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Help, Apes Defeat Remakes

Fright Night 3D remake can't find the top 5.

By Jarrod Sarafin     August 21, 2011


Fright Night can't keep up with The Help and Rise of the Planet of the Apes
© Walt Disney, DreamWorks

 

In what we consider to be the final confirmation that the summer box office season is officially over, we saw the introduction of two high-profile ‘80s remakes (in 3D) and a family adventure hit theaters this weekend and none of them could top the box office. Hell, one of the ‘80s remakes couldn’t even find a top 5 spot. Instead, this weekend’s reports saw the top 2 from last weekend continuing their control over the cinematic landscape even if they switched places by the final estimates. Walt Disney Pictures’ dramatic adaptation of The Help found itself moving up to the 1st place spot with an estimated tally of $20.4 million, enough cash to win the race this weekend. The film’s sophomore score has increased its domestic gross to $71.8 million after 10 days of release, creating quite a profitable distance from the $25 million price tag.
In the 2nd place spot goes the reigning champion for the past three weeks, 20th Century Fox’s origin tale Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The James Franco-Andy Serkis vehicle found another $16.3 million on 3,471 theaters across the nation. With the third frame’s numbers in the bag, the studio has $133.7 million after 17 days of release. If you want to include the $94.1 million it has from early foreign market distribution, this latest “Planet” adventure has $227.9 million worldwide. Not bad at all with director Rupert Wyatt and producers managing to keep its budget down to only $93 million.
With those two previous releases continuing their hold at the top, we can now take a look at some of the new releases.
The Weinstein Company, Dimension Films and director Robert Rodriguez continued their family-friendly franchise of Spy Kids this weekend with the release of Spy Kids: All the Time in the World taking down the 3rd place spot. Led by Jessica Alba and Antonio Banderas, the film launched into 3,295 theaters and found $12.0 million as a result. It may sound like a lackluster premiere for a family film but Team Rodriguez managed to keep their budget low at a cost of only $27 million.
"We were within range of our expectations. Yes, it was on the low end, but given the market conditions, we're okay with this number. We're going to be in good shape with this movie, and it will play for the rest of the summer, since there's no other family film coming in," Weinstein president of distribution Erik Lomis said.
Unlike the above release, it’s Lionsgate and director Marcus Nispel that should worry about opening score versus budget cost. The two combined to premiere a revised Conan the Barbarian into 3D theaters and yet found only $10.0 million for the 4th place spot. With the film entering 3,015 theaters, the average came out to only $3,317 per showing and they have quite a ways to go before they could hope to touch the $90 million budget. For their part, Lionsgate executives didn’t sugarcoat their lackluster results beyond remembering better times.
“It was a rough weekend, and disappointing for the new films,” Lionsgate executive vice president of distribution David Spitz said. “Historically, August has always been a challenge, but we at Lionsgate have certainly enjoyed plenty of success with titles like The Expendables and The Last Exorcism.”
And following in the 5th place spot is Sony Pictures’ adaptation of The Smurfs. The film dropped only one slot in its fourth frame by pulling in another $8.0 million on 3,057 theaters across the states. The latest tally has increased the domestic score to $117.7 million. The studio also has another $211.4 million from international waters, with the little blue guys having a global cume of $329.1 million. As reported last week, Sony has already launched development into a sequel to debut in the summer of 2013.
Before we go, let’s talk about Walt Disney’s 3D remake of Fright Night. The redo of the 1985 film opened up in 3,114 theaters and found only $7.9 million after its first three days of release. But even with a dismal first showing at the box office, it seems the studio is in the same boat as Dimension with their latest Spy Kids release. Craig Gillespie and Marti Noxon (check out our interview with her here) managed to keep the costs down here, with a production budget of only $30 million. It seems likely they’ll make that up and more in the end game.
Check out the rest of the top 10 down below and sound off with your thoughts.
 

