‘Jackass 3-D’ and ‘Red’ Hits at U.S. Box Office

Johnny Knoxville in ‘Jackass 3-D’ (left); Helen Mirren and John Malkovich in ‘Red’ (right)

Over the weekend, outrageous stunts and toilet humour ruled the box office with the latest instalment in the ‘Jackass’ series.

With over $50.4 million in first place, ‘Jackass 3-D’ claimed not only the highest start of the franchise, but also for any film opening in Autumn to date.

In second place, Bruce Willis’s new action comedy ‘Red’ also performed well with $21.8 million, a higher than average start for the genre.

Featuring Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, and the other cast members of the infamous MTV series, the documentary spoof sees the team once again performing a variety of highly dangerous and absurd stunts, only with the mayhem taken to new extremes with the latest 3D technology.

In addition to its box office success, ‘Jackass 3-D’ has also received a generally positive critical reception.

On film review site Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently has a score of 70% based on reviews from 46 critics, the series’ highest to date.

‘Red’, on the other hand, tells the story of a retired band of CIA agents who must return to active duty after assassination attempts on their life.

Led by former black-ops agent Frank Moses (Willis), the group is tagged by the CIA simply as ‘RED’: an acronym for retired, extremely dangerous.

Like ‘Jackass 3D’, ‘Red’ opened to unexpected critical acclaim, achieving a Rotten Tomatoes ranking of 70% based on 125 reviews.

In addition to Willis, ‘Red’ also stars Oscar-nominated actors Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren.

Among holdovers, last weekend’s number one ‘The Social Network’ declined only 33% to $10.3 million in third place, raising its overall total to an impressive $62.4 million after three weeks in theatres.

Similarly, inspirational horse racing drama ‘Secretariat’ and romantic comedy ‘Life As We Know It’ also held well, grossing $9.3 million and $9 million in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Top U.S. Box Office Hits

  1. Jackass 3-D  -  $50.4 million
  2. Red  -  $21.8 million
  3. The Social Network  -  $10.3 million
  4. Secretariat  -  $9.3 million
  5. Life As We Know It  -  $9 million
  6. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole  -  $4.2 million
  7. The Town  -  $4 million
  8. My Soul To Take  -  $3.2 million
  9. Easy A  -  $2.6 million
  10. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps  -  $2.4 million

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