Dude here again. Another yawn inducing weekend has graced us. Nary a surprise in sight. People say it's because of the Big Game that's happening later today, but I think it's because everything sucks.
This weekend, a teen horror movie that's not a remake takes the top spot, while James Cameron discovers he's not quite king of the world afterall. 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 Roommate (ScrGms) $15.6, 2534 screens, week 1, $15.6 total
2. Sanctum (Uni)- $9.2, 2787 screens, week 1, $9.2 total
3 No Strings Attached (Par) - $8.4, 3050 screens, week 3, $51.7 total
4. The King's Speech (Wein)- $8.3, 2584 screens, week 11, $84.1 total
5. Green Hornet (Sony) - $6.1, 3033 screens, week 4, $87.2 total
6. The Rite (WB) - $5.3, 2985 screens, week 2, $23.6 total
7. The Mechanic (CBS)- $5.3, 2704 screens, week 2, $20.0 total
8. True Grit (Par)- $4.7, 2902 screens, week 7, $155.0 total
9. The Dilemma (Uni)- $3.4, 2545 screens, week 4, $45.7 total
10. Black Swan (FoxS) - $3.4, 1977 screens, week 10, $95.8 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that scary roommates are this week's possessed! The Roommate, released just in time for college kids to return to a new semester, capitalized on CW counter-programming to pull off another weak weekend. Since costs were probably kept low, this will turn out to be a success. Champagne and hookers for all!
Sanctum proved that if you're going to have a 3D cave movie that's rated R, you should try to put a little more into it than just attaching the Avatar guy's name and hoping that's enough. At the very least, put the creatures from The Descent in it! Morons.
Pity last week's new releases, with astounding drops from last week. When does that Thor movie get here?
Hooray for the Oscar nominated flicks, which really class up the top ten list with their higher numbers. And kudos to you all for seeing them in theaters.
Fun Fact: If you take your 3D glasses into Black Swan, it actually works!
Below the radar, Cold Weather opened up on one screen and took in $15,100, which gives it the highest per screen average. Also opening up is Waiting For Forever, which opened on 3 screens, took in $10,200, and garnered some of the worst reviews for a release this year!
So there you have my amazing breakdown. Next week brings us a documentary about a pubescent boy that looks like a girl but gets paid millions of dollars while I enter my third unemployment renewal. And a 3D animated movie about gnomes.
Until next weekend....
Box Office Mojo)