The weekend has come to a close, with The Amazing Spider-Man faring quite well in the grand scheme of things. A complete box office wrap after the jump.

#1. The Amazing Spider-Man

Weekend: $65 million
Total: $140 million
Theaters: 4,318
Budget: $230 million
CinemaScore: A-
Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Hypable Grade: B-

In terms of the grand scheme of things, it’s pretty difficult to peg what constitues a successful six-day opening, particularly for a blockbuster such as The Amazing Spider-Man. $140 million certainly isn’t something to be too upset about, and with an “A-” CinemaScore, the film will likely holdover fairly well…Until The Dark Knight Rises is released, that is.

Seriously, why release Spider-Man two weeks ahead of The Dark Knight Rises? That doesn’t make much sense from a business standpoint, does it?

Did you see The Amazing Spider-Man yet? Share your thoughts in the comments!

#2. Ted

Universal has got to be pleased about this one, as Ted managed just a 40% drop from its very solid opening weekend. With $120 million domestically so far on a $50 million budget, means this one is well on its way to box office gold.

Weekend: $32.5 million (-40.3%) | Theaters: 2,239 | Budget: $50 million | Hypable Grade: N/A

#3. Brave

Brave continues to perform admirably, as the film as lowered to just a 40% dip in its third week, compared with a 48% last week. $174 million domestically so far on a $185 million budget means that the film’s success will be based on international results, which aren’t yet known considering most markets haven’t opened yet.

Weekend: $20.1 million (-40.9%) | Theaters: 4,164 | Budget: $185 million | Hypable Grade: N/A

#4. Savages

Given the film’s reported “C+” CinemaScore, and the fact its an R-rated film from Oliver Stone, $16 million is actually a surprisingly high number after just a $5 million haul on Friday. This actually marks the third highest opening weekend for Stone, with a decent 6k per theater average. The real question is whether the film will get anything in the way of a box office holdover next weekend. That $45 million budget still looms large.

Weekend: $16.1 million | Theaters: 2,628 | Budget: $45 million | Hypable Grade: N/A

#5. Magic Mike

For Magic Mike everything here on out is gravy, as it has now grossed $72 million domestically on a $7 million budget. Studios have got to love Soderbergh, who can stretch a budget like few others, which, in this day and age, is a major skill for any director. Good thing it’s been successful so far, as a 60% drop isn’t great.

Weekend: $15.6 million (-60.1%) | Theaters: 2,930 | Budget: $7 million | Hypable Grade: B+

#6. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection

Are people really still seeing these? That $20 million production budget seems a little steep here, as Madea films continue to perform worse and worse of late. But who’s keeping track?

Weekend: $10.2 million (-59.7%) | Theaters: 2,161 | Budget: $20 million | Hypable Grade: N/A

#7. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Now the second highest grossing animated film of the year, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted continues to bring in family dollar, as it’s sitting at $450 million worldwide. Ice Age: Continental Drift opens next weekend and is already crushing the competition overseas, so don’t expect this one to gross much more in the coming weeks.

Weekend: $7.7 million (-34.7%) | Theaters: 4,258 | Budget: $145 million | Hypable Grade: B

#8. Katy Perry: Part of Me

Yikes. Katy Perry: Part of Me clearly is underperforming, after a four-day gross of only $10.2 million. Looks like the 3D concert film isn’t always an easy profit. Did you see this one this weekend? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Weekend: $7.1 million | Theaters: 2,730 | Budget: $12 million | Hypable Grade: N/A

#9. Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom continues to perform well, as it expands into even more theaters each week. Have you seen it? If so, take a look at our discussion with Wes Anderson Here!

Weekend: $4.8 million | Theaters: 884 | Budget: $16 million | Hypable Grade: Here

#10. To Rome With Love

While nowhere near the success that Midnight in Paris had, Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love is definitely making a bit of bank as it expands even further this weekend. Have you seen it yet? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Weekend: $3.5 million | Theaters: 806 | Budget: N/A | Hypable Grade: N/A

 


 

There you have it. Leave any thoughts in the comments and we’ll be back next weekend with another box office wrap!

Veronica Roth’s upcoming science fiction novel is titled Carve the Mark, and hits store shelves on January 17, 2017.

An official website (complete with a countdown clock!) launched Thursday morning. It reveals the cover (above) and synopsis for Carve the Mark, which will apparently appeal to “fans of Star Wars and Divergent.”

The cover is interesting, as it appears to show cuts made in stone, with something like gold seeping out of the openings. “Honor has no place in survival,” the book’s tagline reads.

Here’s the full synopsis:

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive — no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

Intriguing! I’m liking the sound of these currentgifts and their influence on this science fiction world.

Previous reports have described Carve the Mark as the first part in a duology, with part 2 getting a release in 2018.

This will be the first book published since Roth wrapped up the Divergent Series. Although Allegiant was released in 2013, a book with short stories about Four arrived the following summer.

You can pre-order Carve the Mark here. Do you think you’ll be reading it?

Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle may have only just crash-landed in a dumpster near you, but we’ve already got information on the second book!

According to his newly upgraded website (hey! us too!), the second book in Rick Riordan’s latest Greek mythology series will be released on May 2, 2017 and is titled The Dark Prophecy. That doesn’t sound ominous at all.

The synopsis reads, “Zeus has punished his son Apollo–god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more–by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered 16-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers? After experiencing a series of dangerous–and frankly, humiliating–trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships–with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride.”

Riordan’s fancy new website has a cool feature where, as you scroll the page, the dotted yellow line is replaced by a solid red one, like you’re really seeing yourself exploring the world as you venture through his books. (Accurate.) The Hidden Oracle took place in New York City, but our map tells us Apollo will be venturing into the unknown for the second book. Or has that bit of information just not been set in stone yet? There was something about Indiana…and bananas.

The Trials of Apollo is already off to a fantastic start. Check back later for our review of The Hidden Oracle and other in-depth coverage.

What did you think of ‘The Hidden Oracle’?

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ originally opened with Luke Skywalker’s hand

The space ship giving the finger to the audience wasn't how The Force Awakens was meant to open at all.

8:53 am EDT, May 5, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens made us wait until the very end before they revealed Luke Skywalker. But that wasn’t always the plan, according to Mark Hamill.

The opening shot of The Force Awakens is pretty iconic, and (unintentionally?) hilarious: A giant space ship blocks out our view of a planet, and for a second, J.J. Abrams is almost definitely giving the audience the finger.

Star Wars opening

Perhaps that finger says, “Suck it nerdz, I’m gonna make you sit through this whole film before revealing Luke Skywalker!” Because, as it turns out, we almost saw a bit of him right at the very start of the film.

Mark Hamill, speaking to The Sun (via Collider), has revealed that the original opening shot was a teaser of sorts to the scene at Maz Kanata’s castle, in which Rey finds the lightsaber:

“I can tell you now that in the original opening shot of 7, the first thing that came into frame was a hand with a lightsaber, a severed hand that enters the atmosphere, and then the hand and bone burns away and goes sticking into the surface of Jakku, and this alien hand comes in, don’t know if it was Maz but it was an alien hand who takes the lightsaber way, and then the movie proceeds as you see it.”

So basically we were meant to believe that Luke’s hand fell from the Cloud City tower on Bespin in the Outer Rim Territories (where he battled Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back), into space, and somehow found its way to Jakku?

Gotta say, as cool of an image that would have been, it wouldn’t have made a lot of sense.

It does help to fill in some of the gaps about just how Luke’s original lightsaber came into Maz’s possession, however. How do you think she got her hands (too soon?) on it?

Would you have preferred ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ opening with Luke’s hand and the lightsaber?