Box office report; “Hope Springs” on 4rd place budget

In fourth place was “Hope Springs”, the Meryl Streep/Tommy Lee Jones dramedy (which also stars Steve Carell as their marriage therapist), which earned $15.6 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period in 2,361 theaters. Prospects looked somewhat grim for Hope when it earned a quiet $4.5 million over Wednesday and Thursday, but the film’s overwhelmingly older female audience (66 percent were women, 69 percent were 40 or older), who aren’t all relaxing on their summer breaks, turned out in higher volumes for weekend engagements. After five days, the film, which was issued a “B” CinemaScore grade, has earned $20.1 million.

Sony paid just $15 million to acquire “Hope Springs” from Mandate, who shelled out $29 million to produce the film, and if it proves as leggy as some of Streep’s other films — “Julie and Julia” climbed to $94.1 million after a $20 million weekend, and “It’s Complicated” earned $122.7 million after a $22.1 million debut –  it will become a profitable mid-level hit for the studios.

1. The Bourne Legacy – $40.3 million
2. The Campaign – $27.4 million
3. The Dark Knight Rises – $19.5 million
4. Hope Springs – $15.6 million
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – $8.2 million

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