Sunday, November 23, 2008

Box Office Report: Vampires are stupid edition

Dude here again. This is getting a little ridonkulous, all these people making lots of money in short periods of time. But, so long as people keep releasing movies lots of screaming girls want to see (as well as screaming boys last week, and screaming children two weeks ago )the numbers will be up, and I'll comment about it. Because that's what you expect of me.

This weekend, Twilight came, saw, and conquered (and then some) and put a disappointing Mr. Bond in his place. Oh, and a movie about a talking dog opened. 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. Twilight (Sum) $70.5, 3419 screens, week 1, $70.5 total

2. Quantum of Solace (Sony)- $27.4, 3458 screens, week 2, $109.4 total

3. Bolt (BV) - $27.0, 3651 screens, week 1, $27.0 total

4. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Par/DW)- $16.0, 4007 screens, week 3, $137.4 total

5. Role Models (Uni) - $7.2, 2733 screens, week 3, $48.0 total

6. Changeling (Uni) - $2.6, 1739 screens, week 5, $31.6 total

7. High School Musical 3: Senior Year (BV) - $2.0, 2361 screens, week 5, $86.8 total

8. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Wein.) - $1.7, 1220 screens, week 4, $29.3 total

9. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Mir)- $1.6, 406 screens, week 3, $2.6 total

10. The Secret Life of Bees (FoxS) - $1.2, 1095 screens, week 6, $35.6 total

So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that almost any teenage girl you know, plus everyone she knows, and everyone THEY know, and etc. went to see Twilight this weekend. And they took all the parking at the movie theater, making it very difficult for those of us wasting our time with the James Bond movie. Twilight made a mint, which is very good for Summit entertainment (and the girl that works for them that I have a crush on*) and very bad for Paramount, which put the project into turnaround two years ago. This can only ensure more Twilight movies are an inevitability.

On a side note, I have not seen the film nor read the books. The reasoning is not because it's a movie for teenage girls (I secretly love those movies), but because of a logic flaw that may or may not be answered in the film/books itself. It is this: If Cedric Diggory is a 110 year old vampire, why does he keep returning to high school? It can't be to increase his friend numbers on MySpace, could it?

Also opening this week was something that last week seemed like a sure bet: Disney's Bolt. featuring the voices of John Travolta and Miley Cyrus, as well as a hamster in a ball, it went on to take third place. Not bad, and it should have some legs going into the holiday weekend next week. But still, it's rather disappointing given the insanely high numbers of Madagascar 2 weeks ago. But I'm sure people with kids will have to watch this ad infinitum when it's released in a special edition DVD in a few months. (that will be locked away in the Disney Vault after six months, never to be heard from again).

Quantum of Solace, which I may or may not have expressed my disdain for already, held onto second place, but just barely. In fact, don't be surprised if Bolt winds up in second when the actuals are released, as Sony had boosted last week's numbers to make it seem like Bond outdid the last Bourne film. (Which it turned out, it did not). But with an almost 60% drop from last week, this Bond might not be as successful as Casino Royale.

Below the radar, Danny Boyle's latest Slumdog Millionaire continued to astound audiences and garner well deserved Oscar buzz. It had the highest per screen average of the week, again, and increased both it's take from last week and the number of screens. Other movies opened up in limited release, but my information will not reveal what those movies are, and how much they made.

There you have my amazing break down. Next week, Milk! Australia! Four Christmases! And of course, Transporter 3!!! The movie I feel Bond WISHES it could be. (Boy am I gonna be upset if it's horrible). Also, on DVD this week... SPACE CHIMPS!!! Just sayin...

Until next weekend.......

*Fun Fact: That girl is the out of focus, red-eyed Little Red Riding Hood in my profile picture. True Story. And I don't really have a crush on her, but I keep the joke going because I don't know when to end a joke. Like this one, right now, for instance. No clue how to properly end it. Like an SNL sketch.

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