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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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

2
$19 millionSucker Punch
56%
Users
212 reviews
23%
Tomatoes
202 reviews
3
$15 millionLimitless
98%
Users
136 reviews
70%
Tomatoes
188 reviews
4
$10.5 millionThe Lincoln Lawyer
99%
Users
68 reviews
83%
Tomatoes
164 reviews
5
$10 millionRango
89%
Users
135 reviews
87%
Tomatoes
212 reviews
6
$7.8 millionBattle: Los Angeles
63%
Users
172 reviews
35%
Tomatoes
197 reviews
7
$7.8 millionPaul
94%
Users
102 reviews
71%
Tomatoes
196 reviews
8
$4.5 millionRed Riding Hood
57%
Users
72 reviews
10%
Tomatoes
192 reviews
9
$4 millionThe Adjustment Bureau
92%
Users
101 reviews
72%
Tomatoes
246 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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