Sunday, November 09, 2008

Box Office Report: Obama hangover edition

Dude here again. I'm reporting to you for the first time in about 8 years with something I call a semblance of hope. To be honest with you, it's a little disconcerting. But I'll get used to it. I'm speaking of course about the teen girl roller derby league I coach. We've struggled for years (8, to be exact) but finally, after Tuesday, these girls seem like they're ready to take on the skates and finally win us some games. Go Team!

This weekend, in a surprise to nobody, an animated movie dominates in a big way! And the others fall by the wayside, but them's the breaks. 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. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Par/DW)- $63.5, 4056 screens, week 1, $63.5 total

2. Role Models (Uni) - $19.2, 2792 screens, week 1, $19.2 total

3. High School Musical 3: Senior Year (BV) - $9.2, 3464 screens, week 3, $75.7 total

4. Changeling (Uni) - $7.2, 1855 screens, week 3, $20.5 total

5. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Wein.) - $6.5, 2735 screens, week 2, $20.9 total

6. Soul Men (MGM/Dim)- $5.6, 2044 screens, week 1, $5.6 total

7. Saw V (LGF) - $4.2, 2829 screens, week 3, $52.3 total

8. The Haunting of Molly Hartley (Free) $3.4, 2576 screens, week 2, $10.2 total

9. The Secret Life of Bees (FoxS) - $3.1, 1481 screens, week 4, $29.9 total

10. Eagle Eye (Par/DW)- $2.5, 1407 screens, week 7, $96.4 total

So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that if I make an animated movie about talking animals, people will come! In droves! It makes you wonder if the tally would have been as large if the new Bond movie opened this week like it was originally planned. But this isn't about hypothetical. this is about reality. And the reality is that Madagascar 2 made $63 million in three days. I need to check my lotto tickets.

Not even close in second is Role Models, which looks hilarious (I'm seeing it as soon as I'm done typing this), filthy, and the farthest thing from talking animals I want to see in a movie. A very respectable $19 mil opening should bode well for the comedy, which is surprisingly not produced by Judd Apatow.

Moviegoers who felt like paying tribute to two recently deceased legends, Bernie Mac and Issac Hayes, must have been out seeing the talking animal movie (Mac does a voice in it too), as Soul Men was released and hardly made a dent. I've heard it's a grand testament to the talent of Mac and Hayes, but it looks like the crowds just weren't having it. I hope you all feel something that resembles shame now.

Below the radar, a bunch of interesting films opened up in limited release. Repo: The Genetic Opera opened up on 8 screens and took in $51,600. Impressive for a movie that looks like it's trying WAY too hard to worm its way into your cult classic heart. On the other end of the spectrum, though, is JCVD, a self-aware examination of the life of Jean Claude Van Damme. It took in $23,300 on 2 screens, and it should be expanding soon. And a movie called House opened up, but this is neither a) an expansion of the hit TV show; or b) a remake of the 1985 horror "classic". Knowing that, know that it also took in $355,000. But again, not those things you'd think they'd be.

There you have my amazing break down. Next week, new Bond movie!! And that means it's only 2 more weeks until a new Transporter movie!!!!!Try to deny your excitement on that one. You can't. You just can't.

Until next weekend.......

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1 comment:

turkish forever said...

Role Models was hilarious albeit a little distrubing that one of the main characters is a cursing 10 year old.

One of the best parts though had to be the trailers for not only Transporter 3 and the GREAT Turkish (aka Jason Statham) but did my eyes deceive but a new Fast and Furious movie with...Vin Diesel. Its going to be horrible but it could be horribly good.