Dude here again. Not gonna lie to you, I'm pretty proud of that Robocop video from last week. Rest assured, I'm hard at work on Robocop 2: Electric Boogaloo! It's gonna be sa-weeeeeet!!
This weekend, Hollywood is happy to have one more record to break at the official close of the summer. It figures. Let's go to the numbers, shall we? (All in millions, remember, and these are the studio estimates, the actuals will be available on Tuesday due to the holiday weekend. Just to prove me wrong).
1. Halloween (MGM/Wein) - $26.5, 3472 screens, week 1, $26.5 total
2. Superbad (Sony) - $12.2, 3002 screens, week 3, $89.0 total
3. Balls of Fury (Rogue) - $11.6, 3052 screens, week 1, $14.5 total (wed. open)
4. The Bourne Ultimatum (Uni) - $10.1, 3290 screens, week 5, $199.6 total
5. Rush Hour 3 (NL) - $8.5, 3008 screens, week 4, $120.4 total
6. Mr. Bean's Holiday (Uni)- $5.9, 1765 screens, week 2, $18.9 total
7. The Nanny Diaries (MGM/Wein Co) - $5.1, 2636 screens, week 2, $15.2 total
8. Death Sentence (Fox) - $4.1, 1822 screens, week 1, $4.1 total
9. War (LGF) - $3.6, 2277 screens, week 2, $16.4 total
10. Stardust (Par) - $3.0, 1766 screens, week 4, $31.0 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, if you're Halloween, you're pretty damn proud. Highest Labor Day weekend opening (knocking down the champ Transporter 2), pulling in over $26 million dollars. Not bad for a movie a lot of people questioned the need of. I guess the answer is plain and simple. Money. On the plus side, this could allow Rob Zombie the opportunity to make more movies that kick ass, like Devil's Rejects. On the downside, there will probably, somehow, be a sequel to this. Fan-freakin-tastic.
Balls of Fury, which is contender for best title of the year (regardless of quality of film) came in at a respectable third, but still couldn't compete with the raunchy R-rated Superbad team in their third week. Even though both movies seem to be one giant wang joke. It was unfortunate timing to be released in the summer of Rogen, but Balls of Fury will find it's audience soon enough. And it shall be quoted whilst drunk.
Death Sentence, the latest from Saw director James Wan, opened up in eighth place with a rather low $4.1 million. Interesting to note that in two weeks, Jodie Foster's in a movie called The Brave One, which looks like it's almost the same exact movie. I bet that does outstanding numbers. I'd also like to point out how proud I am of James Wan not succumbing to making all the Saw movies, or just outright horror movies. He's branching out, and I respect that, even if the box office numbers don't reflect it.
Below the radar, John August's meta-trip The Nines opened up on two screens and took in $23,500, which doesn't sound like much, but it means that each screen took in $11,750, giving it the highest per screen average of the whole weekend. This is a fun, mind twist of a movie that deserves a bigger audience, and hopefully will be released on more screens in more markets in the coming weeks.
And in the "Because It's There" series: Once took in $300,000 on 150 screens, bringing it's grand total to $8,019,000 in 16 weeks. (I plead with you all again, go see this movie).
There you have my break down. Next week, we have a group of R-rated action movies, comedies, and horror flicks, all of which I want to see. 3:10 to Yuma, Shoot Em Up, Brothers Solomon, and Hatchet. As much as I can't wait to see Shoot Em Up, my money's first gotta go to Brothers Solomon. I can never turn down WIll Arnett in any motion picture. And neither should you. The man's a genius.
Until next weekend....