Like many have been reporting for a while now, Sucker Punch got sucker punched by Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, the sequel to the breakout hit Diary of a Wimpy Kid, released just 1 year ago. So what exactly happened to Sucker Punch and how does Wimpy 2 compare to the first Wimpy, after the break.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules made $23.7 million, so a bit more then the $22.1 million that the original Diary of a Wimpy Kid grossed back in the middle of March in 2010. First one cost only $15 million so having made a total of $75.7 million worldwide, it was a given that a sequel would follow (not to mention it is based on a long running series of children books). With Rodrick Rules they upped the budget to $21 million so obviously expectations are now higher. Based on this opening weekend it is safe to say that Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3 will follow next year.
Sucker Punch, the movie that was supposed to blow us away, got blown away. This is the third strike for director Zack Snyder after Watchmen and Legend of the Guardians, so if Superman doesn’t do well then he is not going to find anymore support from Warner for his other future projects. Now don’t get me wrong, the movie ain’t half bad, it has some good ideas but Zack should seriously consider hiring a writer next time, he is a great visual director but as a screenwriter, he is not that good. Sucker Punch only made $19 million last weekend, Zack Snyder’s worst live-action opening yet (Legend of the Guardians, an animated flick, opened to $16.1 million 6 months ago). Thankfully Sucker Punch didn’t cost that much, “only” about $82 million, so worst case scenario, it won’t lose to much money (no more then $40 million, of the production budget that is). From this point on don’t expect Sucker Punch performing better then say Kick-Ass last year, so around $50 million in North America in total (Kick-Ass opened to $19.8 and finished with $48 million).
In 3rd place we have a surprising Limitless dropping only 20.4% to $15 million for a new total of $42.3 million in 11 days. With The Hangover Part 2 coming later this year, 2011 is going to be a good year for Bradley Copper.
The Lincoln Lawyer had an even better hold, down only 18.6% to $10.7 million and $29.6 million in 11 days. Not bad for the ever shirtless Matthew McConaughey.
My personal favorite among this movies, Rango, was 5th with $9.7 million and a total of $107 million after 25 days.
In other news, Adam Sandler comedy Just Go With It passed the $100 million mark in North America becoming his 12th movie to do that. Also if it wasn’t for Funny People 2 years ago, this would be his 5th consecutive movie to reach that milestone.