Box office woes continue for Hollywood, especially here in the Pittsburgh market.
This past weekend featured a Steeler game on Saturday, a Pirate game on Sunday, and the number of theatre-goers dropped substantially. This enabled “Lee Daniel’s The Butler” to hold the number one spot with only a $16 million take. Everyone is bragging about this film and its cumulative gross of $51 million in two weeks of release, but in perspective, a lame-o superhero movie like “The Wolverine” shattered that total in its opening weekend.
“The World’s End” premiered in third place with $9 million. While it doesn’t match the grosses for the Neanderthal comedies, I believe this comedy will have more staying power and hang around in the Top Ten for weeks to come. It is the funniest film so far this year.
Wood Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” opened this week on 1,200 new screens. While the openings were enough to slip it into the Top Ten, it has amassed only $14 million in over a month.
“Elysium”, Matt Damon’s latest propaganda piece is slipping fast, from its opening number three spot to number seven. This should be off the Top Ten this week, and off the Top Twenty within a month.
“Mortal Instruments” captured the second slot nationally. It did poorer in this market because the wonderful folks at Sony did not screen the film for critics, usually a death knoll for a film in any market.
Opening this weekend are “The Grandmaster”; a pseudo-documentary on Ip Man and “Closed Circuit” a British thriller with Eric Bana, Jim Broadbent and Julia Styles. You can look for my online reviews for these films on this Examiner page, or see segments from my hit TV show OUTTAKES for the reviews at: www.youtube.com/user/RIGHTCRITIC.