Sunday, March 14, 2010

Box Office Report: now in 4D!!!!

Dude here again. Trying to get back in the swing of things. Thankfully the box office numbers have been generous. Have you heard there's some bit of legislation that will actually let you bet on what movie is going to be number one at the box office? That's both ridiculous and fantastic.

And what's best is that if it goes through, that makes me a guru!

This weekend, a number of films are released in the hopes that they'll knock down the 3-D champ, and they all fail. 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. Alice in Wonderland (BV)- $62.0, 3728 screens, week 2, $208.6 total

2. Green Zone (Uni) - $14.5, 3003 screens, week 1, $14.5 total

3. She's Out of My League (Par)- $9.6, 2956 screens, week 1, $8.3 total

4. Remember Me (Sum)- $8.3, 2212 screens, week 1, $8.3 total

5. Shutter Island (Par)- $8.1, 3356 screens, week 4, $108.0 total

6. Our Family Wedding (FoxS) - $7.6, 1605 screens, week 1, $7.6 total

7. Avatar (Fox) $6.6, 1718 screens, week 13, $730.3 total

8. Brooklyn's Finest (Over) - $4.29, 1939 screens, week 2, $21.3 total

9. Cop Out (WB) - $4.23, 2882 screens, week 3, $39.4 total

10. The Crazies (Over)- $3.6, 2359 screens, week 3, $33.3 total

So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means the proliferation of 3-D titles in the future are going to make life difficult for movies that just want to tell a story in 2-D, sans spectacle. Tim Burton's Alice took the top spot once again, and made an obscene amount of money once again, but the difference between the one and two spots again are a bit distressing. Sure it will die out, like all trends, but we have to act now, people! If we don't start living in two dimensions, then what kind of world do we expect to have for your children?

Green Zone, or as everybody else is calling it Bourne Minus Bourne, took second place, but a far from respectable take considering how well Bourne movies do. Of course nobody goes to see Iraq war movies, not even the one that won Best Picture this year, so that might have something to do with it.

She's Out of My League took the hint and didn't attract too many people. Now She will be Out of My Local Movie Theater! (They need to pay me for these bon mots of brilliance). And Remember Me shows that there are far too many puns to be regarding a film's audience. Oh, and that Robert Pattinson can't open a movie to save his life unless he gets all sparkly in the sunshine. Stupid Twilight.

Our Family Wedding opened up, and aside from a giant billboard I saw up the street that's in front of the studio that made the film, I haven't seen any bit of advertising at all for the flick. I had no idea it actually came out, and apparently, neither did you. Hopefully it will eventually find an audience, but it was just a bad weekend to come out.

Below the radar, a movie called The Exploding Girl opened up, and I'm fairly sure it's not a Japanese movie which means that the title is probably metaphoric and the movie is probably boring. Or nowhere near as awesome as something called Exploding Girl should be. Anyway, it opened on one screen and took in $6000. DO the math to realize how much less that is than Alice in Wonderland. The answer may surprise you.

So there, you have my amazing break down. Next week, a few more movies try but will ultimately bow before the Alice, including an awesome looking sci-fi flick called Repo Men that stars Jude Law, which means I am sold on it!

Until next weekend.......

(Alright, so they're 3-Ds. Sue me)

(All Numbers courtesy of

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