It wasn’t quite the kind of fruitful summer weekend the likes of Adams Shankman and Sandler had hoped for. Running up against a smattering of lackluster reviews and some stiff competition, their films — Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy, respectively — failed to gain momentum in their opening weekend, ending with less than stellar results and a few bumps and bruises, thanks to Ridley Scott and some animated jungle creatures.
In its second weekend, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted continued to dominate the month of June with another $35 million dollar take, bringing its to-date total to $120 million and counting. Ridley Scott’s sci-fi extravaganza Prometheus repeated its second place finish from last week, adding another $20 million to its total, which now stands at $88 million. Neither film is lighting the sky on fire, but they look great when paired with Rock of Ages – which drew a sweat-drenched $15 million — and That’s My Boy — which sleazed its way down to a $13 million debut. Many a pundit has been quick to drive Sandler’s raunch-fest into the ground, calling the film a “bomb” and a “complete failure,” but it’s not completely dead in the water. $13 million isn’t awful, but a fifth place finish for a movie about a father and son on Father’s Day weekend isn’t exactly reason for celebration.
The weekend’s top five, based on Sunday night estimates, are below.
- Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – $35.5m
- Prometheus – $20.2m
- Rock of Ages – $15.0m
- Snow White and the Huntsman – $13.8m
- That’s My Boy – $13.0m
For good measure, here are the opening weekend numbers on Adam Sandler’s last five films:
- Jack and Jill (2011) – $25m
- Just Go With It (2011) – $30m
- Grown Ups (2010) – $40m
- Funny People (2009) – $22m
- Bedtime Stories (2008) – $27m
As you can see, $13 million isn’t quite living up to Sandler’s standards.