Paramount's Pain and Gain debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $20.0 million. The modestly budgeted Michael Bay directed film starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson debuted on the higher end of expectations. It was a fairly close race for first place this weekend, with Pain and Gain topping the second weekend take of Universal's Oblivion by an estimated $2.56 million. Pain and Gain opened 52 percent stronger than the $13.17 million debut of Snitch earlier this year (which starred Johnson) and 18 percent below the $24.35 million three-day start of last year's Contraband (which starred Wahlberg).
While this weekend's start was a solid one, long-term prospects for Pain and Gain remain a big question mark. The film registered an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.67 to 1 (after opening with $7.5 million on Friday) and received a lackluster C+ rating on CinemaScore. Furthermore, Pain and Gain (as well as the marketplace in general) will obviously take a big hit from the debut of Disney's highly anticipated Iron Man 3 this coming Friday.
Speaking of Iron Man 3, the superhero sequel was off to a massive overseas start this weekend with an estimated $195.3 million from 42 foreign territories. Key grosses included $21.5 million in the United Kingdom, $19.2 million in Korea, $18.4 million in Australia, $16.1 million in Mexico, $14.7 million in France, $12.3 million in Brazil and $11.2 million in Italy.
Back on the domestic front, Oblivion took second place with an estimated $17.44 million. The Joseph Kosinski directed sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise fell 53 percent from last weekend's debut. While Oblivion had a so-so second weekend hold for a sci-fi film, the film's performance was likely inflated a bit this weekend from moviegoers wanting to catch the film before the arrival of Iron Man 3. Oblivion has grossed $64.73 million in ten days of release, placing it 34 percent ahead of the $48.37 million ten-day take of 2008's The Day the Earth Stood Still and 24 percent behind the $85.10 million ten-day gross of 2006's Mission: Impossible III.
Oblivion continues to have a strong overseas presence, as it took in $12.8 million from 60 territories this weekend. That brings the film's overseas total to $134.1 million and current global haul to $198.8 million.
Warner's 42 placed in third this weekend with an estimated $10.73 million. The Jackie Robinson biopic starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford fell 39 percent from last weekend. 42 continues to exceed expectations with a 17-day take of $69.08 million. That places the film 40 percent ahead of the $49.21 million 17-day gross of 2011's Moneyball (which fell 38 percent in its third weekend to gross $7.45 million).
Lionsgate's The Big Wedding opened in a lackluster fourth place with an estimated $7.5 million. The ensemble comedy featuring Robert De Niro and Katherine Heigl debuted below its already modest expectations. The Big Wedding performed poorly for a wedding themed comedy at this time of year and was likely hurt by its largely negative critical reviews. After opening with $2.54 million on Friday, the film generated an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.95 to 1. Like Pain and Gain, The Big Wedding also received a C+ rating on CinemaScore. The audience breakdown for The Big Wedding skewed heavily towards female moviegoers (77 percent) and towards older moviegoers (66 percent over the age of 30).
On the limited front, Roadside's Mud and Sony Pictures Classics' The Company You Keep experienced noticeably different results this weekend. Mud grossed an estimated $2.19 million from just 363 locations, giving it a very solid $6,022 per-location average for the frame. The Company You Keep grossed an estimated $1.25 million from 807 locations, giving it a far weaker $1,544 per-location average. The 24-day platform total for The Company You Keep stands at $2.34 million. The Company You Keep landed in 14th place this weekend among all films, while Mud placed in eleventh.