- No mas: Principal bans Spanish language in intercom announcement
- Hacking software could put ‘zombie drone army’ in user’s hands
- Support for stricter gun laws drops: poll
- 10 whales dead, 41 others stranded in Everglades
- John Boehner faces bipartisan pressure to allow gay-rights vote
- Martin Bashir resigns from MSNBC over ‘ill-judged’ comments about Sarah Palin
- Rep. Duncan Hunter: While Obama prays for Iranian change, U.S. should ready its nukes
- Best company ever? Veteran Beer Co. exists to employ vets, provide quality beer
- Iran official: Sanctions ‘utterly failed’ to stop nuclear program
- ‘Black Santa’ display at IU sparks student outrage
‘Madagascar 3’ stampedes, ‘Rock,’ Sandler stumble
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Zoo animals remain hot at the box office. Singing stars and Adam Sandler are not.
Ben Stiller and his voice co-stars of “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” held on to the No. 1 spot again, with $35.5 million for the animated sequel’s second weekend in domestic theaters.
Studio estimates Sunday put Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adventure “Prometheus” at No. 2 again with $20.2 million.
“Madagascar 3” and “Prometheus” held off two under-achieving newcomers. The star-studded musical “Rock of Ages,” whose cast includes Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alec Baldwin, flopped at No. 3 with $15.1 million.
Sandler’s “That’s My Boy” bombed with $13 million, the worst showing for one of his broad comedies since the mid-1990s. “That’s My Boy” came in at No. 5, behind the $13.8 million for “Snow White & the Huntsman,” a film that’s been out for three weekends already.
“Sure, we would have liked to have done more,” said Rory Bruer, head of distribution at Sony, which released “That’s My Boy” and most of Sandler’s past movies. “But you’ve got to give it to Adam. He mixes it up. This is a really off-the-wall comedy.”
“That’s My Boy” stars Sandler as a guy who became a fleeting teen celebrity after getting his seventh-grade teacher pregnant and now is a middle-aged loser trying to reconnect with his son (Andy Samberg).
As with most Sandler movies, the reviews were bad, but that usually does not stop his audience of young males from showing up.
The R rating for “That’s My Boy” may have cut into the movie’s business, prohibiting those under 17 from seeing it without an adult. Sandler’s comedies usually are rated PG-13.
But Sandler has plenty of fans in their late teens and 20s, and that crowd had little interest in “That’s My Boy.”
Among Sandler’s mainstream live-action comedies, it was the worst debut since 1996’s “Happy Gilmore,” which played in far fewer theaters than “That’s My Boy” and came as Sandler was just climbing to stardom. And factoring in today’s higher admission prices, “That’s My Boy” sold fewer tickets than “Happy Gilmore.”
Some of Sandler’s handful of comic dramas and other more serious movies did less business than “That’s My Boy.” But even his 2000 bomb “Little Nicky” opened bigger, with $16.1 million in its first weekend.
Sandler has been one of Hollywood’s steadiest earners since the late 1990s, with hits such as “The Longest Yard,” “Anger Management,” “Big Daddy” and “Grown-ups” opening with more than $40 million and becoming $100 million hits.
Sony remains high on Sandler, backing his upcoming animated comedy “Hotel Transylvania,” along with “Grown-ups 2.”
“It’s a good business to be in, the Adam Sandler business,” Bruer said.
- Angry NTSB ousts railroad union from N.Y. train crash site
- Xbox One, Playstation 4 games penalize users for cursing in their own homes
- Apple wins facial recognition patent for iPhone 6
- Puerto Rico caravan honoring Paul Walker ends in 6 drunken-driving arrests, 72 speeding tickets
- Hola: Boehner prepares to push amnesty bill through House
- Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.
- Kill team: Obama war chiefs widen drone death zones
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- Wingate University on lockdown after 2 shot dead
- First Dog Sunny knocks down Ashtyn Gardner; Michelle Obama yanks leash
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities