Dude here again. I'm beginning to realize that I don't see any of these movies anymore. I only want to watch one movie over and over again. And that movie is Krull. Don't even try to deny how awesome Krull is. Krull will kick your ass and take your names. And many years in the future, once all these flicks below have faded from everyone's memories, what film will withstand the test of time? That's right. Krull. (and maybe Muppet Treasure Island)
This weekend, another sequel comes out and takes the top spot. I'm seriously starting to think I can just write that and leave this paragraph alone for the rest of the summer. I might do that. See? I'm just repeating it from last week's, like I said I would. That's five more minutes of Krull watching. Damn, man. This movie rocks. 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. Evan Almighty (Uni) - $32.1, 3604 screens, week 1, $32.1 total
2. 1408 (MGM/Dim) - $20.175, 2678 screens, week 1, $20.1 total
3. Fantastic 4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer (Fox) - $20.15, 3963 screens, week 2, $97.6 total
4. Ocean's 13 (WB) - $11.3, 3450 screens, week 3, $91.0 total
5. Knocked Up (Uni) - $10.6, 2975 screens, week 4, $108.98 total
6. Pirates: At World's End (BV) - $7.2, 3329 screens, week 5, $287.0 total
7. Surf's Up (Sony) - $6.7, 3309 screens, week 3, $47.3 total
8. Shrek The Third (Par/DW)- $5.75, 2822 screens, week 6, $307.9 total
9. Nancy Drew (WB) - $4.5, 2612 screens, week 2, $16.19 total
10. A Mighty Heart (ParV) - $4.0, 1355 screens, week 1, $4.0 total
Ok, those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that everything just kind of slipped down a spot from last week, so I had less time spent changing the template and more time for watching Krull! And it means that Evan Almighty, billed recently as "the most expensive comedy ever made" with a budget rumored to be around $200 million, seriously underperformed. And when you make $30 million in three days, and that's underperforming, you have some warped values. Let me put this number in perspective for you, you could have made 20 Krulls for 1 Evan Almighty. And they would be more profitable than Evan will ever likely be. It also has some of the worst reviews I've read lately.
1408, however seems to have done pretty well for itself. It will probably continue to freak folks out (I've heard it's creepy) for the next coming weeks, as there are no other horror flicks out for awhile. A Mighty Heart opened up in a select number of screens, and only pulled in $4 million, but it's not the right movie in a summer of overcrowded noisy flicks. In fact, the reason why it made so much is probably because of Angelina Jolie. If it starred Lysette Anthony (of Krull fame), it wouldn't have made a dime.
As far as holdovers go, only Knocked Up and Surf's Up seem to remain, well... up. While not breaking records, they have the smallest drops in their takes from week to week. These flicks have legs. Fantastic Four, meanwhile dropped 65% from last weekend. Pirates looks like it's going to barely squeak by $300 million, and Shrek is slowly trudging along.
Did you know Liam Neeson is in Krull?!? This movie just keeps getting better!
(He's in the background, it's the only picture I could find)
Below the radar, Michael Moore's latest movie "Sicko" opened up on one screen in New York City, and on that one screen, the movie took in $70,000. That is by far the highest per screen average of the week, as it made $70,000 at one location. This despite being leaked onto the internet last week. (I couldn't find it). It bodes well for next week's wider release of the film. Though don't expect Fahrenheit numbers for this one.
And in the "Because It's There" series: DOA: Dead or Alive took in $22,000 on 98 screens, bringing it's grand total to $469,000 in 2 weeks. (For shame people, this movie would have been at least as boss as Krull).
Oh, fun fact: Last weekend Pathfinder took in $300,000. How did this happen? Apparently Fox shipped it to Drive-ins attached to Fantastic Four. I can't believe that movie is making any money, but the drive-in would be an awesome place to see it. Because you could crank up Journey really loud and make the movie better.
There you have my break down. Next week a sequel to a movie a lot of people wanted that's not going to be the sequel any real fans want it to be, thanks to a watered down rating and a director who's like king midas in reverse. (Everything he touches turns to crap). Also, we have a Pixar movie about a rat that will make a mint. Then it's only a week until the big fighting robots,
Until next weekend.... (I'll be watching Krull!)