The predictions were that it was going to be a battle between Fox’s Mr.
Peabody and Sherman and Dreamworks’ Fast and Furious rip-off Need for Speed.
Turns out it wasn’t even close.
Peabody easily beat out Speed for first place, with $21.2 million, with 300: Rise
of an Empire, last week’s No.1, holding on for second place, with Need for Speed
coming in third, with $17.8 million, much less than the $25 million opening that was
projected for the film.
But the one big surprise was the underwhelming $8.3 million that Tyler Perry’s The
Single Moms Club did this weekend, making it, after Tyler Perry’s Peeples, the
second lowest weekend opening ever for any TP film. Yet perhaps another
indication on why Lionsgate ended its exclusive first look deal with him two
As I stated in my piece about the end of the Lionsgate
deal (HERE), since his films don’t make the kind of money that they used to
anymore, and with Lionsagte seeing huge b.o. worldwide returns with The Hunger Games
tentpole franchise (the first two films have made close to $2 billion
worldwide), and soon with Divergent opening this Friday, which is already
selling out screenings before the film even opens, the studio clearly has
ambitions to become a major studio player such as Paramount and Warners and, perhaps Perry’s films, with their modest returns, don’t fit into their plans anymore.
But I suspect in the very near future, Perry will be
concentrating more on the TV side of his operations, since that seems to be
going strong and he’ll still make money.
And in the meantime, 12 Years A Slave was in 14th
place, with just over $55 million to
date domestically, and $160.5 million