Oscar Front Runner Argo Rises to the Top of the Box Office as the Newbies Bomb

Ben Affleck’s crowd pleasing thriller Argo is not only a front-runner in this year’s Oscar race, but it’s also a big hit. The film finally hit the top of the box office in its third week pulling in another $12 million for a total of $60.5 million. It fended off four new films that all tanked in their debuts. Opening best was the big budget sic-fi mind bender Cloud Atlas with $9.6 million. Starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, Atlas has a long way to go towards profitability with a budget over $100 million. At least it did better than the horror sequel Silent Hill: Revelation 3D which barely managed $8 million, the new teen comedy Fun Size which only grossed $4 million or the new surfer pic Chasing Mavericks which practically didn’t even register with a tiny $2.2 million in 13th place…. For more on all these numbers, head to Box Office Mojo here and check out the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 2 Argo WB $12,085,059 -26.5% 2,855 -392 $4,233 $60,510,347 $44.5 3
2 N Cloud Atlas WB $9,612,247 – 2,008 – $4,787 $9,612,247 – 1
3 4 Hotel Transylvania Sony $9,444,014 -27.4% 3,276 +262 $2,883 $130,380,355 $85 5
4 1 Paranormal Activity 4 Par. $8,510,186 -70.7% 3,412 – $2,494 $42,467,551 $5 2
5 N Silent Hill: Revelation 3D ORF $8,023,036 – 2,933 – $2,735 $8,023,036 $20 1
6 3 Taken 2 Fox $7,716,732 -41.8% 2,995 -494 $2,577 $117,105,577 $45 4
7 7 Here Comes the Boom Sony $5,210,024 -38.0% 2,491 -523 $2,092 $30,320,496 – 3
8 5 Alex Cross Sum. $5,133,486 -55.0% 2,541 +2 $2,020 $19,452,177 $35 2
9 6 Sinister Sum. $4,996,099 -43.3% 2,347 -195 $2,129 $39,441,054 $3 3
10 N Fun Size Par. $4,101,017 – 3,014 – $1,361 $4,101,017 $14 1

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