We knew going into the weekend that major studios were offering a little something from everyone, from family fare to action-heavy thrills. As a result, almost every film did well over the three-day span, spreading the “wealth” among Hollywood’s various features.
The Croods outperformed the competition, banking an estimated $44.7 million as it lured parents and kids into 3D theaters. It’s a huge opening, the largest for an animated feature this year and the second-largest opening weekend in 2013 (after Oz the Great and Powerful). Speaking of, Sam Raimi’s fantasy film lost a bit of its audience to ticket buyers heading to Croods, but still earned an impressive $22M in its third weekend, good for third place. Oz has earned an estimated $$177.5M domestically, and $356M worldwide.
The Croods wasn’t the only hot title in theaters. Gerard Butler’s defense of the White House helped Olympus Has Fallen to an estimated $30.5M opening weekend. Audience members probably are gearing up for the summer movie season, dropping dollars on a big-budget action thriller with wall-to-wall explosions.
Olympus has to act fast, though, as G.I. Joe: Retaliation roars into theaters on March 28 and instantly is going to go after the same thrill-seeking audience. But the strong opening for Olympus bodes well for Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, a similar attack-on-D.C. that will hit theaters on June 28.
Tina Fey brought her first post-30 Rock endeavor to theaters over the weekend, though Admission only earned $6.4M despite opening in 2,160 theaters. Meanwhile, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers spread to more than 1,000 theaters to capitalize on its buzz, and managed to bank an estimated $5 million.
Here’s the full Top 10 list for the weekend:
MOVIE / WEEKEND / TOTAL
1. The Croods, $44.7M
2. Olympus Has Fallen, $30.5M
3. Oz the Great and Powerful, $22M, $177.5M
4. The Call, $8.7M, $30.9M
5. Admission, $6.4M
6. Spring Breakers, $5M, $5.7M
7. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, $4.2M, $17.3M
8. Jack the Giant Slayer, $2.9M, $59M
9. Identity Thief, $2.5M, $127.7M
10. Snitch, $3.5M, $37.2M