Posted by:
Lawrence Napoli

Box Office Weekly Roundup 4/10/11


Weekly Roundup Ending 4/10/11


I wonder what kind of a short story Phillip K. Dick would write if you would give him the starting premise of “bunnies rule the world.”  There’s 100% chance that he would not deliver a story on the same planet as Hop, but this cotton tail continues to dominate at the box office.  Perhaps everyone is buying their PAAS egg coloring kits early to properly set the tone?  Despite Eric Bana, Hanna is showing some potential and perhaps word of mouth will inspire stronger showings in the weeks to come.  Arthur has taken a few body blows from the critics because let’s face facts, Russell Brand is no Dudley Moore and NO, he doesn’t get extra credit for being married to Katy Perry.  Spousal hotness does not increase another person’s talent. 

Top 5 this past weekend:

  1. Hop- $21.3 million
  2. Hanna - $12.4 million
  3. Arthur - $12.2 million
  4. Soul Surfer - $10.6 million
  5. Insidious - $9.4 million

It is very interesting to see the inspirational tale of Soul Surfer in the top 5 seeing how it was not promoted that well.  I do not foresee young girls flocking to this picture the way they did for Titanic, but it would be a great triumph for that production to stay in the top 5 for another 2 weeks!  Insidious dropped off only slightly, but this film was a considerable financial success after its opening weekend.  Look for Rio (opening this coming weekend) to dethrone Hop at #1 and Scream 4 to make a strong showing as well.  Who knew Neve Campbell was still alive, let alone prepared for YET ANOTHER scream sequel? 

Top 5 cumulative box office for 2011:

  1. Rango - $117.6 million
  2. Just Go With It - $101.9 million
  3. The Green Hornet - $98.7 million
  4. Battle: LA - $81.3 million
  5. No Strings Attached- $70.7 million

Apologies to Mr. or Ms. Reader, I had to go a little further back into for more accurate cumulative earnings for the films of 2011 thus far.  This top 5 is an accurate list of films released in 2011 and they will stay in the top 5 until they are removed by higher earnings and not by the passage of time, that is, until the year graduates to 2012.  Suffice it to say, it will not take long into the summer season for this list to become completely irrelevant.