Sunday, August 03, 2008
Edition Inspired Memento: Report Office Box
Until next weekend....
There you have my amazing break down honoring the previous works of Christopher Nolan. Next week, I return to normal, and we get another Apatow movie with my nemesis Seth Rogen! But the biggest blockbuster of the summer will open, too- Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2! I got my ticket for the midnight show already. Oh, and some Olympics are happening too, but who cares when we got traveling pants!
Below the radar, some amazingly titled movies opened in limited release. Well, only one, really. Midnight Meat Train opened up on 102 screens, none of which are near me, and took in $32,000. There's a history about this film and it's none release that I will not mention because I'm lazy and having too much trouble figuring out the backwards thing. Also, In Search Of A Midnight Kiss opened up on 2 screens and took in $14,000. All I know is they should have combined the two movies and made "In Search of a Midnight Meat Train Kiss". Actually, that sounds disturbingly pornographic.
Where was I? Oh right, Swing Vote. Yeah, it didn't really attract a lot of viewers. But it's Kevin Costner, and he tends to have some draw, I think. Right? What was the last movie Costner was in? I'm totally drawing a blank. The only movie that comes to my mind is The Postman. And that movie rocks, because it's about the post apocalyptic wasteland AND it has Tom Petty playing himself.
I would like to point out that while The Dark Knight took the top spot, Brendan Fraser managed to draw in more people to his movies, as he stars in the number 2 and 5 movies this weekend. Take of that what you will, but I think it just means that our lives will be Fraser-ized for a long time to come. Long live the Encino Man!
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Batman made more money. Broke some more records. Big surprise. However, the numbers between this and The Mummy are very close, and being that these are estimates, it's possible that Universal could pull off an upset. Regardless, Dark Knight continues it's dominance, and may indeed break $500 million in domestic gross. Then it will struggle to reach the Titanic record, unless you nerds out there keep buying those tickets!
10. Space Chimps (Fox) $2.8, 2134 screens, week 3, $22.0 total
9. X-Files: I Want To Believe (Fox) - $3.4, 3185 screens, week 2, $17.0 total
8. Wall-E (BV) - $4.7, 2555 screens, week 6, $204.2 total
7. Hancock (Sony)- $5.2, 2782 screens, week 5, $215.9 total
6. Swing Vote (BV)- $6.3, 2213 screens, week 1, $6.3 total
5. Journey To The Center of the Earth 3-D (NL) - $6.8, 2285 screens, week 4, $73.1 total
4. Mamma Mia! (Uni) - $13.1, 3062 screens, week 3, $87.9 total
3. Step Brothers (Sony) - $16.3, 3094 screens, week 2, $62.9 total
2. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Uni) - $42.4, 3760 screens, week 1, $42.4 total
1. The Dark Knight (WB)- $43.8, 4266 screens, week 3, $394.8 total
This weekend, Brendan Fraser steps up and tries to take down the Batman. He doesn't succeed, but comes awfully close. 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).
(And I bet the guys at the site will think I formatted it wrong, too. But they shouldn't believe their eyes).
Dude here again. It looks like The Dark Knight has once again conquered the top of the box office. In honor of director Christopher Nolan, I've decided to construct this box office report the same way as Nolan's break out film Memento. I briefly considered writing the entire thing backwards, but that's just a lot of work for a lot of confusion. And this is hard enough as it is. Seriously. And I bet you there will be mass confusion until you finish this paragraph.