APES Rise to Top (Mania.com)

By:Jarrod Sarafin
Date: Sunday, August 07, 2011

 

Comic superheroes, swash-buckling pirates, giant angry robots and warring wizards have all enjoyed box office domination over this 2011 summer slate of releases. It’s now time for some simians to conquer the multiplex as we rapidly approach the end of Hollywood’s tent pole season. And that they did with Rise of the Planet of the Apes taking down an estimated $54 million at the box office and another $23.4 million from 25 foreign markets across the globe.
Led by James Franco and Andy Serkis—with his latest motion-capture performance of Caesar---Fox chose the first weekend of August to introduce their origin reboot of the “Planet” franchise and came out well ahead of expectations, with forecasts having it somewhere between $30 and $35 million by the closing of Sunday.
With the film showing excellent scores from just about all the major demographics, including an 81% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, the studio chiefs at 20th Century Fox are obviously pleased with the results they’re seeing at the moment.
"The combination of never-before-seen special effects combined with a powerful, emotional story made for a supremely satisfying experience at the movies," Fox senior vice president of domestic distribution Chris Aronson said.
It’s also a huge launch for Chernin Entertainment—founded by Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark---with this film being their first official title in release.
"We're thrilled to launch Chernin Entertainment with a film that so positively resonated with audiences We're proud of the artistic achievement of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, as it is a testament to a smart script, great direction by Rupert Wyatt, stellar actor performances, the amazing visual effects created by the Weta team and the passion and dedication of the entire crew and our partners at 20th Century Fox," Chernin and Clark said in a statement.
Despite the heavy special effects from Peter Jackson’s WETA, Fox, Dune Entertainment and Ingenious managed to keep the budget down to only $93 million in coin. With both the domestic and foreign box office races adding up to $77.4 million after only 3 days of release, it seems to be a successful weekend for the refreshed property.
Those little blue guys also continue to impress expectations, with Sony’s adaptation of The Smurfs following in 2nd place for the weekend. Having already surprised predictions by pacing alongside last weekend’s Cowboys & Aliens---but barely falling short with the Monday actuals---the 3D family film managed another $21.0 million in ticket sales for this report, dropping only 41% with audiences across the nation. The second frame’s estimates has increased its domestic tally to $76.2 million and with another $52.8 million from early foreign markets, the release has a global cume of $129.0 million after 10 days of release. Not bad at all for a CG film which cost only $110 million to produce.
The same positive approach can’t be said for Universal’s Cowboys & Aliens, which found itself sliding another 56% in its second frame. With many insiders hoping its western-focused aging demographic would translate for steady legs at the box office, the Jon Favreau-directed adventure found only $15.7 million in its sophomore report. Invading 3,754 theaters across the nation, that weekend gross averages out to only $4,195 per showing with its core audience and has its domestic sum at $67.3 million in receipts. It still has nearly another $100 million to go before it can reach the $163 million price tag that comes equipped with it. And we still have no foreign numbers to report as of this writing.
The only remaining new wide release of this weekend was Universal’s body-switch comedy, The Change-Up. The Ryan Reynolds-Jason Bateman effort found $13.5 million over its first 3 days of release, averaging $4,635 per showing in each of its 2,913 theaters across the nation. With a $52 million budget to overcome, it played well to older moviegoers with 50% of its audience being over the age of 30 years.
And taking down the 5th place spot is Paramount’s Captain America: The First Avenger. The top avenger managed to cross its budget mark by pulling in another $13.0 million in its third frame of release, increasing its domestic score to $143.1 million. Not including the marketing for the Chris Evans-led feature, the budget was set down at $140 million. The captain does have another $103 million from its oversea territories. With both markets combined, Paramount and Marvel have a global score of $246.1 million after 17 days of release.
If you wanted to compare the two Avengers films of this summer, Thor would be slightly ahead of the pacing here. The Chris Hemsworth-led film had $145.4 million after 17 days of release though there’s something to be said about it being released in May as compared to the waning days of the summer season.
Before we go, it should be noted that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2 found another $100 million in global ticket sales this week. This means the final Potter adventure has climbed the all-time worldwide list to 3rd place, a spot it will keep for sometime behind James Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic.
Here’s how that all-time worldwide race now sits.
1. Avatar- $2.782 billion
2. Titanic- $1.843 billion
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2- $1.133 billion
4. LOTR: The Return of the King- $1.119 billion
5. POTC: Dead Man’s Chest- $1.066 billion
6. Toy Story 3- $1.063 billion
7. Transformers: Dark of the Moon- $1.037 billion
8. POTC: On Stranger Tides- $1.037 billion
9. Alice in Wonderland (2010)- $1.024 billion
10. The Dark Knight- $1.001 billion
 
