A noisy six-day launch saw Paramount’s summer tentpole dominate the North American landscape with an Independence Day weekend record of $97.5m from Friday to Sunday, according to estimates, rising to $116.4m for the four-day weekend and $181.1m counting back to the Jun 29 launch.
Combined with the $217.9m international launch the film already stands at $399m worldwide after six days and will cross $400m by the end of Monday.
The three-day mark could not match that of Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen on $128m, but nobody at the studio will be complaining. Roughly 60% of domestic grosses came from 3D, according to Reuters, while PPI said 70% of overseas business was in 3D.
Rom-com Larry Crowne starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts opened fourth on $13m over three days through Summit Entertainment, while Fox’s teen release Monte Carlo opened in fifth over three days on $7.6m.
Cars 2 fell 62% to number two and crossed $100m for Disney/Pixar in its second weekend, while Warner Bros’ Green Lantern did the same in its third weekend and Universal’s Bridesmaids crossed $150m in its eighth.
Midnight In Paris is hanging in there for SPC and on $34.5m after seven weekends remains Woody Allen’s biggest film in 25 years since Hannah And her Sisters took $35.4m. The latest Allen release should pass that target by the end of next weekend.
Next weekend’s wide releases are the Warner Bros comedy Horrible Bosses with Kevin Spacey, Jason Bateman, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston. Sony launches the Kevin James vehicle Zookeeper.
Estimated Top 10 North America Jul 1-3, 2011 (Jul 1-4 figures in brackets)
Film (Dist) / Est wkd gross / Est total to date
1 (-) Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (DWks/Paramount) PPI $97.5m ($116.4m) $162.1m ($181.1m)
2 (1) Cars 2 (Buena Vista/Pixar) WDSMPI $25.1m ($32.1m) $116m ($123m)
3 (2) Bad Teacher (Sony) SPRI $14.1m ($17.6m) $59.5m ($63m)
4 (-) Larry Crowne (Summit) Summit Int’l $13m ($15.7m)
5 (4) Super 8 (Paramount) PPI $7.5m ($9.5m) $108m ($110.1m)
6 (-) Monte Carlo (Fox) Fox Int’l $7.6m ($8.8m)
7 (3) Green Lantern (Warner Bros) WBPI $6.3m ($7.9m) $101.9m ($103.7m)
8 (5) Mr Popper’s Penguins (Fox) Fox Int’l $5.1m ($6.9m) $50.1m ($51.9m)
9 (8) Bridesmaids (Universal) UPI $3.5m ($4.4m) $152.9m ($153.8m)
10 (11) Midnight In Paris (Sony Pictures Classics) Imagina $3.4m ($4.3m) $33.6m ($34.5m)