Dude here again. Remember a few weeks back, when I started going all nutty about Krull? You do? Well, have you watched it again? No? Why not? I spent an entire Box Office Report going on about how awesome that movie is. But I think I found one thing that could defeat Krull. And that's Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
This weekend, The Rock lets the world know that even though he's in a Disney movie with a little kid, he'll still kick your ass. Face it. There's just no stopping the Rock. It's best to let him do what he wants, and not try to stop him. Ben Stiller is the unfortunate victim who refused to believe this. 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. The Game Plan (BV) - $16.2, 3105 screens, week 2, $42.8 total
2. The Heartbreak Kid (Par/DW) - $14.0, 3329 screens, week 1, $14.0 total
3. The Kingdom (Uni) - $9.3, 2802 screens, week 2, $31.3 total
4. Resident Evil: Extinction (SGems) - $4.3, 2848 screens, week 3, $43.4 total
5. The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (Fox) - $3.7, 3141 screens, week 1, $3.7 total
6. Good Luck Chuck (LGF) - $3.5, 2476 screens, week 3, $29.0 total
7. Feel The Noise (BMG)- $3.4, 1015 screens, week 1, $3.4 total
8. 3:10 to Yuma (LGF) - $3.0, 2562 screens, week 5, $48.5 total
9. The Brave One (WB) - $2.2, 2358 screens, week 4, $34.3 total
10. Mr. Woodcock (NL) - $2.0, 1950 screens, week 4, $22.3 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? It means bow down before the Rock, people! Face it. He is here to take charge. And it's about time he does, too. Start showing the masses "what's up"! Dropping only 29% from last week's opening, The Rock easily claimed his rightful atop the Hollywood throne. For this week, anyway.
The Heartbreak Kid opened to less than anticipated numbers, to bring in a mere $14 million. The main problem here? No The Rock! If it were The Rock on a disastrous honeymoon with a psycho wife and involves urinating on a jellyfish sting, the crowds would come in droves. Alas, the film did not contain such brilliance, and is therefore left on the vine to rot off and die.
Speaking of rotting off and dying, the poor performance of "The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising," which manages to invoke Harry Potter AND a heavy metal album in it's title, does not bode well for future fantasy book adaptations that don't include the words "Potter," "Narnia", or "Rings". Even if The Rock were somehow involved, I don't think the movie could have performed that much better. (But it still would've been a much better movie based on his presence and charisma).
There's some movie called Feel The Noise, and it has nothing to do with Quiet Riot. (Although, technically that would be called Feel the Noize). I don't know what it is, but I vaguely heard Jennifer Lopez's name involved, and not a certain Mr. "The Rock" Johnson. Anyway, it did pretty poor as well.
Below the radar, George Clooney's legal thriller Michael Clayton opened up on 15 screens and took in $704,000, with a per screen average of just under $47,000. This would be the highest of the week, if it wasn't for a 2 screen release of Blade Runner: The Final Cut, which took in $95,000. (Per screen average: $47,500). Allegedly the last tinkering by Ridley Scott of his much praised sci-fi vision from 1982, the Final Cut will be released on home video (in all formats, I believe) in December. If Scott does decide to go back and mess with the movie after that... well, I bet you can figure out what I want digitally inserted into the film. Give you a hint: It sounds like Bwayne"The Sock" Johnsom.
And in the "Because It's There" series: Superbad took in $825,000 on 756 screens, bringing it's grand total to $120,281,000 in 8 weeks.
There you have my break down. Next week we see if the Rock shall continue his reign, or if I find someone new and exciting to turn to. Or maybe I'll just watch Krull again.