The one-two punch of Iron Man 2 and Robin Hood propelled the weekend just above last year at this time when Star Trek and Angels & Demons dominated the box office. Iron Man 2 was off -59% from its opening weekend to score another $53 million at the box office. The Marvel comic actioner has now crossed $200 million with $212 in its coffers and is likely to beat the original Iron Man’s total domestic gross of $318 million. (IMAX screens generated $4.2 million, or 8%, of the total gross for the frame.)
Universal is putting its Robin Hood opener at $37 million. The Russell Crowe-Ridley Scott pairing comes ten years after the duo’s Gladiator, a film that opened to $34 million and went on to gross $187 million stateside. It’s doubtful, considering the reviews (it earned a B- from audiences polled), that Robin Hood will hold in as well in the U.S., but internationally, the 13th century story of the rise of a legend is likely to perform almost as strong as the Academy Award-winning Gladiator did in 2000. The PG-13 rated film grossed $74 million around the world, a number that will likely grow to over $200 million by the end of its run.
Tweens and their mothers were not as smitten by Letters to Juliet as Summit Entertainment had initially hoped. The PG-rated Tuscan romance earned an estimated $13.8 million, less than originally guesstimated based on Friday’s numbers. And exit polling shows it was not teens at all that were driving the opening to this film but women over the age of 25 who made up 63% of the audience. The opening is far beneath what Amanda Seyfried scored with Dear John, which opened back in February to $30 million and went on to gross $80 million. Juliet lacked the star power of Channing Tatum, a factor that surely limited its appeal with the younger set. However, with an A- from exit pollster Cinemascore, strong word of mouth could help the film’s staying power in the weeks to come.
Just Wright, the fourth new release of the frame, had the hardest time luring audiences. The romantic comedy from Fox Searchlight starring Queen Latifah only grossed $8.5 million in its three days for a fourth-place opening. Fifth place belongs to How to Train Your Dragon which earned an additional $5.1 million, putting its total cume at $207 million after 8 weekends at the box office. The film’s lengthy run is now coming to a close, with DreamWorks Animation opening Shrek Forever After next weekend worldwide.
The rest of the top ten comprised a slew of holdovers including A Nightmare on Elm Street in sixth place with $4.7 million, off 48% since last weekend. The film’s gross now stands at $56 million. Slot seven belongs to Date Night with another $4 million. The Twentieth Century Fox laugher has now generated $86.7 million since opening six weekends ago. The Back-Up Plan won the eighth slot with $2.5 million. The Jennifer Lopez-starrer’s total gross stands at $34 million. Furry Vengeance earned another $2.3 million, putting the family film’s total gross at $15 million. And Clash of the Titans rounded out the top ten with another $1.3 million. The film’s total gross has now reached $160 million.
Check in next week when Shrek 4 debuts opposite the Saturday Night Live comedy MacGruber.