Johnny Knoxville’s crazy gang are unstoppable, dominating a week that ended up a lot stronger then I initially thought it would be. It seems Jackass 3-D, thanks to a $50.3 million debut also broke a 7 year old record, namely biggest Fall opening, held by one Scary Movie 3 with $48.5 million. In all honesty adjusted for inflation Jackass is nowhere near Scary Movie 3, actually it would not even get in the top 10. But considering how times change and movie piracy grows ever so strong, making $50.3 million in October no less is still a very impressive achievement.
Unadjusted for inflation and 3D ticket prices, Jackass 3-D managed to make almost as much as the first two movies together ($22.7 million and $29 million for a grand total of $51.7 million). Now we know for certain Paramount is going to want a 4th movie, question is can the old gang make another one? I mean they have been topping each installment with crazier and crazier stuff, can a 4th movie really happen, can their bodies take all this beating? I’m actually genuinely scared this guys might make something to stupid even for their standards and ultimately die (I’m serious) making Jackass 4. They have enough money, I say stop while you are still on top (and alive).
Next up we have Red with $21.7 million, very good debut considering just about no studio wanted to touch this project. Like I said many months ago, as long as Summit Entertainment spends all that Twilight fortune into smaller projects like this, they can turn all the Stephenie Meyer books into movies for all I care.
In 3rd place with another great hold, The Social Network made 10.3 million and is now up to $62.4 million in North America, all on a $50 million budget for a project that was considered a joke 1 year ago.
In 4th place Disney’s Secretariat had an even smaller drop with $9.3 million and a $27.3 million total.
Life as We Know It finishes the top 5 with $8.9 million in its second weekend at the box office, down 38.3% from last week.