This weekend, that little punk wizard continues his domination, despite ample competition that wasn’t really competitive at all. 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)- $50.3, 4125 screens, week 2, $220.3 total
- 2. Tangled (BV) – $49.1, 3603 screens, week 1, $69.0 total
- 3. Megamind (DW) – $12.8, 3411 screens, week 4, $130.4 total
- 4. Burlesque (ScrGms)- $11.8, 3037 screens, week 1, $17.1 total
- 5. Unstoppable (Fox) $11.7, 3183 screens, week 3, $60.7 total
- 6. Love and Other Drugs (Fox)- $9.8, 2455 screens, week 1, $14.0 total
- 7. Faster (CBS) – $8.7, 2454 screens, week 1, $12.2 total
- 8. Due Date (WB)- $7.3, 2555 screens, week 4, $85.0 total
- 9. The Next 3 Days (LGF) – $4.8, 2564 screens, week 2, $14.5 total
- 10. Morning Glory (Par)- $4.0, 2441 screens, week 3, $26.4 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means Harry Potter has managed to capture the top spot for two weeks in a row! A feat not accomplished sine Goblet of Fire was released during the same time period five years ago. For fun, I took out my BO report from that weekend. Here’s what I wrote:
“Well, if you’re Harry Potter, you took the top once again, to no one else’s surprise. It crossed the $200 million mark this weekend, not bad for about ten days of release. I have a feeling next week, it will once again take the crown, then start to lose steam once the Narnia movie and King Kong come out. But I’ve been wrong in the past, so who knows?”
I could basically take out the words “King Kong” and accurately predict the next two weeks of box office. It’s difficult being this awesome sometimes. But well worth it.
Tangled, Disney’s latest that isn’t a Pixar but is still a computer animated fairy tale, fared quite well in its’ first week of release. Almost taking the top spot, even. Not bad, and the lighter tone probably attracted a lot of kids who might have been “too scared” for the Harry Potter. Pussies. But yeah, don’t expect Disney to stop making fairy tale movies just because they say they’re going to. Because money talks, people.
As for the other new releases.. ouch. Burlesque didn’t attract nearly the right amount of ironic viewers to make a significant dent, but not bad. Love and Other Drugs didn’t make nearly enough to justify the amount of love and other drugs I had to take to sit through it.
And Faster? Not so fast, Dwayne Johnson. As much as I applaud any movie you star in the contains an R rating AND Billy Bob Thornton, it looks like I’m gonna have to act faster if I want to see this in a theater.
Fun Fact: I clipped my nails in the middle of writing this box office report!
Below the radar, Oscar-bation continues with the release of the heavily hyped The King’s Speech, which took in $350,000 on 4 screens, with an amazing $87,500 per screen average. Expect to hear a lot about this one. Also, The Nutcracker 3D opened up on 42 screens and took in $68,000. Pretty bad, but here’s another fun fact, it’s from the man who directed Tango & Cash, which means I have to track down a theater and see it.
So there, you have my amazing break down. Next week, a whole lotta nothing and one movie about Ninjas in the old west, co-starring Geoffrey Rush, which means it will be spectacular.
Until next weekend….
(All Numbers courtesy of Box Office Mojo)