BOX OFFICE: DREDD 3D Takes The #1 Spot In The UK

Released two weeks ahead of its debut in North America, DREDD 3D has taken the #1 spot at the UK box office, holding of stiff competition from a few other big new releases. Hit the jump to find out exactly how well the 2000 AD adaptation did!

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By Josh Wilding - 9/11/2012

DREDD 3D has become the first 18 certificate movie (that's equivalent to an R-Rating for those of you over in the US) to take the #1 spot in the UK since 2010's Saw 3D. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it successfully held off competition from other big releases such as Anna Karenina, Lawless and That's My Boy. The Pete Travis helmed adaptation of the 2000 AD comic - starring Karl Urban as the iconic character - earned a little over £1 million ($1.65 milliion) in total. You can read my 5* review of DREDD 3D by clicking HERE.






During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson, a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan's inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound's control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.


STARRING:

Karl Urban as Judge Dredd
Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson
Lena Headey as Madeline Madrigal
Domhnall Gleeson as Travis Synders
Langley Kirkwood as Judge Lex
Francis Chouler as Judge Guthrie
Deobia Oparei as Judge T.J. Alvarez

RELEASE DATE: September 7th, 2012 (UK) September 21st, 2012 (US)


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BANEEE - 9/11/2012, 3:39 AM
great! can't wait!
charlie2094 - 9/11/2012, 3:40 AM
Glad to hear it's doing well, standing at a great 95% on Rotten Tomatoes too. Still haven't seen it yet, should be going sometime over the next couple of days hopefully!
ImnotDaredevil - 9/11/2012, 3:41 AM
Cant believe I've still got to wait a couple of days thanks to my stag weekend that I've just had! Nice & tame compared to teabags I'm sure!;)
ManOfKrypton - 9/11/2012, 3:45 AM
Great - I hope this transcends across to other countries! It's a great film worthy of a sequel!
GetsugaTensho22 - 9/11/2012, 3:58 AM
Eat your words now, dreddhead :D
spiderclone - 9/11/2012, 4:30 AM
such a fantastic movie, with a badass soundtrack, i need to see this agian and again
MrChuff - 9/11/2012, 4:34 AM
Tomorrow, 3:15 showing, me and the lady will be parking our cheeks down for this. Can't fvcking wait....
INSTANTJUSTICE - 9/11/2012, 4:36 AM
"DREDD 3D has become the first 18 certificate movie (that's equivalent to an R-Rating for those of you over in the US)"

18 is not the equivalent of an R-rating in the US, it's the equivalent of NC-17.

An R-rating is the equivalent of a 16 in the UK.
Luminescent - 9/11/2012, 4:48 AM
Still won't see it. I have no interest in it at all. But I'm sure it's fantastic for those who are into that type of movie :)
marvel72 - 9/11/2012, 4:55 AM
@ teabag

kick ass was r-rated but a 15 here.
Ceejay - 9/11/2012, 5:10 AM
That's not really big box office even for here in the UK. It's rated 18 which is like NC-17 to you guys in the states. That kinda means it's gonna have to haul ass to make any real box office but it should make a pretty decent profit eventually, enough to make a better sequel anyway.

Basically what Dredd made in one weekend is just a little over what TED took in the UK in its 5th weekend ($1.5 million). Considering TED has made over $44 million after 5 weeks and opened with a $14 million weekend as opposed to Dredd's $1.6 million weekend, then you realise Dredd's looking at something around $10 million tops if it's lucky by the end of its run.

Nothing to shout about, just the top film in a very slow weekend. In the USA this was the worse weekend this year for box office, this weekend in the UK was kinda equal to that.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 9/11/2012, 5:28 AM
@Ceejay

Comparing Dredd to broad R comedies like Ted - or the Hangover - is not really relevant. Dredd is an 18's sci-fi action film, they rarely are made and they rarely open big.

If you think something as rare as an actual Judge Dredd film - y'know a faithful film based on the character you used to draw - being at number 1 is "nothing to shout about", it says more about you than the film, Ceejay.
Ceejay - 9/11/2012, 5:39 AM
@teabag - I totally agree, but to say its had next to no advertising is not being realistic. I saw Dredd posters on the side of buses, tv adds, trailers in the cinema etc. It's had more if not the same as John Carter did here in the UK and JC was a PG flick!

