Friday Box Office: PAIN & GAIN Opens with $7.5 Million; THE BIG WEDDING Proves a Big Disappointment

     April 27, 2013

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It’s been a long, cold, boring winter at the box office but here comes the sun! In just six days, the summer movie season will start with the release of Iron Man 3. As of Friday, the Marvel sequel had earned a reported $36.7 million from twelve international territories and should be well past $100 million by Monday. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Here in the US, we still have another week of mediocre numbers to wade through.

Taking pride of place on the first day of the pre-summer frame was Pain & Gain. From 3,277 locations on Friday, the Michael Bay feature earned an estimated $7.5 million towards what looks like a $20 million debut weekend. Of course that’s nowhere near what Bay realized with the Transformers franchise but, for this “low-budget” action comedy, it’s as good as Hollywood expected. The same cannot be said for The Big Wedding. The star-stuffed rom-com earned an estimated $2.5 million from 2,633 locations on Friday and should fall well under its weekend target of just $10 million. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Pain & Gain $7,500,000 $7.5
2.  Oblivion $5,100,000 $52.4
3.  42 $2,950,000 $61.3
4.  The Big Wedding $2,540,000 $2.5
5.  The Croods $1,500,000 $157.9

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