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

Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
June 25th, 2012

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

This weekend, Princess Merida proved that girl power draws big crowds to the box office. Pixar’s “Brave” topped the rankings, earning over $66 million during its debut weekend. The animated family film stars a tough young princess with red hair as bold as her taste for adventure. Unfortunately, the headstrong Merida has to learn that courage comes in many forms. When she accidentally endangers her whole kingdom, it is up to the princess to set things right once again. “Brave” has a PG rating for rude humor and some scary action sequences.

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” earned $16,500,000 during its opening weekend. The action movie combines rousing supernatural action sequences with a few unconventional history lessons. Abraham Lincoln is not just busy serving as the President of the United States. He also has to fight the vampires that threaten the well-being of the country he loves. The film has an R rating for brief mature content and intense violence throughout.

“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” just squeaked into tenth place in overall box office rankings. The witty Steve Carell comedy earned over $3 million, less than anticipated. In the quirky film, a man decides to get back in touch with his high school sweetheart. He hopes she can be a companion for him as they await a giant asteroid’s fatal collision course with the planet. “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” is rated R for violence, drug use and suggestive content.

Continuing Films

“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” continues to perform well at the box office, earning over $20 million during its third week in theaters and bringing the total gross up to $157,573,722. The fun family adventure has a PG rating for crude humor and mild action sequences. A group of lovable refugees from the Central Park Zoo slowly makes its way across Europe, dodging a power-hungry animal control officer.

“Prometheus” earned $10 million, with total earnings of over $108 million. When explorers and scientists follow a mysterious map to the farthest reaches of the galaxy, they discover secrets that should have been left buried. The sci-fi movie has a PG-13 rating due to intense violence, language and disturbing images.

“Snow White and the Huntsman” made $8,012, 655 at the box office. The overall gross is now over $137 million. A fierce young princess has to find her strength as a warrior and fight back against her evil stepmother. The dark fantasy is rated PG-13 for brief sensuality and intense action sequences.

“Rock of Ages” brought in $8 million during the weekend of June 22nd, with a total domestic gross of over $28 million. The film is based on a popular Broadway show, starring Tom Cruise as a charismatic rock star who shakes up 1980s Los Angeles. The energetic film has a PG-13 rating for suggestive dancing, mature content, language and heavy drinking.

Movies to DVD

“The Artist” swept the 2012 Oscars, and now audiences can enjoy the charming silent film at home. The film is out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, June 26th. Set in the 1920s, the story follows a movie star who worries that the dawn of “talking pictures” will end his successful career. A pretty young actress helps restore his hope. The award-winning film has a PG-13 rating for a crude gesture and a disturbing image.

“A Thousand Words” arrives out on DVD this week. Eddie Murphy plays fast-talking and unscrupulous Jack, who winds up being the victim of a strange curse. He only has one thousand words left to say. When the words run out, he dies. Jack has to start thinking carefully about everything that comes out of his mouth. The PG-13 rating is due to language, drug-related humor, crude dialogue and mature situations.

“21 Jump Street” stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as a pair of goofily inept police officers. The two youthful officers go undercover at a local high school, hoping to bust a drug ring. The R rating is due to drug and alcohol use, violence, language and crude content.

“Mirror Mirror” is a charming interpretation of the Snow White fairy tale, available on DVD this Tuesday. Director Tarsem Singh helms this energetic adventure fantasy film, about a plucky young princess and seven diminutive bandits who help her find her way in life. The PG rating is due to rude humor and some fantasy action sequences.

“Wrath of the Titans” is the epic sequel to “Clash of the Titans” (2010). The war between the gods and the Titan rages on. Perseus reluctantly becomes involved in the battle, along with Zeus, Hades, Ares and other powerful gods and demigods. “Wrath of the Titans” is rated PG-13 for intense violence and action sequences.