Moviegoers weren’t interested in bringing “I, Frankenstein” to life over the weekend. Envisioned as an “Underworld”-style action-oriented modern iteration of the classic character, “I, Frankenstein” didn’t deliver anywhere near the opening weekend success of the “Underworld” movies, with just $8.3 million.
All of the hours Aaron Eckhart spent at the gym prepping for the lead role were for naught with film critics, too. “I, Frankenstein” sat at a lowly 5 percent on Rotten Tomatoes’ “Tomatometer” on Monday morning even as it failed to crack the Top 5 at the box office. Universal owned the Top 2 spots once again, with “Ride Along” cruising through a second weekend with another $21.2 million and Mark Wahlberg’s “Lone Survivor” grabbing $12.6 million over weekend three.
“Ride Along” set a box office record for January when it opened, and it’s now made over $75 million in 10 days.
The success of “The Nut Job” has been strong enough for Open Road Films to announce plans for a January 2016 release for “The Nut Job 2.” The kid-friendly animated flick was #3 over the weekend with $12.3 million, which pushed its domestic total over $40 million.
Disney’s giant blockbuster “Frozen” took in another $9 million, which means the $347 million it’s collected over the past nine weeks made it the highest grossing non-sequel animated movie ever (without taking theatrical re-releases into account). “Frozen” is now #8 on the all-time 3D movies list, just $5 million away from matching “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”
The fifth movie in the “Jack Ryan” franchise was #5 over the weekend. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” has made $30.2 million since it opened two weeks ago. Chris Pine’s first turn as the character won’t come anywhere near the previous films featuring Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford or Ben Affleck as Ryan.