Dude here again. Yes, I love technology. But not as much as you, you see. But I still love technology. Always and forever.
Always and forever.
This weekend, toys out do grown ups, so take that popular psychology! 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)- $59.0, 4028 screens, week 2, $226.5 total
2. Grown Ups (Sony) - $41.0, 3534 screens, week 1, $41.0 total
3. Knight & Day (Fox)- $20.5, 3098 screens, week 1, $27.7 total
4. The Karate Kid (Sony) - $15.4, 3740 screens, week 3, $135.6 total
5. The A-Team (Fox)- $6.0, 3242 screens, week 3, $62.8 total
6. Get Him To The Greek (Uni)- $3.0, 2188 screens, week 4, $54.4 total
7. Shrek Forever After (Par/DW) - $2.8, 2340 screens, week 6, $229.3 total
8. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (BV) - $2.8, 1851 screens, week 5, $86.1 total
9. Killers (LGF) $2.0, 2271 screens, week 4, $44.0 total
10. Jonah Hex (WB)- $1.6, 2825 screens, week 2, $9.1 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that once again, we say it in unison: All Hail Our Pixar Overlords!!!!
Oh Adam Sandler. Every time you do something brave like Funny People that fails, you make a home video of you and your buddies riffing on the big chill and you hit the jackpot. How do you do it? Personally, I'm grateful for the give and take nature of this relationship.
I want to know how many people bought tickets for Knight & Day, walked into Killers by accident, and couldn't tell the difference. someone MUST have done this. Anyway, while performing slightly better than Killers, the latest action spectacle from Tom Cruise still only did slightly better than Killers. This does not bode well for the Les Grossman project.
I'd like to once again thank the audiences of the world for making the cut and paste of this week's chart that much easier and having everything shift a spot. even though they're just killing time before the next behemoth muscles everything out of multiplexes with ease.
And the less we say about Jonah Hex, the better. At least MacGruber had the honor of being the first huge flop, and it will be remembered as the yardstick by which all others live up to. Hex might as well be forgotten.
Fun Fact: Prince of Persia is kicking ass overseas, and has surpassed Tomb Raider os most successful video game adaptation. Until Hollywood greenlights my adaptation of WAR GODS!
Below the radar, the war-doc Restrepo was released on 2 screens and took in $30,500, while Oliver Stone's doc South of the Border opened up on 1 screen and took in $21,000. For what it's worth, there seems to be a strong showing of indies and docs slowly infiltrating and entertaining folk across the country. In addition to the few that opened up this weekend, you have Please Give, Cyrus, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Winter's Bone, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Micmacs, and Solitary Man. A nice antidote to the noise of summer.
So there, you have my amazing break down. Next week, some nonsense about wolves and vampires that doesn't contain the word "Underworld". Plus the latest twisty (but not) epic from M Night Shamalamadingdong. And if we're lucky, the last possible chance to see Jonah Hex projected on a screen. Good luck, folks!
Until next weekend....
(All Numbers courtesy of Box Office Mojo)