Dude here again. Earlier this week I was growing tired of reporting about Avatar breaking every conceivable record known to man. Then I saw it again. And I realized that this is a movie where we basically get to see a dinosaur fight a robot, and any movie that does that is ok in my book!
(Full Disclosure: I witnessed the dinosaur fighting a robot when I took the 3-D glasses off).
This weekend, Avatar inches closer to the magic record numbers, and other movies are dumped in a pathetic attempt to go up against this juggernaut. 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. Avatar (Fox) $36.0, 3141 screens, week 6, $552.7 total
2. Legion (ScrGm) - $18.2, 2476 screens, week 1, $18.2 total
3. The Book of Eli (WB)- $17.0, 3111 screens, week 2, $62.0 total
4. The Tooth Fairy (Fox) - $14.5, 3344 screens, week 1, $14.5 total
5. The Lovely Bones (Par/DW)- $8.8, 2571 screens, week 7, $31.6 total
6. Sherlock Holmes (WB) - $7.1, 2670 screens, week 5, $191.5 total
7. Extraordinary Measures (CBS)- $7.0, 2549 screens, week 1, $7.0 total
8. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (Fox) - $6.5, 2973 screens, week 5, $204.2 total
9. It's Complicated (Uni)- $6.1, 2301 screens, week 5, $98.6 total
10. The Spy Next Door (LGF)- $4.7, 2924 screens, week 2, $18.7 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means Avatar is... Honestly, you could fill in the blank here and come up with a conclusion. Like a Mad Lib. Try it, I think you'll enjoy it!
Legion, the first TERRIBLE movie I've seen this year, managed an impressive second place haul of $18 million, proving that you can sell a movie as The Matrix meets The Prophecy, even if the only cool things are in the trailer. Can't wait for Priest!
The Rock was kind enough to give us a movie where he plays the Tooth Fairy. But not enough of us went to see it. Why is this so? C'mon people, Dwayne Johnson has done so much for us, isn't about time we give back a little?
(In all seriousness, if you can go to the Red Cross site and donate to the people in Haiti for the same amount of money that you would've paid to see The Tooth Fairy, you'd feel a lot better. About a LOT of things).
What happens when Indiana Jones meets... ummm, the guy from The Mummy? And they don't have any Nazis or mystical demons to fight, but instead a disease? You get Extraordinary Measures. It pulled in $7 million, has been compared to a Lifetime movie, but was still far better than the last half hour of Crystal Skull. go figure.
Below the radar, another Paul Bettany starring movie opened. Creation, the "controversial" motion picture about the boring old life and times of Charles Darwin opened up on 7 screens and took in $52,000. So let's just get this straight, when Bettany plays the founder of the theory of evolution, nobody watches, but when he plays a renegade archangel with a fetish for double fisting machine guns against possessed humans, he makes mint. Isn't it ironic?
Like rain. On your wedding day. I'm stopping now.
So there, you have my amazing break down. Next week, Mel Gibson decides he needs to kick a lot of people's asses while sporting a wicked Bahston accent. Oh, and Avatar will become the most successful motion picture in modern history. Can't wait!
Until next weekend.......