Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Based on a book in Lee Child's crime series, titled "One Shot".
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December 24th, 2012

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

--During its first weekend in theaters, “Jack Reacher” earned second place in box office rankings, thanks to earnings of $15,600,000. Reacher, an ex-military man, reluctantly comes to the rescue of a convict who claims he has been falsely accused. During a tense and unpredictable investigation, Reacher uncovers dangerous secrets that could change everything. The PG-13 rating is due to violence, drug material, and language.

Judd Apatow’s “This is 40” brought in $12,030,000 during the weekend of December 21. In this comedic semi-sequel to “Knocked Up” (2007), Debbie and her husband Pete struggle to find equilibrium and keep their marriage alive. Workplace stress and family life make it hard, but the two slowly start to find a spark again. The R rating is due to crude humor, mature content, drug material, and pervasive language.

“The Guilt Trip” earned $5,390,000 during its debut weekend in theaters. Andy has finally perfected the invention that he hopes will make him famous, and now all he has to do is set out on a road trip to find a distributor. When his mother decides to come along for the ride, however, Andy gets more than he bargained for. “The Guilt Trip” has a PG-13 rating for risqué material and language.

“Monsters, Inc. 3D” proved that it can still charm audiences, bringing in $5,040,000. The 3D rerelease focuses on Mike and Sulley, two monsters who take their jobs very seriously. Their jobs involve scaring human children so that their city can run on children’s screams. When Sulley accidentally winds up forming a friendship with a curious little human girl, it causes a world of trouble. The film has a family-friendly G rating.

Continuing Films

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” remained in top spot during the holiday weekend, bringing in an additional $36,705,000 to round out its overall profits of more than $149 million. The wizard Gandalf manages to convince a humble hobbit to accompany a group of dwarves on a dangerous mission. The goal is to retrieve treasure from the dragon Smaug, but the group quickly encounters plenty of additional foes and obstacles. The movie’s PG-13 rating is due to intense violence and frightening images.
“Rise of the Guardians” has maintained a strong presence during the holiday season. The weekend earnings of $5,900,000 contribute to overall earnings of more than $79 million. Jack Frost joins the ranks of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and other Guardians in a bid to prevent a malevolent boogeyman from threatening the human children of the world. The animated flick has a PG rating for mildly scary action and thematic elements.

“Lincoln” brought in $5,633,000 during the weekend. Total profits now equal $116,780,824. The biopic follows Abraham Lincoln during the tense and conflicted final days of the Civil War. Although he wants peace, Lincoln is also willing to make difficult sacrifices to ensure a better future for all Americans. The PG-13 rating is due to war violence, carnage, and brief strong language.

Movies to DVD

On Friday, December 21, “Premium Rush” arrived out on DVD and Blu-Ray, just in time to make a suspenseful stocking stuffer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Wilee, a New York bicycle messenger whose fast-paced job takes a turn for the dangerous. When a corrupt cop begins chasing Wilee, the whole city turns into a dangerous obstacle course. “Premium Rush” has a PG-13 rating for violence, action sequences, and language.

“Resident Evil: Retribution” sees Mila Jovovich returning to her role as the smart and deadly Alice. When she joins a resistance movement, Alice has to think quickly if she wants to defeat the Umbrella Corporation once and for all. The action horror movie has an R for strong violence throughout.
“Arbitrage” stars Richard Gere as a hedge fund manager whose seemingly successful life is coming apart at the seams. His attempts to secure a better future for his career and family may lead to even worse consequences. “Arbitrage” has an R rating for violent images, violence, and language.

“Killer Joe” is a dark comedy about a desperate young man who comes up with a scheme to murder his mother and use her insurance money to get his life back on track. He looks to a corrupt police detective for help, but it soon becomes clear that his plan might backfire. The gritty film has an R rating for disturbing violence, graphic nudity, mature content, language, and drug use.

On Monday, December 24, “The Words” arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray. Rory is a young author who has finally found literary success. What his fans do not realize is that Rory’s bestselling story does not entirely belong to him. As his secret slowly unravels, Rory has to make tough choices. “The Words” has a PG-13 rating for smoking and strong language.