Some interesting developments this weekend with Dolphin Tale leaping ahead to No. 1, and both Moneyball and The Lion King holding strong. The faith-based, inspirational film Courageous did well, and Abduction dropped big, proving there aren’t enough squealing 14 year old girl tweeners to make that shirtless funny looking guy from the Twilight movies a star.
But then there’s the mediocre results for Dream House with David Craig and Rachel Weisz, a film that neither stars did any promo for, and which went through extensive reshoots and re-editing, in a desperate attempt to salvage it. Actually the most interesting thing about it is that Craig and Weisz started hitting hot and heavy from the moment they laid eyes on each other when they worked on the film, despite the fact that they were both involved with someone else.
In Weisz’s case, she had been living with director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler) for eight years, and they have a child together. But that’s all water under the bridge now since Weisz and Craig got married this past June. Kinda makes you wish that they had made a film about what was going on behind the scenes of Dream House doesn’t it?
One other thing about Dream House – It wasn’t screened to critics until late Thursday night at 10PM, or not all, meaning the studio didn’t want ANY reviews coming out on Friday. Yet Human Centipede 2 , which everyone I know who’s seen it already said it’s not only the worst film of the year, but also the vilest film ever made, has been screening for the media for the last two weeks. At least its distributor isn’t afraid of a few pesky bad reviews.
The weekend’s numbers below:
1. Dolphin Tale (Alcon, Warner Bros) Weekend $14.2M, Estimated Cume $37.5M
2. Moneyball (Sony) Weekend $12.5M Estimated Cume $38.4
3. Lion King 3D (Disney) Weekend $11M, Estimated Cume $79.6M
4. 50/50 (Summit/Mandate) Weekend $8.8M
5. Courageous (Sony) Weekend $8.8M
6. Dream House (Morgan Creek/Universal) Weekend $8.2M
7. Abduction (Lionsgate) Weekend $5.7, Estimated Cume $19.2M
8. What’s Your Number? (Fox) Weekend $5.6M
9. Contagion (Warner Bros) Weekend $5M, Estimated Cume $64.6M
10. Killer Elite (Open Road) Weekend $4.8M, Estimated Cume $17.4M