Dude here again. Feeling hungry? Hungry for box office numbers? Well, like Curtis Mayfield so eloquently crooned, I'm your pusherman. I got what you want. Nay, I got what you NEED.
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. But it will be difficult if a non sequel takes the... who am I kidding, that's not going to happen. Well until the big robot movie maybe. 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. Fantastic 4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer (Fox) - $57.4, 3959 screens, week 1, $57.4 total
2. Ocean's 13 (WB) - $19.1, 3565 screens, week 2, $69.8 total
3. Knocked Up (Uni) - $14.5, 2907 screens, week 3, $90.48 total
4. Pirates: At World's End (BV) - $12.0, 3329 screens, week 4, $273.757 total
5. Surf's Up (Sony) - $9.3, 3531 screens, week 2, $34.6 total
6. Shrek The Third (Par/DW)- $9.0, 3505 screens, week 5, $297.2 total
7. Nancy Drew (WB) - $7.1, 2612 screens, week 1, $7.1 total
8. Hostel Part II (LGF) - $3.0, 2350 screens, week 2, $14.18 total
9. Mr. Brooks (MGM) - $2.8, 1923 screens, week 3, $23.4 total
10. Spider-Man 3 (Sony) - $2.5, 1822 screens, week 7, $330.0 total
Ok, those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, I think it proves that most people don't care if Fantastic Four is good or bad, just so long as it's fun. Having the Silver Surfer in the movie probably helped. No records were broken, as it became only the FOURTH highest June opening. Fun Fact, for a whole year, Hulk had the biggest June opening. Hulk. Just sayin'. But this Fantastic 4 movie opened with a few million more than it's predecessor, which makes the possibility of a third installment inevitable. Awesome.
They made a movie about Nancy Drew? And it stars Eric Roberts' daughter? Weird.
As for the holdovers, they're dropping rapidly. Suddenly it doesn't seem as profitable and huge a summer as previously expected. There are numerous pornographic analogies I could make here, but I'll let you fill in the blanks. Neither Pirates nor Shrek has reached the $300 million mark (though Shrek's mighty close) and Spidey's almost out of the top ten. In fact, this marks the first time in ten weeks that Disturbia isn't on the list. Seems Knocked Up is the only movie with legs this summer, which bodes well for Seth Rogan's next outing, Superbad, later this summer.
Below the radar, a weird looking movie called Eagle Vs. Shark opened on 3 screens and took in $21,000. Oh, and a movie version of the video game DOA: Dead or Alive came out. It stars a bunch of hot chicks, and they fight. And it's the guy who directed The Transporter. (Or at least most of the action scenes in it). This sounds like the most brilliant movie ever made, and I can;t find it playing anywhere near me. It's only on 505 screens and took in $232,000. And none of those screens are near me, and none of that money is mine, and this is one movie I actually don't mind giving my money to. It's HOT CHICKS FIGHTING. C'mon people, this is what we crave most out of cinema. If I were in New Jersey, this is the movie I would take my dad to for Father's Day.
And in the "Because It's There" series: Next took in $92,000 on 188 screens, bringing it's grand total to $17,933,000 in 8 weeks.
There you have my break down. Next week a sequel to a movie nobody wanted, a horror movie with John Cusack and Sam Jackson and a disappointing lack of snakes or aircraft, and a movie about killer sheep that is undeniably brilliant.
Until next weekend....