Dude here again. Not gonna lie, a little miffed that there was an upswing in the box office. I was so pleased with all the disappointment, and the resigned shrugs and sighs we were giving the people who made movies. But then you you hit me with a one-two punch, two weeks in a row.
Sometimes I feel like I'm Job.
This weekend, toys come to life, and a comic book movie actually bombs spectacularly. 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. Toy Story 3 (BV)- $109.0, 4028 screens, week 1, $109.0 total
2. The Karate Kid (Sony) - $29.0, 3663 screens, week 2, $106.2 total
3. The A-Team (Fox)- $13.7, 3544 screens, week 2, $49.7 total
4. Get Him To The Greek (Uni)- $6.1, 2592 screens, week 3, $47.8 total
5. Shrek Forever After (Par/DW) - $5.5, 3207 screens, week 5, $222.9 total
6. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (BV) - $5.2, 2605 screens, week 4, $80.5 total
7. Killers (LGF) $5.1, 2619 screens, week 3, $39.3 total
8. Jonah Hex (WB)- $5.0, 2825 screens, week 1, $5.0 total
9. Iron Man 2 (Par) - $2.6, 1612 screens, week 7, $304.7 total
10. Marmaduke (Fox)- $2.6, 2495 screens, week 3, $27.8 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that Pixar is the savior of all that is good and decent. All Hail Our Pixar Overlords!!!!
(What, you're surprised? I actually wrote that immediately after writing last week's box office report. Let's be real, though, who didn't see this happening?)
Poor Jonah Hex. It's not easy to create comic book franchise tentpole pictures, people. Sometimes you get Iron Man while sometimes you get Iron Man 2. And sometimes you get Spiderman 3. (And sometimes, if we've been good, we'll get a Punisher War Zone!) The point is, nobody saw this movie, and that's kinda sad as it "Pulled a MacGruber". However, I heard it failed on every conceivable level, which instantly rockets it to the top of my must see list.
(Don't let the Pixar Overlords overhear).
Everything else might as well not even exist anymore. Sure Karate Kid gave a brief bit of life, but A-Team seems to be crashing. I don't even know what the hell a Prince of Persia is. All I know is, once again, people don't seem to change their interest in these films, which makes my formatting a breeze!
Fun Fact, Avatar is still playing on 17 screens!
Below the radar, Cyrus, quite possibly the best movie I've seen this year, opened on 4 screens to take in $180,300. That's a higher per screen average than the talking Toy picture! I can't recommend this film enough, as it delivers everything a good movie should. Make an effort to check this one out.
So there, you have my amazing break down. Next week, Tom Cruise goes head to head with Adam Sandler and the rest of the SNL cast from 1994. Sadly, that movie will make in an hour what MacGruber did in its entire run.
Until next weekend....
Box Office Mojo)