Dude here again. Out of the 52 weekends of the year, this is my favorite weekend. The weekend before the onslaught of the summer blockbusters. The calm before the storm. No records need to be broken. Old movies need to be cleared out. It's fun. Too bad it won't last.
Oh, and since today is The Rock's birthday, Happy Birthday to The Rock!
This weekend, nobody seems to want to care about going to the movies, and a five week old picture nabs the top. 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. Nightmare on Elm Street (WB) - $32.2, 3332 screens, week 1, $32.2 total
2. How To Train Your Dragon (Par/DW) $10.8, 3426 screens, week 6, $192.3 total
3. Date Night (Fox)- $7.6, 3093 screens, week 4, $73.6 total
4. The Back-Up Plan (CBS) - $7.2, 3280 screens, week 2, $22.9 total
5. Furry Vengeance (Sum)- $6.5, 2997 screens, week 1, $6.5 total
6. The Losers (WB)- $6.0, 2936 screens, week 2, $18.1 total
7. Clash of the Titans (WB)- $5.9, 2737 screens, week 5, $154.0 total
8. Kick-Ass (LGF) - $4.4, 2542 screens, week 3, $42.1 total
9. Death at a Funeral (ScrGms) - $4.0, 2271 screens, week 3, $34.7 total
10. Oceans (BV)- $2.6, 1210 screens, week 2, $13.5 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that for all the complaining we've done about the remake-volution means nothing when you pay to go see the movies. Nightmare on Elm Street, despite failing to entertain my old roommate who likes everything, managed to take in $32 million dollars, which is just a bit more than the original made in its' entire run. There you go.
Ah, Furry Vengeance. There's nothing good to say about you, so I'll opt to say nothing at all. (Although it's tempting to make a joke about "furries", the joke's just not quite forming yet.
Wow, there really is nothing too interesting to report. Except that Date Night seems to love being at that number 3 spot. perhaps it will continue that way for a few more weeks, so that in their ads, they can proudly claim "The #3 movie in America 3 weeks in a row!" Date Night, people.
Why is nobody seeing The Losers? It's really solid, and quite enjoyable. Sometimes there are mysteries I just don't understand. Like magnets.
Below the radar, Michael Caine did played his Gran Torino card with Harry Brown, which opened up on 19 screens to take in $180,000. Insert "Get off my lawn" line here. There's also Please Give, which I don't know much about aside from it opened up on 4 screens and took in $128,000 to have the highest per screen average of the week.
So there, you have my amazing break down. Next week the man of iron returns.
Until next weekend.......
(All Numbers courtesy of Box Office Mojo)