Box Office Report May 13th, 2007

Posted by: The Dude

Dude here again, finding another thing to procrastinate from the pile of work I need to get done by tomorrow, which isn't happening quite as fast as I was hoping it would. On the plus side, if I sacrifice sleeping tonight, I should be able to get it done. But then again, I love sleep a little too much to actually go through with this plan, so it's possible I might not get stuff done. So long as I don't turn on the TV, I should be alright.

This weekend, Spidey continues its dominance over any other movie that's been released, taking an obscene amount of hard earned dollars and magically turning it into disappointment. GO ahead, try and deny it. You can't, can you? 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. Spider-Man 3 (Sony) - $60.0, 4252 screens, week 2, $242.07 total
2. 28 Weeks Later (FoxA) - $10.0, 2303 screens, week 1, $10.0 total
3. Georgia Rule (Uni) - $5.879, 2523 screens, week 1, $5.879 total
4. Disturbia (Par/DW) - $4.8, 3106 screens, week 5, $66.295 total
5. Delta Farce (LGF) - $3.5, 1931 screens, week 1, $3.5 total
6. Fracture (NL) - $2.9, 2202 screens, week 4, $30.98 total
7. The Invisible (BV) - $2.2, 1943 screens, week 3, $15.5 total
8. Hot Fuzz (Rogue) - $1.655, 1236 screens, week 4, $18.9 total
9. Next (Par)- $1.6, 2017 screens, week 3, $14.6 total
10. Meet The Robinsons (BV) - $1.6, 1640 screens, week 7, $94.094 total

Ok, those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means Spiderman is going to be the only movie this summer (for a long time, anyway) that will take the top spot for two weeks in a row. It's smart to take all the money you can in the beginning and run, without the competition of Pirates or Ogres. The Ogre, by the way, will be around next week to take even more of your money. (Not mine, though, because I don't care for those films at all)

Trying to take ANY money it could, there were four new releases this week, and only one made any sort of impact. 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to the hit zombie flick 28 Days Later, fared best, and actually almost matched the opening weekend take of the original. Not bad at all, even if it made a 6th of Spidey's take. With a lower budget and very positive reviews, 28 Weeks could wind up being a tiny sleeper if it continues to counterprogram against the really big, PG-13 boys.

Lindsay Lohan has managed to prove that she can't open a movie anymore. Actually, I believe this is two in a row for her. Audiences decided to not see Lohan's film, and for once, I'm pleased with people. Although, this is the film where Lohan was reprimanded by the producers for going out and partying all night, then showing up late for work the next morning. That memo was entertaining , and apparently it's the most entertaining bit involved with this movie.

Delta Farce, which has one of the most annoying, unfunny trailers I have bore witness to in my years, took in a surprising $3.5 million dollars. I guess that there was an audience for a remake of a Pauly Shore movie. Who would have thought it? And not even cracking the top ten is the latest from my nemesis Braff, The Ex. IT came in 12th place, taking in $1.3 million. The film had been put on and off the release schedule for a long, long time (I almost remember it playing at a theater back in December, under a different name, like they released it by accident. I take no pleasure in the failure of the film (It looked pretty good, and with Jason Bateman co-starring, it's bound to have moments of brilliance), but I did do a little happy dance.

Some day, Braff, in this life or the next, I will have my vengeance.  I'd like to point out how the holdovers for the week just seem to be mopping up, but it's nice to point out that Hot Fuzz raised a spot to 8th place. God, I love that movie.  And in the "Because It's There" series: Grindhouse took in $63,200 on 95 screens, bringing it's grand total to $24,430,000 in 6 weeks.  There you have my break down. Next week, we have the big green machine trying (and most likely succeeding) to take Spidey down a peg, as our summer of annoying sequels continues. Until next weekend....

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