‘Bad Grandpa’ Turns Lowbrow Comedy Into Big Box Office Business

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, the first Jackass flick with an actual plot, proved very popular with moviegoers over the weekend.

Although there were certainly more highbrow motion pictures available at the local multiplex, audiences were apparently in the mood for something a little cruder. The movie grossed an estimated $30 million over the past three days. It’s safe to say that Paramount Pictures has yet another Jackass-related hit on their hands.

According to Fox News, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa made enough cash at the box office to knock director Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity from the top of the pile. However, that doesn’t mean the acclaimed outer space drama didn’t make a significant chunk of change from audiences this weekend.

Despite arriving in theaters over three weeks ago, Warner Bros. still managed to add $20 million to its domestic total. Box Office Mojo reports that this brings the movie’s domestic total to a whopping $199 million. The film’s worldwide total stands at $364 million.

Gravity has two award-winning actors and top-of-the-line special effects driving business. All Bad Grandpa has is Johnny Knoxville dressed up as an old man doing very, very bad things. However, this was clearly enough to lure curious moviegoers into theaters over the weekend.

Although Bad Grandpa enjoyed a very strong opening in the United States, the film didn’t make nearly as much money overseas. Estimates put its foreign total at approximately $8 million. Considering the flick only cost $15 million to produce, this probably doesn’t matter much to the boys and girls at Paramount Pictures.

Not familiar with Bad Grandpa? Here’s the official synopsis:

“86-year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companions. The signature Jackass character Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and Billy (Jackson Nicholl) will take movie audiences along for the most insane hidden camera road trip ever captured on camera. Along the way, Irving will introduce the young and impressionable Billy to people, places and situations that give new meaning to the term childrearing. The duo will encounter male strippers, disgruntled child beauty pageant contestants (and their equally disgruntled mothers), funeral home mourners, biker bar patrons and a whole lot of unsuspecting citizens.”

Check out the rest of this weekend’s top ten films below.

1. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – $32 million
2. Gravity – $20.3 million
3. Captain Phillips – $11.8 million
4. The Counselor – $8 million
5. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – $6.1 million 5
6. Carrie (2013) – $5.9 million
7. Escape Plan – $4.3 million
8. 12 Years a Slave – $2.1 million
9. Enough Said – $1.5 million
10. Prisoners – $1 million

Are you surprised that Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa managed to beat director Alfonso Cuaron’s acclaimed sci-fi flick Gravity at the box office?

[Image via Paramount Pictures]

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