The 20 Leggiest Films at the Box Office in the Modern Era
There were other things besides the Golden Globes and NFL Football this weekend (hooray Peyton, damnit Colts). People actually went to the movies; in fact, they went in droves, as Lone Survivor put up the second highest opening January weekend of all time with $38 million (behind only Cloverfield’s $40 million), and the movie is absolutely crushing it with audiences, as it received a rare A+ from Cinemascore, which suggests that Lone Survivor may have some box-office legs.
It will not, however, have the same legs as Frozen, which came in at number two and, despite the absense of a huge initial push for the film, it simply continues to perform, having now amassed $317 million. It’s not only the fourth highest grossing film of 2013 now, it’s box-office stability is a rarity. How rare? The $15 million it put up this weekend is the fourth highest gross ever for a movie in its seventh weekend at the box office. Most films make 40 percent of their gross in the opening weekend, and are out of the theaters by their 7th weekend, if not sooner. But not Frozen.
In fact, only 11 movies all-time have put up over $10 million in their seventh weekends. Here’s the 20 highest grossing films in their seventh weekend, all of which remain (mostly) popular today, which speaks well of Frozen’s eventual legacy and its rewatchability (the film has no doubt been bolstered by repeat viewings). It probably has a lot to do with the fact that it’s not just another princess movie.
3. The Passion of the Christ
5. The Blind Side
6. Mrs. Doubtfire
7. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
8. Forrest Gump
9. The Sixth Sense
10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
11. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
12. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
13. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
14. The Avengers
15. Beauty and the Beast
16. The Dark Knight
18. Finding Nemo
20. Jurassic Park
Meanwhile, it was not a good weekend for that Twilight guy, whose name will be forgotten by next year, as the $70 million budgeted Renny Harlin film, The Legend of Hercules, mustered a meager $8.6 million and is an early contender for flop of the year, particularly if international box-office mirrors its domestic. Renny Harlin hasn’t had a hit, really, in 15 years, so I have no idea why anyone gave him $70 million to make a Kellen Lutz movie. Heads will roll at Lionsgate.
Elsewhere, Wolf of Wall Street continues to perform modestly, adding another nine million to bring its total near $80 million domestic. It’s not hitting particularly well internationally yet, so the $100 million film may barely eke out a profit unless it gains some steam during awards season. The $40 million American Hustle is outperforming it, coming in at number five as it creeps over the $100 million mark. August: Osage County expanded this weekend to 900 theaters, and put up $7 million, while Her also went wide, and brought in a decent $5.4 million.