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This weekend, the angry and not-so-angry birds of the 3D animated smash Rio held onto the top spot at the North American box office for a second weekend in a row. Results for the Easter frame’s three new releases were good as the Tyler Perry comedy Madea’s Big Happy Family, the circus romance Water for Elephants, and the nature documentary African Cats all connected with their respective audiences. Ticket sales for the Top 20 were up a sharp 40% from a year ago which was not a holiday session, but down a troubling 23% from 2010′s record Easter weekend. Most holdovers did remain strong though.
Still attracting large crowds, Rio fended off the Tyler Perry machine to retain the number one spot with an estimated $26.8M over the holiday weekend dropping only 32% from its debut to boost the ten-day tally to a muscular $81.3M. The hold was on par with what Fox saw nine years ago with Ice Age which fell 35% in its second weekend in March 2002 which was not a holiday. With schools out on Good Friday, Rio had a more available audience that day helping to cushion the blow. Both films were directed by Carlos Saldanha as were the Ice Age sequels.
Rio’s sophomore decline was almost even with last spring’s leggy hit How To Train Your Dragon which slipped 34%, but easily bested the second weekend drops for recent spring toons Rango (-41%), Monsters vs. Aliens (-45%), and Horton Hears a Who (-45%). At its current pace, Rio could find its way to the neighborhood of $160M from North America and plenty more overseas. The international haul after three weeks soared to $204.7M after a sturdy $44.2M international frame putting the global gross at a towering $286M with much more to come. The worldwide take should easily climb past the $500M mark in the coming weeks as 3D animated kidpics, especially ones set outside of the U.S., travel very well.
Tyler Perry scored the fourth biggest opening of his career with his latest comedy Madea’s Big Happy Family which debuted close behind in second place with an estimated $25.8M from 2,288 theaters for a robust $11,254 average. While on its way to being another moneymaker for the filmmaker and Lionsgate, this new PG-13 entry showed some audience erosion when compared to the director’s past films. Happy fell behind the openings of Perry’s last two Madea pics – 2006′s Madea’s Family Reunion ($30M) and 2009′s Madea Goes to Jail ($41M). Perry’s most recent comedy, last year’s Why Did I Get Married Too which bowed on Good Friday as well, also debuted better with $29.3M.
While Tyler Perry films tend to draw in his fan base on the first weekend and suffer large declines in following weeks – his films tend to make 45-48% of their totals in the first three days – Happy scored a rare A CinemaScore so word-of-mouth could allow for a slightly better road ahead. African Americans made up the usual share of the audience (81%) but females were a somewhat smaller portion of the crowd at 72%. Married Too was 80% female.
Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson drew a solid crowd for their romantic drama Water for Elephants which premiered in third place with an estimated $17.5M. Based on the best-selling novel, the PG-13 film averaged $6,212 from 2,817 locations and played heavily to female audiences, lovers of the book, and Twilight fans that follow Pattinson religiously. Critics had mixed feelings but the built-in audiences came out anyway giving Fox the best opening for an adult drama this year so far. Mature-skewing thrillers and comedies have done exceptionally well this year, but regular dramas have seen more modest numbers on the first weekend. An A- CinemaScore suggests a good run ahead as counter-programming to a steady diet of testosterone flicks about to attack multiplexes.
You probably didn’t need an excuse to watch “Water for Elephants” again (you did watch it this weekend right?), but we’re going to go ahead and give you one anyway. You see, the movie is full of amazing outfits (Reese Witherspoon wears some of our favorites), but there’s so much more to each look than meets the eye. We spoke to costume designer Jacqueline West to get the scoop on the real meaning behind the styles. If you haven’t seen the film yet, proceed with caution as there are some SPOILERS ahead. If you have, go ahead and indulge in the descriptions below.
The White Dress: One of Reese’s softer looks in the film. The Meaning: “The first time we see her she’s in a white dress. That’s when she’s still hopeful of becoming this famous, famous circus act and her marriage is still intact with August, even though he’s difficult in that scene…she’s still very hopeful.”
The Red Dress: A sultry but fitted gown that drapes Reese perfectly. The Meaning: “The red dress I thought was a great symbol of her infatuation with Rob, the first time that they danced in the speakeasy and they kiss in the alley, and I thought that’s red for amore.”