Rank
Movie
Weekend
Theaters
Average
Total
Budget
1
The Help
$20.4 mil
2,690
$7,613
$71.8 mil
$25
2
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
$16.3 mil
3,471
$4,696
$133.7 mil
$93
3
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
$12.0 mil
3,295
$3,648
$12.0 mil
$27
4
Conan the Barbarian
$10.0 mil
3,015
$3,317
$10.0 mil
$90
5
The Smurfs
$8.0 mil
3,057
$2,617
$117.7 mil
$110
6
Fright Night
$7.9 mil
3,114
$2,537
$8.3 mil
$30
7
Final Destination 5
$7.7 mil
3,155
$2,442
$32.3 mil
$40
8
30 Minutes or Less
$6.3 mil
2,888
$2,181
$25.7 mil
$28
9
One Day
$5.1 mil
1,719
$2,983
$5.1 mil
$15
10
Crazy, Stupid, Love
$4.9 mil
1,940
$2,552
$64.4 mil
$50

 
With the summer box office season officially complete, we’ll put up the summer tent pole statistics one last time for your viewing enjoyment. Here are the winners and losers of the 2011 summer season.
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2 Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $169.1 mil

Domestic: $365.9 mil
Foreign: $900.0 mil
Worldwide: $1.265 bil
 
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Numbers:
Budget: $195 mil
Opening: $97.8 mil
Domestic: $348.5 mil
Foreign: $747.0 mil
Worldwide: $1.095 bil
 
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Numbers:
Budget: $250 mil
Opening: $90.1 mil

Domestic: $240.1 mil
Foreign: $798.5 mil
Worldwide: $1.038 bil
   
Kung Fu Panda 2 Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $47.6 mil

Domestic: $163.9 mil
Foreign: $459.0 mil
Worldwide: $622.9 mil
 
Fast Five Numbers:
Budget: $125 mil
Opening: $86.1 mil

Domestic: $209.8 mil
Foreign: $395.6 mil
Worldwide: $605.4 mil
  
The Hangover II Numbers:
Budget: $80 mil
Opening: $85.9 mil

Domestic: $254.0 mil
Foreign: $327.0 mil
Worldwide: $581.0 mil
 
Cars 2 Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $66.1 mil

Domestic: $186.9 mil
Foreign: $314.4 mil
Worldwide: $501.3 mil
 
Thor Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $65.7 mil

Domestic: $180.9 mil
Foreign: $267.1 mil
Worldwide: $448.1 mil
 
   
X-Men: First Class Numbers:
Budget: $160 mil
Opening: $55.1 mil

Domestic: $145.8 mil
Foreign: $204.4 mil
Worldwide: $350.2 mil
 
Captain America: The First Avenger Numbers:
Budget: $140 mil
Opening: $65.0 mil

Domestic: $164.7 mil
Foreign: $147.0 mil
Worldwide: $311.7 mil
 
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Numbers:
Budget: $93 mil
Opening: $54.8 mil

Domestic: $133.7 mil
Foreign: $94.1 mil
Worldwide: $227.9 mil
 
Green Lantern Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $53.1 mil

Domestic: $115.2 mil
Foreign: $78.6 mil
Worldwide: $193.8 mil
 
Cowboys & Aliens Numbers:
Budget: $163 mil
Opening: $36.4 mil

Domestic: $89.4 mil
Foreign: $18.0 mil
Worldwide: $107.4 mil
 
Friday, August 26, 2011 Releases:
Wide
Colombiana (2,500+)
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2,400+)
Our Idiot Brother (2,000+)
Limited
Redemption Road
Brighton Rock
Buzzkill
Chasing Madoff
Higher Ground
Suing the Devil
Circumstance

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fallensbane 8/21/2011 2:00:44 PM

I just got back from Conan, the movie was not without its flaws but I still really enjoyed it myself. I think one thing that actually hurt this movies Box Office was the 3D screenings. Several theatres in my area had it stacked for tons of 3D showings and few 2D showings. I think had it just been released in 2D the box office would have been higher, people tend to be more forgiving of a films flaws when they are not paying for overpriced 3D ticket prices. But thats just my opinion.

vagabondster 8/21/2011 2:03:24 PM

 regarding the final box office tally given the numbers HP put up,I'm shocked that WB isn't begging Rowling for another book...and while i didnt waste my money on Conan, I'm disappointed it didnt do well now studios will be leery on trying to do conan again for a while

panzerhd 8/21/2011 2:35:14 PM

I thought the movie was worth seeing in 2D.  I like jason better then I did arnie.  The villians were so so.  The world layout was impressive. 

This seemed like a pretty dead week as far as crowds at the threaters.

Wiseguy 8/21/2011 3:30:36 PM

As much as I wanted to see Conan I wasn't able to make it but I will catch it before it leaves theaters.

