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Box Office Report: Pain & Gain muscles its way on top

The box office results for the weekend of April 26th – 28th has Pain & Gain hustling its way to an easy victory on the eve of the highly anticipated summer movie season. As for the other new release, The Big Wedding didn’t invite enough guests. Here are the studio estimates:

1. Pain & Gain ($20 million)

2. Oblivion ($17.4 million)

3. 42 ($10.7 million)

4. The Big Wedding ($7.5 million)

5. The Croods ($6.6 million)

6. G.I. Retaliation ($3.6 million)

7. Scary Movie 5 ($3.5 million)

8. Olympus Has Fallen ($2.8 million)

9. The Place Beyond the Pines ($2.6 million)

10. Jurassic Park 3D ($2.3 million)

Analysis

While Pain & Gain’s opening weekend may fall in the mediocre category – considering it features mega-stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, and is directed by Michael Bay – it probably did just enough to eventually recover its production budget of $25 million. If it can muster enough power to reach $50 million on the domestic front, the DVD/On-Demand run at the end of the summer should be able to make up the difference and earn a profit.

The Big Wedding is going to be a Big Flop. The ensemble cast comedy just didn’t have any buzz and will be forced to suffer thanks to a $35 million production budget.

Somehow, Olympus Has Fallen currently holds the longest streak in the top ten with 6 weeks. Its domestic total is up to $93 million off a production budget of $70 million; which suggests…

Moviegoers are craving the thrills of the summer movie season. And it all starts this Friday with Iron Man 3. Reviews will be right here my fellow Shockers!

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Joe Belcastro is an established movie critic in Tampa, Florida. As a member of the Florida Film Critics Circle, most of his time is spent reviewing upcoming movies. He also covers news pertaining to the film industry, on both a local and national level as well as conducting interviews. To contact Joe Belcastro regarding a story or with general questions about his services, please e-mail him and/or follow him on Twiiter @TheWritingDemon.

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