - $7.7M - $7.7M
7.     The Raven - $7.2M - $7.2M   
8.     Chimpanzee - $5.46M - $19.1M
9.     The Three Stooges - $5.4M - $37.1M   
10.     The Cabin in the Woods - $4.5M - $34.6M

A busy weekend at the box office, with four wide opening releases joining the current crop, all hoping for one decent frame before the big films of summer move in. This is really the last weekend for studios to chance a release of which they've been unsure - both The Raven and Safe fall into this category. Elsewhere we've got a rom-com and a family flick. Of the returning releases, Think Like A Man would be the one to watch, having debuted to $33M, with The Lucky One a distant, but respectable second.

Sunday 22 April 2012

U.S Box Office Report - 20th - 22nd April 2012

1.     Think Like a Man - $33M - $33M
2.     The Lucky One -     $22.8M - $22.8M
3.     The Hunger Games - $14.5M - $356.9M
4.     Chimpanzee - $10.2M - $10.2M
5.     TheThree Stooges - $9.2M -  $29.3M
6.     The Cabin in the Woods - $7.7M - $26.9M
7.     American Reunion - $5.2M - $48.2M
8.     Titanic 3D - $5M - $52.8M
9.     21 Jump Street - $4.6M - $127M
10.     Mirror Mirror - $4.1M - $55.2M

A relatively quiet week, a calm before the summer storm, but that isn't to say this weekend is without its share of drama. The Hunger Games made it four weekends at the top last frame and with seemingly limited competition this week, could it make it five? Elsewhere, The Three Stooges surprised by opening much stronger than expected, while Cabin in the Woods did ok, though paled when compared to recent found-footage horror pictures. This week, The Lucky One is our only wide opening release, and it is joined by limited openers Chimpanzee and Think Like a Man. But as we'll see, a limited release doesn't necessarily limit a film's box office... Next weekend is a busy one with four major releases, followed a week later by The Avengers.

Sunday 15 April 2012

U.S Box Office Report - 13th - 15th April 2012

1. The Hunger Games - $21.5M - $337M
2. The Three Stooges - $17.1M - $17.1M
3. The Cabin in the Woods - $14.8M - $14.8M
4. Titanic 3D - $11.6M - $44.4M
5. American Reunion - $10.6M - $39.8M
6. Mirror Mirror - $7M - $49.4M
7. Wrath of the Titans - $6.9M - $71.2M
8. 21 Jump Street - $6.8M - $120.5M
9. Lockout - $6.2M - $6.2M
10. The Lorax - $3M - $204.4M

Three new films enter the fray this weekend, but speculation was rife running up to their opening day that The Hunger Games would make it another weekend at the top - something which no film had achieved since Avatar in late 2009. Last weekend, Titanic 3D and American Reunion had underperformed to some degree, and in their second frames they'd be facing off against The Three Stooges, Cabin in the Woods and Lockout - along with expansion to over 880 locations for the well received action flick The Raid: Redemption. We're now just three weeks away from Summer blockbuster season, which kicks off on May 4th with The Avengers.

Sunday 8 April 2012

U.S Box Office Report - 6th - 8th April 2012

1. The Hunger Games $33.5M - $302.8M
2. American Reunion - $21.4M - $21.4M
3. Titanic 3D $17.3M - $25.7M
4. Wrath of the Titans - $15M - $58.8M
5. Mirror Mirror - $11M - $36.4M
6. 21 Jump Street - $10.2M - $109.5M
7. The Lorax - $5M - $198.1M
8. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - $0.97M - $4.6M
9. John Carter - $0.82M - $67.9M
10. Safe House - $0.5M - $124.7M

This weekend marks the return of two films who have their origins in the 1990s. One was shrouded in high drama and teetered on the verge of disaster, while the other launched a franchise and a number of tenuous spin-offs. Titanic (In 3D) and American Reunion (aka American Pie 4) found themselves facing off against the still strong Hunger Games, now in its third frame, with the respective studios also hoping there would be room for Wrath of the Titans and Mirror Mirror amongst the ticket buying public.

Friday 6 April 2012

Welcome to Box Office Voodoo

Welcome to Box Office Voodoo, a new website for the archives of the RLLMUK forum weekly U.S box office report. I've been writing these reports since 2005 and decided it was about time to make things a little more official looking. A new report will appear each Sunday evening, some time between 4pm and 6pm and it will cover that weekend's box office happenings.

The existing reports are all archived below, stretching back to the very first one that was still available. Reports prior to that have sadly been lost. Like the old archive site (known as The Shark Broke The Mould), Box Office Voodoo will offer one of the quickest reports to appear online, each and every Sunday. It will hopefully continue to be one of the more detailed ones too.

Many thanks for taking the time to visit Box Office Voodoo, I hope you'll follow the site on Twitter and Facebook and visit each Sunday for the very latest U.S box office report.

Sunday 1 April 2012

U.S Box Office Report - 30th March - 1st April 2012

1. The Hunger Games - $61.1M - $251M
2. Wrath of the Titans - $34.2M - $34.2M
3. Mirror Mirror - $19M- $19M
4. 21 Jump Street - $15M - $93M
5. The Lorax - $8M - $189.5M
6. John Carter - $2M - $66.2M
7. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - $1.2M - $3.1M
8. Act of Valor - $1M - $67.7M
9. A Thousand Words - $0.9M - $16.5M
10. Journey 2 - $0.8M - $98.4M

After its stunning debut, to the tune of $152M, The Hunger Games would be up against the newcomers, Wrath of the Titans and Mirror Mirror. All three films would impact each other, and while Wrath was arguably the bigger competition for the top spot, the family angle of Mirror Mirror couldn't be ignored. Next frame sees the return of the former biggest film of all time, Titanic, in 3D for its re-release and American Reunion, the official fourth American Pie movie.