Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Lands #3 at the Box Office

This news really isn’t surprising to me, but Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has come in #3 at the office, making $16.5 million its opening weekend. The top 5 films this weekend were:

Title Weekend Total
1 Brave $66,700,000 $66.7
2 Madagascar 3 $20,200,000 $157.5
3 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter $16,500,000 $16.5
4 Prometheus $10,000,000 $108.5
5 Snow White & the Huntsman $8,012,000 $137

Here’s what THR wrote about the film:

Managing only a third-place finish was 20th Century Fox’s 3D genre epic Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The R-rated film, playing like a horror pic, grossed a soft $16.5 million in its opening. Fox had predicted a debut in the $15 million range, but box office observers believed the film could get to $20 million.

Directed by Timur Bekmambetov and featuring Tim Burton in the producer’s seat, Abraham Lincoln received a C+ CinemaScore.

Abraham Lincoln, costing $68 million to produce, features the storied U.S. president as a vampire hunter and is based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote the adapted screenplay. The film is an important test for the “mash-up” genre, with Lionsgate queued up to make the film adaptation of Grahame-Smith’s book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Fox believes the film, which skewed male, will have good legs.

“Audiences will continue to seek out Timur’s daring and brilliant vision of Abraham Lincoln,” Fox’s incoming president of domestic distribution Chris Aronson said.