Dude here again. Once again, I am depressed about the box office numbers. Seriously depressed. These numbers mean a lot. Quite possibly the end of civilization as we know it.
I'm not even kidding.
This weekend, Giant crappy robots fighting attempted to shatter records, and came close, but not quite. 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. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (P/DW) - $112.0, 4234 screens, week 1, $201.2 total (wed open)
2. The Proposal (BV) - $18.4, 3058 screens, week 2, $69.0 total
3. The Hangover (WB)- $17.2, 3525 screens, week 4, $183.2 total
4. Up (BV) - $13.0, 3487 screens, week 5, $250.2 total
5. My Sister's Keeper (WB)- $12.0, 2606 screens, week 1, $12.0 total
6. Year One (Sony) - $5.8, 3024 screens, week 2, $32.2 total
7. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (Sony) - $5.4, 2995 screens, week 3, $53.4 total
8. Star Trek (Par) $3.6, 1823 screens, week 8, $246.2 total
9. Night at the Museum... (Fox)- $3.6, 2250 screens, week 6, $163.2 total
10. Away We Go (Focus)- $1.6, 495 screens, week 4, $4.0 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that we the people elected to spend $200 million on an incoherent piece of nonsense trash. In 5 days. This just means that they will make more movies like this, not paying attention as to whether or not movies actually make, you know, sense! No, instead we get noise and bright flashing lights, and we call that filmmaking. Way to go. Thanks a lot.
On top of that, despite making as much money as it did, it still didn't beat any of the records set by the Dark Knight last year. It came a close second, but as everybody knows, second place is really just the first loser.
My Sister's Keeper, the smart counter-programming tactic about a child with cancer (far from transforming robots as you can get), made approximately 16 times less than what the Transformers made.
Below the radar, The Hurt Locker opened up on 4 screens and took in $144,000. What makes this remarkable is that it takes away Transformers' right to claim highest screen average of the weekend. Ha ha! Schadenfreude rules!
There you have my amazing break down. Next week, we see what happens if the robots continue their onslaught, or if they're just a flash in the pan. I hope, for the souls of all those on the planet, that we realize our mistake, and move on.
Until next weekend.......