Dude here again. The box office is jumping this weekend! Literally. No, that's not true. But it could be the truth, if it believed it could. Sometimes we just have to believe we can jump, and then before you know it, we've jumped further than we imagined we could. Sorry, I thought I was writing inspirational young adult fiction for a moment.
This weekend, Jason came to put a stop to this silly nonsense about men not being into you. 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. tuesday really, if you want to include holiday numbers, but this is from Fri-Sun).
1. Friday the 13th (NL/Par) - $42.2, 3105 screens, week 1, $42.2 total
2. He's Just Not That Into You (NL) - $19.6, 3175 screens, week 2, $55.0 total
3. Taken (Fox) - $19.2, 3109 screens, week 3, $77.9 total
4. Confessions of a Shopaholic (BV)- $15.4, 2507 screens, week 1, $15.4 total
5. Coraline (Focus)- $15.2, 2320 screens, week 2, $35.5 total
6. Paul Blart: Mall Cop (Sony)- $11.7, 2965 screens, week 5, $110.5 total
7. The International (Sony) $10.0, 2364 screens, week 1, $10.0 total
8. The Pink Panther 2 (Sony) - $9.0, 3245 screens, week 2, $22.3 total
9. Slumdog Millionaire (FoxS) - $7.1, 1634 screens, week 14, $86.5 total
10. Push (Sum) - $7.1, 2313 screens, week 2, $19.3 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that people really wanted to see another Friday the 13th movie. In three days, this Michael Bay-produced remake made more than the original film in it's entire theatrical run. In the parthenon of films that feature Jason Vorhees, this one comes in second, after the epic battle between Jason and Freddy.
When it came to what people like to refer to as "Chick Flicks", audiences seemed to prefer the one where they're just not that into you over the Shopaholic. Fueled, no doubt, by our troubling economic times, audiences preferred to not watch a character amass insane debts.
And Liam Neeson's epic rage continues, with a tiny percentage drop from last week, and beating out tough guy Clive Owen's debut on The International. Most of the holdovers this weekend also seemed to hold steady after last week's numbers, just adding to the coffers of Blart. And Slumdog Millionaire contiues to win over audiences across the land!
There you have my amazing break down. Next week, steep declines in box office numbers are predicted as nothing huge opens. But hey, only two weeks to Watchmen!!!
Until next weekend.......