Dude here again. Enjoying a fall morning. Poring over some box office numbers, with some green tea, chorizo and toast.
Come join me, won't you?
This weekend, in a stunning upset, Russell Crowe's movie defeats Harry Potter. And then Paul HAggis wakes up to disappointment. 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. Harry Potter and the Etc…. (WB)- $125.1, 4125 screens, week 1, $125.1 total
2. Megamind (DW) - $16.1, 3779 screens, week 3, $109.4 total
3. Unstoppable (Fox) $13.1, 3209 screens, week 2, $41.9 total
4. Due Date (WB)- $9.1, 3229 screens, week 3, $72.6 total
5. The Next 3 Days (LGF) - $6.7, 2564 screens, week 1, $6.7 total
6. Morning Glory (Par)- $5.2, 2544 screens, week 2, $19.8 total
7. Skyline (Uni)- $3.4, 2883 screens, week 2, $17.6 total
8. Red (Sum)- $2.4, 2034 screens, week 6, $83.5 total
9. For Colored Girls (LGF) - $2.4, 1216 screens, week 3, $34.5 total
10. Fair Game (Sum) - $1.4, 386 screens, week 3, $3.7 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that if Warner Bros didn't have half a brain, and released the new Harry Potter movie in the half assed 3D conversion we get, it still wouldn't beat that Dark Knight or Twilight record. But it's fun to dream about other people's money.
The Next Three Days, Russell Crowe's latest that I'll probably go see because I think Crowe is a solid actor and I like him in everything, even if the movies he's in aren't that great. But, yeah, a noble effort that was probably unnecessarily quashed.
It's nice to see Fair Game up in the top ten. It's not so nice when you realize it is NOT the Fair Game where Cindy Crawford gets naked.
Fun Fact: Aforementioned Fair Game is based on the same novel that Stallone adapted for his hit vehicle Cobra!
Below the radar, something called Today's Special took in $91,000 on 55 screens, something called Made in Dagenham took in $41,100 on 3 screens, and something called White Material made $36,300, also on 3 screens.
So there, you have my amazing break down. Next week, a whole bunch of new ones come out, including an animated fairy tale, a musical with Cher, and a movie with The Rock, which is all around news for celebration.
Until next weekend....
Box Office Mojo)