Warner Bros. officials continued to avoid discussing the box- office results and its relation to the Aurora shooting for the second week, but industry watchers said the turnout for the Batman film and other movies suffered from some moviegoer reluctance after the massacre, as well as the start of the London Olympics. “It’s been a double dose of things," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Hollywood.com Box Office. “The Olympics has been dominating media coverage lately and probably kept a lot of people home, and then there was the Aurora shooting.”
He noted that lackluster reviews for other new features most likely further dampened theatre attendance, but predicted that there will be a resurgence. “There will be a bit more distance from the Aurora shooting, the Olympics will become routine, and there’s some really exciting are out there," Dergarabedian said, mentioning Total Recall and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. Overall domestic ticket sales for the first weekend came in 25 per cent lower than the same weekend one year ago, according to Hollywood.com Box Office. The No. 2 spot belonged to animated children’s movie Ice Age: Continental Drift with $13.3 million. It beat out comedy The Watch and dance movie Step Up Revolution, both of which released recently.
The Watch came in third, earning $13 million at domestic theaters. The film stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill as men who start a neighborhood watch group to battle aliens. The movie earned largely negative reviews, with just 14 per cent of critics praising the film on website rottentomatoes.com
The Watch was also affected by real-life events. In May, 20th Century Fox changed the movie’s title from Neighborhood Watch to distance it from the fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Florida. Ahead of the weekend, Fox saw the $68 million production pulling in $13 million to $15 million. “We didn’t really know what to expect,” said executive vice president for domestic distribution at Fox Chris Aronson, speaking on the box office climate, post-shooting. “It’s a wild-card weekend for sure.”
Aronson said he “hopes for a bounceback in the overall marketplace,” which he predicted would benefit all films. Step Up Revolution finished in fourth place with $11.8 million domestically. The movie about a group of flash-mob dancers in Miami is the fourth in a franchise that has grossed more than $400 million around the world. Its distributor had forecast a domestic opening in the low- to mid-teens. Comedy Ted rounded out the top five with $7.4 million. Step Up Revolution was released by a unit of Lions Gate Entertainment. The Watch and Ice Age were released by 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp. Sony Corp’s movie division distributed Spider-Man.
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Updated at: 09 December 2013
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