By David Poland firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekend Estimates by Still Ridin’ Klady
As befits Super Bowl weekend, not a very interesting box office picture.
That Awkward Moment didn’t explode, in either the good way or the bad way. It’s the first wide release from Zac Efron in a couple of years, and given his already short boxoffice history, there was not much reason to expect anything better than this. Because of the tone set by the marketing, the audience that Miles Teller and Michael B. Johnson might attract after their indie successes this last year were likely turned off by the prospect of seeing this one. And from the few reviews I have read, I get the impression that the movie is not the romp that the ads suggest. So $9m out of all that seems okay.
Ride Along is a new franchise. Kevin Hart would be getting insane offers today if it weren’t for studios waiting on About Last Night to test his box office pull yet again. I’m sure he’s getting great offers now, but if About Last Night opens to more than $25 million, he could move right to 8-figure status.
The Best Picture Club dominated the Second Ten on the chart this weekend…
American Hustle passes the domestic gross of Silver Linings Playbook this weekend. And though it happened a while back, Gravity is now Alfonso Cuarón’s #1 movie, moving past Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban. And as long as we’re counting, 12 Years A Slave is by far the #1 grosser of Steve McQueen’s career.