A glut is happening at the movie theaters and it hurt this weekend. There just may be too many films looking for screen space and it only will get worse as the summer progresses.
It seems that a few films this year are making it look like a healthy box office year, but that would not be the case. "Hunger Games" and "Avengers" are doing fine but others are coming and going, and many are simply flopping along the way. Can you say "John Carter"? Or, "Rock of Ages?"
However, the offerings were less than stellar with "Rock of Ages" and "That's My Boy." So, that led the way for a repeat of last week, when those hot days "forced" many into those air conditioned theaters. It was a hot one again this past weekend, but in many locations, rains hit. And welcome rains, no doubt.
"Madagascar 3," which one may think doesn't have any gas left in its tank, had a great first weekend and wins again with an estimated $35 million. The second place film was the same as last week as well, "Prometheus." It hauled in $21 million, notes Box Office Mojo.
That leaves the just released Tom Cruise film in third with a disappointing, some say, $15 million. Now, some say that but after seeing it, one may wonder how it made that much. The answer would simply be Cruise. It went for campy and got messed up with too much cheese and got stuck.
Meanwhile, Adam Sandler looks like he wants to win more Razzies as "That's My Boy" never got off the ground and is stranded at No. 4 with $13 million.
1. "Madagascar 3" - $35 million
2. "Prometheus" - $21 million
3. "Rock of Ages" - $15 million
4. "That's My Boy" - $13 million
Now, this week's other list included the top films of all-time (excluding inflation) worldwide.
1. "Avatar" - $2,021.8
2. "Titanic" - $2,185.4
3. "Marvel's The Avengers" - $1,413.2
4. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" - $1,328.1
5. "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" - $1,123.7
"The Avengers" is now perched at No.3 and holding. It has a way to go to catch "Titanic." Plus, there are now 12 films over $1 billion and only two over $2 billion. The billion dollar movie club is expanding. Will "The Dark Knight Rises" and the next "Twilight" film join the ranks? The No. 12 film is just over $1 billion and that is "The Dark Knight," but none of the "Twilight" films has yet to make it in. Oh, none of the Spider-man movies is there yet either and another one is almost here.