“Dredd”-ful Movies That Do “Back Down” Their Opening Weekends

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Maggie won't back down, and the SALT Blog won't forget her movie. Win-win?

Maggie won’t back down, and the SALT Blog won’t forget her movie. Win-win?

The public may have already forgotten about movies like Dredd and Won’t Back Down, but the SALT Blog hasn’t.

Yes, it’s time for Hollywood to once again look at itself in the SALT Blog’s Mirror Meter.

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The utter success of The Oogieloves in our rankings—but nowhere else—almost shut down this column. However, we’re back with our debt-based method of determining a movie’s success.

It’s been a while, so in short, the Mirror Meter compares a movie’s opening weekend box office to how much student loan debt accrued during the film’s running time.

Got it? No? Well, we’ve got a lot of movies (and puns) to get to, so you can find a complete rundown of how we do this here.

(All data via Box Office Mojo.)

  • Movie: End of Watch
  • Run time: 109 minutes
  • Debt accumulated: $18,664,375.20
  • Opening weekend box office: $13,152,683
  • Mirror meter: -$5,511,692.20

End of Watch? More like “Nobody Watch.” Well, “Some People Watch” is probably more accurate. (A wonderful year for watch-related insults continues.)

  • Movie: House at the End of the Street
  • Run time: 101 minutes
  • Debt accumulated: $17,294,512
  • Opening weekend box office: $13,000,000
  • Mirror meter: -$6,034,676

Maybe if the house had been in the middle of the street it would have done better? After all, Intern Shane had trouble selling his Pokémon cards because of his yard sale location.

  • Movie: Trouble With the Curve
  • Run time: 111 minutes
  • Debt accumulated: $19,006,840
  • Opening weekend box office: $12,162,040
  • Mirror meter: -$6,844,800

At least it did better than the last Major League sequel. (What? This wasn’t about Pedro Cerrano? Wasted opportunity.)

  • Movie: Dredd
  • Run time: 95 minutes
  • Debt accumulated: $16,267,116
  • Opening weekend box office: $6,278,491
  • Mirror meter: $-9,988,625

By most accounts, a pretty decent movie. However, the producers forgot one thing about Judge Dredd fans: They can’t get enough Rob Schneider.

  • Movie: Hotel Transylvania
  • Run time: 91 minutes
  • Debt accumulated: $15,582,184
  • Opening weekend box office: $42,522,194
  • Mirror meter: $26,940,010

As he always does, Adam Sandler rights the ship and gets us onto the positive side of the ledger.

  • Movie: Looper
  • Run time: 118 minutes
  • Debt accumulated: $20,205,470
  • Opening weekend box office: $20,801,522
  • Mirror meter: -$596,051

Looper almost has a perfect score. For a movie about time travel, doesn’t it feel strangely poetic for its score to essentially collapse into itself? Heady stuff indeed.

  • Movie: Won’t Back Down
  • Run time: 121 minutes
  • Debt accumulated: $20,719,289
  • Opening weekend box office: $2,603,370
  • Mirror meter: -$18,115,919

Ladies and gentlemen, your new leader. And this is no fluke. This Maggie Gyllenhaal-fronted movie was released into more than 2,500 theaters its opening weekend! For comparison sake, Pitch Perfect earned $3 million more this weekend—despite being in 2,200 fewer theaters.

  • Movie: Taken 2
  • Run time: 91 minutes
  • Debt accumulated: $15,582,184
  • Opening weekend box office: $49,514,769
  • Mirror meter: $33,932,585

The same run time as Hotel Transylvania and a similarly strong debut. Somehow, that’s where I think the similarities end. (Though Adam Sandler is a man of certain skills; most notably, acting like a baby.)

  • Movie: Frankenweenie
  • Run time: 87 minutes
  • Debt accumulated: $14,897,514
  • Opening weekend box office: $11,412,213
  • Mirror meter: $-3,485,301

Small results for Frankeweenie. (Thank you!)

We only have rough estimates for this past weekend, but things look good for Argo and Sinister—and not so good for Here Comes the Boom. We’ll have updates for those, as well as other upcoming movies like Tyler Perry’s Alex Cross in our next installment.

COMPLETE STANDINGS (IN MILLIONS)

  1. Won’t Back Down: -18.11
  2. The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure: -14.60
  3. The Cold Light of Day: -14.10
  4. Katy Perry: Part of Me: -12.88
  5. Hit and Run: -12.44
  6. The Words: -11.44
  7. The Apparition: -11.09
  8. Dredd: -9.99
  9. Lawless: -9.86
  10. Premium Rush: -9.28
  11. Savages: -6.10
  12. Trouble With the Curve: -6.84
  13. House at the End of the Street: -6.03
  14. End of Watch: -5.51
  15. Step Up Revolution: -5.15
  16. The Watch: -4.29
  17. Frankenweenie: -3.49
  18. Hope Springs: -1.52
  19. Looper: -0.60
  20. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days: -0.15
  21. The Possession: +2.15
  22. Total Recall: +5.37
  23. The Campaign: +12.89
  24. The Bourne Legacy: +17.15
  25. Hotel Transylvania: +26.94
  26. Ice Age: Continental Drift: +31.56
  27. Taken 2: +33.92
  28. The Amazing Spider-Man: +38.72
  29. The Dark Knight Rises: +132.81

(Photo: ellasportfolio/Flickr)

About Ryan Lane

Ryan Lane is the editor of the SALT Blog. He graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in journalism.

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