Dude here again. Fall is here, except where I live in Los Angeles, where traffic finally let up and allowed summer to stop by for a little bit.
But let's talk about money and corporations, instead.
This weekend, another 20+ year sequel arrives and takes the top, while 3D animation falters again. 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. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Fox) $19.0, 3565 screens, week 1, $19.0 total
2. Legend of the Guardians (WB) - $16.3, 3575 screens, week 1, $16.3 total
3. The Town (WB)- $16.0, 2885 screens, week 2, $49.1 total
4. Easy A (ScrGms) - $10.7, 2856 screens, week 2, $32.8 total
5. You Again (BV) - $8.3, 2548 screens, week 1, $8.3 total
6. Devil (Uni) - $6.4, 2811 screens, week 2, $21.7 total
7. Resident Evil: Afterlife (ScrGms)- $4.9, 2642 screens, week 3, $52.0 total
8. Alpha and Omega (LGF)- $4.7, 2625 screens, week 2, $15.1 total
9. Takers (ScrGms)- $1.6, 1413 screens, week 5, $54.9 total
10. Inception (WB)- $1.2, 907 screens, week 11, $287.0 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that either 80s' nostalgia will never peak, or Oliver Stone had a compelling enough story relating to current economic climes and enough sense to cast "El Beef" as his lead. Wall Street 2: Electric Boogaloo managed to take the top spot, though in an odd, possible ironic parallel, it didn't make too much money.
Truth be told, I made up calling Shia LeBouf "El Beef", but can y'all do me a favor and start spreading it around. I would appreciate it.
Coming in second is Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, which is about a bunch of owls reenacting 300. It took in impressive numbers, but not impressive enough in this age of 3D animation domination. Looks like Zack Snyder's gonna have to go back to making extremely violent R-rated movies.
You Again? Not even the first time. Think about it.
Let's take a moment and give mad props to Ben "Phantoms" Affleck, who has directed a genuine hit with The Town, and may be garnering some awards buzz. Well done.
Fun Fact: Resident Evil - Afterlife is the greatest feature length Tool video EVER!!!
Below the radar, (deep breath…) Ryan Reynolds was Buried, took in $104,000 on 11 screens, the raunch-fest The Virginity Hit made $300,000 on 700 screens, Woody Allen's latest You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger took in $163,000 on 6 screens, Franco as Ginsberg in poem adaptation Howl took in $54,000 also on 6 screens, Gaspar Noe's latest Enter The Void opened on 3 screens and took in $42,300, and Waiting For "Superman", the latest from the Inconvenient Truth guy who's not Al Gore, took in $141,000 on 4 screens, and had the highest per screen average of all this week.
So there, you have my amazing break down. Next week, we see the Facebook movie and the Let The Right One in remake, both of which I should hate on general principle yet I can't wait to see with a fever pitch.
Until next weekend....
(All Numbers courtesy of Box Office Mojo)