Sunday, May 31, 2009

Box Office Report: Up and Away! (sigh...)

Dude here again. Coming at you after an evening of drunken karaoke shenanigans. I gotta tell you, some people might try to tell you sing Stairway to Heaven, but I disagree. I prefer singing STYX. The audience is craving for things beyond their comprehension, and Styx delivers. Stairway may be a grand song, but it's a cliche and at 8 minutes long, kind of a downer.

Plus, who doesn't love songs about robots?

This weekend, Pixar releases their latest "Greatest Pixar Movie" until next year's release, and Sam Raimi returns to horror. How did they fare? 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. Up (BV) - $68.2, 3766 screens, week 1, $68.2 total

2. Night at the Museum... (Fox)- $25.5, 4101 screens, week 2, $105.2 total

3. Drag Me To Hell (Uni) - $16.6, 2508 screens, week 1, $16.6 total

4. Terminator Salvation (WB)- $16.1, 3602 screens, week 2, $90.6 total

5. Star Trek (Par) $12.8, 3507 screens, week 4, $209.5 total

6. Angels & Demons (Sony) - $11.2, 3464 screens, week 3, $104.7 total

7. Dance Flick (Par)- $4.9, 2459 screens, week 2, $19.2 total

8. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Fox)- $3.9, 2263 screens, week 5, $170.8 total

9. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (WB) - $1.9, 1450 screens, week 5, $50.0 total

10. Obsessed (ScrGm) - $0.6, 679 screens, week 6, $67.5 total

So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means the people are up with Up! (As opposed to being Up With People!) But Pixar knows what they're doing, and they snagged their 3rd highest opening OF ALL TIME! (See? Records are EVERYWHERE, you just need to know how to phrase them). But yeah, once again the Pixar gang delivers and puts a lock onto the best animated movie nominations in the next six months.

Sam Raimi made a movie that wasn't involving Spider-man, and the audiences didn't seem to come out like they should have. Most interesting, but horror doesn't do too well in the early months of the summer. Usually towards the end is when people crave the horror. Still, it's nice to see Raimi cleanse the palate after that ridiculous Spider-Man 3 movie, where the modern kids were dancing to the twist in the kitchen, and Spiderman cried.

A lot.

Night at the Museum 2 is holding on to 2nd place, but it did have a steeper drop than expected. Yet another footnote to the crazy numbers this summer. Terminator Salvation dropped even steeper, which makes the prospect of a sequel that less likely, but I think that's for the best. Unless it's called Terminator: Apology, it's not getting my money.

Oh, and Star Trek is now the highest grossing motion picture of the year! This makes me smile the good smile. Not the creepy smile.

There you have my amazing break down. Next week, another big screen adaptation of a TV show, and a documentary about my last trip to Las Vegas.

Until next weekend.......

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