The weekend box office numbers are in and, because of its amazingly original premise and big name… Oh, who am I kidding? Because of its boring premise and lack of big name stars, 20th Century Fox’s ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ crashed and burned. The film stars Benjamin Walker (‘Flags of Our Fathers’) as the sixteenth President of these United States in a world where he was secretly a (shocker) vampire hunter. The film managed to bring in $16.5 million on its opening weekend. Even with an estimated budget of only $69 million, that number is a pretty meager amount.
The number one spot was unsurprisingly taken by Disney/Pixar’s ‘Brave’, making it the 13th Pixar movie to open to a #1 box office spot. ‘Brave’ earned $66.7 million over the weekend, easily outpacing the rest of the box office.
Another family film, Dreamworks’ ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’ held on to the number two spot, slipping from the top spot that it’s held for the past two weeks. ‘Madagascar 3’ earned another $20.2 million this week, bringing its total haul to $158 million.
It’s still a sci-fi world at the box office though with six (seven if you count the fantasy of ‘Brave’) sci-fi and fantasy films in the top 10. Still hanging on is Marvel Pictures’ ‘The Avengers’ in the #8 spot. The landmark superhero team-up film brought in another $7 million, pulling its total box office haul to nearly $600 million overall. The #9 and #10 spots were filled in by the sci-fi comedies ‘Men in Black 3’ and ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’, bringing in $5.6 million and $3.8 million respectively.