'Contagion' Starts Strong; 'Warrior' and 'Bucky Larson' Underwhelm

on September 11, 2011 by Phil Contrino

Contagion was able to claim the top spot from The Help, ending that film's three-week run at #1. Both films were produced by Participant Media. Contagion's audience was split 50/50 male/female, and a staggering 81% was over 25. The overall CinemaScore is a modest B-. Nearly 17,000 Flixster users have combined to give Contagion a so-so approval rating of 69%.

Despite winning rave reviews from critics and moviegoers who caught an advance screening last Sunday, Warrior wasn't able to deliver a healthy debut. Word of mouth can still propel the Lionsgate release to a modest haul, but this is a very underwhelming start. Lionsgate reports that 66% of the audience was male, and 51% was over 25. More than 11,000 Flixster users have combined to give Warrior a highly impressive 93% approval rating.

Bucky Larson has landed with a resounding thud. Character actor Nick Swardson's first shot at a leading role wasn't even able to crack the top 10. The Sony release will be swiftly removed from theaters across the country. A 34% approval rating from nearly 7,000 Flixster users means that a surge in positive buzz isn't going to happen.

Creature ended up faring even worse than Bucky Larson. The campy horror flick managed a only a $220 location average. The film's unconventional approach to marketing and distribution failed miserably.

Capitalizing on a popular comedy tour, Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain was able to out-gross Bucky Larson and Creature despite the fact that it was playing at only a fraction of the locations.

With an estimated $82 million in receipts, this weekend is 2011's weakest. Super Bowl weekend was previously the worst with $87.5 million.

Domestic comparison data:

Jan. 1 to Sep. 11, 2011: $7,478,868,000*
Jan. 1 to Sep. 11, 2010: $7,788,141,000
Total Decrease: $309,273,000, -4.0

Sep. 1 to Sep. 11, 2011: $253,265,000*
Sep. 1 to Sep. 11, 2010: $236,432,000
Total Increase: $16,833,000, 7.1%

Sep. 9 to Sep. 11, 2011: $82,000,000*
Sep. 10 to Sep. 12, 2010: $81,984,000
Total Increase: $16,000, .02%


Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

Tags: Contagion, Warrior, Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star, Creature, Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain

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