After Earth and the extremely popular Fast and Furious 6 were neck-a-neck this past weekend. Just $2.6 million separated the two in Shyamalan’s favor. That being said, one of them is in its 3rd week (still going fast) while the other barely launched (looking at you Will Smith).
Technically After Earth opened in South Korea a week before, so I can’t really call this past weekend’s $45.8 million its debut. What I can do is look at After Earth‘s $48.6 million international total and express disappointment. For M. Night Shyamalan After Earth will probably best The Happening ($98.9 million internationally) but won’t come anywhere near his top 5 since I can’t see it grossing $142.5 million (The Village). Now for Will Smith it’s a “oh hell no”, or in other words “kind of bad”. After Earth is more likely on its way to a Wild Wild West ($108.3 million) finish, then pretty much anything else in recent memory (except Seven Pounds) starring Will Smith. Considering this cost $130 million to make and it made just $97.1 million worldwide so far, I’m having a hard time believing After Earth will turn a profit during its box office run. But I’ve been wrong before, many times actually.
On the opposite end regarding profitability we have Fast and Furious 6, now at $588.7 million worldwide after grabbing $43.2 million last weekend. What this means is Fast Five only has $37.4 million over, so in a matter of days Fast and Furious 6 will become the new benchmark for the franchise. How high can it go you ask? Two weeks ago I would have said up to $900 million, now I’m going with a lower (but still impressive) $700 million worldwide.
Not so furious and dropping rather fast was The Hangover Part 3 with $34.2 million. About 3 weeks in and the R-rated comedy generated $274.6 million worldwide. For better or worse (mostly worse) that’s nowhere near its predecessors yet still good enough to cover its budget.
The same could not be said for Star Trek Into Darkness. After bringing in another $17.6 million, the sci-fi epic has $379 million worldwide with $6.7 million to go until Star Trek (2009) can finally move behind and make way for the new series best.
The Great Gatsby rounds out at top 5 with $13.8 million for an international total of $142.6 million and $279.9 million worldwide.
In other related news Iron Man 3 just passed the $800 million mark internationally, becoming only the 7th film to ever do so. Worldwide the Marvel superhero is just $2.1 million away from reaching $1.2 billion. Not quite as impressive as $1.51 billion (The Avengers) but still good enough for #5 on the all-time worldwide chart.