'Break Up' beat up 'X-Men' @ box office

  1. Wow.......The Break-Up debuted more strongly than expected with $38.1 million to take over X-Men as the No. 1 weekend movie, which slipped to second place with $34.35 million....
    I think Aniston's split from Pitt and her romance that began with Vaughn while filming "The Break-Up" helped keep the movie in the public eye:graucho:.

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    Source: celebritywonder.com
  2. I still think she is box office poison.....
  3. So do I! Vince saved this one somewhat.:oh:
  4. Women bought almost 70% of the tickets for Break-up, they are craving for a chick-flick movie. Personally, I'm a fan of romantic comedy, all the recent movies are geared toward male viewers (actions/...). Don't quite think that JA brought the audience in since all her recent outings (Derailed, Rumor Has It, Friends with Money) didn't exactly do well. What matters is a movie with interesting story to lure moviegoers out of their houses and into the theatres. =)

    As for X-Men being in 2nd place, pretty much all action movies take a massive drop in their 2nd outing. It's already taken in ~176million in 10 days -- very impressive still!!!!
  5. (source: news.yahoo.com)
    Jennifer Aniston finally gets box office "Break"
    By Dean Goodman

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - While her former husband is playing daddy in Namibia, Jennifer Aniston is basking in her new role as Hollywood's latest movie star.

    Her new romantic comedy "The Break-Up," co-starring real-life companion Vince Vaughn, stunned industry observers by taking the top spot at the North American box office with ticket sales of about $38.1 million during its first three days, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday.

    The Universal Pictures release, which was savaged by critics, had been expected to open in the $20 million range behind reigning champ "X-Men: The Last Stand," which slipped to No. 2 with $34.4 million in its second weekend.

    Certainly, few observers were expecting it to break the former "Friends" star's mediocre run at the box office. Of her two wide releases last year, "Derailed" stalled at $36 million, while "Rumor Has It" fell silent at $43 million. Still, she has some way to go to catch up with ex-husband Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the mother of his new baby girl. Their movie together, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," earned $186 million last year.

    Vaughn's last movie, "Wedding Crashers," opened to $33 million last year, and earned more than $200 million, propelled by glowing reviews and strong word of mouth.


    "The Break-Up," a $52 million project that Vaughn helped write, revolves around a couple whose relationship is on the rocks, but choose to stay together in their Chicago apartment. "What's a smart comedienne doing in such a dumb movie?" asked the Wall Street Journal.

    The nation's female moviegoers begged to disagree, as women comprised 67 percent of the audience, according to Universal. Exit polling also indicated that most viewers went because of the humor -- a reflection of how well Universal marketed the surprisingly dark movie.

    "There is humor in it, just not the saccharine type of humor you expect," said Nikki Rocco, president of distribution at the General Electric Co.-owned studio. "People genuinely like Vince and Jennifer, and they like to be entertained."

    The film is the first romantic comedy in the marketplace for a while, and actually ranks as the No. 3 opening of all time for films in this genre. "Hitch" ($43.1 million) took the crown last year from "50 First Dates" ($40 million).


    Elsewhere, the third "X-Men" movie has earned $175.7 million after 10 days. Its 2003 predecessor, "X2: X-Men United," took 18 days to reach that level before finishing at $215 million. The first film, 2000's "X-Men," did not get that far, ending up with $157 million. The films were released by 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp.., in association with Marvel Entertainment Inc.

    The animal cartoon "Over the Hedge" held steady at No. 3 with $20.6 million in its third weekend. The total for the DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.-produced animated film rose to $112.4 million. While the film has held up well, it is expected to take a big hit next weekend when Walt Disney Co. rolls out the Pixar-produced cartoon "Cars."

    Meanwhile, "The Da Vinci Code" fell two places to No. 4 with $19.3 million, taking its total to $172.7 million. The film's distributor, Columbia Pictures, said it was No. 1 overseas for a third weekend with $51 million. With a foreign total of $409 million, the Vatican thriller will soon pass "Spider-Man" ($415 million) and "Spider-Man 2" ($410 million) to rank as the top international release by the Sony Corp.-owned studio.

    Not so fortunate is "Mission: Impossible III," which slipped one place to No. 5 in North America with $4.7 million. The domestic total for Paramount's Tom Cruise vehicle stands at $122.7 million. By contrast, 1996's "Mission: Impossible" finished with $181 million, and 2000's "Mission: Impossible 2" with $215 million.


