Robin Hood turned out not to be quite the box-office bust that some were expecting (and hoping for) this weekend, landing at number two in its debut outing and racking up $37 million. Not so bad, especially when you consider the $75 million it pulled in internationally, where it was a much bigger draw. The reportedly $150 - $225 million budget still looks preposterous, especially considering that it didn’t seem to be reflected in the final product, but the Ridley Scott/Russell Crowe combination will probably work up to the break-even point when all is said and done. I wouldn’t expect a sequel, though.
Iron Man 2 was actually the big winner over the weekend, as it amassed another $53 million, down 58 percent but good enough to push it over the $200 million mark after only its second week. $300 million should be an easy feat, and with two more weeks until Prince of Persia, Robert Downey, Jr. looks to continue exploiting the male demographic, while Shrek 4 and Sex and the City 2 pull in families and women over the next two weekends.
We’ll have reviews of numbers three and four up tomorrow, but those slots belonged to Amanda Seyfried’s Letters to Juliet, which is not a re-release of Dear John, but apparently a completely different movie. It pulled in a respectable $13 million, while Just Wright nabbed $8.5 million, largely pulled from the urban demographic (and yours truly, who’ll have the review up tomorrow). How to Train Your Dragon clung to the top five for one last weekend, picking up another $5 million and pushing its overall total to $207 million.
1. Iron Man 2, $53 million ($212 million)
2. Robin Hood, $37 million
3. Letters to Juliet $13 million
4. Just Wright $8.5 million
5. How to Train Your Dragon, $5,1 million ($207 million)
6. A Nightmare on Elm Street, $4.7 million ($56 million)
7. Date Night, $4 million ($86 million)
8. The Back-Up Plan $2.4 million ($34 million)
9. Furry Vengeance $2.3 million ($15 million)
10. Clash of the Titans $1.25 million ($160 million)
Mostly unrelated: Anyone else find how odd it is that Russell Crowe can be both the celebrity doppelgänger to Eddie Vedder and Benjamin McKenzie, and yet, McKenzie and Vedder share no resemblance.