BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules’ Crushes ‘Sucker Punch’ with $24.5 Million

Zack Snyder's ‘Sucker Punch’ opens to a disappointing $19 million while ‘limitless’ remains strong in 3rd place.
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BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules’ Crushes ‘Sucker Punch’ with $24.5 Million

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

2
$19 millionSucker Punch
56%
Users
212 reviews
23%
Tomatoes
206 reviews
3
$15 millionLimitless
98%
Users
136 reviews
70%
Tomatoes
191 reviews
4
$10.5 millionThe Lincoln Lawyer
99%
Users
68 reviews
83%
Tomatoes
170 reviews
5
$10 millionRango
89%
Users
135 reviews
88%
Tomatoes
216 reviews
6
$7.8 millionBattle: Los Angeles
63%
Users
172 reviews
35%
Tomatoes
206 reviews
7
$7.8 millionPaul
94%
Users
102 reviews
72%
Tomatoes
198 reviews
8
$4.5 millionRed Riding Hood
57%
Users
72 reviews
11%
Tomatoes
194 reviews
9
$4 millionThe Adjustment Bureau
92%
Users
101 reviews
73%
Tomatoes
252 reviews

Fanboys didn't turn out in the droves needed to push Sucker Punch, Zack Snyder's first attempt at original material, into the top spot at the box office this weekend. Instead, the family-friendly sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules proved surprisingly strong and handily beat the competition.

At a reported production cost of only $21 million, Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules looks to be already in the black and given that families are less likely to see a movie on opening weekend the numbers should hold strong as more and more kids get their spring breaks over the next couple of weeks. Also, apparently the actor playing Rodrick, Devon Bostick, is piquing the interest of teen girls helping to get them into the theater as well.

Unfortunately for Sucker Punch, the poor grosses do not bode well. Its target audience is known for seeing movies on opening weekends and this less-than-stellar showing, combined with its scathingly bad reviews, means Warner Bros. will have a hard time recouping their investment which is said to be anywhere between $85 million to $100 million plus. Of course, this doesn't include the marketing expenses either. Looks like Zack Snyder will have to double-down on his upcoming Superman remake if he wants to retain his golden boy status at the studio.

There wasn't much else of note this weekend. Mars Needs Moms continues to bomb, clinging to the bottom spot with a measly $2.5 million. On the other hand, The Lincoln Lawyer is proving to have legs with its nearly $11 million take giving it the smallest week-to-week drop (-17%). Ditto for Limitless which also remained strong with only a 19% drop from last week.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules was released March 25th, 2011.

Limitless was released March 18th, 2011.

Rango was released March 4th, 2011.

Sucker Punch was released March 25th, 2011.

Sources: David Ozanich

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  • Monkey-iron • 4 years ago

    HOORAY FOR THE UNDERDOG WAY TO GO DAIRY OF A WIMPY KID 2 CONGRATS ON NUMBER 1

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    • combatmadness360 • 4 years ago

      @soylentgreen2 I care because with this success, and the likely success of the sequels to come, we are going to get even more sh*tty ass movies like wimpy kid. And they are going to bring in money that other, better, films released at the same time deserve.

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      • soylentgreen2 • 4 years ago

        @combatmadness360 and you care, why?

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        • masta-chiefed • 4 years ago

          Sucker Punch was highly enjoyable. It's not Avatar people. If you won't see it because it's PG13 then you were already looking for a reason to hate.

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          • jonspidey07 • 4 years ago

            wow, Im saddened that children and their parents find gross-out jokes more entertaining than explosions and hot girls

            whatever, at least Sucker Punch made an effort and didn't fall off the top 10

            I saw it with some friends and we had a hell of a lot of fun

            the critics can kiss my ass again

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            • skywise • 4 years ago

              I know that critics have torn apart sucker punch but i still cant wait to see it.

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              • combatmadness360 • 4 years ago

                @slysnide Oh I see, that makes sense.

                @brew1701 I think it was supposed to be, but then they decided not to. I don't know if it was because of the people who were complaining, if the 3D was just not good enough, or if zack snyder just wasn't into 3D. it's weird though watching sucker punch, because you can totally tell it was supposed to be in 3D because there are scenes where sh*t flies at the screen that you can totally tell were pretty much made for 3D (mainly the samurai and robot fights.)

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                • brew1701 • 4 years ago

                  @PRsjSzssdZUcwv I thought that Sucker Punch was supposed to be in 3-D?? did they change that or am I completely wrong? If it wasnt than I think that it should have been it would've helped it @ the BO I think.

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                  • fanboy • 4 years ago

                    Im eager to see how much Sucker Punch will drop by next weekend, then we will know for sure if it will be a complete fail, or just a utter fail. As for the BO numbers, this is a little surprising but goes and shows you that family/kids movies can kick ass

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                    • johnnyblazetb82 • 4 years ago

                      maybe im alone here but i lost intrest in Sucker punch the second i found out they were going with a pg 13 direction. Plus i know im probly gonna get more hate mail then George Lucasfor typing this but im getting a little tired of the "tough hero chick" genre, Besides the RE an underworld movies we got "Salt" leaving a bad taste in my mouth. Dont get me wrong im all 4 girl power but where are all the tough guy action hero's we grew up watching and looking up too as kids? Vin Diesel??? Dwayne Johnson??? shame when that's the best we got in theatres, No wonder they keep draging Arnie an Sly to make "Real guy action flicks".. jus my 2 cents people....

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                      • slysnide • 4 years ago

                        @combatmadness360: I think soylent meant that he could careless what the box office receipts spell for "Sucker Punch." He's going anway.

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                        • combatmadness360 • 4 years ago

                          @emmytt despite the bad reviews, i would definatley recommend you check it out. great f*cking action film.

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                          • combatmadness360 • 4 years ago

                            @soylentgreen2 well, Considering we are now going to get wimpy kid 3, it kinda does matter.

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                            • combatmadness360 • 4 years ago

                              @slysnide haha I do that as well some times. lol

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                              • soylentgreen2 • 4 years ago

                                Like this sh*t matters... lol

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                                • emmytt • 4 years ago

                                  @combatmadness360 i hope to see it some time this week

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                                  • slysnide • 4 years ago

                                    @combatmadness360: :P When avatars and usernames both change, I forget whom they were. lolz My bad.

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                                    • combatmadness360 • 4 years ago

                                      @emmytt yeah, sadly, I supposed you're right. damn shame. sucker punch was f*cking awesome.

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                                      • combatmadness360 • 4 years ago

                                        @slysnide haha I've always been here, just changed my name A WHILE ago.

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                                        • emmytt • 4 years ago

                                          @combatmadness360 i know but Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 appeals to family's it was going to win one way or the anther sucker punch has girls and skimpy outfits not something family's want to see i know thats not want sucker punch is all about but the TV spots and adds were helping sucker punch to fail.

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