Michael Bay's Pain and Gain took first place on Friday with an estimated $7.5 million, according to Paramount. Bay's low-budget crime thriller boasted relatively strong star power in Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, but ultimately, its opening one week before the hugely anticipated Iron Man 3 opens resulted in fairly low demand. BoxOffice.com is projecting a $20.5 debut weekend for Pain and Gain.
Last week's top dog, Oblivion, slid 61.6 percent from its opening day to $5.1 yesterday. The Tom Cruise sci-fi flick has been the recipient of tepid word of mouth since releasing to solid figures last weekend. Through eight days of release, Oblivion has tallied almost $52.4 million stateside. The film is on track for a 54.1 percent second frame decline to $17 million.
The Big Wedding opened even lower than already expected with just $2.54 million on Friday. The ensemble cast-led comedy fell significantly below the $4.8 million opening day of Something Borrowed back in 2011 (although that film opened on the first Friday in May). We're expecting a $7.5 million weekend for Big Wedding.
Meanwhile, 42 eased another 43.4 percent from last Friday to $2.95 million yesterday. Kicking off its third weekend, 42 has amassed $61.3 million after fifteen days in release. We're expecting a 42.4 percent drop from last weekend to $10.2 million over the current three-day period.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.