Sunday, August 30, 2009

Box Office Report: From the road!

Dude here again. I am on a cross country journey, recovering from the mother of all bachelor parties, but that's not enough to stop me from reporting the numbers. But keep in mind I have 2500 miles of road between where I am and where I need to be.

And where my clean slacks are.

This weekend, the horror match up of all time has descended upon us, and only one clear winner remains! 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 Final Destination (NL)- $28.3, 3121 screens, week 1, $28.3 total

2. Inglorious Basterds (Wein)- $20.0, 3165 screens, week 2, $73.7 total

3. Halloween 2 (Dim) - $17.4, 3025 screens, week 1, $17.4 total

4. District 9 (TriS) - $10.7, 3180 screens, week 3, $90.8 total

5. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Par) - $8.0, 3467 screens, week 4, $132.4 total

6. Julie & Julia (Sony) - $7.4, 2503 screens, week 4, $70.9 total

7. The Time Traveler's Wife (NL)- $6.7, 2961 screens, week 3, $48.1 total

8. Shorts (WB)- $4.8, 3105 screens, week 2, $13.5 total

9. Taking Woodstock (Focus) - $3.7, 1393 screens, week 1, $3.7 total

10. G-Force (BV) $2.8, 1926 screens, week 6, $111.8 total

So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that when it comes to a horror showdown, it helps if your movie is in 3-D. The Final Destination, taking a cue from Fast and Furious and dropping numbers, captured the imaginations and $28 million versus the sequel to the remake of Halloween had to settle for third.

The Basterds held on reasonably well, and District 9 continues to kick the collective ass of the world.

Taking Woodstock, Ang Lee's nostalgic trip through the age of hippies filtered through the eyes of corporate multinational conglomerate culture, took in a relatively weak $3.7 million. Far cry from the opening of Hulk.

Below the radar, Big Fan starring Patton Oswalt took in $26,000 on 2 screens. Very impressive. There's also a documentary called The September Issue, which is about the woman who puts together Vogue, took in $240,000 on 6 screens, which is the highest per screen average of the weekend.

There you have my amazing break down. Next week, a movie from guys that made Crank, and one from the maker of Office Space! And hopefully I will have successfully crossed the country, and made back to the land of palm trees and movie stars.

Until next weekend.......

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