Box Office Report Jan 21st 2007

Posted by: The Dude

Dude here again. Wow, there's some messed up things going on in Congress these days huh? I don't know either, really. But I do know that there was another weekend, and that means there are lots of little numbers associated with those numbers.

This weekend, a close race to the top between the only two champs of late. How close is it? So close that I bet by the time I actually post this, the numbers will have changed. That's why I'm taking my sweet time writing it. 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. Just to prove me wrong).

1. Stomp The Yard (Scr Gems) - $13.3, 2051 screens, week 2, $41.564 total
2. Night At The Museum (Fox) - $13.0, 3483 screens, week 5, $205.8 total
3. Dreamgirls (Par/DW)- $8.7, 2214 screens, week 6, $78.1 total
4. The Hitcher (Rogue)- $8.2, 2831 screens, week 1, $8.2 total
5. The Pursuit of Happyness (Sony) - $6.7, 3066 screens, week 6, $146.5 total
6. Freedom Writers (Par) - $5.56, 2286 screens, week 3, $26.88 total
7. Pan's Labyrinth (PicHse) - $4.7, 609 screens, week 4, $10.155 total
8. The Queen (Mir) - $3.7, 1586 screens, week 17, $35.857 total
9. Children Of Men (Uni) - $3.7, 1524 screens, week 4, $27.48 total
10. Arthur and the Invisibles (MGM/Wein) - $3.1, 2248 screens, week 2, $9.296 total

Ok, those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that you, the people, felt like a rerun. The first two movies remain the same, Dreamgirls made roughly the same as last week, and to continue the metaphor, the only newcomer, The Hitcher, is a remake. (It's not a bad remake. It's solid, if unnecessary, but I was REALLY drunk when I saw it, so I might be a little skewed on it. In fact, on my notes was a barely legible scrawl that I eventually deciphered to be "Sophia Bush = Purdy").

Of more important note, movies that fared well at the Golden Globes this past week saw some impressive boosts. Dreamgirls, winner of the Best Comedy/Musical opened on 300 more screens, but continues to pull in the roughly the same numbers as last week. But The Queen jumps into the top ten, in 17 weeks, showcasing Helen Mirren's almost unanimous acclaimed role as... someone British. I don't know, I haven't seen it yet. (Not enough robots for my taste). Babel (Best Drama Winner) jumped up just underneath to #12, taking in about $2.3 million. And The Last Kind OOf Scotland (with multiple award winner Forrest Whitaker) moved from 55th place last week to 17th, taking in $1.75 million. Expect more boosts this week when those other gold awards (the ones a lot of people seem to REALLY care about) are announced.

(I'd like to point out that I hope to one day win an Academy Award, but I hope that by the time I do, they managed to turn the award into a Transformer, that way it can be an award AND a robot)

Of even more important note, I'd like to point out the presence of Pan's Labyrinth on the list. Expanding to more theaters each week seems to be working. Hopefully this movie will continue to play for a long time. Along with Children of Men. Two great flicks I can't pimp out enough.

And in the "just because it's there and because I can" series: Primeval (the big Crocodile movie that my roommate convinced me I shouldn't waste my money on, so I have to wait until tomorrow to see it, when I can use my free passes, because he's a JERK like that) took in $1,827,000 on 2,444 screens, bringing it's grand total to $9,543,000 in 2 weeks. There you have my break down. Next week, we have Epic Movie, which I have a feeling could be quite horrible. I think something else comes out next week, too. Maybe a few movies. Time will tell.  Until next weekend....

Oh wait, Smokin' Aces comes out next weekend! Solid! That movie's gonna kick a lot of ass.

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