Dude here again. Halloween is now officially over, and the Chrismanzakuh holiday season has begun! I know this because the people on my street took down their Halloween decorations and put up Christmas decorations instead. Except for one guy who always leaves the Halloween stuff up until February. I'm sure he's making some sort of political/social statement by doing this.
Or he's even lazier than I am.
This weekend, four major releases duke it out, including our first Christmas movie of the season (which makes sense because it's early November! 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. A Christmas Carol (BV) - $31.0, 3683 screens, week 1, $31.0 total
2. Michael Jackson's This Is It (Sony)- $14.0, 3481 screens, week 2, $57.8 total
3. The Men Who Stare At Goats (Over) - $13.3, 2443 screens, week 1, $13.3 total
4. The Fourth Kind (Uni)- $12.5, 2527 screens, week 1, $12.5 total
5. Paranormal Activity (Par) - $8.6, 2558 screens, week 7, $97.4 total
6. The Box (WB)- $7.8, 2635 screens, week 1, $7.8 total
7. Couples Retreat (Uni) $6.4, 2587 screens, week 5, $95.9 total
8. Law Abiding Citizen (Over)- $6.1, 2474 screens, week 4, $60.8 total
9. Where The Wild Things Are (WB) - $4.2, 2756 screens, week 4, $69.2 total
10. Astro Boy (Sum) - $2.5, 1918 screens, week 3, $15.0 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that Christmas reigns supreme, but again, not nearly as much as money counting people were probably hoping for, given the cost. Next week will be the true test of the film's strength, as it will probably play a lot of theaters until Christmas actually arrives, but this does probably put the kibosh on future Dickens' tales transformed with the magic of 3-D performance capture, which is a shame as I was looking forward to A Tale of Two Cities with Jim Carrey portraying everyone, including the two cities.
Surprising a lot of people is The Men Who Stare At Goats, a tale of goats and George Clooney, which once again proves my theory that Clooney can do no wrong, so long as he continues making interesting movies for adults. Some my say Fantastic Mr Fox, which opens next week, would prove the exception to the rule, but I say those people haven't paid attention to the amount of real estate jokes in the film.
The Fourth Kind opened up to HORRIBLE reviews, but managed to piggy-back on the Paranormal Activity phenomenon to pull in $12 million dollars. I don't know if this makes me happy or sad, but the movie does look ridiculous, which means I sort of can't wait to see it.
And poor Richard Kelly. The director of Donnie Darko and Southland Tales released his first studio effort, and while it made more than his previous films combined, it was still a disappointing first weekend for the film, losing out to the 7th week of Paranormal Activity, and the goats.
Below the radar, Precious: Based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire made $1.8 million on 18 screens, which gives it a per screen average of roughly $100,000. Outstanding work for a film that's garnered a lot of buzz for awards, even if it depresses the living hell out of the audience. (Not to mention the grief that long title must give those who change marquees for a living).
There you have my amazing break down. Next week we get another Roland Emmerich world ending spectacle! (Sadly, this one involves no wooly mammoths, but it has John Cusack outrunning global destruction in a limo! And that aforementioned Mr. Fox opens up in limited release.
Until next weekend.......