Box Office Wrap-Up: What Happened Over the Weekend?

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July 9th, 2012

Box Office Wrap-Up: What Happened Over the Weekend?

"The Amazing Spider-Man" lived up to its name during its opening week. Opening the day before Independence Day, the epic superhero flick attracted plenty of holiday moviegoers. During the weekend, the film earned $65 million, winning top place in box office rankings. The overall total since July 3rd now equals over $140 million. Director Marc Webb takes over for Sam Raimi, while Andrew Garfield takes the starring role instead of Toby Maguire. The movie tells the origin story of young Peter Parker as he tries to navigate high school crushes and figure out the mystery of his parents' death at the same time. Accompanied by the beautiful Gwen, Peter begins to unlock dark secrets. However, what he finds could change his fate forever. "The Amazing Spider-Man" has a PG-13 rating for action and violence.

"Savages" earned over $16 million during its debut weekend. The latest film from Oliver Stone follows a dangerous Mexican drug cartel, led by the seductive and lethal Elena. She targets a pair of new business partners: two young men who spend their days growing weed. The two friends do not want to become involved in the drug trade, infuriating Elena. She begins a brutal game of upping the stakes, seeing just how far she has to push the friends before they will give in and go into business with her cartel. What Elena does not expect is that the young men will join up with a corrupt DEA agent. The tense and edgy film has an R rating for brutal violence, nudity, graphic mature content, drug use and language.

Continuing Films

"Ted" dropped to second place in box office rankings during its second weekend in theaters, but still earned an impressive $32,592,560. Most children outgrow their toys, but John's teddy bear is alive, making it hard for him to break off the friendship. Now that he is trying to figure out adult life and find a girlfriend, John worries that Ted's vulgar sense of humor and inappropriate habits will wreck his chances. The two unconventional friends have to learn how to navigate new challenges and problems. Total earnings now equal over $120 million. The R rating is due to crude content, drug use and language.

"Brave" earned over $20 million, bringing the overall gross to over $174 million. Pixar's latest offering stars the feisty Merida, a princess who is not happy about living her life by the rules. After a fight with her mother, the princess makes a foolish decision that ends up hurting her whole family. Now, Merida will have to test the full extent of her courage if she wants everything to return to normal. The film has a family-friendly PG rating for rude humor and some scary action sequences.

"Magic Mike" brought in over $15 million, with total earnings of over $72 million. Mike is a veteran stripper who is happy to take newcomers under his wing. When he meets a naive young man named Adam, Mike gladly shows him the ropes. Adam will need all the help he can get while trying to navigate the tough and sometimes even dangerous world of male stripping. The provocative movie has a whole line-up of hunky stars, including Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello. The R rating is due to graphic nudity, mature content, language and drug use.

"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" continues to perform well, earning $7,700,00 during its fifth weekend. The family-friendly adventure has now earned more than $196 million. Gloria, Alex, Marty and Melman resolve to return home to the Central Park Zoo. Along with some new friends and a scary new nemesis, the four animals join a traveling circus and start to make their way homeward. The movie is rated PG for some mild action and rude humor.
Movies to DVD

Fans of the "American Pie" series should plan a movie night for Tuesday, July 10th. "American Reunion" arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray. The story follows the 10-year high school reunion at East Great Falls High. Oz, Stifler and the rest of the gang get back together, but they find their lives are very different from when they were teenagers. As the 20-somethings reminisce about their high school years, however, they learn that some things will never really change. The raunchy comedy has an R rating for language, nudity, drug use, teen drinking and crude content.

"Being Flynn" stars Paul Dano as Nick Flynn and Robert DeNiro as his charismatic but troubled father. Nick has tried to distance himself from his father's dangerous and irresponsible way of life, but his father has a way of showing up again. Nick will finally have to face his own past. The film's R rating is due to language, brief nudity, mature content and drug use.