Far as I'm concerned its box office is zip to hype about taking into consideration he is our top comic character in this country and most of his fans are adults, not children. The brunt of his box office is expected in the opening weekend here because all those fans will make the effort to see it just like a Harry Potter or Twilight flick release and then it will enter a steep decline like they do. $1.6 million for a fan-based weekend is pretty small, it's 18 rating is a hindrance naturally but that's the gamble they took making it so violent for a very low budget.

For the record I still think it's good enough to make more than triple its budget back worldwide by the end of its run and secure a sequel. It wasn't equal to the hype that surrounding it form fanboys but it was a billion times better than the experience I had when I used to draw Dredd for 2000ad comics back when Stallone's version came out and all the staff and contributors like me all went to the press screening at Marble Arch.. Jesus you never heard so much disgruntled moans in your life!
INSTANTJUSTICE - 9/11/2012, 5:49 AM
I think what Ceejay is trying to say in a sheepish way is that it's a better film and also a better JUDGE DREDD film than he ever expected or believed it would be.

He certainly hasn't been 'bashing' it as much since he's seen it.

INSTANTJUSTICE - 9/11/2012, 5:51 AM
@teabag

I was in London the week before release and saw relatively little advertising for Dredd whereas in the US advertising is everywhere especially in New York & L.A.
Ceejay - 9/11/2012, 5:53 AM
@INSTANTJUSTICE - There you go again trying to make it personal. This is exactly what it says about me, it says I don't think $1.6 million bucks is anything to rave about for a weekend from ANY FILM, least of all a film about a comic character based on his home turf!

Dredd's been around longer than Harry Potter, most of us who were reading it when we were kids in the 70's still buy the comic today. A $1.6 million weekend doesn't say much about that fanbase and the wide appeal of Dredd and I don't find that something to shout about, NO!

If it doubles that taking next week or at least survives a less than %40 percent drop.. YOU'LL FIND ME SHOUTING! :-D

If it takes over $150 million world-wide in the next three weeks before the theatre/studio ticket margin split starts going against them.. YOU'LL FIND ME SHOUTING! :-D

When they announce a guaranteed sequel for the cinema, not some crummy straight to home video release.. YOU'LL FIND ME SHOUTING! :-D

Until then forgive me if I don't don the party hat for a $1.6 million weekend! A regular Sunday omnibus of Eastenders would make more than that if they decided to show it in the cinema!
INSTANTJUSTICE - 9/11/2012, 6:12 AM
@Ceejay

I don't believe Dredd has the wide-appeal of Harry Potter - or even Ted - that's just a nonsense correlation.


You've not been bashing the film as much since you've seen it, admit it, you don't think it's as bad as you've been saying it would be for the last several months.



If you think Dredd being at number one with good word of mouth - and beating films that are generally more appealing to the mainstream - is a bad thing, I think it's just cynicism rather than realism.



Ceejay: "When they announce a guaranteed sequel for the cinema, not some crummy straight to home video release.. YOU'LL FIND ME SHOUTING! :-D"

If you've read anything about the genesis of this film and the film-makers you'd know what their intentions are and realise how uninformed that sentence is.

OrsonRandall - 9/11/2012, 6:14 AM
I hope there is a sequel great film.
marvel72 - 9/11/2012, 6:18 AM
@ teabag

"restricted" audiences. :P
Ceejay - 9/11/2012, 6:18 AM
@INSTANTJUSTICE - As far as bashing the film, I stand by most of what I said about it before seeing it. It just hasn't been the film to talk about since I saw both Dredd and Lawless in the same day and Lawless was by far the movie to "talk" about!

Dredd left me empty, it's a better film than the crap the Danny Canon bunch wrapped around Stallone's neck but that film was turned a movie star vehicle like every other Arnie and Stallone film of that period. This Dredd flick is about Dredd, it does a damn good job of delivering the essence of the character. The uniform has been my main peev but it worked better on screen than in pictures although still misses the point of the pristine regalia from the comic's origins. And for everything they did great about Dredd, their low budget laid flat with everything else.

