The Western genre is on a comeback! Though 3:10 to Yuma was forced to test its six-shooters against Shoot 'Em Up in order to stand out of Jesse James' way, the film still succeeded at coming in as #1 during its opening bow.
Box Office Win for 3:10 to Yuma
I saw 3:10 to Yuma over the weekend and have been singing it praises ever since. Though I have found only a few Westerns worth owning, 3:10 to Yuma will definitely end up on my over-clustered shelves. You got the dialogue, the chases, an ensemble cast and the six-shooter action. Just when it looked like Owen and Shoot 'Em Up were the more marketable option over the weekend, this Western starring Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Ben Foster came out on top with a solid $14.1 million.
Studios weren't expecting much on a typically soft post-Labor Day frame, so Lionsgate definitely has reason to celebrate. It turns out that Shoot 'Em Up didn't come in at the caliber expected, with only $5.5 million over its opening bow. The film looked fun as hell and the reviews weren't half-bad, so what happened here?
No seriously, what the hell happened?
Thanks to the film's weak opening, Rob Zombie's Halloween was able to hold on to the second spot with $10 million. Considering that the film declined a whopping 62% from last weekend, don't expect the remake to remain even close to the top next week.
The raunchy comedy, Superbad, held on to the number three spot with another $8 million over the weekend. Facing only a 36% drop from the weekend before, Superbad was able to easily step over the $100 million mark. The Brothers Solomon, a lightly marketed comedy starring Will Arnette and Will Forte, earned a pitiful $525K over its opening weekend.
Well, at least it gives Shoot 'Em Up a reason to not feel entirely bad.