    Jennifer Aniston is interviewed at the world premiere of the romantic comedy 'The Break-Up' at the Mann Village Westwood in Los Angeles, California May 22, 2006. (Phil McCarten/Reuters)
  6. (source: news.yahoo.com)
    'Break-Up' earns $38.1M to top box office
    By DAVID GERMAIN, AP Movie Writer
    Sun Jun 4, 2:28 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES - Supported by real-life romantic splits and hookups, Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn's "The Break-Up" pulled an upset over the mutant world of the "X-Men."

    "The Break-Up" debuted more strongly than expected with $38.1 million to take over as the No. 1 weekend movie from "X-Men: The Last Stand," which slipped to second place with $34.35 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

    Aniston's split from Brad Pitt last year and her reported romance that began with Vaughn while filming "The Break-Up" helped keep the movie in the public eye.

    "They're always in the press," said Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal, which released "The Break-Up." "Every time you turn around, somebody's talking about Jennifer, or Jennifer and Brad, or Jennifer and Vince. It's not why we made the movie, though."

    "The Break-Up" pulled in about $10 million more than Rocco had expected.

    After putting in a record four-day debut of $122.9 million over Memorial Day weekend, 20th Century Fox's third "X-Men" movie tumbled. The movie's domestic gross dropped a steep 67 percent from its Friday-Sunday haul the first weekend.

    Still, "X-Men" raised its total to a whopping $175.7 million in just 10 days, a mark it took "X2: X-Men United" 18 days to reach. Bruce Snyder, head of distribution for Fox, said the film should top out at $240 million to $250 million, beating the $157 million take for the first "X-Men" and the $215 million return for "X2."

    The huge decline in the second weekend was typical given how many people saw the movie over the holiday weekend, Snyder said.

    "I'm not shocked at that drop," Snyder said.

    DreamWorks Animation's cartoon comedy "Over the Hedge" held up well, placing third with $20.6 million for a three-week total of $112.4 million.

    Sony's "The Da Vinci Code" was No. 4 with $19.3 million, lifting its three-week domestic gross to $172.7 million. Worldwide, the Tom Hanks film adapted from Dan Brown's best-seller has grossed $581 million and should hit at least $750 million globally, said Rory Bruer, Sony head of distribution.

    In its second weekend, the Al Gore documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" went into wider release and broke into the top 10 with $1.33 million, even though it was playing in just 77 theaters.

    Released by Paramount Classics, the film averaged an impressive $17,292 a theater, compared to $12,410 in 3,070 cinemas for "The Break-Up."

    Chronicling the former vice president's campaign to educate people about the perils of global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth" expands to more theaters over the next two weekends.

    "It's breakups and global warming that I think really are interesting people now," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

    Overall business rose slightly, with the top 12 movies taking in $128.9 million, up 1.6 percent from the same weekend last year.

    After an 8 percent drop in movie attendance last year, Hollywood is positioned for a solid summer. Attendance is running about 1 percent ahead of last year's, with what looks like a solid crop of blockbusters still to come, including this Friday's animated comedy "Cars," from Disney and Pixar, and the Warner Bros. adventure "Superman Returns" on June 30.

    Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.

    1. "The Break-Up," $38.1 million.

    2. "X-Men: The Last Stand," $34.35 million.

    3. "Over the Hedge," $20.6 million.

    4. "The Da Vinci Code," $19.3 million.

    5. "Mission: Impossible III," $4.67 million.

    6. "Poseidon," $3.4 million.

    7. "RV," $3.3 million.

    8. "See No Evil," $2 million.

    9. "An Inconvenient Truth," $1.33 million.

    10. "Just My Luck," $825,000.
  7. Ditto
  8. I just got back from seeing this movie earlier... ugh I hated it. The ending was CRAP!!! UGH! I was hoping it would get better... but :sad:. To me, it felt like I was just watching 2 of my friends fight/argue the whole time?
  9. I really wanna see this movie!! Not a huge fan of hers, but still just gotta see it!
  10. Well I have to see it for Vince Vaughn. I saw X3 on the weekend love it. I just hope that this one lives up to what it is basically a chick flick, nothing else to it.
  11. I'll see it for Vince too.......................on DVD in another month!
  12. Good scripts are what she needs.
  13. I really want to see this movie too. I see movies for the content not because who is in it or who is not in it.

    Never a fan of TC but I did go see MI-3.
  14. I thought "Friends with Money" was really good--well written and with a strong cast of great actresses. I like the indie movies Jennifer Aniston has done ("Office Space" and "The Good Girl", mostly), and I hope that she will continue to do those kinds of movies.
  15. I think I will wait for the DVD too.