Croods' "Success Drives Dwa Stock Way Up
Shares of Dreamworks Animation rose 5.2 percent to $19.33 on Monday as reports indicated that overseas ticket sales for The Croods were holding up better than expected. (In the U.K., it held on to first place at the box office for the third week in a row and is now the third biggest grosser of the year.) Also on Monday Lazard Capital Markets analyst Barton Crockett predicted on Monday that the film will likely wind up with around $192 million in domestic sales, up from his original projection of $151 million. It passed the $100 million mark last week and reached $125 million over the weekend. Meanwhile, Evil Dead had a better-than-expected opening to take first place with $25.8 million, while G.I Joe: Retaliation blasted away with $20.9 million in its second week to bring its ten-day gross to $86.4 million. With the $145.2 million that it has pulled in overseas, the film now has a worldwide gross of $231.6 million. The re-release of Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, enhanced with , also debuted impressively, winding up with $18.6 million. On the same weekend a year ago Titanic in 3D opened with $17.3 million. Hollywood.com box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian noted that IMAX screenings of Jurassic Park accounted for 32 percent of the film's gross -- the highest percentage that IMAX has ever generated for a Hollywood film. Overall, the box office was up 8.8 percent from the same weekend a year ago, when The Hunger Games took the top spot for the third week in a row with $33.1 million.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):
1. Evil Dead, Sony/Tristar, $25,775,847, (New); 2. G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Paramount, $20,875,389, 2 Wks. ($86,438,449); 3. The Croods, Fox, $20,651,694, 3 Wks. ($125,351,896); 4. Jurassic Park 3D, Universal, $18,620,145, (New); 5. Olympus Has Fallen, FilmDistrict, $10,163,132, 3 Wks. ($71,236,633); 6. Tyler Perry's Temptation, Lionsgate, $10,085,805, 2 Wks. ($38,469,146); 7. Oz The Great and Powerful, Disney, $8,010,234, 5 Wks. ($212,606,952); 8 . The Host, Open Road Films, $5,198,615, 2 Wks. ($19,624,328); 9. The Call, Sony/Tristar, $3,500,248, 4 Wks. ($45,481,341); 10. Admission, Focus, $1,946,048, 3 Wks. ($15,265,596).