No matter how you look at it, Guardians of the Galaxy was a massive success. Here in the U.S., it was the third-biggest movie of 2014, taking in $333 million at the box office. Internationally, it did even better; worldwide, it grossed $774 million. With its origins in a popular Marvel comic, an all-star cast and the weight of Disney behind it, very few people were surprised at how well the movie did. Some of those people, though, were the people making the movie! Star Chris Pratt admits they were caught off guard by how big a blockbuster the movie became. (Click on the media bar below to hear Chris Pratt)
You can bet that Pratt and his castmates have higher expectations for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which is now playing in theaters.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 was the runaway winner this weekend, as it took the #1 spot at the box office with a $35 million debut. The Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Prisonerswas a distant second with $11.2 million, with Rushplacing a disappointing third with just $10.3 million. Here’s the top 10:
1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – $35 million
2. Prisoners – For an adult thriller, Prisoners is doing well. $11 million
3. Rush – Performs below expectations with $10.3 million
4. Baggage Claim – $9.3 million
5. Don John – Considering it cost $6 million, a $9 million outing is decent for the film.
6. Insidious Chapter 2 – $6.75 million. Worldwide: $78.84 million
7. The Family – $3.67 million
8. Instructions Not Included – $3.4 million
9. We’re The Millers – $2.86 million and Jennifer Aniston’s biggest hit in years.
Many actors claim that they never look at their box office numbers, and that the real joy of the process was the actual production. But since we all live in the real world, one must assume these movie stars are keeping track of their success and failures, especially since a smash hit could dramatically increase their asking price.
During our recent interview with Hugh Jackman, the actor admits that whenever someone tells you they don’t pay attention to the numbers, try not to believe them! Jackman surely wasn’t disappointed with last weekend’s numbers, as The Wolverine clawed its way to the #1 spot! (Click on the media bar below to hear Hugh Jackman)
Ryan Reynolds stars along with Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges in the action flick R.I.P.D. opening this Friday. Not only does Reynolds star in the movie, he is an executive producer. Having so much on the line being an executive producer on the film, one would think Reynolds would be watching the opening box office closely. Reynolds told us everyone involved with the film watches the box office, but having the title of an executive producer really is an over glorified title. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Reynolds)
Disney’s pairing of Pirates of the Caribbean team Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp is a resounding failure, as The Lone Ranger had a horrible July 4th weekend. Even though it came in second, the film turned in just $29.4 million (Friday-Sunday figures), well behind Despicable Me 2’s solid $82.5 million outing. In sum, The Lone Ranger has made just $48.9 million domestically, a horrible showing considering its $215 million budget.
Coming in third was the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy comedy The Heat, which did decent business with $25 million. In two weeks of release, the project has grossed over $86 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Despicable Me 2 – $82.5 million.
2. The Lone Ranger – Will director Gore Verbinski rebound from this turkey? $29.4 million
3. The Heat – Bridesmaid filmmaker Paul Feig is on a role with his go-to star Melissa McCarthy.
4. Monsters University – Prequels make $$, as evidenced by Monster U’s $19.5 million weekend.
5. World War Z – A bonafide Brad Pitt hit. Worldwide: $366 million. This weekend: $18.2 million.
6. White House Down – Channing Tatum/Jamie Foxx team up was another summer misfire. $13.5 million.
7. Man of Steel – Love it or hate it, Superman continues to roll in the dough. $11.4 million this weekend.
8. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain – $10.1 million for a concert movie? Not bad at all.
9. This is the End – Seth Rogen’s new film proves he and Evan Goldberg are capable directors. $5.8 million.
10. Now You See Me – This movie quietly is one of this summer’s biggest hits. This weekend, it made $2.7 million.
*** In the following clip, Despicable Me 2 composer Pharrell Williams explains the “super colorful” music style behind the film: