Dude here again. With an informative, completely unbiased view of the weekend box office numbers that will be heavily disputed. My report is not influenced in any way whatsoever by my opinions of the content provided. I swear.
This weekend, a stupid, laugh-less comedy narrowly edged out the greatest action movie of the year in a low scoring winning. And below the top spot, several other releases have very close calls. Some of which are decent movies, others are pandering crap. 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. Meet The Spartans (Fox) - $18.7, 2605 screens, week 1, $18.7 total
2. Rambo (LGF) - $18.1, 2751 screens, week 1, $18.1 total
3. 27 Dresses (Fox) - $13.6, 3074 screens, week 2, $45.3 total
4. Cloverfield (Par) - $12.7, 3411 screens, week 2, $64.2 total
5. Untraceable (ScrGms) - $11.2, 2368 screens, week 1, $11.2 total
6. Juno (FoxS) - $10.3, 2426 screens, week 8, $100.1 total
7. The Bucket List (WB) - $10.2, 2915 screens, week 5, $57.6 total
8. There WIll Be Blood (Par V) - $4.8, 885 screens, week 5, $14.7 total
9. National Treasure: Book Of Secrets (BV)- $4.66, 2154 screens, week 6, $204.1 total
10. Mad Money (Over)- $4.61, 2470 screens, week 2, $15.2 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? You remember that shame I brought down upon the Earth for letting Alvin and The Chipmunks make over $200 million? That's nothing compared to the shame sandwich I'm gonna force down your gullets for actually allowing Meet The Spartans to make money. What is wrong with you? How does a transformer, showing up in Sparta, playing the "Leave Britney Alone" guy on itself equate to comedy? How can you just willingly accept that as comedy? To the tune of $18 million,no less!??!?
And Rambo was denied a perfectly acceptable number one opening victory. Possibly. It's probable all these estimates are a bit off and positions could change. Along those lines, Juno and The Bucket List are awfully close. Same with National Treasure and Mad Money. Which means that around $9 million worth of people hadn't seen National Treasure or Mad Money, but really needed to this weekend. If shame were rain...
On the plus side, the Academy Award nominations gave significant boosts to all of the Best Picture nominees, including an appearance on the top ten of There Will Be Blood. The next few weeks should increase all the films' tallies.
Oh, Untraceable opened up respectably, but it looks pretty dumb. Cloverfield, which I thought was also pretty dumb, dropped 68% from last week, questioning the legs of the film. And How She Move, some movie about dancing or possibly about moving, opened up in in the #12 spot with just under $4 million.
Below the radar, U2 3D opened up on 61 screens and took in $961,000. I presume that's a movie about U@, and it's in 3-D. It could also be about R2D2's cousin, and I think that would be the movie I prefer. Also opening this week, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, a Romanian film about abortion that many were outraged was shafted from the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Picture award, opened up on 2 screens and took in $48,000.
And in the "Because It's There" series: Beowulf took in took in $98,000 on 214 screens, bringing it's grand total to $82,159,000 in 11 weeks.
There you have my break down. Next week Jessica Alba plays blind. And that will probably take a lot of money as well. But at least The Eye won't insult your intelligence.
Until next weekend....