After a fairly exciting summer so far at the box office, things cooled down this weekend with only one new release, Ice Age: Continental Drift. Call it the quiet before the The Dark Knight storm approaches, as next weekend is likely to see several box-office records broken, although the massive run-time of The Dark Knight Rises may prevent it from taking them all (it clocks in close to three hours).
The latest installment of the Ice Age franchise did land at number one this weekend, with a decent but not overwhelming $46 million. I wouldn’t worry too much about the fourth Ice Age’s future prospects, however. There are no other animated features out until August 17th, so Ice Age will have the run of the kiddie audience for the foreseeable future.
Meanwhile, The Amazing Spider-Man held nicely in its second week, jumping to $200 million ahead of the its oncoming Dark Knight decimation. Ted is the probably the surprise hit of the summer, hanging on to number three and jumping to $159 million cumulative. It’s also faring better than The Hangover was at this point in its run so there’s an decent chance that (freaking) Seth MacFarlane ends up with the highest-grossing R-Rated comedy of all time. I suppose that makes sense in a world where Mel Gibson has the highest overall R-Rated film of all time.
Meanwhile, Brave was at number four ($10 million; $195 million cumulative) and Magic Mike ($9 million, $91 million cumulative) was at number five.
Because there were no new records or anything of note among the box-office winners this week, I spent the last hour in the dregs of lowest all time box-office grosses to come up with these ten titles, all of which feature recognizable stars, and all of which were seen by less than 200 people during their (short, limited) theater runs. I’ve actually seen part of one of these (Jessica Alba’s The Invisible Sign), but it was so bad I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. The figure on the right is the box-office total for the film. That is not in millions. Those are the actual final totals.
And you thought Jessica Simpson’s Blonde Ambition ($6,422) was bad.
10. Out of the Blue (Karl Urban) — $1,477
9. Love, Honor, Obey (Rhys Ifans, Jude Law) — $1,400
8. The Dog Problem (Don Cheadle, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Shahi) — $1,344
7. The Long Weekend (Chris Klein) — $1,286
6. An Invisible Sign (Jessica Alba) — $,1249
5. The Jimmy Show (Ethan Hawke, Carla Gugino) — $1,000
4. Perrier’s Bounty (Cillian Murphy, Gabriel Byrne) — $828
3. Christmas in Wonderland (Chris Kattan, Carmen Elektra, Tim Curry, Patrick Swayze) — $679
2. Intervention (Andie MacDowell, Jennifer Tilly) — $279
1. Zyzzyx Road (Katherine Heigl) — $30