Even without the rest of the Jackass crew, Johnny Knoxville scored with his latest irreverent prank movie, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, which topped the chart on Friday with an excellent $12.6 million. The film, which cost Paramount about $15 million to make, is expected to gross $30 million this weekend. Not a bad return on investment! Audiences issued the film a lukewarm “B” CinemaScore grade.
Bad Grandpa’s success meant that Gravity finally had to give up its spot atop the chart. Warner Bros’ $100 million space drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney grossed $6.2 million yesterday, a drop of just 32 percent from the previous Friday, which sets it up for a $21.5 million weekend and just over $200 million total after four frames.
One rung below, Captain Phillips dropped just 29 percent from last Friday to $3.6 million, meaning it will sail away with nearly $12 million in its third box office voyage. By Sunday night, the $55 million Tom Hanks drama will have accrued about $70 million total.
All the way down in fourth place, Ridley Scott’s star-studded drama The Counselor failed to bring in crowds – despite the appeal of stars Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, and Brad Pitt. Fox’s $25 million film grossed a measly $3.2 million, setting The Counselor up for a weekend in the $8.5 million range. Granted, that’s not as bad as The Fifth Estate’s opening last weekend, but it’s surprisingly awful given the talent involved. Distressingly, audiences stamped The Counselor, which has earned weak reviews, with a dismissive “D” CinemaScore grade.
Back in fifth place, Sony’s $30 million horror remake Carrie plummeted 70 percent from its opening Friday to $2 million. So much for a Halloween boost! The film may earn just under $7 million this weekend and wind up with a $27 million total. No matter how you slice it, that’s disappointing.
1. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – $12.6 million
2. Gravity – $6.2 million
3. Captain Phillips – $3.6 million
4. The Counselor – $3.2 million
5. Carrie – $2 million
Check back tomorrow for the full box office report.