Sunday, September 14, 2008

Box Office Report: Back to normal... OR IS IT?!?

Dude here again. I have a whole lot of movies, and a whole lot of numbers to start your Monday (or late Sunday, or later, depending on if you even read this) off right.

This weekend, FOUR wide releases! I can stop talking about Batman and the other movie that did well last month! And a month to be free of Space Chimps references! (Starting now). 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. Burn After Reading (Focus) - $19.4, 2651 screens, week 1, $19.4 total

2. Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys (LGF) - $18.0, 2070 screens, week 1, $18.0 total

3. Righteous Kill (Over) - $16.5, 3152 screens, week 1, $16.5 total

4. The Women (PicH) $10.00, 2962 screens, week 1, $10.0 total

5. The House Bunny (Sony)- $4.3, 2763 screens, week 4, $42.1 total

6. Tropic Thunder (Par/DW) - $4.1, 2927 screens, week 5, $102.9 total

7. The Dark Knight (WB)- $4.0, 2191 screens, week 9, $517.6 total

8. Bangkok Dangerous (LGF)- $2.4, 2654 screens, week 2, $12.5 total

9. Traitor (Over) - $2.1, 2014 screens, week 3, $20.7 total

10. DEATH RACE (Uni) - $2.0, 2007 screens, week 4, $33.1 total

So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that this year, the Coen brothers not only won Academy Awards for last year's No Country For Old Men, but they also have their first number 1 opening in their 25+ years of filmmaking. Congratulations boys! How does it feel to truly be accepted by the machine you became icons for fighting against?

Coming in a close, and surprising second place was the latest from the Tyler Perry canon of films, The Family That Preys. Normally I would expect the Tyler Perry movie to claim the top spot, but not this time. Not with the Mighty Coen brothers around! Coming in close to Tyler Perry is Heat 2: Electric Boogaloo, with a respectable $16 million, which is far more than most people would have predicted from that film. Rounding out the new releases is The Women, which is not a pornographic movie, as the ticket seller led me to believe. Anyway, it took over twenty years to finally get the movie made, and it opens in fourth place with very negative reviews. Kinda sad if you stop to think about it.

But if there's ever a movie that needed the Dreadnaught, it's The Women. (And next week it will be The Duchess, another Keira Knightley costume drama I fear I may be forced to see). DREADNAUGHT!

Last week's #1, Bangkok Dangerous faltered to 8th place, losing 69% of it's last weekend gross. (Which was declared the fifth lowest #1 opening... OF ALL TIME!!! See, records can be broken anywhere you choose to look!) And Step Brothers crossed the $100 million mark along with Tropic Thunder this week. Next week, I'm making up records of my own.

Below the radar, a movie called Towelhead opened up on 4 screens and took in $53,000. It was directed by the guy who created Six Feet Under, and that new HBO show that's about vampires and kinda sucks.

There you have my amazing break down. Next week, Samuel L. Jackson yells a lot, Dane Cook irritates me, and Ricky Gervais finally gets to star in a movie, albeit one he didn't write himself. We shall see.

Until next weekend....

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