Through the first 12 weeks of 2013, it’s been a miserable time at the box-office. There have been only two (2) legitimate box-office hits: This week’s number one, Oz the Great and Powerful ($145 million after 10 days) and Identity Thief ($123 million after six weeks). It’s so bad at this point that the third and fourth highest grossing films of 2013 are the forgettable Mama ($71 million) and the putrid Safe Haven ($66 million). Nearly every weekend this year has been met with either a huge bomb or a major disappointment (Die Hard 5, Gangster Squad, The Snitch, Parker). It’s so bad that, barely three months into the year, I’m already able to (easily) amass ten box-office bombs without even the need to hedge, because so far none of the below films have performed well internationally, either. They are flushed turds, both financially and critically, here and abroad.
Here are the ten biggest bombs of 2013 so far:
1. Jack the Giant Slayer — $53 million (on a $195 million budget, and only an additional $22 million worldwide, so far)
2. Bullet to the Head — $9.4 million (on a $55 million budget, despite featuring Sylvester Stallone and Jason Momoa)
3. The Last Stand — $12 million (on a $45 million budget in what was supposed to be Arnold Schwarzennegar’s huge comeback film)
4. Phantom — $850,000 (on an $18 million budget, in a film released in over 1000 theaters starring Ed Harris and David Duchovny).
5. Movie 43 — $8 million despite the biggest collection of A-list talent in one film since Mars Attacks.
6. Dead Man Down — Less than $10 million after two weeks (on a $30 million budget, despite starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace)
7. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone — $10 million opening (on a $30 million budget, despite starring Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, and Olivia Wilde)
8. Beautiful Creatures — $19 million (on $60 million budget, quashing any hopes of a hoped-for franchise)
9. Broken City — $19 million (on a $35 million budget, starring two A-list stars in Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg, coming off his hugely successul Ted).
10. Stand Up Guys — $3.5 million (on a $15 million budget, with Oscar winners Al Pacino, Alan Arkin, and Christopher Walken)
Bonus: The Last Exorcism Part II $14 million (compared to the $41 million of the original)
Is this a sign of the continued disinterest in moviegoing who are opting to stay home and catch up on television, or is it just the weak offerings, so far? Given the success of Oz and Identity Thief (both mediocre films, at best), I’d say it’s the latter, but we probably won’t know for sure until May when the guaranteed blockbusters like Iron Man 3 roll out (and compete with “Arrested Development” on Netflix).
Meanwhile, the number two film of this weekend, Halle Berry’s The Call, was a quiet surprise, packing in $17 million worth of moviegoers despite being a fairly forgettable thriller (the budget was only $13 million, so it’s already a success after three days). Burt Wonderstone debuted at number three, tanking with only $10 million and once again demonstrating how little box-office grosses huge star power can generate if the premise isn’t interesting or the marketing fails (or the movie just plain blows, as in this case of Wonderstone).
There was another bright spot in the weekend’s box-office: Harmony Korinne’s Spring Breakers managed a $90,000 per screen average in only three theaters, better than the limited release of films like The King’s Speech, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. Does this mean that Korinne has a huge hit on his hands?
No. No it doesn’t Spring Breakers rolls out nationwide next weekend. Don’t expect it to make more than $3 million in 1000 theaters but do expect a lot of disappointed and pissed-off filmgoers. Twitter and word of mouth is going to destroy this film come Friday night, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see another “F” from Cinemascore.