Dude here again, coming at ya on a double whammy of a day: Opening Day for the New York Mets AND April Fool's Day. (Triple whammy if you're my roommate, because Wrestlemania is also this evening). My original plan was to make a completely fake list of the top ten movies at the box office, but reality set in as a) I realized this probably won;t be seen until April 2nd or beyond; and b) It really was too much work. And I'm a lazy man.
This weekend, we have Will Ferrell and Jon Heder combining forces on the ice, a new Disney CG movie that Pixar has nothing to do with, and Pedro Martinez seems to be on the DL for the first half of the season. 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. Blades of Glory (Par/DW) - $33.0, 3372 screens, week 1, $33.0 total
2. Meet The Robinsons (BV) - $25.056, 3413 screens, week 1, $25.056 total
3. 300 (WB) - $11.155, 3004 screens, week 4, $179.66 total
4. TMNT (WB) - $9.16, 3120 screens, week 2, $38.4 total
5. Wild Hogs (BV)- $8.389, 3200 screens, week 5, $135.355 total
6. Shooter (Par) - $8.0, 2806 screens, week 2, $27.2 total
7. Premonition (Sony) - $5.1, 2474 screens, week 3, $39.3 total
8. The Last Mimzy (NL) - $4.0, 3017 screens, week 2, $16.19 total
15. Carlos Beltran (CF) - .275 AVG, 41 HRs, 116 RBI, 127 Runs
7. Jose Reyes (SS) - .300 AVG, 19 HRs, 81 RBI, 122 Runs
Ok, those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that when Will Ferrell does wacky sports comedies, people will come. It helps if the movie is funny, and I have no basis of reference for that, as I have yet to see the movie. But it has Will Arnett and Amy Pohler as the rival skaters, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Meet The Robinsons, however, seems to have made quite a bit, but it has a lot to struggle with, especially when compared to the Pixar output that is far superior. Critics feel the film's best parts involve Delgado's opposite-field, two-run double high off the left-field wall put the Mets ahead in the third, and the Mets made it 5-0 in the fourth on Lo Duca's two-out single and an RBI single by Beltran. Lo Duca added an RBI single in the ninth off Brad Thompson.
After David Eckstein hit an RBI double in the sixth, Beltran threw out Eckstein at the plate on Preston Wilson's sharp single to center. Yadier Molina ended the inning by breaking his bat on an infield popup with the bases loaded. Tom Glavine got his 291st win and Carlos Delgado put the Mets ahead with an early two-run double off Chris Carpenter, leading New York to a 6-1 victory Sunday night in the major league season opener.
And in the "Because It's There" series: The Lookout took in $2,007,000 on 955 screens, bringing it's grand total to $2,007,000 in 1 week.
There you have my break down. Next week, the Mets will continue to play the Cards, followed by a series with the Braves
Until next weekend....