#BOXOFFICE: “THE WOLVERINE” CLAWS ITS WAY TO #1
Huge Jackman! The Wolverine 3-D starring Hugh Jackman opened with a bang Friday night with $21 million and despite a slight slip over the weekend, still tops the Box Office in North America with a powerful $55 million from 3,924 theatres for 20th Century Fox. Critics and Audiences enjoyed the Marvel Adaptation, earning a 68% rating on the Tomatometer and an even better A- CinemaScore.
After a stellar debut atop the Box Office last weekend, Horror The Conjuring slips to number two with a still solid $22.1 million. In total, it has grossed $86 million in two weeks for Warner Bros. in North America.
In its fourth week, Despicable Me 2 continues to perform strongly in third with $16 million for Universal Pictures, just ahead of another Family-oriented option in Turbo 3-D for 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks with $13.1 million in its second week of release.
Red 2 slips to sixth spot with $8.7 million for Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate Films/eOne Films in its second week, just ahead of Pacific Rim in seventh with $7.3 million for Warner Bros. The latter has gone on to earn $83.8 million in three weeks domestically.
The Heat in eighth spot earns $6.8 million in its fifth week, a cumulative total of $141 million to become the highest-grossing Comedy of 2013.
Fruitvale Station despite expanding to just 1,064 theatres, makes its Top Ten debut with $4.6 million for Focus Features/eOne Films. The acclaimed Drama based on true events surrounding Oscar Grant‘s final day, has the distinction of an impressive 93% on the Tomatometer.
#BOXOFFICE: “THE CONJURING” TERRIFIES ITS WAY TO #1
Moviegoers chose fear first this weekend at the Box Office as Warner Bros.’ The Conjuring debuts with a stellar $41.5 million. The Supernatural-Horror directed by one of the SAW Franchise Masterminds James Wan, opened in 2,903 theatres and was made for only $20 million, already paying its own bill. Starring Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Patrick Wilson and Lili Taylor, the Film based on true events, earned a great A- CinemaScore, while Critics agreed it was something special with an 85% rating on the Tomatometer.
Despicable Me 2 still continues to go strong in its third week for Universal Pictures, earning $25 million – a total of $275 million grossed domestically to date. This places it just ahead of debuting Turbo 3-D, which competes for a share of the same Family demographic, earning $21.5 million from 3,280 theatres for 20th Century Fox.
Grown Ups 2 is showing no signs of stopping in fourth spot with $20 million, debuting last week at number two for Sony Pictures. In two weeks it already has surpassed the $80 million mark in North America.
Star-studded Action Flick Red 2 opens in fifth with a respectable $18.5 million from 3,016 theatres for Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate Films/eOne Films. Its Predecessor made $21 million in its 2010 debut at number two by comparison. Critics didn’t think much of it with a 40% rating on the Tomatometer, but Audiences enjoyed it, giving it a B+ CinemaScore.
R.I.P.D. starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds opens with a dismal $12.8 million from 2,852 theatres. Made for $130 million, the Supernatural-Action Flick from Universal Pictures fared poorly with Critics, earning 11% on the Tomatometer, earning slightly better reviews from Audiences with a C+ CinemaScore.
Monsters University 3-D rounds-out the Top Ten with $4.7 million for Disney in its fifth week of release. In total, it has grossed $250 million in its run domestically.
#THEATRE: JOHN MALKOVICH IN TORONTO JUNE FOR “THE GIACOMO VARIATIONS”
He certainly loves Toronto. After having filmed Box Office Hit Red in Toronto back in 2010 and later having performed at Luminato shortly after with The Infernal Comedy, John Malkovich returns to the City early June for a string of performances in the Play, The Giacomo Variations. Taking place at the Elgin Theatre, based on the life of Italian Womanizer/Writer and Adventurer, Giacomo Casanova.
It also has just announced that Malkovich will be appearing at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Sunday, June 9, 2013 for their In Conversation With… Series (presumably during the day). Stay tuned for more details!
We had the pleasure of meeting Malkovich a couple years back. Click here for more on that.
The Giacomo Variations plays from Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9, 2013. Get your Tickets here.
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