11.11-13.2011: Weekend Box Office – The $

The weekend box office of 11.11.11 and King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) were conquered by Theseus (Henry Cavill) and the Immortals.  Director Tarsem Singh’s film defeated Adam Sandler’s new comedy #2 Jack and Jill ($25.003 million), Clint Eastwood & Leonardo DiCaprio’s new biopic #5 J. Edgar ($11.217 million) and reigning kitty #3 Puss in Boots ($24.726 million).  The ensemble crime comedy Tower Heist, starring Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller, broke in at #4 in its second week at the box office.

Even before the release of the action-fantasy drama Immortals, the film was constantly being compared to 2006’s 300 with Gerard Butler and 2010’s Clash of the Titans with Sam Worthington.  Though the three Greek fantasies premiered at #1, with Immortals opening with $32.206 million, that is where the similarities end.  The latter two films, both from Warner Bros., opened with $70.885 million and $61.235 million during the summer season with budgets of $65 million and $125 million, respectively.  Meanwhile, Immortals was produced by independent studio Relativity for $75 million.

In Time, Paranormal Activity 3 and Real Steel all fell to the second half of the top ten.  The sci-fi thriller of In Time dropped two spots from #5 to #7, grossing $4.081 million in its third week and $83.698 million worldwide.  The second sequel Paranormal Activity 3 experienced the biggest drop of the weekend from #4 to #8.  It not only lost 510 theaters, the horror film was at a high percent change of -56.7%.  Fall blockbuster Real Steel is on the edge at #10 in its sixth weekend at the box office.  Hugh Jackman’s sci-fi drama grossed $1.864 million this weekend, adding to its now $81.612 million domestic and $147.5 million foreign grosses.

Director Lars von Trier’s independent drama with a sci-fi bent, Melancholia, arrived at #26 with $257,174 in just 19 theaters.  It has currently grossed an estimated $8.6 million internationally.

Check out ‘What To Watch – Theater Edition’ this Friday for the week’s new movie releases…Part 1 is just the beginning to the end with sparkly vampires, shirtless werewolves, and a marriage and pregnancy.

Feed me at sharon@horrorhaven.com

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