Box office report: 'Wimpy Kid' ($24.4 mil) silences 'Sucker Punch' ($19 mil)


Armed with an arsenal of weapons and one gnarly imagination, the young women of Sucker Punch nonetheless met their match in the form of a seventh-grader named Greg Heffley. Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules was voted most popular by moviegoers this weekend, grossing $24.4 million, according to studio estimates. Based on Jeff Kinney’s bestselling “novels in cartoons,” the comedy sequel outperformed last year’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which debuted to $22.1 million. Rodrick Rules, about that best-left-forgotten period known as middle school, was produced for $18 million, and the fact that the PG-rated film surpassed its budget on opening weekend bodes well for the green-lighting of a third Wimpy Kid movie. Furthermore, Rodrick Rules received a strong “A-” grade from CinemaScore audiences. Granted, half of CinemaScore’s survey sample was under the age of 18.

Warner Bros.’ $75 million action pic Sucker Punch, about a clique of girls attempting to escape from a 1950s insane asylum, settled for second with $19 million. The PG-13 film was No. 1 on Friday, but it dropped 17 percent on Saturday. (Rodrick Rules, by comparison, leaped 32 percent on Saturday). This was director Zack Snyder’s worst live-action debut, behind 300 ($70.9 million), Watchmen ($55.2 million), and Dawn of the Dead ($26.7 million). Snyder’s next project is Superman: Man of Steel, which is assured to generate larger numbers for the filmmaker. Sucker Punch skewed young and male, with 74 percent of the audience under the age of 35, and 64 percent sporting a Y-chromosome. CinemaScore moviegoers awarded it a mediocre “B-” rating, with younger audience members being more enthusiastic than older ones.

The rest of the top five displayed surprising staying power. In third, the Bradley Cooper thriller Limitless fell only 20 percent for $15.2 million. The crime drama The Lincoln Lawyer, starring Matthew McConaughey, held up even better — it dropped a scant 17 percent for $11 million. In fifth place was Rango, which declined 35 percent and snatched $9.8 million. On Saturday, the animated Western became the first 2011 movie to cross $100 million domestically. Today, the romantic comedy Just Go With It should reach the $100 million mark as well, becoming star Adam Sandler’s 12th movie to do so.

In limited release, Jane Eyre and Win Win continued to perform well. Jane Eyre expanded to 90 theaters and grossed $1 million, while the wrestling drama Win Win pinned down $471,000 from 23 locations, for a solid per-theater average of $20,478. Check back next week as the Easter Bunny comedy Hop, the possessed-child horror film Insidious, and the sci-fi thriller Source Code unspool.

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules — $24.4 mil
2. Sucker Punch — $19.0 mil
3. Limitless — $15.2 mil
4. The Lincoln Lawyer — $11.0 mil
5. Rango — $9.8 mil

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  • barney

    Is it summer yet?

    • Lily

      I know! I can’t wait for May to get here. There are a lot of fims I am looking forward to this summer.

      • alice yosexy

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    • Danni

      Harry Potter.

    • Jose

      Winnie the Pooh

    • Michael Bay

      Sucker Punch was AWFUL.

      You would think a movie with hot girls, skimpy clothing, swords, guns, and a huge special effects budget is a can’t miss…


      • Zach S

        Forget about Sucker Punch Amy Adams is playing Lois Lane.

      • Sam

        I thought it was good :S

      • Big Sucker

        Sucker Punch was a fun movie. Don’t know why people are panning it so bad. Maybe they are just lacking imagination.

      • Jo

        Sucker Punch was awesome! I doubt you even saw it

      • Jenny

        Sucker Punch was HORRIBLE!!!! I have never even thought about walking out of a movie I thought was bad, but while watching this one I thought about it a lot (and almost did). Acting was horrible, plot was just as bad.

      • Michael Bay

        Wow..I can’t believe you people actually liked it.. do you realize how freaking stupid the movie was? They should have just stretched ONE of the fantasies out as the entire movie, it wouldn’t have been such a clusterf**k of a movie.

      • Michael Bay

        I guess if ‘Two and a Half Men’ was the #1 TV show in the country, and ‘Rush Limbaugh’ is the #1 Radio show in the country, there are more than enough idiots in the country that would go see this horrible movie and like it.

    • Nick

      The poster looked great though. :S

    • Matt

      Is it Oscar season yet? Sigh.

  • LOL

    America loves crap.

