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Mania Box Office Report: The Kaiju and Jaegar Fall

Minions and Sandler Rule the Weekend

By Robert T. Trate     July 14, 2013
Source: Box Office Mojo

Perhaps I was just incredibly naive. Perhaps I’ve even lost touch with the common man. Never did I think that a giant robot vs. giant monster movie, in the summer, would lose to an Adam Sandler movie. Maybe back in the nineties, but not now. 


When I saw Pacific Rim, on Friday, my first thought was about Godzilla. The new Gareth Edwards film that arrives next summer. Guillermo Del Toro delivered at least 6 Kaiju and 4 giant Jaegers to boot in his film. As far as we know, Edwards is going to deliver one monster and no giant robot to battle it. With Pacific Rim’s box office take not being so vast, perhaps Godzilla has nothing to fear after all. 


What are your thoughts on the film and the impact it will have on Godzilla 2014? Will name recognition make all the difference? Did you think the Minions would rule the box office again?



 

Rank

 

Movie

 

Weekend

 

Theaters

 

Average

 

Total

 

Budget

1

Despicable Me 2

 

$44,754,000

4,003

$11,180

$229,237,000

$76

2

Grown Ups 2

 

$42,500,000

3,491

$12,174

$42,500,000

$80

3

Pacific Rim

 

$38,300,000

3,275

$11,695

$38,300,000

$190

4

The Heat

 

$14,000,000

3,128

$4,476

$112,363,000

$43

5

The Lone Ranger

 

$11,140,000

3,904

$2,853

$71,101,000

$215

6

Monsters University

 

$10,621,000

3,142

$3,380

$237,760,000

-


7

World War Z

 

$9,430,000

3,003

$3,140

$177,087,000

$190

8

White House Down

 

$6,150,000

2,566

$2,397

$62,963,000

$150

9

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

 

$5,000,000

892

$5,605

$26,378,000

-


10

Man of Steel

 

$4,825,000

2,150

$2,244

$280,995,000

$225



So what will it be Maniacs? The Conjuring? Red 2? R.I.P.D.? All three? Can anyone or anything beat the Minions?

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DarkLloyd 7/14/2013 7:36:35 PM

Yeah, but what are the International numbers for PacRim? Aisans and Kaiju? And then add in Mecha? This film will at least triple it's budget

CaptAmerica04 7/14/2013 7:51:49 PM

Minions FTW!

I now feel even more guilty that I did not go out to support Pacific Rim this weekend.  I'm going to have a lot of films to catch up on after the Bar exam in two weeks.

 

death4sale 7/14/2013 8:27:33 PM

It is indeed a sad day for creativity when schlock like GROWN UPS 2 beats out a great summer film like PACIFIC RIM. Saw it today and I enjoyed it immensely. Pure spectacle and fun from start to finish. A living breathing anime combined with Godzilla mythology. It was so much fun, I had a smile on my face for the entire runtime.

What a damn shame, hope the overseas numbers can help even it out along with home video. Since the home market has progressed so much in terms of picture and audio quality, there are so many people who don't go to the theater anymore. I was really hoping for a sequel since Del Toro had more films in mind but, "oh well."

redslayer 7/14/2013 8:27:37 PM

I did go and watched Pacific Rim... It is a Monster movie and it is great at that!  I totally think it was worth the money I paid for my ticket.

Why its numbers are not so good?  They only had to showings a day in my area  3pm and 7pm. On the same day they were 15 different showings of Despicable me.   I don't know about you but is clear to me that you can't make as much money only showing a movie twice in a day.

As for Godzilla. . . . Yeah! I'll be there.  Godzilla is a brand name, the "Who is your daddy" of all monsters.  You can't go wrong there

monkeyfoot 7/14/2013 8:29:18 PM

Saw it Saturday in 2D in a half full theater. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it, laughing at all the intentional jokes and never at the movie which is a sign of a happy audience. I enjoyed Pacific Rim once I could see what del Toro was doing. I was expecting a deeper story and characters as well as great FX. Something along the lines of The Matrix. But that was not the director's intent. It was literally a live action anime cartoon in style which is not a bad thing once you realize what it was.

It was kind of one of those director's fanboy wet dream films. Del Toro has a big enough rep to just say to a studio, "Since I was a kid I've always wanted to make a real life monster/mecha anime movie." And the studios agreed. This was kind of what happened with Bryan Singer. He wanted to do a fanboy tribute to the Donner Superman and had the power to do it.

Once I knew it was only going to have that type of plot and that type of broad characters, I just let the 10 year old out of me and enjoyed the film. It's pretty awe-inspring how realistic the effects sometimes look.

If giant monster suddenly appeared and tried to destroy the world would humanity decide to make huge robots and ass-kick them in real life?  No...but don't worry about it.

ultrazilla2000 7/14/2013 9:34:41 PM

How sad...apparently nobody want's to see anything but sequels and remakes now days.  I still can't believe more people went to see Thrown Ups than Pacific Rim.   I did my part though, saw it twice already...planning on at least one more too!

Kraks 7/14/2013 9:41:08 PM

 I just don't go to theaters any longer, except for Hobbit/Batman quality of films.  Those come once every year at the very most.  I'm in San Antonio and to take my wife to see anything, get a drink, and have some popcorn, it costs around $40, and that is with my Veteran Discount.  Just ridiculous.  I prefer to wait a few months, pay $25, and own it on Blu-ray 3D.  Then, I get to watch it on my nice big screen, listen to it in Bose sound, and replay it whenever I wish.

The problem isn't the films, it is the distribution.   Pacific Rim, along with many other movies of such fare, will make its money back from international numbers and domestic DVD sales/rentals.   The Theater, through their own greed and the improvement of home entertainment systems and delivery, is a dying business.

Miner49er 7/14/2013 11:20:14 PM

No love again for the Lone Ranger?

Dazzler 7/15/2013 4:03:52 AM

I loved PR.  I guess the movie is just a stand alone film anyway for sequels.  Still I don't want it to flop.  Of course if it's bad enough Del Toro might get desparate enough to get to Hellboy III.  I will get the 3d version for blu ray also.  Visually the film is great and they kept big stars out of it which was probably a problem.  Ron Pearlman should have been the guy in charge, but Isdris was better than black Fury for being a leader I thought. 

makabriel 7/15/2013 4:53:39 AM

 I have a feeling the PR's dismal numbers and the bitter taste of the previous Godzilla movie does not bode well for the next one.

 

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