Dude here again. I bring to you numbers. Large numbers. Numbers that make people happy. Very happy. Unless you're one of the people who was disappointed in what you spent your money on. I know I was. And that makes this large number a little disturbing to report.
Man, did I hate that Terminator movie.
This weekend, Terminator Shananigans opened up, as well as Night at the Museum. And it's a holiday weekend, which means the numbers are 4-day totals! Which is why I'm writing this on Monday, instaed of Sunday. Let's go to the numbers, shall we? (All in millions, remember, and these are the studio estimates. The actuals will be available on Tuesday).
1. Night at the Museum... (Fox)- $70.0, 4096 screens, week 1, $70.0 total
2. Terminator Salvation (WB)- $53.8, 3530 screens, week 1, $67.1 total
3. Star Trek (Par) $29.4, 4053 screens, week 3, $191.0 total
4. Angels & Demons (Sony) - $27.7, 3527 screens, week 2, $87.8 total
5. Dance Flick (Par)- $13.1, 2450 screens, week 1, $13.1 total
6. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Fox)- $10.1, 3183 screens, week 4, $165.3 total
7. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (WB) - $4.8, 2255 screens, week 4, $46.9 total
8. Obsessed (ScrGm) - $2.5, 1603 screens, week 5, $66.4 total
9. Monsters Vs. Aliens (Par/DW) - $1.9, 1434 screens, week 9, $193.5 total
10. 17 Again (WB) - $1.2, 1107 screens, week 6, $60.5 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means the people spoke, and they chose Ben Stiller and a bunch of history brought to life over a post-apocalyptic robotic war. And for once, I am happy. the schadenfreude has kicked in, and I'm happy about this choice. No records were broken this weekend, but Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian did outperform its' predecessor. The robot movie didn't.
Oh, and Dance Flick opened up, and manage to take $13 million of your money. Give that some thought, why don't you. I'll wait.
Meanwhile, Star Trek looks to be a solid hit, continuing steady business and dropping low percentages. It even performed better than last week's #1, Angels & Demons. That film, however, seems to be conquering the world, so I'm not shedding any tears.
How is Monsters Vs. Aliens still on this list? It's not like it's Taken. Man, remember those days? When Liam Neeson would lord over us all, just waiting to kick our collective arses at any given moment? Ahhh, good times. You know something? I think I would've preferred watching Liam Neeson take on the robot army. Because you know he could get the job done with the intensity only matched by robotic killing machines of the future.
There you have my amazing break down. Next week, Pixar unleashes their next "Greatest Pixar Movie Ever", as I have no doubt multiple outlets will declare it. Oh, and we also get a new horror movie from Sam Raimi that doesn't involve a spider man!
Until next weekend.......