    • paul

      Agreed!! But the headline SHOULD have been:

      “Sucker Punch can’t take down a Wimpy Kid.”

      • miss k

        Love it!!

      • Flmom

        Think about the audience though. When you have a family oriented movie, you have more tickets sold. We saw Rango this weekend…that is 4 tickets. If we saw sucker punch, that would only be 2. Why doesn this include an average based on the number of weeks a movie has been out? Definitely looking forward to kung Fu panda 2!

    • melanie

      Not all the time. After all, they didn’t go to Sucker Punch.

    • Grubi

      Is your whole life just waiting for the box office report on EW and posting the same thing every time? Because it is kind of sad. Get a life dude.

      • Loch Ness

        Grubi, there are several LOLs on this board.

      • Grubi

        But I doubt that a whole bunch of people with the tag name, “LOL” are all writing the same thing over and over, week after week. If they are, then that is quite a coincidence.

    • Steve

      I heard hell’s angels was re-released.

  • Matt1

    Word must’ve got out that Sucker Punch unfortunately does suck pretty bad. I was dissapointed. Good for Lincoln Lawyer, movie was ALOT better than I thought it’d be. Really enjoyed it (along with Adjustment Bureau). Support the well made films America!!

    • Loch Ness

      Just by looking at the trailers, it was pretty easy to tell that Sucker Punch was garbage.

      • Jo

        Sucker Punch was visually breathtaking, and the story (for those with enough intelligence to follow it) was touching. It will likely build a huge fan base and then the f*cktard critics will forget they panned it….and claim “i always LOVVVVED Sucker Punch”

      • @Jo

        Or it’ll end up where it belongs: on the same trash heap as other mega-hyped fan boy movies like Kick Ass and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which also failed to translate Comic Con enthusiasm into ticket sales.

    • Tony

      Wimpy kid Deserved the number 1 spot. Seriosly Zack must’ve been on Drugs making Sucker Punch.

      • Mikey

        Agreed Sucker Punch Sucked. Why is everyone Ganging up on Lisa on her EW Review? Her Grade was Spot on!

      • Matt1

        Cause Lisa is an ugly, pretentious (w)hore!

      • Steve

        oh matt, that’s just mean

  • TopherGracesucks

    Topher Grace is the worst

    • Matt1

      lol. Agreed!

    • Gretchen

      Really? A) No he doesn’t. B) What does that have to do with this story?

    • Steve

      or C.) who the heck names their kid something that sounds gopher?

      • Lisa

        It’s short for Christopher, but to stand out he goes by Topher instead of Chris.

  • Jim

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules – a great, fun movie. The young star of the movie, Zachary Gordon, is terrific as Greg Heffley. This is solid movie entertainment!

    • LOL

      Jim loves crap.

      • Steve

        Is it as good as the bad news bears?

      • Jonny

        LOL eats crap.

      • Nick

        Don’t think of it as crap. Think of it as an excuse to go to the movies for no reason.

    • paul

      I saw Jim’s name in the credits!!
      That’s the way to keep your job, Jim!!

      • Mike

        Actually Wimpy kid isn’t all bad. Nothing special but it reminded me of early Nickelodeon stuff.

    • Katie

      Yeah, my younger cousins really enjoyed it. I mostly enjoyed watching the guy who plays Rodrick. He is freaking hot.

      • Chris

        Ewww. I really hope Roderick isn’t the kid pictured above.

      • Nick

        They don’t call this EW for nothign! Ewwww!

      • Annika

        @Nick & Chris: She’s talking about the kid’s older brother, you idiots.

  • fbdbpw

    Thank god sucker punch bombed. Absolute garbage and a waste of time. Bad acting all around, nonexistent plot, and pointless fighting scenes, the 1 w/ the dragon being the only entertaining 1. Nowhwere near as good as snyder’s preveious films. I no there are some people who like to turn off their brains at the movies and I am too sometimes, but this film just made me wonder what the hell was he thinking. I’d give it 1 star out of 4 and say its the 2nd worst film of the year behind the rite. If Christopher Nolan wasn’t the true genius behind the new superman, id be worried. Thank you mr. nolan for casting amy adams. Beyond gorgeous, incredibly talented and i thought she was much better than melissa leo in the fighter (not that she wasnt good too)

    • Tonya

      What? I thought Nolan was directing. Zack Synder is directing?! Oh, dear god! Just when I though we’d get a good Superman film…

      • SC

        Nolan is producing and seemingly guiding the story. He picked Snyder to direct.

