Sunday, March 09, 2008

Box Office Report: Daylight Savings Weekend!

Dude here again. We did that time change thing last night, putting the clocks ahead an hour. I think it's pretty foolish to keep doing this back and forth thing. But I also find it incredibly arrogant that George W. Bush felt the need to actually change the dates when it happens, to give us more light. You are not the master of space and time, sir. That would be Doc Brown. Leave Daylight Savings Time alone! That's it. I'm finished. Let's get on with this.

This weekend, a really big, loud, dumb movie opened up. And so did 10,000 B.C. and one of them made far too much money than it deserves. 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 this column wrong).

1. 10,000 B.C. (WB) - $35.7, 3410 screens, week 1, $35.7 total

2. College Road Trip (BV) - $14.0, 2706 screens, week 1, $14.0 total

3. Vantage Point (Sony)- $7.5, 3163 screens, week 3, $51.6 total

4. Semi-Pro (NL) - $5.9, 3121 screens, week 2, $24.8 total

5. The Bank Job (LGF) - $5.7, 1603 screens, week 1, $5.7 total

6. The Spiderwick Chronicles (Par) - $4.8, 3246 screens, week 4, $61.7 total

7. The Other Boleyn Girl (Sony) - $4.0, 1167 screens, week 2, $14.6 total

8. Jumper (Fox) - $3.7, 2563 screens, week 4, $72.5 total

9. Step Up 2 The Streets (BV)- $3.0, 2251 screens, week 4, $53.0 total

10. Fool's Gold (WB) - $2.8, 2322 screens, week 5, $62.8 total

So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? It means that $35 million was painfully sucked away from poor fools stupid enough to pay their hard earned dollars to see the wooly mammoth movie. (Full disclosure: I am one of those fools, too). And that $14 million was taken away from the people who couldn't even give it to the wooly mammoth movie, but rather to Rayven Simone.

Adding insult to this injury, a perfectly fine Jason Statham bank robbery movie opened up to far less than either of these movies. This is just shenanigans. That's right. SHENANIGANS!!!

Right below the top ten, something called Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day did slightly less than 5 week old McConaughey abs. Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park opened up on 2 screens and took in $30,000 and the highest per screen average. Even higher than the movie with the wild ostrich attack. The new Stephen Chow movie CJ7 opened up on 19 screens and took in $41,100. And the latest from David Gordon Green, Snow Angels, opened up on 2 screens to take in $14,000. The more fascinating films are rarely in the top ten, are they?

And in the "Because It's Rambo" series: Rambo, took in $66,000 on 163 screens, bringing it's grand total to $42,465,000 in 7 weeks.

There you have my break down. Next week, Doomsday!!! That's all that really should matter.

Until next weekend....

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