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Cloud Atlas Flops, Bested By Argo In Box Office Stakes

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Cloud Atlas flops and Argo, a far less seemingly marketable film on its face, has beat out the epic romance drama in the box office stakes.

As Cloud Atlas flops with a measly $9.4 million take last weekend across 2,008 theaters, Argo has come out on top with a far stronger share of $12.4 million over the weekend in the number one spot, raking in a grand total of $60.8 million since it debuted three weeks ago.

Cloud Atlas, by comparison, landed in the third spot for box office rankings in its opening two days this weekend. The news Cloud Atlas flops is likely a big disappointment to studios, given the star-studded epic cost an astounding $100 million to make versus the more indie-flavored Argo.

The Huffington Post reported:

“Adding insult to injury, the sci-fi adaptation was also beat by Hotel Transylvania, which made $9.5 million in its fifth week. The movie has now earned $130.4 million which is record-breaking for Sony for animation movies … Distributed by Warner Bros., Cloud Atlas has received mixed reviews. Directors Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tywker oversaw the film’s adaptation from David Michell’s best-selling book. Mitchell himself reportedly thought the book would be unfilmable because of its broad fantasy aspects.”

The blog also notes that while Cloud Atlas may have flopped by many standards of expectation, given its massive budget and huge, expensive cast, the film did score the highest average per screen average of film in this weekend’s top ten list, with $4,681 takings on average in each theater carrying it.

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13 Responses to “Cloud Atlas Flops, Bested By Argo In Box Office Stakes”

  1. Steve White

    "CLOUD ATLAS" calls for epic imagination, a long-term vision and a sense of history and historical connectedness beyond the "instant". As such, it is far beyond the ability of the 3 second attention span of the MTV generation to comprehend.

    Its whole problem is they simply couldn't dumb it down enough to work for the electronic addicted slaves of Iphones, etc.

  2. Anonymous

    I guess when you are so out spoken with your politics, use curse words on live TV, and have a generally bad movie, not many people are going to see it. See Matt Daimon.

  3. Alexander Scipio

    @Steve White: I saw a trailer last night at a reception and it just seemed an overblown, star-studded, too-many-effects remake of Dorian Grey. Oh yeah, and a fairly illiterate remake of a quite literate original… It's always fun to blame the MTV generation, but that's not who's writing this dribble… If you want to see the story dealt with intelligently and in a literary manner, go see Dorian Grey.

  4. Anonymous

    It's "Dorian Gray" (2009) from the book "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde and a remake of the 1945 movie by the same name.

  5. Julie Austin Sands

    MTV hater? Are you really this bitter? You are angry about a movie and hence bashing iPhone users because you think they don't have "epic imagination"? Clearly you are 93, stuck in your rocking chair, watching re-runs of The Lawrence Welk Show on your black and white 12-inch and moaning about your unfulfilling life….I'm sorry for your loss.

  6. Jerry O'Brien

    Too long, should be in installments. Too layered, way too much going on to follow coherently. It didn't suck,
    it was just so unnecessarily complicated, not because of complexity, but because of so much unnecessary.
    crap, cave men to jetliners, you get the picture?

  7. Matt Robins

    Pretty crappy that the title of this article over exaggerates with "FLOPS"…what a hack writer. Millions of people are without power and their focus is not on movies at the moment.

  8. Kim LaCapria

    I am not sure if you checked the date, but it was posted before the hurricane and well before any power losses. Unfortunately, we lack the ability to write about future events, which would be a massive boon for us were we able to do it.

  9. Linda Skolness

    I have seen both movies and liked them for what they are. I like Tom Hanks but wished they could have found someone sexier for Hallie Berry to play off of. But Steve, I totally agree with you.

  10. Linda Skolness

    I loved it and I'm a retired teacher's aide. I guess I've seen many more movies and read more books than the average person. I liked Machete and Nacho Libre too so …..

  11. Frederic E Salgado

    Argo by far was a better movie and with no real A list stars accept Ben Afleck who is slowly becoming a good director. His other movie The Town was great as well… and Argo had a great cast and everone did thier share and it was interesting…

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