Guess You Weren’t Interested: “Baggage Claim” Debuts At Number Four In Weekend Box Office
What were you guys doing this weekend!? Didn’t you see how we were saying that Baggage Claim was such a funny entertaining movie on Friday and that you should drop a few ducats to go see it? Guess not, because the movie debuted at number four during a slow box office weekend.
The David E. Talbert film starring Paula Patton, which opened on over 2,000 screens in the country over the weekend, grossed $9.3 million, according to Shadow and Act. The number one movie was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 ($35 million), then Prisoners (11,270,000), Rush ($10,314,000), and then Baggage Claim. The budget for the film was reportedly $8.5 million, so there is a profit, but not by too much. S&A estimates that in the coming weeks, the movie will probably end up grossing something in the $20 million range, which isn’t too bad. But don’t expect a Baggage Claim 2 from Fox Searchlight…
So what’s the issue? Did the film need a bigger name to carry it? Taraji P. Henson was originally cast a few years as the lead instead of Patton. Are we just exhausted from the influx of romantic comedies? Or, are we just saving our dimes to prepare for Best Man Holiday? Maybe we’re just preferring something more serious, as Lee Daniels’ The Butler continues to have major success and propel itself over $100 million at the box office. Whatever the reason is, maybe this is a sign that black rom-coms might need a break next year…but then again, Think Like A Man 2 is on its way in 2014, so I don’t see that happening.
Oh well, it’s not too late to support this film, folks! Did you see it this weekend? Will you see it at all?