Weekend Box Office – Big Will doesn’t come through

Posted: June 2, 2013 in Movies

Sometimes not even Will Smith can deliver a box office hit, however, it’s been an awfully long time since Big Willie had a flop like After Earth.  To be fair, though, After Earth really isn’t Will Smith’s film, it’s his son’s – Jaden Smith.  Jaden is an outstanding young actor (I don’t care what anyone says, for being so young dude can act) but you can’t always make lemonade out of oranges.  Ya know?  M. Night Shyamalan was in the director’s chair for After Earth and that was probably Will Smith’s (who got a writing a credit for the movie) biggest mistake.  Shyamalan’s flame has gone out and Smith was probably trying to do the once-acclaimed director a favor, it just didn’t work out.  You have to go all the way back to 1999 to catch Smith’s last summer blockbuster flop in Wild Wild West (which I loved, by the way).  Smith’s last flop was actually the drama Seven Pounds, but everyone saw that coming a mile away.  After Earth only made $27M at the box office this weekend which was only good enough for third place.

The big winner this weekend was once again Fast & Furious 6 which garnered only $34M, in what is probably the summer’s worst weekend as a whole yet.  The film has now made $170M, eclipsing its $160M budget.  It’s well on its way to $200M domestically.

Second place this weekend was the crime/magic/thriller film Now You See Me, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, and Woody Harrellson.  The movie made a modest $28M but underperformed as it had a budget of $75M.

Rounding out the top five at the box office this weekend was Paramount’s Star Trek Into Darkness and Blue Sky Studio’s animated feature Epic.  The film’s made $16.4M each.

Here’s the full top 10:

*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) Fast & Furious 6 – $34.5 ($170.3)

2) Now You See Me – $28 (NEW)

3) After Earth – $27 (NEW)

4) Star Trek Into Darkness – $16.4 ($181.5)

5) Epic – $16.4 ($65.1)

6) The Hangover Part III – $15.9 ($88)

7) Iron Man 3 – $8 ($384.7)

8) The Great Gatsby – $6.2 ($128.2)

9) Yei Jawaani Hai Deewani – $1.6 (NEW)

10) Mud – $1.2 ($16.8)

 

Via Box Office Mojo

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