Weekend Box Office: “Speed” underwhelms, Tyler Perry bombs, “Budapest” rises

The Grand Budapest Hotel“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” is having a strong holdover at the box office, allowing this animated hit to climb to the top of the rankings this weekend with over $20 million coming its way in its second week. It’s hardly a blockbuster and will be lucky to do much better than $100-110, chump change for cartoons.

“300: Rise of an Empire,” has lost most of its pop and will finish in the mid-teens. That puts it well behind the new action opening, “Need for Speed.” Aaron Paul is still a TV star, second banana on “Breaking Bad” and all. The movie earned poor reviews, and “Need” will only pull in about $19 million, well below “Fast & Furious” projections. That lack of a multi-racial cast hurts more than the “real cars, real stunts” nature of the film — rich white folk racin’ supercars isn’t nearly as relatable as the vintage rides and modified street tuners of the “Furious” franchise.

Another video game turned into a movie that bombs. Oh well.

But $19 million isn’t really “bomb” territory. Under $10 is, when you’re Tyler Perry and you’ve had films open in the upper $20s and $30s. Lionsgate got out of the TP Business just in time, from the looks of “The Single Mom’s Club.” Terrible reviews didn’t help. The guy had ambition, once. Now, he’s just primping and preening like he thinks he’s a movie star. In a dress, he isn’t.

Meanwhile, Wes Anderson’s delightful “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is riding swell reviews into a rising tide of box office sales. A platform release that is rolling out this weekend and next, it cracked the top ten. Lotsa critic love is helping that one.

“Veronica Mars” is into profits, as it was fan-financed and thus paid for before Warners ever dropped it into theaters.

Good thing. There’s NO audience for this TV show that was canceled years ago. $1 million Friday, maybe $2 million, $2.5 by Sunday? That’s barely in the top ten on a weak weekend for movies. Figure it’ll manage $5-7 million, total, by the end of its run. The per-screen average isn’t all that either.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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