What Happened At the Box Office Over the Weekend?

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May 14th, 2012

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

Tim Burton's spooky new comedic fantasy landed second place in overall box office rankings this weekend, earning a total of $28,805,000. "Dark Shadows" stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, a vampire who has been under a vengeful spell for decades. When he finally breaks loose, it is the year 1972, and his estate has been ruined by his lazy descendants. Barnabas has to restore the family name to its former glory and also face Angelique, the beautiful but dangerous witch that cursed him in the first place. "Dark Shadows" is rated PG-13 for drug use, smoking, language, comic violence and mature content.

Other Theatrical Releases
"Marvel's The Avengers" has continued to reign supreme at the box office. The action epic earned over $103 million on its second weekend, bringing total earnings to over $373 million. The immensely popular superhero film is already close to matching the impressive earnings of "The Hunger Games." Samuel L. Jackson plays Nick Fury, the head of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency. When an evil genius named Loki threatens to take over the entire planet by force, Nick Fury has to assemble a team of the most ruthless superheroes in the world. Joss Whedon directs the film, which is rated PG-13 for violence and a drug reference.

"Think Like a Man" brought in over $6 million during the past weekend. Total earnings amount to over $81 million. The comedy is based on the book "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man." A group of female friends decide that the book holds the key to rewarding relationships. What they do not expect is that the men in their lives will find out about their tactics and try to fight back. The hilarious romantic comedy is rated PG-13 for some drug use, suggestive situations and crude humor.

"The Hunger Games" continues to draw audiences to the theaters. This weekend, the sci-fi action film earned over $4 million, making the total gross over $386 million. Katniss Everdeen has to fight to the death with 23 other teenagers. Along the way, she makes a few unexpected friends and allies, including Peeta and Rue. With danger lurking at every corner, however, friendship might not be enough to save her. The film is rated PG-13 for strong violence and disturbing images, all involving teenagers.

Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling star in "The Lucky One." Beth is a young woman leading a simple life in Louisiana. When a stranger shows up at her home, it turns out that he is a young Marine who found a copy of her photograph. More importantly, he believes her photo saved his life. Now, Beth has to make tough decisions about whether or not she believes in destiny. The dramatic romance is rated PG-13 for violence and mature situations. The film earned $4,055,000 during the weekend and has grossed over $53 million overall.

"The Pirates! Band of Misfits" is a rollicking animated family adventure that earned $3,200,000 this weekend. Total earnings amount to over $23 million. The Pirate Captain wants nothing more than to win Pirate of the Year and finally be taken seriously. If he wants to win, however, he'll have to combat his rivals, Cutlass Liz and Black Bellamy. Even worse, he has to contend with Queen Victoria, a renowned pirate-hater. The film is rated PG for mild action sequences, crude humor and some language.

Movies to DVD
Liam Neeson stars in "The Grey." Due out on DVD and Blu-Ray on May 15th, the action and adventure drama is rated PG-13 for language and disturbing violence. When several oil workers survive an unexpected plane crash in the wilds of Alaska, they count themselves lucky to be alive. However, as the survivors trek towards home, a pack of cunning wolves haunt their every move.

"Chronicle" is a dramatic science-fiction thriller coming to DVD. Andrew, Mark and Steve are just three ordinary teenagers. When they stumble across a strange discovery, everything changes. The three teens develop startling superpowers as their lives head in dark and unexpected directions. The film is rated PG-13 for teen drinking, mature situations, language and intense violence.

"The Devil Inside" is a chilling horror movie about a young woman with dark secrets in her life. She decides to uncover the truth behind her motherĊs insanity, but what she learns could be too shocking for her to accept. The film is rated R for language and disturbing images.

Fans of Stephanie Plum will enjoy "One For the Money," a fresh and energetic crime comedy starring Katherine Heigl. When Stephanie accepts a job as a bounty hunter, she is surprised to find herself trailing a man she used to date. The film is rated PG-13 for suggestive situations, violence, language and some drug use.