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December 18th, 2014

Box Office Report: Harry Potter Defeated

Box Office Report: Harry Potter DefeatedDude here again. With great power comes great responsibility, a man once wrote. Then it was re-appropriated in a whole bunch of other comic book movies, more or less. Now the real question remains, everyone says it, but does anyone actually really listen to it?

Sorry, I just watched that Green Lantern trailer again, and it’s starting to piss me off.

This weekend, my prediction was wrong, and the one movie did better than the others, even though there wasn’t much in the way of competition. 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. Tangled (BV) – $21.5, 3603 screens, week 2, $96.4 total
  • 2. Harry Potter and the Etc…. (WB)- $16.7, 4125 screens, week 3, $244.2 total
  • 3. Burlesque (ScrGms)- $6.1, 3037 screens, week 2, $26.9 total
  • 4. Unstoppable (Fox) $6.1, 3152 screens, week 4, $68.8 total
  • 5. Love and Other Drugs (Fox)- $5.7, 2458 screens, week 2, $22.6 total
  • 6. Megamind (DW) – $5.0, 3173 screens, week 5, $136.7 total
  • 7. Due Date (WB)- $4.2, 2450 screens, week 5, $90.9 total
  • 8. Faster (CBS) – $3.8, 2470 screens, week 2, $18.1 total
  • 9. The Warrior’s Way (Rogue)- $3.0, 1662 screens, week 1, $3.0 total
  • 10. The Next 3 Days (LGF) – $2.6, 2236 screens, week 3, $18.3 total

So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means Disney had sloppy second weekend, but still managed to out perform the young wizard with their animated tale of hair. Although, it’s a steep drop from last week’s take, but that’s due to the lack of holiday.

Everything else remained in place, but not for long, as the first weekend in December is usually just a place holder weekend until the big holiday blockbusters assault us. So, that’s why Burlesque and Unstoppable have made the almost the same thing in a tied for third, and Love and Other Drugs is so prominent towards the top. Sad state, but what are you gonna do?

I can not stress enough how awesome The Warrior’s Way is. It’s poor, MacGruber-esque performance aside, you should make every effort you can to see this movie while it still remains on a screen. You won’t regret it.

Fun Fact: The Nutcracker 3D movie is allegedly horribly racist, in addition to being over two hours long, making it “Must See” for me.

Below the radar, Black Swan finally opened up on 18 screens, and blew away pretty much everyone else by taking in $1,394,000 and the highest per screen average of the weekend . Also, this weekend FINALLY saw the release of I Love You Phillip Morris, a dark comedy directed by the guys who wrote Bad Santa starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor… how did this movie not get released until now?!? Anyway, it opened on 6 screens and took in $113,000, not bad considering it didn’t look like it would come out at all.

AND… the Dutch horror flick Rare Exports, about the trapping and auctioning of Santa Claus opened on one screen and took in $9,500. Outstanding.

So there, you have my amazing break down. Next week, even if we didn’t ask for it, we’re getting another Narnia movie! This one’s on a boat!

Until next weekend….

(All Numbers courtesy of <a href=”http://BoxOfficeMojo.com”>Box Office Mojo</a>)




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