Dude here again. I'm starting to question my status as The Dude. There are several other dudes out there, far more dude-like than I, and I'm thinking maybe perhaps my time as The Dude is up. Maybe it's time to move on and find a new name.
Or maybe I just need to drink more cough syrup in the mornings. Less?
This weekend, the alleged savior of of summer films hath arrived. did it meet expectations? 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. Inception (WB)- $60.4, 3792 screens, week 1, $60.4 total
2. Despicable Me (Uni)- $32.7, 3501 screens, week 2, $118.3 total
3. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (BV)- $17.3, 3504 screens, week 1, $24.4 total (Wed Open)
4. Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Sum) - $13.5, 4001 screens, week 3, $264.9 total
5. Toy Story 3 (BV)- $11.7, 3177 screens, week 5, $362.7 total
6. Grown Ups (Sony) - $10.0, 3074 screens, week 4, $129.2 total
7. The Last Airbender (Par) $7.4, 2805 screens, week 3, $114.8 total
8. Predators (Fox) - $6.8, 2669 screens, week 2, $40.0 total
9. Knight & Day (Fox)- $3.7, 1925 screens, week 4, $69.2 total
10. The Karate Kid (Sony) - $2.2, 1532 screens, week 6, $169.2 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that everybody who thought Christopher Nolan's Inception would be movie that turned things right at the box office, and maybe cleaned up all that oil in the gulf while it was at it, could be right. An impressive $60 million take for an unproven idea that allegedly takes some thinking to enjoy, is nice. Next week, however, will show if it has the legs to become something legendary, or just something to pass the time.
Nicolas Cage tries to pay back a portion of his debt with another family friendly Disney flick, but comes a little short of the National Treasure numbers. I just hope the man gives another batshit crazy Nic Cage performance in it. Because that's all I want from movies anymore.
Toy Story 3 has gone to become the highest grossing flick of the year thus far. Twilight 3, not as much. Grown Ups, what the hell is going on there? I forgot that movie exists. Blah blah.
Fun Fact: in last week's column, I ignorantly dismissed the "badassitude" of Adrien Brody in Predators. Having now seen the film, I can attest, dude rocks the shit out of this movie.
Below the radar, there's something called Standing Ovation. It was released on 623 screens and took in $361,000. I can't find any other information on this movie, so I'm choosing to believe it is a religious picture, the kind that come out of nowhere and make more money than Jonah Hex. (5 weeks later, not even playing, but I'm keeping the Hex love alive, people)
So there, you have my amazing break down. Next week, we get to shake on some Salt! And Ramona and Beezus, too!
Until next weekend....
Box Office Mojo)