‘Snow White and the Huntsman’, the reimagined fairy tale story of ‘Snow White’ starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron, opened in theaters this week and toppled last week’s forerunner ‘Men in Black 3’ for the #1 spot.
‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ opened to $56.3 million. This is a great opening for a non-sequel film and quite a bit better than the previous Snow White inspired ‘Mirror Mirror’ which only garnered $18 million in its opening weekend. A lot of early reviews are comparing the more battle-heavy medieval adaptation in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films and it’s interesting to note that the first ‘LotR’ film, ‘Fellowship of the Ring’, only made $47 million on opening weekend. Of course, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ won’t be able to hold a candle to the ‘LotR’ franchise, but it isn’t doing too shabby.
Last week’s #1 film, ‘Men in Black 3’, starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin dropped substantially, only bringing in $29.3 million in its second week out, bringing its cumulative number up to $112 million. If that sounds like a lot, keep in mind that ‘MIB3’ cost an estimated $250 million to make.
Still hanging strong in the #3 spot is Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ earning another $20.3 million this past weekend for a total of $553 million so far. I’m sure a lot of this has to do with all of the people I’ve spoken with that have seen the superhero teamup flick two, three, or even sometimes four times! And, while ‘The Avengers’ seems to finally be slowing down its box office assault, it’s earned its spot as the #3 highest grossing movie of all time behind James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ and ‘Titanic which brought in $760 million and $658 million respectively.
Rounding out the top five is the board-game based alien flick ‘Battleship’ with $4.8 million (bringing it’s domestic total so far to $55 million) and the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy ‘The Dictator’ with $4.7 million. Elsewhere in the sci-fi box office, the Tim Burton directed remake of ‘Dark Shadows’ is still holding on in its 4th week of release, bringing in $3.86 million and taking the #8 spot this week. The horror thriller ‘Chernobyl Diaries’ slipped to #9 this week after only two weeks of release and brought in $3 million.
This coming weekend, the Ridley Scott juggernaut ‘Prometheus’ will blast into theaters and no doubt shake things to the ground. It’ll definitely take the number #1 spot away from ‘Snow White’ and it’ll probably hold the box office sci-fi torch until ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ hits on June 22nd.