Peter Jackson returns to the box office this weekend with the second installment of The Hobbit franchse, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Tyler Perry also brings his Madea character back to the big screen in Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas.
Recapping Last Weekend
Frozen topped the box office for the December 6-8 weekend with $31.6 million. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire came in second with $26 million. Frozen has now brought in $194.7 million worldwide against its $150 million budget. After posting weekends of $158 and $74 million to open its run, Catching Fire slipped to $26 million. The sequel’s $677 million take worldwide is just shy of the original’s $691 million theater run. The sequel has amassed its total in less than three weeks versus the original’s 24. Out of the Furnace, starring Christian Bale, took the third spot over the weekend with a $5 million opening. Thor: The Dark World came in at #4 with $4.8 million in its fourth weekend of release and Delivery Man pulled in $3.7 million to round out the top 5.
Overall, the weekend’s $94 million take was the lowest since the third weekend in September. The box office still performed better than the same weekend last year. Skyfall topped the box office in weekend 49 of 2012 in its fifth weekend of release. It’s $10.7 million was part of an overall take of $80.9 million.
Opening This Weekend
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The second installment in the film franchise based on J.R.R Tolkien’s novel is the subject of a huge lawsuit between distributor Warner Bros. and Miramax. Miramax originally owned the film rights to Hobbit, but sold them to New Line, which later merged with Warner Bros. Miramax retained a right to some of the profits to Hobbit and its sequel series, Lord of the Rings. The issue in the lawsuit is that Warner Bros. decided to make The Hobbit novel into three movies and thus claims Miramax is only entitled to a cut from the first movie, which grossed over $1 billion worldwide in the theaters. Miramax has already made over $100 million on Rings and Hobbit. The first installment of this prequel trilogy picked up $84.6 million in its opening weekend. Predictions say to expect this one to come in with similar numbers and better critic reviews.
I for one am perfectly okay with Tyler Perry continuing to make these movies and pass on roles like playing Alex Cross. Sorry, I’m still mad about that casting choice. It’s hard to believe that the four previous Madea movies have made almost $273 million combined at the box office. Madea Goes to Jail, the highest-grossing film in the series, took in $41 million in its opening weekend. Big Happy Family had the lowest opening weekend and still managed to take in $25 million back in 2011. In A Madea Christmas, Madea visits “the country” to help surprise a friend’s daughter. Larry the Cable Guy appears in the film as well. Odds are that if you go see this movie, you know what to expect and will be quite satisfied.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Big news in the “land of misfit movies”. Keller 8 Cinema recently changed over to a digital projection system. The theater will now be able to play more movies at a higher quality. Due to the change, prices did have to go up, unfortunately. The new prices are:
Before 6pm: $3 kids/seniors $4 adults
After 6pm: $4 kids/senors $5 adults
Good news is that is still pretty cheap and also concession prices will not change; as announced on their Facebook page.
A host of new films are coming to Keller this Friday. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Free Birds, The Best Man Holiday and About Time all make their to the theater. This was a bit of a change to the lineup for this weekend from what they had planned. Their Facebook page has the correct lineup. If you want to see a Christmas flick, see Best Man. If you want a love story, see About Time. If you want a kids movie, see Meatballs or Birds. Keller will also be showing the original Home Alone for a limited time.
Make It A Redbox Night
Dreamworks’ Turbo makes its appearance in the magic movie box this week. If your kids liked Cars, they will like this one. As an added bonus, you may not hate having to sit through it. The newest movie take on Superman, Man of Steel, is now also available for your home-viewing pleasure. Steel opened at the box office back in September with a $116 million first weekend. It went on to gross $663 million worldwide at the box office.