Box Office: ‘That’s My Boy’ and ‘Rock of Ages’ Fail to Break Wind, Let Alone Defeat ‘Madagascar 3’

That's My Boy and Rock of Ages

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.

  1. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – $35.5m
  2. Prometheus – $20.2m
  3. Rock of Ages – $15.0m
  4. Snow White and the Huntsman – $13.8m
  5. 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.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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