This is hardly a weekend worth celebrating the box-office results, at least if you're looking for the new releases for excitement. Dwayne Johnson's Snitch performed modestly, bringing in $13 million and Dark Skies fell short of flopping, managing to bring in $8.8 million. At the top of the box-office was the three-week-old Identity Thief with $14.1 million and last weekend's #1, A Good Day to Die Hard, sunk like a stone, dropping 59.7%, bringing in only $10 million.
The big stories, as it turns out, are the Oscar contenders. Silver Linings Playbook brought in an additional $6 million as it continues to drop only small amounts one weekend to the next, this weekend only dropping 3.1% as it is now over $107 million domestically.
Zero Dark Thirty added $2.2 million to its total as it's nearing $100 million, sitting short at $91.5m currently. Best Picture front-runner, Argo, pulled in another $1.9 million ($129.7m cume), Life of Pi brought in $1.5m ($113.4m cume), Lincoln added $1.4m ($178.6m cume), Django Unchained $1m ($158.8m), Amour $816,000 from 328 theaters and Les Misérables $657,000 from 462 theaters.
Looking over Laremy's and the readers' predictions from Thursday, Laremy was spot on with the Identity Thief call at #1 and just $100,000 over on the prediction and Will-E's $13.75m prediction wasn't too far off either.
As for the newcomers, Laremy was only $500,000 over on his Snitch call and a shade under on Dark Skies. Andrew13 was right there with Laremy and the best Snitch prediction at $10.5m and it was Mykael with the best Dark Skies prediction at $8.6 million.
Next weekend's new releases are 21 and Over, Jack the Giant Slayer, Stoker and The Last Exorcism Part II and based on sheer size I expect Jack the Giant Slayer to win, but will any of you give 21 and Over a chance?
SIDE NOTE: We will be starting our Oscar live blog this afternoon at around 3:30 PM PST. If you haven't yet checked out my predictions or voted in our polls, click here and get in on the discussion.
Weekend Box-Office Top Ten for February 22 - February 24, 2013
- Snitch (Summit Entertainment) - $13.1 million
From 2,511 theaters ($5,217 avg.) / $35 million budget / 57%
- Escape from Planet Earth (The Weinstein Co.) - $10.6 million ($34.8m cume)
From 3,353 theaters ($3,161 avg.) / $40 million budget
- Safe Haven (Relativity Media) - $10.4 million ($47.9m cume)
From 3,223 theaters ($3,227 avg.) / $28 million budget / 13%
- A Good Day To Die Hard (20th Century Fox) - $10.1 million ($51.9m cume)
From 3,555 theaters ($2,841 avg.) / $92 million budget / 15%
- Dark Skies (Dimension Films) - $8.1 million
From 2,313 theaters ($3,502 avg.) / $3.5 million budget / 30%
- Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Co.) - $5.7 million ($107.1m cume)
From 2,012 theaters ($2,833 avg.) / $21 million budget / 92%
- Warm Bodies (Summit Entertainment) - $4.8 million ($58.2m cume)
From 2,644 theaters ($1,815 avg.) / $30 million budget / 80%
- Beautiful Creatures (Warner Bros.) - $3.6 million ($16.5m cume)
From 2,950 theaters ($1,220 avg.) / $60 million budget / 45%
- Side Effects (Open Road Films) - $3.3 million ($25.0m cume)
From 2,070 theaters ($1,594 avg.) / $30 million budget / 85%
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