The Black Dress: A long, elegant number that reveals her back. Jacqueline told us it had to be low in the front to display the necklace August eventually rips off. The Meaning: “The black dress for when she jumps off the train with him and she gets in the fight and August rips her necklace off. That’s when things become darker and scary and she’s really, you know, thrown almost into Rob’s arms for survival and safety, aside from being in love with him.”
In essence, the colors Jacqueline chose for Reese told her character’s story without actually saying a word. Now, do you see what we mean about wanting to watch it again with all this in mind?
The Water For Elephants press tour has now moved to Europe, and last night Reese and co attended a premiere for the movie in Paris! Reese looked absolutely gorgeous in a little red Giambiattista Valli one shoulder dress, with Cartier earrings.
Over 100 HQ photos have been added to the Gallery, and you can scroll on down this post to find some videos of fan-filmed footage from the event.
Didn’t Reese looks incredible at the Water For Elephants premiere last night? Definitely one of my favourite looks from her in a while. Unfortunately I am not able to update the site with photos today because of some on-going, seemingly unsolveable computer problems. I am so sorry about this, Reese fans! I wish I was able to update with everything but until things are fixed I can’t. I’m hoping everything will be sorted by the end of this week, and I’ll keep you posted on our Twitter page.
In the meantime though, you can watch Reese’s appearance on Good Morning America earlier today below. I’ll add screencaps as soon as I am able to update again.
Stay tuned Reese fans, I’ll have some fantastic updates for you very soon!
The New York City premiere of Water For Elephants is currently in progress and the first photos are now popping up online! Reese looks gorgeous in a little white puffy Jason Wu dress and her hair up. Below are a few preview photos, and we will have a full – and no doubt huge – batch for you in the coming days, along with videos, tidbits, quotes etc.
You can also view lots of fan-taken photos from the premiere here. Speaking of fan-taken photos, if you were lucky enough to attend the big event and managed to snap Miss Reese then we’d love to see your photos! Get in touch if you’d like to share your pics
Thanks to my friend Maria for her help with these photos.
Tonight is the world premiere of Water For Elephants in New York City, and PopSugar will have a livestream of the event! Watch it below, and check back here at Glamour Reese tomorrow for full coverage from the event. The premiere is going to be an exciting event, and I can’t wait to see what Reese wears!
Reese Witherspoon gets a little disordered In ‘Water for Elephants,’ the ordered actress worked with unpredictable animals, including a horse lying on her thigh as she powered through lines.
As far as tightly wound actresses go, Reese Witherspoon tops the list. She insists upon a strict sense of order in her life. Her production company is called Type A, a moniker her latest costar, Robert Pattinson, says fits her strong sense of self perfectly. And even when she appears to be having a spontaneous moment, lamenting that her well-orchestrated career built around an avoidance of bikinis has been breached by her current role as a leotard-clad circus performer, it turns out the line is a well-rehearsed quip that’s been repeated, practically on a loop, to scores of media outlets.
Which makes it all the more confounding that the 35-year old actress would subject herself to the unpredictable behaviors of circus animals such as the nearly 9-ton elephant Tai and a slew of trick horses when she shot the adaptation of the Depression-era romance “Water for Elephants.”
“I have anxiety. I get nervous, and I shake,” Witherspoon says. The night before shooting with the elephant, “I didn’t sleep, and I literally shook and shook and shook,” she says, feigning relaxation in a hotel room chair, still perfectly coiffed in a gray dress and 3-inch heels after a long day of enchanting the international press corps. “But the performances with the elephant were really magical for me. Against my better instincts I decided to ride the elephant with no harness, with no safety equipment. It was pretty great.”
Could it be that Witherspoon is finally loosening up? The native Southerner seems to be doing a lot of leaping without a protective net lately. After ending her eight-year marriage to actor Ryan Phillippe in 2007, she recently began a new chapter in her life, tying the knot with Jim Toth, an agent who represents the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson at CAA where Witherspoon is also repped, in a private wedding ceremony just a week before embarking on a publicity tour for “Elephants,” which opens Friday.