Box Office News: Tom Cruise, Adam Sandler Bomb With Horrible Openings

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CHICAGO – Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler proved to be fallible this weekend as their latest offerings — “Rock of Ages” and “That’s My Boy,” respectively — delivered far below even their meager expectactions, finishing third and fifth for the frame and failing to crack $16 million for three days. The top two — “Madagascar 3” and “Prometheus” — remained unchanged although Ridley Scott’s controversial film took a notable plummet of over 60%.

How bad were the openings for “Rock of Ages” and “That’s My Boy”? The Tom Cruise musical was the worst opening for one of his films that opened on more than 3,000 screens. And it’s worse for Sandler. “That’s My Boy” is the worst opening weekend for a Sandler comedy ever. Have critical bombs like “Jack and Jill” and “Just Go with It” finally caught up with the formerly impervious star?

Next week should see a new family movie at the top as Disney/Pixar’s “Brave” opens up and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” counter-programs it. Come back on Sunday for all of the numbers.

1. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted — $35.5 million — down 41% — $120.5 million total
2. Prometheus — $20.2 million — down 60% — $88.9 million
3. Rock of Ages — $15.1 million — new
4. Snow White and the Huntsman — $13.8 million — down 40% — $122.6 million
5. That’s My Boy — $13 million — new
6. Men in Black 3 - $10 million - down 28% - $152.7 million total
7. The Avengers - $8.9 million - down 21% - $586.7 million
8. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - $2.2 million - down 33% - $35.1 million
9. Moonrise Kingdom — $2.2 million — up 40% — $6.8 million
10. What to Expect When You’re Expecting - $1.3 million - down 52% - $38.8 million

Source: Box Office Mojo content director Brian Tallerico

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