Weekend Recap: What Happened at the Box Office?

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October 15th, 2012

Weekend Recap: What Happened at the Box Office?

-- Ben Affleck's "Argo" scooped second place in box office rankings during the weekend of October 12th. The suspenseful political thriller earned $20,120,000. During the 1972 hostage crisis in Iran, a clever CIA specialist comes up with a daring and unconventional plan to bring the hostages to safety. If the Americans can convince local authorities that they are filming a sci-fi movie, they just might escape with their lives. The film's R rating is due to language and violent images.

"Sinister" brought in over $18 million during its first weekend in theaters. A true crime writer stumbles into a dangerous and disturbing world. After accidentally coming across some bizarre home movies, the writer must figure out a way to save his family from the attention of a sadistic killer. The horror movie is rated R for terror and violent images.

"Here Comes the Boom" earned $12 million, landing in fifth spot. Scott Voss works as a high school biology teacher, but he secretly dreams of doing something more fulfilling with his life. He gets his chance in an unexpected way when his school faces severe budget cuts. Scott decides to become a mixed martial arts champion and win the money his school desperately needs. The family-friendly film has a PG rating for rude humor, language, and sports violence.

"Seven Psychopaths" made $4,275,000 in box office earnings. Marty and Billy are best friends. Marty just wants to make it big in the screenwriting industry, and Billy just wants to see Marty succeed. Billy is a dog thief by trade, and he ends up getting into some deep trouble that could be just what Marty needs to inspire his best work. The gritty movie has an R rating for language, bloody images, violence, drug use, mature content, and some nudity.

Continuing Films
"Taken 2" remained in top spot despite an influx of new releases, earning $22,500,000 this weekend and bringing the overall total to more than $86 million. After saving his daughter from ruthless kidnappers, Bryan Mills now becomes the target himself. Managing to save his own life may prove surprisingly difficult, even with the aid of his resourceful young daughter. The PG-13 rating is due to sensuality and scenes of action and violence.

"Hotel Transylvania" brought in $17,300,000 during the weekend of October 12th, with total profits of over $102 million. Mavis is a lot like any rebellious teenage girl, except that she is actually 118 years old and her father is Dracula. Though she dreams of independence, Mavis knows her protective dad will make it difficult for her to leave home. When she meets a cute human boy, the half-vampire girl must learn to make her own decisions. "Hotel Transylvania" has a PG rating for action, scary images, and some rude humor.

This weekend, "Frankenweenie" added more than $7 million to its overall total of $22,034,688. Victor Frankenstein does not have many friends, but he makes up for it by being smart and creative. He also relies on the companionship of his beloved dog, Sparky. When Sparky dies unexpectedly, Victor decides to put his scientific knowledge to good use and resurrect the dead. "Frankenweenie" has a PG rating for action, scary images, and thematic elements.
Movies to DVD

"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, October 16th. Gloria, Melman, Alex, and Marty continue their long, epic quest to return back home to the Central Park Zoo. This time, they have to deal with some eccentric circus animals and a ruthless Animal Control officer. The friends will do almost anything to finally see New York again. The PG rating is due to rude humor and mild action sequences.

"Moonrise Kingdom" is the latest offering from quirky director Wes Anderson. Set in the 1960s, the romantic comedy tells the story of two young lovers who decide to run away together. When the locals notice their absence, it triggers a community effort to bring the two back home. "Moonrise Kingdom" has a PG-13 rating for smoking and mature content.

"Chernobyl Diaries" explores the darker side of tourism. When a group of young friends decides to visit Prypiat, a Ukrainian ghost town, they expect to get a few mild scares. However, in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster, Prypiat has become home to a terrifying new population. Language, violence, and bloody images all contribute to the film's R rating.

"That's My Boy" stars Adam Sandler as an unconventional father figure. After becoming a dad at an unusually young age, Donny has led an irresponsible life. Now, his son is grown and ready to start a family of his own, and Donny would like to make up for lost time. The raunchy comedy has an R rating for crude content, nudity, drug use, and language.