Paramount's Pain and Gain rounded out its first week in theatres with one last first place finish of $1.10 million on Thursday. Not surprisingly Pain and Gain was down a sharp 16 percent from Wednesday, as moviegoers obviously started turning their attention and their dollars towards Disney's Iron Man 3 last night. Pain and Gain was the week's top film with a seven-day start of $26.32 million. While that was on the high end of expectations, it is quite likely that the Michael Bay directed film starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson will continue to drop off quickly going forward as a result of lackluster word of mouth and the crowded May release schedule.
Iron Man 3 was off to a strong late night launch with an estimated $15.6 million from 9 p.m. and midnight shows. As is now commonplace, all of Thursday night's grosses will be counted towards Friday's opening day performance. The late night performance of Iron Man 3 was far stronger than the $7.5 million 2010's Iron Man 2 grossed at midnight and a bit below the $18.7 million midnight take of last year's Marvel's The Avengers. Check back throughout the weekend for further updates on the box office progress of Iron Man 3.
Turning back to Thursday's box office chart, Universal's Oblivion placed in second with $0.929 million. Like Pain and Gain, Oblivion was down sharply from Wednesday, as it fell 21 percent. The Joseph Kosinski directed sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise finished in second this week with $22.88 million. That was down 52 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to $70.17 million.
While most wide releases decreased on Thursday, Warner's 42 was an exception. The Jackie Robinson biopic was up 4 percent from Wednesday to gross $0.713 million for the day. 42 placed in third for the week with $13.77 million. That represented a solid 38 percent decline from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to a stronger than expected $72.13 million.
Lionsgate's The Big Wedding landed in fourth with $0.578 million. The ensemble comedy fell 7 percent from Wednesday. The Big Wedding placed in fourth for the week with a seven-day start of $10.33 million. That was a bit softer than the film's already modest pre-release expectations and was lackluster for a wedding themed film at this time of year.
In limited release, Roadside's Mud wrapped up its very respectable first week of release with $185,554 on Thursday. The drama starring Matthew McConaughey grossed $3.01 million this week from 363 locations. That gave Mud a healthy per-location average of $8,286 for the frame. Mud is expanding into more locations today and will be playing in 576 locations this week.