    • Peter

      The genius of Inception was fooling the masses into thinking it wasn’t a horrible film.

      • Toby


      • Sonia

        Inception isn’t the best movie ever made but it is certainly far from “horrible.” You shouldn’t be fooled into joining the typical hype backlash that usually plagues a “popular” film.

      • Peter

        Trust me. I’m not joining any kind of backlash in order to seem cool. I had the highest of expectations prior to seeing it. I wanted nothing more than to love it. The problem simply is that the movie isn’t very good. Great visual effects and a terrific score. However, that’s it. Overly complicated plot that is covering up a threadbare story. Two-dimensional characters that mostly are there to spout exposition. Poorly shot and edited action scenes. The snow fortress scene is particularly a mess. Overall, I couldn’t wait for it to finish.

  • alex

    Jim does indeed love crap.

  • dominic

    I wanted to see Sucker Punch; but after it received a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes, I think I’ll skip it. I highly recommend The Adjustment Bureau. I saw that Limitless, Paul, and The Lincoln Lawyer are getting decent reviews. Does anyone recommend them? Only three more weeks until ‘Scream 4!’

    • will j

      Scream 4!

      • deedeedragons

        Can’t wait for Scream 4, BTW does Neve Campbell age? cause it don’t look like it!

    • Amanda Kiwinerd

      Why don’t you see it and make up your own mind? Are you just a sheep who listens to snobby critics?

      • tvgirl48

        You go see every movie that comes out, I’ll save the money and listen to the consensus from dozens of professional critics. If you can read critically yourself, you can tell when a critic is snobby and needs to be ignored.

  • goat

    Sucker Punch being a disappointment should be a surprise to no one. I feel bad that they were trying to make strong female leading characters, but just ended up with awful b-movie stereotypes.

  • stan

    The all male audiences that Suckerpunch targeted are at home watching the NCAA Basketball games this weekend …

    • melanie

      Another theory would be, the sexually dysfunctional Comic-Con audience that Sucker Punch targeted DID see the movie. There just aren’t enough of them to get a big-budget movie to turn a profit.

      • paul

        Here’s a girl who’s STILL p!ssed off that her boyfriend wouldn’t throw his comic collection in the trash at her imperial command!!

      • Nick

        What did you say about comicbook fans? I will have you know if it wasn’t for comic books hollywood would grind to a halt tomorrow.

      • paul

        You’re right Nick! And TV too (to some extent). There’s Smallville, Walking Dead, and Human Target. Wonder Woman, Powers and Locke & Key are all in development, and who knows what else in the pipeline.

        I think Melanie saw things ‘grind’ to a halt with her last boyfriend because comic books were WAAAY more interesting than she was!!

    • Um, no.

      Comic book fanboys are generally not going to be watching sports on TV. It’s a different audience of males. And Melanie is right, it is a very limited audience. The comic book movies that have attracted the larger auedience are based on the core, well-known characters of Superman, Batman, and Spiderman. Hollywood would be fine without relying on comic books for movie ideas.

  • m1

    Finally! Source Code comes out next weekend.

    • Nick

      Does it come with 4-d glasses for those that don’t speak nerd?

  • David

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt

    • e

      Nice copy and paste. What does this have to do with the box office earnings or any of the movies mentioned?



  • will j

    Damn… I was so looking forward to Sucker punch just being mindless fun… but evryone ive tlked to says its just flat out boring and stupid… frownie face.

    • Nick

      It has some side boob. Look on the bright side.

  • Justin

    I was thoroughly entertained by Sucker Punch. I knew from lots of chatter that most people wouldn’t see it, but I’m glad I ignored them. The action scenes were intense, with a much deeper storyline than the trailers show. Well done, Snyder!

    • Jess

      I agree. I really enjoyed it. I didn’t go in put off by reviews or by Snyder bias. Neither did the other people I went with. And we all came out happy with it. The soundtrack was phenomenal and fit really well with the scenes. The story was pretty good and over all I was impressed. Even so much as I would get the DVD or even go see it again.

      • David

        I often find that I really love movies that the critics hate and hate the movies critics love. Now sometimes I DO agree with the critics but not ALWAYS.

    • Lena

      I agree. I really liked it a lot. It was visually spectacular. I don’t think you can go to a movie in this genre and expect it to be all about the plot. It’s more of a thrill ride and I felt it worked really well. I’m glad I went to see it. Would probably buy the DVD.

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