1: The city was nothing like a city of the future concept designs like the comic but just another expansion of any city anywhere with a shanty townships like South Africa. No city built after a war should look exactly like the one before it, even the regular citizens clothing lacked any decent concept design other than stuff you can buy from Primark or TK-Max!

2: The entire Justice system was presented as an easy to corrupt establishment that are undermanned and barely clinging onto any level of control over their city. The same mistake Stallones version made to a lesser degree. The Judges are supposed to rule with a vice grip, they are supposed to be individual shining examples and beacons of justice the citizens fear beyond any criminal. Not some regular cop doing it for the money who can be bought off as long as he makes it through his shift! There was no reference to the hierarchy of the Judges establishment, no Chief Judge, no council of ruling judges, no SJS, no real display of the totalitarian system its supposed to be. What we got instead is a few notches above the world of Mad Max #1 before his family get killed.

I could go on about the sacrifices they made to the concept of the comic to make a violent action flick that can have enough appeal to make all the creditors who funded the project a nice enough profit. But it still managed to do the most important thing aside of all that, and deliver an accurate enough presentation of the character that's worthy of the comic's long history. So I hope it makes enough money to do more, but better! 6.5/10
Danbojohnj - 9/11/2012, 6:44 AM
Great stuff,it deserves all its praise.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 9/11/2012, 6:45 AM
@Ceejay


I don't think it's fair or reasonable to say the enitre Justice system was presented as 'anything' considering it's not a film concerned with the entire system and certainly never gives a full picture but a vignette which is the intention. It's acting as an introductory film not intent on overloading the viewer with exposition but showing, not telling, what a Judge does. I get the feeling you want something that explains it all in one go. I hate films like that and the comics never did that kind of thing either; things developed organically and the readers learned with it. I think the films should do the same.



The Council were indeed referred to in the film by the Chief Judge during Anderson's briefing at the start - Anderson's case went before the Council to be reviewed.

I also don't remember any of the Judges being portrayed as "regular cops", yes there were corrupt Judges on-the-take but as you know Dredd history is completely strewn with corrupt Judges, Rico being the first of many. The corrupt Judges served their purpose in the story as a contrast to Dredd to highlight his incorruptibility and devout belief in the Law. With that scene a new audience will understand Dredd's 'morality' and character so much more and not just think he's just a simple fascist.

Just because the hierarchy wasn't expanded on in this film doesn't mean it won't be in sequels. If you treat the film as intended, as an intro film for an audience unaware of Dredd, which will be the majority, it works perfectly. It's like reading the first issue of a comic and Dredd didn't start off completely formed. The problem with the Stallone film is that it tried to do too much and with such a morally ambiguous set-up like Dredd, simple is the way to go. You have to see it from the perspective of a new, contemporary audience used to seeing Avengers style black & white heroes.


We've only seen one sector of the city. A bigger budget could expand on that and I've no problem with the aesthetic they've chosen. I'm not someone obsessed with adaptations needing to look lifted from the page (Watchmen). The vision in Dredd is consistent, coherent and makes sense, something rare in adaptations.
Ceejay - 9/11/2012, 6:47 AM
@INSTANTJUSTICE - I'm not gonna waste time doing tit-for-tat with your skewed perspectives but lets correct some points before I move on to something more interesting.

I didn't say Dredd had the appeal of Harry Potter, you must learn to take statements in their entire context. I used Harry Potter and Twilight as examples of fan films box office trending, i.e they have big openings due to expectations from their fans above the regular movie-goer and then they enter a steep decline because most of the films target audience have seen it in that first week. This is why Dredd, who has his biggest fanbase here in the UK, making $1.6 million doesn't say much for it longevity at the box office regardless of rating!

You can read exactly what I though of the film from all my posts above, me not bashing it with every article that makes the front page is more to do with there being far more important things to occupy my interests than U-turning on my opinions of the movie. It's only a film and not a ground breaking experience of a movie at that so why would I feel compelled to continuously bash it like some sad fanboy protecting his childhood memories? I didn't even do that for Stallone's version and really sucked!

Dredd being number one amongst other mainstream movies is no big deal especially since its the one that has a near 30 year fanbase in the UK and the other films have zip! No films opening weekend is due to "good word of mouth", its due to marketing, reviews and general expectations or pre-existing fanbases. What it makes in following weeks DESPITE all those factors is due to good word of mouth.

