Weekend Box Office – ‘The Croods’ dominates, ‘Olympus’ surprises

Posted: March 25, 2013 in Movies

Dreamworks have been in a bit of a slump lately.  The second largest film animation company hasn’t had a global blockbuster since 2010’s How to Train Your Dragon.  Meanwhile, domestically last summer’s Madagascar 3 did just fine, but I have a feeling that Dreamworks was banking on something bigger to start their 2013, and that thought was The Croods.   The film about a family of cavemen forced to flee their rocky home in search of greener pastures cost the animation company $135M to make and pulled in a steady $44M over the weekend.  It’s Dreamworks’ best opening since Mastermind and How to Train Your Dragon.  It’s certainly better than the company’s last animated romp, The Guardians, which took 11 days to pull in $44M – over Thanksgiving to boot.   The Croods is pretty much the only animated film to release from now until late May when Epic releases, so it’s pretty safe to say that the movie will make its money.

Second at the box office this weekend was the R-rated action surprise, Olympus Has Fallen, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and starring Gerrard Butler.  The film received pretty favorable reviews for a Fuqua/Butler team up and showed it’s stripes at the box office.  Olympus managed to pull in $30M over the weekend, making it the biggest R-rated opening of 2013, so far.

In third place was Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful, which had dominated the box office the past two weeks.  It managed to bring in $22M, and for third place in March – that’s still pretty damn good and is just another sign that there really is no “Summer Movie Season”, it never ends.  The film has made $177M to date and puts it on track to become one of Disney’s highest grossing films.

Rounding out the top five is the Halle Berry thriller The Call and the Tina Rey/Paul Rudd comedy Admission.  The films brought in $8.7M and $6.4M, respectively.

Here is the full top 10:

*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) The Croods – $44.7 (NEW)

2) Olympus Has Fallen – $30.5 (NEW)

3) Oz the Great and Powerful – $22 ($177.5)

4) The Call – $8.7 ($30.9)

5) Admission – $6.4 (NEW)

6) Spring Breakers – $5 ($5.4)

7) The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – $4.2 ($17.3)

8) Jack the Giant Slayer – $2.9 ($59)

9) Identity Thief – $2.5 ($127.7)

10) Snitch – $1.9 ($40.3)


Via Box Office Mojo


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