Sometimes even a movie critics like is no competition for something that the whole family can attend.
“Looper,” the new film from Rian Johnson starring Bruce Willis and Joseph-Gordon Levitt, opened in second place at the box office this weekend with a $21.2 million haul. It was no match for another Sony Pictures release that came on the same weekend, the comedy “Hotel Transylvania,” which earned $43 million.
Critics loved “Looper,” at least according to Rotten Tomatoes. Of the nearly 200 critics surveyed, 93 percent of them loved the film. The same couldn’t be said about “Hotel Transylvania,” which was liked by just 43 percent of critics surveyed by the site.
Yet, when faced with a choice between an R-rated movie and a PG-rated movie, it seemed it was time to take the kids to the theater, and so “Looper” lost out. But that’s actually OK for the science-fiction action film because it only cost $30 million to make, and will likely be in the black by its second weekend.
Not doing so well is “Resident Evil: Retribution,” which fell to eighth place this week with $3 million, according to The Numbers. That film bombed with the critics, and bombed with audiences, pulling in just $38.7 million in three weeks, against a budget of $65 million. It will likely not make that money back with North American theaters.
Lionsgate’s “Dredd” has also continued to dive from a poor start, earning just $2.3 million this past weekend, adding to a dismal $10.9 million total. That film, starring “Star Trek’s” Karl Urban, cost $50 million to make, and will definitely not make back that figure in theaters.
The original “Judge Dredd” starring Sylvester Stallone in 1994, earned more than $113.5 million worldwide on a $70 million budget.
Next weekend comes another animated film, “Frankenweenie,” from Walt Disney Pictures. Less than 20 critics have checked in on this Tim Burton film so far, and nearly 80 percent of them like it, according to Rotten Tomatoes. It likely will premiere at No.1, despite getting some competition from a re-release of “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” on its 30th anniversary.