Dude here again. And I've got the numbers. Boy howdy, have I got some numbers for you. I got numbers out the bum. That's right. I went there.
This weekend, the three-quel mania ramps back up again. (Only two more left of the threes this summer!). But for a change, no records are broken, as the audiences seem to be either out of money or just plain tired. 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. Ocean's 13 (WB) - $37.08, 3565 screens, week 1, $37.08 total
2. Pirates: At World's End (BV) - $21.3, 4002 screens, week 3, $253.6 total
3. Knocked Up (Uni) - $20.0, 2876 screens, week 2, $66.2 total
4. Surf's Up (Sony) - $18.0, 3528 screens, week 1, $18.0 total
5. Shrek The Third (Par/DW)- $15.75, 3925 screens, week 4, $281.89 total
6. Hostel Part II (LGF) - $8.75, 2350 screens, week 1, $8.75 total
7. Mr. Brooks (MGM) - $5.0, 2453 screens, week 2, $18.68 total
8. Spider-Man 3 (Sony) - $4.4, 2570 screens, week 6, $325.68 total
9. Waitress (FoxSrch) - $1.65, 708 screens, week 6, $12.0 total
10. Disturbia (Par/DW) - $0.55, 568 screens, week 9, $77.795 total
Ok, those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means exactly what you think it does. Ocean's insured itself redemption from the much maligned Ocean's 12, and took in roughly the same amount as the previous two installments. (Actually, a bit less, but that's ok. I'm happy to not report some stupid "Record breaking" news. It's annoying. Seriously. So yeah, Ocean's took the top spot, and people like the movie, and it's pretty enjoyable, so good for them.
Surf's Up didn't do as well as another penguin movie of late, or another CG animated film that came out this summer. I bet some people aren't happy about that. But those people can dry their eyes with the hundred dollar bills supplied by Spiderman. And Hostel Part II opened far short of the original Hostel's take, but the original opened up in January, and not in the middle of June against Ocean's 13 and Pirates and Knocked Up, etc. So there's that, plus it really didn't cost a lot to make, so it's bound to be one of the more profitable films of the summer movie season.
As for the holdovers, Knocked Up didn't drop as big as thee other movies of the summer, as it continues to make money hand over fist. In fact, during the week, Knocked Up wound up taking in more than Pirates for the top spot. During the week. Don't be surprised if when the actual numbers are produced, it makes more than predicted.
And in the "Because It's There" series: Hot Fuzz took in $113,000 on 129 screens, bringing it's grand total to $22,953,000 in 8 weeks.
There you have my break down. Next week there's another sequel or two. Or three. I've lost count. You know what would be impressive? If at the end of the summer, we had a sequel to a movie that began the summer. Just to be confusing. I need help.
Until next weekend....