It’s been another great weekend for preternatural films at the box office. According to Rentrak Corp., five of the top 12 earners at the box office for the weekend ending Sunday, 5 June included zombies, talking animals, mutants or pagan deities. Which one(s) did you see?
X-Men: First Class shot straight to the head of the box office earnings class in its first weekend in theaters. Director Mathew Vaughn takes filmgoers back to 1962, when Charles Xavier (James McAvoy. also the voice of Gnomeo in Gnomeo and Juliet) opens a school for extraordinary humans. With help from best frenemis Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender whom preternatural fans will recognize as Azazeal from the BBC series HEX) and his team of young mutants, X-Men: First Class earned an estimated $56 million for 2oth Century Fox.
Po may have joined forces with a new group of kung-fu masters and iconic preternatural voices from Lucy Liu (who can forget Sadie Black in Rise: Blood Hunter?) to Jack Black (Gulliver’s Travels is still among the top DVDs to take home) under the direction of Jennifer Yuh, but it wasn’t enough to keep Kung-Fu Panda 2 at the top of the earnings heap. In fact, Kung-fu Panda 2 tumbled to Number 3 but still grossed more than $24 million for Paramount.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides landed at Number 4 among the top-earners at the box office bringing in an estimated $18 million for Disney. Directed by Rob Marshall, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) takes viewers along as he races the government, zombies and other pirates in the search for the legendary Fountain of Youth.
Rounding out the top half of the best box office earners over the weekend was Thor. Seems the arrogant Norse thunder-god (Chris Hemsworth) is getting another lesson in humility though he’s still hanging in there, earning more than $4 million for Paramount. Director Kenneth Branagh, the other Skarsgärd (Stellen, not Alexander) and Natalie Portman demonstrate why living among humans isn’t so bad, even when you’re a pagan god.
Rio, is the final preternatural film making the top earners list as it clings to the Number 11 spot. The animated adventures of Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), a domesticated macaw from Minnesota, as he pursues his dream-bird Jewel (Anne Hathaway) halfway around the world under the direction of Carlos Saldanha brought in an estimated $750,000 for 2oth Century Fox over the weekend.
Just goes to show, the preternatural community supports their own…and goes to movies.