Weekend Box Office: Optimus and Pals Beat Booses and Zookeepers

Everyone (myself included) fully expected Transformers: Dark Of The Moon to take the number one spot again this weekend. Hollywood was so sure of this happening that they didn’t even bother releasing any new big-budget, summer-ploitation flicks. Everybody’s favorite transforming robots (sorry Gobots) lived up to their potential by transforming $47 million of your dollars into Hollywood gold. That’s about 50% less than the movie’s gross over the same three days of the opening weekend. Is that bad? I don’t know, I’m not a number cruncher but $47 million dollars will buy a bot an awful lot of energon.

An epic battle of different sorts claimed the number two position with Horrible Bosses taking in an estimated $28.1 million. The movie, about three guys who vow to get revenge on their “horrible bosses” (I have no idea what that phrase means), cost about $35 million to make so that sounds like a great opening weekend.

Coming in third with an estimated $21 million was Zookeeper, which I’m guessing is a movie about a keeper of a zoo. We can stop guessing by reading Cynthia Fuchs review over on Time To Play. Go ahead and read it now, I’ll wait for you to come back. ……… So, what do you think after reading Cynthia’s review? It doesn’t sound very good, does it? Let’s just move on.

Speaking of moving on, audiences moved way on from Cars 2, which placed a sad fourth taking in an estimated $15.2 million. That’s down 42% from the previous week and now ranks Cars 2 as the least-attended Pixar movie at this point in its run.

Following is the top ten for the weekend of July 8 – 10, 2011. Did you see any new movies over the weekend?

1 Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($47,025,000)
2 Horrible Bosses ($28,110,000)
3 Zookeeper ($21,000,000)
4 Cars 2 ($15,209,000)
5 Bad Teacher ($9,000,000)
6 Larry Crowne ($6,264,000)
7 Super 8 ($4,825,000)
8 Monte Carlo ($3,800,000)
9 Green Lantern ($3,125,000)
10 Mr. Popper’s Penguins ($2,850,000)

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