The June box office opened with a bang, as Snow White and Huntsman opened at #1 making $56.255 million over the weekend. Men In Black 3 was unable to keep pace, making $29.3 million, a decrease of 46% from their opening the previous weekend. Marvel’s The Avengers finished third, making just over $20 million and Battleship sunk to fourth, with a mere $4.8 million.
In new release, the English language, Mexican film production, For Greater Glory opened at tenth despite a small release. Piranha 3DD had a minute opening in just 86 theaters, finishing 22nd with $186,000.
Snow White and the Huntsman had a stronger than expected opening, as its $56 million weekend was good for the fourth best opening of the year behind The Lorax, The Avengers, and The Hunger Games. In 3,733 theaters the film averaged $14,900 per theater. The other recent Snow White film, Mirror Mirror, could muster only $62.5 million over its entire run. Snow White and the Huntsman benefited by the timing of its release between other big named films, and without other major competition in the theaters.
Despite falling from the top position, Men in Black 3 pushed its domestic gross to $112.3 million in its second week. Overseas, the Will Smith blockbuster has grossed nearly $275 million for a total gross near the $400 million mark. With a $225 million budget the film is already profitable even if its domestic totals are short of the $200 million mark.
Marvel’s The Avengers continued to produce in its fifth week. A weekend gross of $20.3 million upped the superheroes film’s domestic gross to above $550 million, and worldwide gross to $1.355 billion. The recent weekend pushed The Avengers above The Dark Knight to third all-time in domestic and worldwide grosses.
The ever apparent box office bomb that is Battleship continued work on its flop credentials by turning in just $4.8 million in its third week. Dropped from 558 theaters, Battleship saw its gross slip 56.5% from the previous week and its domestic gross rise to only $55 million. Internationally the board game inspired Sci-Fi film is performing a bit better, with a $235 million haul. Despite surpassing the film’s budget, its domestic results are nothing less than disastrous.
The Dictator slipped to fifth with $4.7 million but pushed its domestic gross to $50.8 million in three weeks of release.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel continues its slow but strong climb, making $4.6 million in its fifth week of release. The Fox Searchlight film is growing in popularity averaging $3,500 in 1,294 theaters. In the US it has grossed $25.5 million and over $100 worldwide.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting dropped 38% in its third week, making $4.4 million for a total domestic gross of $30.7 million. Dark Shadows pushed above $70 million domestically, with a $3.8 million over the weekend and Chernobyl Diaries made just $3 million in its second week, for a total gross of $14.4 million.
For Greater Glory made a respectable $1.8 million in its opening week across 757 theaters. The Andy Garcia film performed well for a foreign picture, assisted by its English language presentation. Worldwide the film has grossed just over $5 million in its first week.
June 8th sees the release of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and the animated sequel Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.
Will Snow White and the Huntsman hang on to the top spot or will the queen be quickly dethroned?