Still what a disappointing box office, not just Conan and Fright Night but all around. I'm surprised how badly they performed considering the competition. I know this time of the year is usually slow with school approaching and some folk taking last minute vacations but damn

I can see Cap crossed that 300mil mark and Green Lantern is approaching 200mil as I said a month back now that it has rolled out on most markets and both of these still have a few smaller ones to go so those numbers will be padded slightly. Maybe a GL sequel is not that far out of the question even though this one hasn't turned a profit, I'm hoping for it.

vitieddie 8/21/2011 3:31:12 PM

I saw Cowboys and Aliens last Friday and it was awful. I love the star power behind it but it is the worst of the summer (havent watched Conan yet).

*spoilers*

Having read the graphic novel, there were major reworkings for the movie and not all of them good. These are my major gripes:

- meaningless subplots involving the humans losing the majority of their force and having to meet up with jake's old gang .... wtf ... what a waste of screen time

- why were the aliens mining gold? this was not fully explained ... the graphic novel at least had some historical/colonization background to the story

- wheres the cow girl and the whip?

- mind numbing decision by the main baddie to put his most powerful weaon next to jake

- how many humans does it take to study them? i like the novel - "kill them all!" 

- wheres the flying horses and exploding arrows?

The dialogue and pacing were also crap ... what a disappointment

 

1.5 out of 5 stars

wessmith1966 8/21/2011 4:06:03 PM

Didn't make it to see Fright Night, although after seeing the trailer, I wasn't exactly in a hurry to see the movie. It looked pretty crappy to me. I might check it out one afternoon this week if I have time. One of the benefits of working for myself; if I want to take a break to see a matinee I can.

I did see Conan, and while it was kind of fun to watch like many of the the B-movie bad sword and sandal movies (Sword and the Sorcerer comes to mind) of the 80s were, it was an awful movie. The acting and production value was a step above a SyFy network movie or a Uwe Boll crapfest like Dungeon Siege. Maybe. The fight scenes might have been good, but they were edited so badly that they were difficult to follow; quick cut shots from multiple angles that made for terrible viewing. I've read a lot of comparisons to Arnie's Conan films. Those films weren't exactly filled with great acting either, but I enjoyed them more. Well, the first one anyway. Destroyer was pretty bad. I'm not a Howard expert, but it seems to me that Jason looked liked Conan from the graphic novels. Under the right director's guidance, and with a script that doesn't sound like it was written by a nine-year-old, he could probably really bring something strong to the character. As it was, he just delivered a lot of brow-beat looks and growling, cheesy dialogue. This movie could have been, should have been, so much more if the studio was looking to relaunch the franchise. This is a bust.

I'm glad to see Marvel-based movies did well this summer, especially Thor and Cap, because I believe it means we'll get more movies. I really want to see a Black Panther movie. Maybe Fox will take a look at Daredevil and Fantastic Four and reboot them for a new audience under the realization that if they're good movies they'll find a strong audience.

@ Vitieddie...I agree with your thoughts on Cowboys and Aliens. Awful movie. Might have been a good western, but it nuked the fridge in a really bad way when the scifi element was introduced. Great idea, poor execution.

Wyldstaar 8/21/2011 5:18:43 PM

I went to see Fright Night yesterday.  It was pretty good, but didn't have any business as a late summer release.  It would be faring far better in October.  David Tennant stole every scene he was in, as expected.  I was especially pleased to see the cameo from Chris Sarandon of the original film.  It's been so long since I watched the original that I couldn't honestly say if it was an improvement or not.  Sarandon and McDowell are the only thing I can recall about the original.

vagabondster 8/21/2011 6:00:05 PM

 regarding the final box office tally given the numbers HP put up,I'm shocked that WB isn't begging Rowling for another book...and while i didnt waste my money on Conan, I'm disappointed it didnt do well now studios will be leery on trying to do conan again for a while

zipahead 8/21/2011 7:08:27 PM

even though Conan tanked...i'm sure we haven't seen the last of my favorite Barbarian... maybe after John Carter comes out and Pixar shows everybody how to do a sword fantasy somebody will want to exercise the option and they'll get a real director and and a real script that has some kinda respect for the source material. Sure Cowboys and Aliens sucked,,but at least it was edited properly.

karas1 8/21/2011 7:19:36 PM

I saw The Help today.  I wouldn't have chosen to  go see it, my mom kind of dragged me to it.  But it was really great.  It has Oscar bait written all over it.

It's not genre, but go see it.  You'll be glad you did.

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