Two A-list stars failed to attract moviegoers to the box office this weekend, as a musical featuring
The animated 3-D picture centering around a band of zoo animals was the No. 1 pick for the second consecutive weekend, grossing an additional $35.5 million, according to an estimate from distributor
Heading into the weekend, pre-release audience surveys had indicated that each film would gross at least $20 million apiece. Instead, they fell behind last weekend's runner-up
Those who did turn up to see "Rock of Ages" this weekend were mostly women, as the film attracted a 62% female crowd. Roughly 74% of the audience was over the age of 25, indicating that the movie appealed to those familiar with the '80s music featured in the picture. Though the picture received largely negative reviews, moviegoers assigned it an average grade of B, according to market research firm CinemaScore.
"Rock of Ages," which was produced by Warner Bros.' New Line label for $75 million, stars Cruise as a booze-swilling, sex-addicted hair rocker. The role was meant to continue to show off the actor's lighter side, which he first gave a glimpse of as an obnoxious studio executive in 2008's "Tropic Thunder."
However, it appears that audiences prefer Cruise as an
But Dan Fellman, Warner Bros.' president of domestic distribution, said it was unfair to attribute the movie's lackluster opening weekend result to Cruise alone.
Meanwhile, "That's My Boy" is one of the poorest opening weekend results ever for Sandler. The movie, in which he plays a man-child of a dad trying to reconnect with his son — played by
"That's My Boy" received dismal reviews, but Sandler's films have typically been critic-proof. His last movie, 2011's cross-dressing comedy
The movie could suffer from poor word-of-mouth, as those who saw it this weekend gave it an average grade of B-. The film appealed slightly more to men but failed to attract a strong contingent of young moviegoers, as 48% of the crowd was over the age of 25.
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Here are the top 10 movies at the domestic box office, with international results when available, according to studio estimates and Rentrak:
2. "Prometheus" (Fox): $20.2 million on its second weekend, down 60%. Domestic total: $88.9 million. $25.5 million overseas in 62 foreign markets. International total: $128.9 million.
3. "Rock of Ages" (Warner Bros.): Opened with $15.1 million. $4.1 million overseas in 10 foreign markets.
5. "That's My Boy" (
6. "Men in Black" (Sony/Hemisphere): $10 million on its fourth weekend, down 28%. Domestic total: $152.7 million. $19.7 million overseas in 79 foreign markets. International total: $391.6 million.
7. "The Avengers" (Disney): $8.8 million on its seventh weekend, down 21%. Domestic total: $586.7 million. $3.9 million overseas in 56 foreign markets. International total: $833.1 million.