Ben Affleck’s Argo won the weekend box office in its third week of release with an estimated $12.4 million in ticket sales to beat Hotel Transylvania at $9.5 million.
The Ben Affleck directed political thriller Argo won the weekend box office for the first time since it was released on October 12. Directed by and starring Ben Affleck, Argo, about the Iran hostage crisis in 1979, opened with $19 million during its debut but fell to $16 million in its second week and now lands at number one with $12.4 million.
Rounding out the top three was the Tom Hanks sci-fi Cloud Atlas with $9.4 million.
The strong rebound of Argo proves that word of mouth still has a powerful impact on ticket sales. Rotten Tomatoes has Argo listed at 96% from critics and 95% from fans.
Argo marks the second consecutive well received movie by Ben Affleck, the director, after The Town became a hit with critics in 2010 with a 94% rating.
To date Argo has grossed close to $61 million in three weeks.
The high praise and positive word of mouth for Argo certainly bolstered the film’s earning potential over the past two weeks.
Based on true events, Argo follows the covert operation to rescue six Americans during the Iran hostage crisis. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reached its boiling point, militants stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans slipped away and found refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Here are the top three weekend box office results:
1. Argo – $12.4 million
2. Hotel Transylvania – $9.5 million
3. Cloud Atlas – $9.4 million