Sunday, November 22, 2009

Box Office Report Saga: New Moon

Dude here again. Did some movie come out this weekend that makes teen girls squeal with delight much to the chagrin of those around them? Did some movie come out and break some records, thus ensuring more of these films to come?

This is the way the world ends, not with a whimper, but with a bang.

This weekend, Twilight 2: Electric Boogaloo was unleashed. 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 Twilight Saga: New Moon (Sum)- $140.7, 4024 screens, week 1, $140.7 total

2. The Blind Side (WB) - $34.5, 3110 screens, week 1, $34.5 total

3. 2012 (Sony) - $26.5, 3408 screens, week 2, $108.2 total

4. Planet 51 (Sony)- $12.6, 3035 screens, week 1, $12.6 total

5. A Christmas Carol (BV) - $12.3, 3578 screens, week 3, $79.7 total

6. Precious... (LGF) - $11.0, 629 screens, week 3, $21.4 total

7. The Men Who Stare At Goats (Over) - $2.7, 2056 screens, week 3, $27.6 total

8. Couples Retreat (Uni) $1.9, 1712 screens, week 7, $105.0 total

9. The Fourth Kind (Uni)- $1.7, 1648 screens, week 3, $23.3 total

10. Law Abiding Citizen (Over)- $1.6, 1327 screens, week 6, $70.0 total

So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that you Twihards aren't effin' around. $140 million in 3 days? Third highest opening weekend! Biggest midnight show and opening day of all time! (Beating that Batman movie with the Brokeback actor). Most swoons and shrieks per minute in a theater of all time! (To be fair, the first Twilight held that record until now). New Moon is unstoppable, although I'm willing to bet Summit REALLY wishes Stephanie Meyer didn't stop the saga at four books. Watch for the last book to be split into 2 parts, just like Harry Potter, in an attempt to milk even more cash from obedient fans.

Did anyone see that amount of money being made for The Blind Side? Did anyone SEE The Blind Side? It's really difficult to not make a pun about being blind-sided by this revelation.

Planet 51 opened up, but probably should've gone the 3-D route, as it would have made a bit more money and not have been lost in the shuffle of things.

2012 drops steadily, but that's to be expected. After all, we were warned. Christmas Story chugs along, but it has an uphill climb as the theaters are flooded with flicks concerning teen vampires. And Precious continues to expand and depress, a surefire Oscar-bation strategy!

Below the radar, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, starring Nicolas Cage and an iguana, took in $257,000 on 27 screens. Why is there no "DEMAND IT" campaign for this movie, huh? Also opening was the latest from Pedro Almodovar, Broken Embraces, which opened up on 2 screens to take in $108,000 for the highest per screen average out of every movie, including the vampire one. One record not taken in the face of the juggernaut.

There you have my amazing break down. Next week we finally get a movie about a Ninja Assassin!!! Silver linings, people. Silver linings.

Until next weekend.......

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