April 23rd, 2011 / 4 Comments

Although final figures are yet to be posted, Box Office Mojo seems to have WFE listed at no. 4 on the basis of the theatre counts

And Deadline has it listed as no. 3:

FRIDAY 6:30 PM: (No Easter Weekend estimates yet.) Twentieth Century Fox’sRio 3D may be about a bird, but very early numbers show “it’s holding like a rock,” a studio exec just emailed me. Lionsgate’s latest in Tyler Perry’s franchise,Madea’s Big Happy Family, looks soft. This is, after all, Perry’s sixth cross-dressing film; the last one opened to $41M and the one before was $30M. But overperforming is Fox’s intriguing for adults and Robert Pattinson’s Twi-hards Water For Elephants based on Sara Gruen’s best-selling book and written by Richard LaGravenese and directed by Francis Lawrence. “Terrific start for Elephants as we could hit higher teens,” a Fox exec tells me. It’s also a good day for Universal’s holdover Hop from Illumination Entertainment which will pop on Saturday and Sunday for the little bunnies and their parents. And Disneynature’s African Cats narrated by Samuel Jackson is also playing strong for a nich nature movie. So it’s not a bad Good Friday in more ways than one!

Refined numbers and full analysis coming later. Here are Top 6:

1. Rio 3D (Blue Sky Studio/Fox) Week 2 [3,842 Theaters] Friday $11M
2. Madea’s Big Happy Family (Tyler Perry Studio/Lionsgate) NEW [2,288 Theaters] Friday $10M
3. Water For Elephants (Fox 2000/Fox) NEW [2,817 Theaters] Friday $7M
4. Hop (Illumination Entertainment/Universal) Week 4 [3,616 Theaters] Friday $5.5M
5. African Cats (Disneynature/Walt Disney Studios) NEW [1,220 Theaters] Friday $3M
6. Scream 4 (Miramax/Dimension/Weinstein Co) Week 2 [3,314 Theaters] Friday $3M”

According to Alt Film Guide

Water for Elephants, on the other hand, may turn out to be Easter Weekend 2011’s biggest surprise, pulling in $16m-$18m, when some had predicted box-office revenues to remain in the lower teens. On Friday, Water for Elephants earned an estimated $7m.

Remember, those are early, rough estimates. Studio estimates for Friday will be released Saturday morning …

Weekend estimates will come out Sunday.”

As soon as we have final figures, I’ll update the post!

  • Michelle
    Posted on April 23, 2011

    *claps hands* So looking forward to seeing the final figures. Thanks for the update Maria.

  • Vertigo
    Posted on April 23, 2011

    Hooray! Thanks for the update, I’m also looking forward to these figures.

  • lise-lou
    Posted on April 23, 2011

    Wooot! Thanks Maria will keep an eye out for the updates. Always love how you give us all the stats 😀

  • sonja hodzic
    Posted on April 24, 2011

    Thank You on the updates. I wish him that WFE will be the number one. I know this movie and Robert deserve it.

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