Dude here again. It's starting to feel like summer again. Not just because of the intense California heat and subsequent wildfires. (But they do count for something). But because every weekend is posting ridiculously high dollar amounts. If I had feelings anymore, it would make me cry. The tears. The tears out of my face.
This weekend, in a surprise to nobody, James Bond kicked your arse. Just admit it. no other movies even opened up in any significant way. 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. Quantum of Solace (Sony)- $70.4, 3451 screens, week 1, $70.4 total
2. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Par/DW)- $36.1, 4065 screens, week 2, $118.0 total
3. Role Models (Uni) - $11.7, 2798 screens, week 2, $38.1 total
4. High School Musical 3: Senior Year (BV) - $5.8, 3202 screens, week 4, $84.3 total
5. Changeling (Uni) - $4.2, 1896 screens, week 4, $27.6 total
6. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Wein.) - $3.2, 2210 screens, week 3, $26.5 total
7. Soul Men (MGM/Dim)- $2.4, 2048 screens, week 2, $9.4 total
8. The Secret Life of Bees (FoxS) - $2.4, 1449 screens, week 5, $33.6 total
9. Saw V (LGF) - $1.7, 2002 screens, week 4, $55.4 total
10. The Haunting of Molly Hartley (Free) $1.6, 1587 screens, week 3, $12.6 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means pretty much what I said earlier. Smashing records for the Bond franchise, QoS (as the cool kids call it) proves that anyone who answered Bond to the question "Who would win in a fight, Bond or Bourne?" doesn't look like a fool anymore. It made a boat load of cash, enough to keep Dame Judi Dench (DJD, as the cool kids call her) rich enough to go off and do serious movies in the meantime. And by serious, I mean more Riddick movies.
In second, with a small percentage drop was Madagascar 2 The Streets, about dancing animals or something. I didn't see it. Role Models also had a small decrease from last week, and showed some strong legs. the movie's funny as heck, and well worth seeing.
Man, that Riddick movie kicks a lot of arse, too. Why is Vin Diesel wasting my time with XXX 3 and Fasterest and Furioser? We want Riddick!
Below the radar, Danny Boyle's latest Slumdog Millionaire, a touching and I'm willing to bet visually stunning story of an Indian man winning "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" opened up on 10 screens and took in $350,000. A higher per screen average to the QoS, but that QoS average was pretty high, too.
There you have my amazing break down. Next week, some nonsense called Twilight is coming out. It's about vampires. It stars the kid who died in the fourth Harry Potter. In a previous life, the new Harry Potter was supposed to open next week. Alas, now we have Twilight. (And ten more days until Transporter 3!!!)
Until next weekend.......