Sunday, December 12, 2010

Box Office Reports: Chronicles of Yawn-ia!

Dude here again. Are you starting to feel that holiday spirit? I feel that spirit by going to the mall, and singing generic, all encompassing holiday songs. It's bizarre, but I think everyone appreciates it, as it's both respectful and pleasant. Then we break into a flash mob that only performs the dance from Peanuts!

Because who doesn't love Peanuts?

This weekend, a rather weak offering that may have sold the fate of future Christian parable adventures. 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. The Chronicles of Narnia… (Fox) - $24.5, 3555 screens, week 1, $24.5 total

2. The Tourist (Sony)- $17.0, 2756 screens, week 1, $17.0 total

3. Tangled (BV) - $14.5, 3565 screens, week 3, $115.6 total

4. Harry Potter and the Etc…. (WB)- $8.5, 3577 screens, week 4, $257.6 total

5. Unstoppable (Fox) $3.7, 2967 screens, week 5, $74.2 total

6. Black Swan (FoxS) - $3.3, 90 screens, week 2, $5.6 total

7. Burlesque (ScrGms)- $3.2, 2876 screens, week 3, $32.5 total

8. Love and Other Drugs (Fox)- $3.0, 2240 screens, week 3, $27.6 total

9. Due Date (WB)- $2.5, 1990 screens, week 6, $94.8 total

10. Megamind (DW) - $2.5, 2425 screens, week 6, $140.2 total

So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means nobody read any of the books after The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe. Maybe just nobody liked them. Anyway, the third movie in the series opened up to a weak $24 million, probably slamming the final nail in the coffin of the series. Sure, it may have some legs thanks to the upcoming holiday season, but let's try and enjoy Aslan on the big screen while we can.

Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in a movie that takes place in Vienna? That's gotta be an award for the prettiest movie ever made. (Naturally, after Hero). Anyway, the star power of these two wasn't quite enough to bring Pirate or Salt money, but the pairing attracted enough people to have a nice run in the upcoming weeks.

Black Swan expanded to a total of 90 screens to rank 6th on the board, which may be the highest rank a Darren Aronofsky film has ever attained on one of these charts. It's got the highest per screen average of the top ten, (not of the releases, though) and is generally kicking ass and taking names.

All the other flicks are hanging around. like guests at a party nobody wants to be at but are too polite to leave. That's right, I'm looking at you Love and Other Drugs, who only brought a vegetable platter to this shindig.

Fun Fact: When debating with friends over what the best Christmas movie of all time is, the only correct answer is Reindeer Games.

Below the radar, The Fighter, coming in with great awards and performances buzz, opened on 4 screens and took in $320,000 and the top per screen average ($80,000 per screen, beating Black Swan's record from last week). Most impressive. ALso released, Julie Taymor's triply version of The Tempest, with Helen Mirren and Russell Brand, took in $45,000 on 5 screens. Slightly less impressive.

So there, you have my amazing break down. Next week, it's Tron time!

Until next weekend....

(All Numbers courtesy of Box Office Mojo)

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