It wasn’t a particularly exciting weekend at the box office. Oliver Stone’s Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps took the top spot with $19 million, exceeding my expectations, but falling short of the studio’s. It’s also Oliver Stone’s biggest opening to date, but considering most of his better movies were in the 1980s, and money ain’t what it used to be (but it’s still not sleeping, wink, wink groan), I’m guessing that many of his other movies had larger audiences on their opening weekends.
There were two other openers. Zack Snyder’s terribly titled Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls, opened at number two with a little more than $16 million, which has to be disappointing, considering that it cost $100 million to make, and most of its screenings were in 3D. I’m not sure what the lowest total for a 3D movie this century for a movie opening in over 2400 screens is, but I’m guessing this one was near the bottom. Meanwhile, Kristen Bell’s You Again (review forthcoming) managed only $8.3 million.
In better news, The Town and Easy A, which came in third and fourth, held impressively from their opening frame, dropping only 33 percent and 40 percent, respectively. The Town is nearing $50 million after 10 days, and Easy A is approaching $33 million during the same time.
Now, here’s a list of the five movies with the longest gaps between their sequels and their box-office totals. I did not count straight-to-DVD or made-for-TV sequels, nor did I count foreign films, Land of the Dead (I don’t consider Romero’s zombie movies sequels) or Herbie Fully Loaded (because I didn’t want to) or any other film that you try and bust me on.
The Five Movies with the Longest Gap Between Sequels and How They Did at the Box Office
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (19 Years after The Last Crusade). $100 million opening; $317 million overall.
Rambo (20 Years After Rambo III). $18 million opening; $42 million overall.
Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps (23 Years after Wall Street). $19 million opening; overall totals not yet determined (I’d estimate $38 million).
Psycho II (23 Years after Psycho). $8 million opening; $34 million total.
The Color of Money (25 Years after The Hustler). $6 million opening; $52 million overall.