The Knight and Day box office totals were entirely unimpressive during its first week. In fact, the Knight and Day box office totals were only good enough to place the film third during its premiere week. That has to be a frustrating opening weekend for the new Tom Cruise film, especially with the film opening on Wednesday to try to get ahead of the weekend numbers of the competition.
During those first five days in theaters, though, Knight and Day was only able to pull in $27.8 million at the box office, putting it as only the second highest-grossing film to debut this weekend. Running away with another week in the No. 1 slot was Toy Story 3, which pushed its two week haul over the $226 million mark in domestic ticket sales alone.
Knight and Day is the new action comedy starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, and it had been expected to contend for the box office win during the June 25-27 weekend. Its worldwide draw only reached about $40 million total, though, making it a very rough return to the box office for Cruise and Diaz.
It’s been a while since Cruise had a real hit on his hands, unless you count a supporting role he had in the 2008 film Tropic Thunder. As for Diaz, she already has a huge hit this summer with Shrek Forever After, as the voice of Princess Fiona. For a movie like Knight and Day, where two of the biggest names out there have been teamed up, anything less than around $50 million in the opening weekend would be considered a big disappointment.
Maybe it’s the stature that Tom Cruise has right now, or maybe people were just looking for a more comedic weekend at the box office. The family films really won out again this weekend, with Toy Story 3 pulling in an estimated $59 million and Grown Ups debuting with $41 million during its first week in the box office. Grown Ups is the new Adam Sandler film, where he is teamed up with quite a few notable comedians, including Kevin James and Chris Rock.
Even The Karate Kid did well again, bringing in $15.4 million to raise its three week total to $135.6 million in theaters. The box office totals for Knight and Day don’t have much time to recover either, because Twilight: Eclipse debuts on Wednesday, following by The Last Airbender on Thursday. It might be safe to already call Knight and Day a flop when it comes to box office totals alone.