Weekend Receipts: Pirates A Bit At Sea While Bridesmaids Stays Strong
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides plundered a hair over $90 million this weekend, but thanks to Hollywood expectations and arithmetic, it's a bit of disappointing haul for Depp and his crew. Previous Pirates installments were able to pull in higher debuts, and that was without the benefit of higher ticket prices and 3-D screenings. But Bridesmaids retained the second spot, barely depreciating at all from last week. Sisters are doing it for themselves! And by it, I mean pooping on themselves. Your weekend receipts are here.
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Gross: $90,100,000 (new)
Screens: 4,155 (PSA: $21,685)
It might be a rather soft opening here, but the movie is doing gangbusters in the overseas market. Don't worry, Johnny! We might be iffy on you but you're HUGE in Krasnodar!
Gross: $21,058,000 ($59,518,000)
Screens: 2,937 (PSA: $7,170)
Weeks: 2 (change: -19.8%)
It might be the surprise hit of the summer, but I'll tell you who's probably very nervously eying Bridesmaids' success: The people behind The Hangover 2. It's already profoundly unnecessary and throbbingly unfunny, but if there's already a word-of-mouth comedy hit in theaters, that could cut into its grosses. To which I say: good. Take them to the cleaners, girls!
Gross: $15,500,000 ($145,406,000)
Screens: 3,924 (PSA: $3,950)
Weeks: 2 (change: -55.3%)
I drove past a Thor banner the other day, and I was a little puzzled. There's a character's photo behind each letter, Thor behind the T, Odin behind the H, Jane Foster behind the O. But behind the R was Idris Elba's Balder, who, as great as he was, didn't have that big of a role. So who does Tom Hiddleston have to blow around here to get a consonant?
4. Fast Five
Gross: $10,631,000 ($186,219,000)
Screens: 3,662 (PSA: $2,935)
Weeks: 4 (change: -48.0%)
Rather than talk about Vin Diesel I'm going to talk about his filmic doppleganger, Woody Allen. His new movie, Midnight in Paris, opened in limited release in 12th place, pulling in $579,000 in just six theaters. It's a terrific movie and I think might be his best since Match Point. Go and see it!
Gross: $4,650,000 ($131,647,000)
Screens: 2,593 (PSA: $1,793)
Weeks: 6 (change: -43.8%)
This movie will never die. But expect Kung-Fu Panda 2 to come along next week, steal its kiddie audience and finally, after six long weeks, send it out of the top five.
[Numbers via Box Office Mojo]