Sunday, July 27, 2008

Box Office Report: BAT ATTACK-WEEK 2!

Dude here again.I'm still in a funk over the disappointing numbers concerning a certain film named Space Chimps. This one is a no brainer, people! Monkeys, in space suits! What don't you people get?!?

This weekend, in a surprise to absolutely nobody at all, The Dark Knight continued it's reign of terror, while a few noble flicks tried in vein to make money on their own. One movie had a chance. The other did not. 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).

1. The Dark Knight (WB)- $75.6, 4366 screens, week 2, $314.2 total

2. Step Brothers (Sony) - $30.0, 3094 screens, week 1, $30.0 total

3. Mamma Mia! (Uni) - $17.8, 2990 screens, week 2, $62.7 total

4. X-Files: I Want To Believe (Fox) - $10.2, 3185 screens, week 1, $10.2 total

5. Journey To The Center of the Earth 3-D (NL) - $9.4, 2688 screens, week 3, $60.1 total

6. Hancock (Sony)- $8.2, 3309 screens, week 4, $206.3 total

7. Wall-E (BV) - $6.3, 3044 screens, week 5, $195.2 total

8. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Uni)- $4.9, 3018 screens, week 3, $65.8 total

9. Space Chimps (Fox) $4.3, 2538 screens, week 2, $16.0 total

10. Wanted (Uni) - $2.7, 1754 screens, week 5, $128.6 total

So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? To be honest, I'm pretty sick of talking about the records that Batman broke. Pretty much go back in the archives and Find/Replace all "Pirates of The Caribbean 2" records with "Dark Knight" and you get the picture. So that's all I'm going to say about that.

Step Brothers, the latest from Will Ferrell, and the first of many comedies in the next few weeks that may or may not feature the same group of actors and taglines that contain the words "From the guys that brought you Superbad", did well. It's the best opening Ferrell has had since Talladega Nights. The X-Files movie, however, fared horribly, taking in $10 million. A far cry from the $30 million opening the previous X Files film opened to a full decade ago. Wow, I feel old.

Mamma Mia! continues to make my roommate sing ABBA songs (thanks for that, by the way) as it had a low decline in it's second week. In all the craziness with last week's bat-nannigans, it should be noted that Mamma Mia! has the biggest opening for a musical. (Non-animated, I believe). I don't know, they made up some record last week to make the movie feel better about itself for opening up against Batman.

Poor Hellboy, who had a very impressive opening but then stumbled terribly performance-wise thanks to that menace. Even Hancock got a fair chance before being completely forgotten. No worries, Hellboy, you're still the tops to me!

Below the radar, some movie called American Teen which is a "documentary" version of The Breakfast Club opened on 5 screens, and took in $44,000. I will not see this film. The only teen dialogue I want to hear uttered in a darkened theater needs that "Diablo Cody" touch. Honest to blog. Oh, and a documentary called Mon On Wire opened up on 2 screens, and took in $48,000, but had the highest per screen average of the weekend, besting the Bat. One less prize, Batman!

There you have my amazing break down. Next week, The Mummy Returns... Again

Until next weekend....

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