Lastly, Dredd is not the first film to be made with sequels in mind so just because they state that when making the film does not make it a done deal. It all rests on the movies box office and merchandise sales that determines if those intentions get realized. For future reference when you read such things and think its a as good as destiny, think of Green Lantern, Superman Returns, Skyline, The sword and The Sorcerer, John Carter.. etc etc
INSTANTJUSTICE - 9/11/2012, 6:47 AM
There's also plenty of implicit satire throughout the film, something that many 'reviewers' seem unable to pick up.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 9/11/2012, 6:52 AM
Ceejay: "I didn't say Dredd had the appeal of Harry Potter, you must learn to take statements in their entire context. I used Harry Potter and Twilight as examples of fan films box office trending, i.e they have big openings due to expectations from their fans above the regular movie-goer and then they enter a steep decline because most of the films target audience have seen it in that first week. This is why Dredd, who has his biggest fanbase here in the UK, making $1.6 million doesn't say much for it longevity at the box office regardless of rating!"


Really, I think it says more about the actual size of the core Dredd fanbase. Considering 2000AD sells about about 30, 000 copies a week and roughly 100,000 people saw Dredd over the weekend, I'd say that's about right. The rest of it's audience of elder lapsed readers and ordinary Joes will follow in the weeks to come.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 9/11/2012, 6:55 AM
Ceejay: "Lastly, Dredd is not the first film to be made with sequels in mind so just because they state that when making the film does not make it a done deal. It all rests on the movies box office and merchandise sales that determines if those intentions get realized. "



I know perfectly well how and why sequels happen and Dredd is not a done deal. I was commenting on your accusation that a sequel would be a 'direct-to-video' job. If they can't afford to do a decent job, there won't be a sequel.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 9/11/2012, 7:00 AM
Ceejay: "I'm not gonna waste time doing tit-for-tat with your skewed perspectives but lets correct some points before I move on to something more interesting."


The only skewed perspectives are the ones you had before and after the film.
Nomis1800 - 9/11/2012, 7:29 AM
Wanna see this!
ImnotDaredevil - 9/11/2012, 7:33 AM
@tea, it's was all good thanks bud, it had shot guns & a rubber ball! You were nearly right it was a police midget in a car!;)
HavocPrime - 9/11/2012, 7:37 AM
I thought the film was brilliant, it served as a great way to introduce Dredd to the audience who haven't read any of the comicstrips.

The have done the right thing by grounding this story with just humans and nothing too overwhelming for people, save that for a sequal if the film does well, I for one am looking forward to more Dredd as they nailed him perfectly in this interpretation.
ImnotDaredevil - 9/11/2012, 7:39 AM
@tea, the only prob with the 'small officer' was I couldn't stop her shouting Fan-dabby-dozy all the time!;)
LMB10 - 9/11/2012, 7:43 AM
R ratings over here are strange - some will be released as 15s, and a few as 18s.
Asterisk - 9/11/2012, 7:55 AM
I can't wait to hear Dreddhead's reaction. If he even bothers posting.
GLprime2814 - 9/11/2012, 7:58 AM
God I hope so if it wasn't #1 in UK then you know it sucks.
Danbojohnj - 9/11/2012, 8:54 AM
Fear not,it far from sucks.OWNS is more like it.
The bike should win an Oscar.
RamonSuarez - 9/11/2012, 9:13 AM
You people are missing the point here by fixating on the 1 million dollar gross.

This film cost 45 million to make. It made number #1 opening week and is generating great critical and popular reviews.

Positive word of mouth will spread into the states when it comes time to open it up there.
Danbojohnj - 9/11/2012, 9:20 AM
I hope your right Ramon,it deserves to make a ton of dosh,great film.
AlexDeLarge87 - 9/11/2012, 9:43 AM
Cant wait to see it. :)
jimpinto24 - 9/11/2012, 10:09 AM
I'm glad it's doing well across the pond. I can't wait to see it next week.
Ranger14 - 9/11/2012, 10:37 AM
Those other films are considered tough competition?

I still don't consider an average of 7.1/10 being critically great reviews, but to each their own.
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