Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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May 6th, 2013

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

-- "Iron Man 3" made a huge impact in theaters during the weekend of Friday, May 3. The film opened with an astonishing $175,300,000, setting the bar high for the upcoming season of summer blockbusters. When a terrifying new enemy sets his sights on Tony Stark, it seems that Iron Man has finally met his match. However, the cocky hero will not go down without a major fight. Drawing on his last reserves, Stark will do whatever it takes to restore peace. The film has a PG-13 rating for brief suggestive content and intense sci-fi action violence.

Continuing Films

"Pain & Gain" saw weekend profits of $7,600,000, bringing overall earnings to more than $33 million. Dissatisfied with his job at a gym, Daniel Lugo rounds up his cronies and proposes a scheme. He believes that an act of extortion can solve their financial problems forever, with few negative consequences. What Lugo does not realize is how quickly this plan will spiral into mayhem. Michael Bay's dark action movie has an R rating for strong violence, nudity, crude content, language, and drug use.

"42" has made over $78 million. When Jackie Robinson signs on with the Brooklyn Dodgers, he is not just playing baseball. He is making history. The African-American baseball star earns plenty of fans, but he also faces hostility due to racial tensions. Robinson has to focus on his game and push past the negativity. The movie has now earned over $78 million. The inspiring biopic has a PG-13 rating for thematic elements that include language.

"Oblivion" made $5,800,000 during the weekend. Since its opening, the movie has earned over $75 million. When Jack rescues a mysterious woman, she triggers long-lost memories. With the help of this newcomer, Julia, Jack starts to remember things about his past, before the Earth fell prey to alien attacks. He starts to wonder what his purpose really is, and whether his allies actually mean him harm. "Oblivion" has a PG-13 rating for brief sensuality, nudity, sci-fi action violence, and some brief strong language.

"The Croods" has continued to perform well since its opening, earning a total of more than $168 million. Eep may long for adventure, but her protective father does not let her venture far from home. When the whole family has to go searching for a new shelter, Eep, her new friend, and the rest of the clan will encounter fantastical beasts and a gorgeous new landscape. This past weekend, the movie made $4,225,000. "The Croods" has a PG rating for scary action sequences.

"The Big Wedding" earned $3,875,000 during the weekend, with overall earnings now beyond the $14 million mark. Don and Ellie had a great marriage, and even adopted a son together. Those days are long gone, however. Now, their adopted son is getting married, and all he wants is for Don and Ellie to pretend to be a happy couple once again. Mature content, brief nudity, and language contribute to an R rating.

"Oz the Great and Powerful" has maintained a presence at the box office, with earnings of more than $228 million. During the weekend of May 3, the film brought in $1,822,000. When Oscar Diggs accidentally winds up in a mysterious new world, he learns that prophecies have foretold his coming. At least, this is what Oscar wants his new friends to believe. The conman will have to learn a few lessons about bravery. "Oz the Great and Powerful" has a PG rating for brief mild language, scary images, and action sequences.

Movies to DVD

"Safe Haven" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, May 7. A young woman arrives in a peaceful town, seeking to make a new life for herself. She soon finds herself falling for a kindhearted local man, but she still does not know whether she can open up about the past she is trying to avoid. "Safe Haven" has a PG-13 rating for thematic material that involves threatening behavior, as well as for mature content and violence.

"Mama" tells the story of two young girls who vanish from society following a tragic accident. When searchers find the girls and send them to live with their uncle, it becomes clear that something has followed them to their new home. The girls are not out of the woods just yet. The horror film has a PG-13 rating for thematic elements, disturbing images, and violence and terror.

"Jack Reacher" stars Tom Cruise as an ex-military man who has a bone to pick with someone from his past. As it turns out, the man Reacher wants to find is actually hoping that Reacher can clear his good name. What unfolds is a complex mystery, with Reacher at the center. "Jack Reacher" is rated R for drug material, language, and violence.