 

Rank
Movie
Weekend
Theaters
Average
Total
Budget
1
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
$54.0 mil
3,648
$14,803
$54.0 mil
$93
2
The Smurfs
$21.0 mil
3,395
$6,186
$76.2 mil
$110
3
Cowboys & Aliens
$15.7 mil
3,754
$4,195
$67.3 mil
$163
4
The Change-Up
$13.5 mil
2,913
$4,635
$13.5 mil
$52
5
Captain America: The First Avenger
$13.0 mil
3,620
$3,591
$143.1 mil
$140
6
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2
$12.1 mil
3,175
$3,830
$342.8 mil
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7
Crazy, Stupid, Love
$12.1 mil
3,020
$4,007
$42.1 mil
$50
8
Friends with Benefits
$4.7 mil
2,398
$1,960
$48.5 mil
$35
9
Horrible Bosses
$4.6 mil
2,025
$2,281
$105.1 mil
$35
10
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
$3.0 mil
1,854
$1,626
$344.1 mil
$195

 
We can call the summer worldwide race official, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2 grabbing another $100 million over the past few days. It now has a sizeable lead over Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, with a worldwide gross of $1,133,901,000 at the box office this summer.
It’s not like those other two films have anything to be upset about. It’s an accomplishment enough for Hollywood and their respective studios to have three billion dollar grossing films in such a short span of time.
We can use these remaining weekends of the summer season to shore up the rest of the top 5 (or top 10 if you’re going that far back) of the 2011 tent pole schedule.
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2 Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $169.1 mil

Domestic: $342.8 mil
Foreign: $791.1 mil
Worldwide: $1.133 bil
 
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Numbers:
Budget: $195 mil
Opening: $97.8 mil
Domestic: $344.1 mil
Foreign: $693.5 mil
Worldwide: $1.037 bil
 
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Numbers:
Budget: $250 mil
Opening: $90.1 mil

Domestic: $239.0 mil
Foreign: $798.1 mil
Worldwide: $1.037 bil
   
Kung Fu Panda 2 Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $47.6 mil

Domestic: $162.6 mil
Foreign: $451.0 mil
Worldwide: $613.6 mil
 
Fast Five Numbers:
Budget: $125 mil
Opening: $86.1 mil

Domestic: $209.8 mil
Foreign: $394.5 mil
Worldwide: $604.3 mil
  
The Hangover II Numbers:
Budget: $80 mil
Opening: $85.9 mil

Domestic: $253.2 mil
Foreign: $324.6 mil
Worldwide: $577.8 mil
  
Thor Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $65.7 mil

Domestic: $180.8 mil
Foreign: $267.1 mil
Worldwide: $447.9 mil
 
  
Cars 2 Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $66.1 mil

Domestic: $184.7 mil
Foreign: $258.4 mil
Worldwide: $443.1 mil
 
X-Men: First Class Numbers:
Budget: $160 mil
Opening: $55.1 mil

Domestic: $145.2 mil
Foreign: $203.8 mil
Worldwide: $349.0 mil
 
Captain America: The First Avenger Numbers:
Budget: $140 mil
Opening: $65.0 mil

Domestic: $143.1 mil
Foreign: $103.0 mil
Worldwide: $246.1 mil
 
Green Lantern Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $53.1 mil

Domestic: $114.4 mil
Foreign: $45.7 mil
Worldwide: $160.1 mil
 
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Numbers:
Budget: $93 mil
Opening: $54.0 mil

Domestic: $54.0 mil
Foreign: $23.4 mil
Worldwide: $77.4 mil
 
Cowboys & Aliens Numbers:
Budget: $163 mil
Opening: $36.4 mil

Domestic: $67.3 mil
Foreign: N/A yet
Worldwide: $67.3 mil
 
 
Friday, August 12, 2011 Releases:
Wide
Final Destination 5 (3,100+)
30 Minutes or Less (2,600+)
The Help (2,500+)
Glee the 3D Concert Movie (1,800+)
Limited
Senna
Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow
Littlerock
Aarakshan


Series: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Green Lantern, Cowboys & Aliens, X-Men: First Class