Dude here again. These numbers are disappointing, people. It's like we're not trying to keep Hollywood afloat. How are we gonna get more transforming robot pictures made if we don't support the smaller things?
For what it's worth, though, I'm freakishly enjoying this.
This weekend, four movies go heat-to-head-to-head-to-head but not really as Shrek yawns to first place. 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, as these are holiday numbers).
1. Shrek Forever After (Par/DW) - $25.3, 4386 screens, week 3, $183.0 total
2. Get Him To The Greek (Uni)- $17.4, 2697 screens, week 1, $17.4 total
3. Killers (LGF) $16.1, 2859 screens, week 1, $16.1 total
4. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (BV) - $13.8, 3646 screens, week 2, $59.4 total
5. Sex and the City 2 (WB)- $12.6, 3445 screens, week 2, $73.4 total
6. Marmaduke (Fox)- $11.3, 3213 screens, week 1, $11.3 total
7. Iron Man 2 (Par) - $7.7, 3007 screens, week 5, $291.2 total
8. Splice (WB)- $7.4, 2450 screens, week 1, $7.4 total
9. Robin Hood (Uni) - $5.1, 2599 screens, week 4, $94.2 total
10. Letters to Juliet (Sum)- $3.0, 1962 screens, week 4, $43.3 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that more people cared to see Shrek than any other movie that's out there. Is it inflated.. oh who cares?
I'm glad that Get Him To The Greek found a sizable enough audience, but so did Killers. And I want you to think about what this means. We've allowed both Russell Brand and Katherine Heigl to continue being in movies for a little while longer. But only for a little bit, those aren't great numbers for June.
Well, maybe for June 1993! BURN!
Nobody's going to see Marmaduke, eh? My buddy Larry went to the midnight show of it. Said it was "SUPERB" and that it ended with a dog farting and winking at the camera. Grade-A cinema, though not as great as Furry Vengeance, where a raccoon urinates on Brendan Fraser.
Tough break, Splice. You can take comfort in knowing at least you're not MacGruber, (which dropped a whopping 93% from last weekend). Or any of the other alleged "blockbusters" which are doing okay, but not nearly as good as anybody was predicting.
Below the radar, Raajneeti was unleashed upon 124 screens, and took in $917,000 to come in 11th place. It also has the highest per screen average of the week. Take that Fat Bast… I mean Shrek.
So there, you have my amazing break down. Next week, the box office has a problem, so hopefully The A-Team can solve it. (I wanted to quote the whole opening from the show, but I've got too much else to do today to even bother searching, cutting and pasting).
Until next weekend....
(All Numbers courtesy of Box Office Mojo)