After posting a surprisingly strong debut, the animated 3-D film collected an additional $63.5 million between Valentine's Day and President's Day, according to an estimate from distributor
Among the newcomers -- a batch that included three remakes of 1980s films -- the big winner was
Meanwhile, "RoboCop," a new spin on the popular 1987 sci-fi flick, came in third place with $25.6 million -- a somewhat disappointing start, given it cost so much more to produce than its rivals. "Endless Love," a fresh take on Franco Zeffirelli's 1981 version starring Brooke Shields, opened with a so-so $15.1 million. The only new movie that wasn't a remake, the time-travel
“About Last Night” is yet another win for Hart, 34, who is parlaying his success as a stand-up comedian into a film career. In January, his buddy-cop comedy “Ride Along” had the biggest opening of the month, and the film has since gone on to collect $117.4 million.
“You can’t find an actor in Hollywood who works harder than Kevin,” said Rory Bruer, distribution president for
In “About Last Night,” he plays an eccentric bachelor who isn’t ready to settle down, unlike his best friend (
Not surprisingly, more men turned up for “RoboCop” than any of the weekend’s other new offerings. The movie attracted a 62% male crowd, who gave the film an average grade of B+. Word of mouth will need to be exceptionally strong if the pricey film -- which cost
Abroad, however, “RoboCop” is faring well with audiences. Since opening in a few foreign markets last weekend, the film has expanded to 75 countries and has now grossed a total of $69.9 million. So far, the movie is performing best in Britain, Russia, and Malaysia, where it has grossed $5.3 million and been No. 1 for three consecutive weeks.
“Endless Love” also features relatively unknown actors -- British model-turned-actress Gabriella Wilde and
In worse shape is “Winter’s Tale,” which even Warner Bros. executives admitted failed to connect with moviegoers this weekend.
“It was just a miss, unfortunately,” acknowledged Jeff Goldstein, the studio’s executive vice president of domestic distribution.
Based on Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel, “Winter’s Tale” was the directorial debut for Akiva Goldsman, a well-known producer and screenwriter who has worked on such hits as “Hancock” and “A Beautiful Mind.” The supernatural-tinged story stars Colin Farrell as a time-traveling thief who goes to extreme lengths in an attempt to save his dying soulmate.
“Winter’s Tale,” financed by Warner Bros., RatPac-Dune Entertainment and Village Roadshow for $35 million, is the latest misfire for Farell. The actor, 37, has appeared in a string of high-profile box-office flops in the last five years, including “Total Recall” and “Fright Night.”