Magazine article Screen International

Pain Prevails in US on $20M

Magazine article Screen International

Pain Prevails in US on $20M

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Paramount's controversial Pain & Gain opened top of the North American charts on an estimated $20m and will need to make hay while the sun shines. Stablemate Iron Man 3 opens this week and will crush everything in sight.

Michael Bay directed the action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie as the Miami-based Sun Gym crew.

The film's depiction of the characters as amiable crooks has incensed those who knew victims of the real-life gang. In recent weeks they have spoken out in the media to describe how the gang carried out kidnappings, extortion, torture and murder. Real-life gang members Daniel Lugo and Adrian Doorbal await execution in Florida.

Lionsgate's ensemble comedy The Big Wedding with Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, Ben Barnes and Robin Williams arrived in fourth place on $7.5m.

Last weekend's champion Oblivion slipped to second place and has grossed $64.7m after two weekends. Warner Bros' baseball drama 42, which cost roughly one-third of Oblivion's official $120m production budget, ranks third on $69.1m after three weekends.

Roadside Attractions opened Mud, US auteur filmmaker Jeff Nichol's acclaimed follow-up to Take Shelter, at number 11 on $2. …

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