1. The Wolverine (Fox) Fox Int’l, $55m (NE)
2. The Conjuring (Warner Bros) WBPI $22.1m ($83.9m) (1)
3. Despicable Me 2 (Universal) UPI $16m ($306.4m) (2)
4. Turbo (Fox-DreamWorks Animation) Fox Int’l $13.3m ($55.8m) (3)
5. Grown Ups 2 (Sony) SPRI $11.5m ($101.7m) (4)
Woody Allen grabbed the headlines at the North America weekend box office when his latest comedy, ‘Blue Jasmine’, became only the sixth film in history to debut with a per-screen average in excess of $100,000. Its final average of $102,128 is slightly higher than that achieved by Allen’s most commercially successfully film to date, ‘Midnight in Paris’. Both films opened in six theatres.
There was also a strong performance from Ryan Coogler’s ‘Fruitvale Station’ upon expanding from 34 to 1,064 theatres. The Sundance grand jury winner, which dramatises the build-up to the Oscar Grant police shooting, finished the three days on $4.6m in tenth position.
Meanwhile, high budget tentpoles continued to disappoint with James Mangold’s ‘The Wolverine’ grossing a lacklustre $55m during its debut weekend. The sixth instalment of the X-Men franchise, with Hugh Jackman returning as Logan, finished the three days $30m below its predecessor’s launch notwithstanding an ‘A-’ CinemaScore from first night audiences. Its No 1 spot was little compensation.
Last weekend’s surprise package, ‘The Conjuring’, came in second with an excellent hold. Avoiding the genre’s usual second week fall, James Wan’s low budget horror earned $22m, being a drop of just 46%.silvitra generic namesilvitra for salesilvitra costsilvitra price