Dude here again. I decided to keep my hangover in check this week. I did it by continuously drinking. I honestly can't recall the 7 days between when I last wrote the box office report. It's really fantastic, but my clothes are starting to stand and their own, and I can't seem to find my car anywhere. It's probably still in the parking garage, but I don't know if there's some hobo pinned to the windshield that I just forgot about.
Because those things actually happen.
This weekend, the top two remain the same, meaning all Hangover jokes and references people are making around the office are now MORE than relevant. Also, some other movies opened, too. 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. The Hangover (WB)- $33.4, 3355 screens, week 2, $105.3 total
2. Up (BV) - $30.5, 3886 screens, week 3, $187.1 total
3. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (Sony) - $25.0, 3074 screens, week 1, $25.0 total
4. Night at the Museum... (Fox)- $9.6, 3365 screens, week 4, $143.4 total
5. Land Of The Lost (Uni) - $9.1, 3534 screens, week 2, $34.9 total
6. Imagine That (Par)- $5.7, 3008 screens, week 1, $5.7 total
7. Star Trek (Par) $5.6, 2638 screens, week 6, $232.0 total
8. Terminator Salvation (WB)- $4.6, 2650 screens, week 4, $113.8 total
9. Angels & Demons (Sony) - $4.2, 2463 screens, week 5, $123.3 total
10. Drag Me To Hell (Uni) - $3.8, 2273 screens, week 3, $35.1 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means The Hangover is now crowned as "The surprise hit", because it took the top spot 2 weeks in a row, with only a 25% drop from last weekend's take. It's a genuine hit with "Legs". I know far too much "lingo" in this job. Still, the movie's hilarious and deserves all it's accolades and money.
Up seems to be doing nicely as well, rapidly approaching the $200 million point. Looks like there was nowhere for the film to go from here but Up! (If you're lucky, you'll be able to hear the resounding smack in the face I just applied to myself).
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, a Tony Scott directed remake with Denzel Washington and John Travolta, struggled against the two champions, and fought valiantly, but alas, comes in third. Or as my Dad likes to say, the second loser. At least the film fared better than Imagine That, an Eddie Murphy comedy that proves Eddie Murphy should stop making family films, and make something like "Delerious" again. My two cents.
Why aren't more people seeing Drag Me To Hell?!? It's fantastic! It's so much fun, you want to see it again immediately afterwards. It should've come out at Halloween.
Below the radar, a trio of interesting films opened up. Moon, starring Sam Rockwell as a man on the moon for 3 years by himself, opened up on 8 screens and took in $145,000. Food, Inc. a documentary about food (inc) opened on 3 screens and took in $63,000. And Tetro, another indie from Francis Coppola, opened up on 2 screens and took in $31,300. Interesting counter-programming to the normal summer fare.
I really don't know where these trite box office descriptions are coming from.
There you have my amazing break down. Next week, Year One and The Proposal try to make people laugh in ways the Hangover cannot. Will they succeed?!?
Until next weekend.......
(Nobody Wants To Play Sega With Harrison Ford)