Dude here again, with an abbreviated look at the box office numbers this weekend. Partially because I'm far away from my home in sunny LA (freezing body parts off in Aspen, CO at the US Comedy Festival), and partially because it's yet another week where the taste of the audience disappoints me.
This weekend, we had three wide releases, one of which made an obscene amount of money. Again, it's a little TOO much money for a movie like this. Let's go to the numbers, shall we? (All in millions, remember, and these are the studio estimates, the actuals will be available on Monday. Just to prove me wrong).
1. Wild Hogs (BV)- $38.0, 3287 screens, week 1, $38.0 total
2. Zodiac (Par)- $13.1, 2362 screens, week 1, $13.1 total
3. Ghost Rider (Sony) - $11.5, 3608 screens, week 3, $94.757 total
4. Bridge to Terabithia (BV) - $8.587, 3159 screens, week 3, $57.889 total
5. The Number 23 (NL) - $7.05, 2759 screens, week 2, $24.68 total
6. Norbit (DW) - $6.4, 2827 screens, week 4, $82.95 total
7. Music and Lyrics (WB) - $4.895, 2644 screens, week 3, $38.68 total
8. Black Snake Moan (ParV) - $4.0, 1252 screens, week 1, $4.0 total
9. Reno 911!: Miami (Fox) - $3.75, 2702 screens, week 2, $16.4 total
10. Breach (Uni) - $3.48, 1498 screens, week 3, $25.4 total
Ok, those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that if I make a movie about a motorcycle, people will come. Following two weeks of Ghost Rider, the people spoke and decided that want not one, but FOUR guys on motorcycles, none of whom are dead or working for the devil. (though many a joke could be made about the actor's careers, but that would be pointless given the $38 million take). Wild Hogs is your number one movie. I hope you're proud of yourself.
David Fincher's Zodiac opened, but not a lot of people have seen it. Despite receiving some great reviews, audiences didn't feel they needed to see this movie as much as the desire to see men on motorcycles. Same goes for Sam Jackson's second movie in a row to include the word "Snake" in the title, though this one seems to be of a far higher quality. (Even if you can't beat a snake on a plane. See that? I STILL manage to bring the movie up whenever possible).
And sadly, The Number 23 made more than $23 million dollars, ruining any and all hope for a freaky "coincidence" involving said number, that I am very sick of.
And in the "Because It's There" series: Best Foreign Language Film winner The Lives of Others took in $808,000 on 112 screens, bringing it's grand total to $2,347,000 in 4 weeks.
(It should be noted that Lives of Others, Happy Feet, and The Last King of Scotland were the only Oscar winning films that received significant boosts due to the winning of awards.)
There you have my break down. Next week, prepare to have your junk kicked hard core with the release of 300. Spartans, eat hearty. For tonight, we dine in hell!
Until next weekend....