Moviegoers had four new films to choose from at the box office this weekend, but
There wasn't much else for studios to celebrate at the box office this weekend.
And the weekend's other two new films could barely lure anyone to the cinemas. "Fun Size," the
Although Warner Bros. may be enjoying the success of "Argo," the studio's latest release is a major disappointment. Heading into the year, "Cloud Atlas" was one of the mostly highly anticipated films of 2012. Based on the bestselling 2004 novel by British author David Mitchell, the movie stars
But the movie has been met with mixed reviews since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this fall, and those who saw it this weekend didn't enjoy it. The picture — which attracted a heavily older crowd, 77% of whom were over the age of 25 — assigned it an average grade of C+, according to market research firm CinemaScore.
The only good news for Warner Bros. is that the studio doesn't have a huge financial investment in the film. The studio paid $15 million for the movie's domestic rights, and the rest of the movie's budget was paid for by a combination of investors including the Wachowskis, Asian sources and the German government.
Like most scary movies, the "Silent Hill" sequel received a bad average grade from moviegoers — a C+. Reviewers also hated it, as the film has only garnered a measly 7% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie's opening was also far lower than that of the original "Silent Hill," which debuted with $20.2 million in 2006 and ended up with about $100 million worldwide. Even with the benefit of 3-D ticket surcharges, it doesn't appear the sequel will come close to that sum.
The follow-up, which focuses on a teenage girl who is confused about her true identity, was acquired by Open Road Entertainment from producer Samuel Hadida in April. The company is spending $20 million to market the $20-million production.
Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies' "Fun Size" also didn't have a huge budget — only about $14 million. Still, the directorial debut from
Like many before her, the 19-year-old Justice may have a difficult time parlaying her television success into a movie career. Earlier this year,
Though hardly anyone saw it, "Chasing Mavericks" actually had the best exit polls of the weekend, scoring a B+ CinemaScore. The $20-million production, which was financed by Walden Media and is being distributed by
The film's poor opening follows months of issues for the production, which director