The R-rated thriller, The Purge, has Hollywood movie analysts stumped by taking the number one spot this week by reeling in a whopping 36.4 million. Running on a mere 3-million-dollar budget, The Purge also beat out the Google-based-buddy-comedy, The Internship, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, while bumping Fast & Furious 6 to the number two spot.
The Purge, staring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, has been described by critics and bloggers as a home-invasion-type-thriller, set in 2022 where society holds steadfast with a 1 percent crime rate. In exchange for this utopian society, the government allows a one night a year only, "riot fest," when virtually anything is legal. The film’s plot excited some and was lackluster, as well as, unoriginal for others. As of today it only has an average rating of 5.1 out of 10 on rottentomatoes.com and 5.9 stars on imbd.com.
So what happened to Will Smith’s blockbuster swag?
I have yet to see After Earth but the reviews have been Bed Bath and Beyond awful. Getting booted to the number seven spot, it’s another M. Night Shyamalan stinker. Will Smith has not, NOT had a film debut at number one in almost two-decades according to Smith’s own words on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Paired with his adorable son, Jayden, who would’ve predicted this box office crash? With Shyamalan behind the camera, we all should have known Smith and son were doomed.
Unpredictable box office weekends like this are super fun, especially during the summer. The Purge better soak up the success while it lasts. Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, opens Friday, June 14th and is sure to squish The Purge down a peg and may just knock After Earth out of the top ten. Here’s how the rest of them did:
1. "The Purge," $36.4 million.
2. "Fast & Furious 6," $19.8 million ($45.3 million international).
3. "Now You See Me," $19.5 million ($2 million international).
4. "The Internship," $18.1 million.
5. "Epic," $12.1 million ($12.7 million international).
6. "Star Trek Into Darkness," $11.7 million ($17.6 million international).
7. "After Earth," $11.2 million ($45.5 million international).
8. "The Hangover Part III," $7.4 million ($34.8 million international).
9. "Iron Man 3," $5.8 million ($3.9 million international).
10. "The Great Gatsby," $4.2 million ($13.3 million international).