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Lawrence Napoli

Box Office Weekly Roundup Ending 4/17


Weekly Roundup Ending 4/17/11


picIt seems as if my predictions came true in regards to the two big openers last weekend.  That is not nearly as interesting as the battle for the top five was neck and neck at the bottom as Hanna and Soul Surfer are separated by mere thousands of dollars.  Obviously the same pool of potential viewers had a tough choice to make between the animated blockbusters Hop and Rio last week, but I find it very surprising that Hop tumbled THAT far so close to Easter Weekend.  Look for a major rebound this coming weekend followed by a few weeks of sub $5 million sales before closing up shop all together.  Hop has made its money and unfortunately for Rio, its run will be capped short when Thor opens May 6th.  You know, when all the kids (both young and old) will be geared up for good old fashioned super hero effect movies.

Top 5 this past weekend:

  1. Rio - $39.2 million
  2. Scream 4 - $18.7 million
  3. Hop - $10.7 million
  4. Hanna - $7.28 million
  5. Soul Surfer- $7.27 million

Hanna’s continued success at the box office has intrigued me more than enough to see and review this film.  I can only presume that Eric Bana’s presence is severely curtailed as the ever enchanting Cate Blanchette and rising star Saoirse Ronan must produce exceptional performances to drive big earnings.  I also suspect strong word of mouth support for that film as I can’t even remember the last time I saw a trailer on any network television.  Kudos to Soul Surfer!  I really thought this was the week for this relatively unknown film with an acute target audience to pull the fast fade, but it has proven me wrong.  Girl power films that do well at the box office are few while young girl power films that do the same are exceptionally rare. 

Top 5 cumulative box office for 2011:

  1. Rango - $118.8 million
  2. Just Go With It- $102.3 million
  3. The Green Hornet - $98.8 million
  4. Gnomeo and Juliet - $97.8 million
  5. Hop - $83.3 million

Having clicked on the CORRECT link at I have FINALLY come to the most accurate reading of cumulative box office earnings for 2011 thus far.  I had completely forgotten about Gnomeo and Juliet which seemed like a relatively cheesy idea for even an animated feature, but apparently, the masses approved at the box office.  Hop has officially cracked the top 5 cumulative, but in about 3 weeks, this entire list will be thoroughly revised.  If Thor is half as good as it seems like it will be, I give it 2 weekends to bully its way into this top 5.  If it sucks, well Kenneth Branagh will be reviled for not being able to make a super hero film work, but it will still make bags of cash (look at Iron Man 2).