Dude here again. The SummerMovieXXXplosion(TM) began this weekend, but I didn't participate. And it's not because of Swine Flu fears. The beauty about my bloodstream is that due to years of neglect and poor choices, it's not really blood anymore
And that's why I can't be killed by conventional weaponry.
This weekend, Jackman straps on the claws once again, and Matthew McConaughey is in a movie, which is cause enough for celebration. 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. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Fox)- $87.0, 4099 screens, week 1, $87.0 total
2. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (WB) - $15.3, 3175 screens, week 1, $15.3 total
3. Obsessed (ScrGm) - $12.2, 2514 screens, week 2, $47.0 total
4. 17 Again (WB) - $6.3, 3255 screens, week 3, $48.4 total
5. Monsters Vs. Aliens (Par/DW) - $5.8, 2626 screens, week 6, $182.4 total
6. The Soloist (Par/DW)- $5.6, 2033 screens, week 2, $18.1 total
7. Earth (BV)- $4.1, 1804 screens, week 2, $21.8 total
8. Fighting (Rog) $4.1, 2312 screens, week 2, $17.5 total
9. Hannah Montana The Movie (BV) - $4.0, 2819 screens, week 4, $70.8 total
10. State of Play (Uni)- $3.6, 2445 screens, week 3, $30.8 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that a movie that was released on the internet a month ago, that's met with some horrible reviews, can still make bank, so long as Jackman takes off his shirt, the masses will come. No records are broken here, which is a very disappointing way to open up SummerMovieXXXplosion(TM), but still a respectable enough debut to alleviate the fears of FOx execs who thought this whole interweb leaking would take a significant chunk of dough away from their disappointing movie about claw guy.
Meanwhile, Matthew McConaughey continues to make movies. Even if I am the only person who ever actually WANTS to see those movies. Amazing.
Something called Battle For Terra, which is a 3-D animated sci-fi flick, which naturally sounds like it's up my alley, thought it had a chance of attracting people who couldn't get into Wolverine, fared poorly, taking in just over $1 million for the weekend. At least it's not Delgo.
Also below the radar, in an attempt to counter-program, a new Jim Jarmusch movie opened up. It's called The Limits of Control, it has Bill Murray in a small role, and it opened on 3 screens to the tune of $54,000, 2nd highest average after Wolverine. So there you go.
There you have my amazingly depressing break down. Next week, SummerMovieXXXplosion(TM) continues with another "reboot", and more shocking record percentage drops!
Until next weekend.......