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Friday, October 20, 2006

Weekend Boxoffice #4

Odd collection this week. FLICKA on 2877 screens, and THE PRESTIGE and FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS on a lot less -- 2281 and 1876, respectively.

We'll keep the prediction game to those three movies. I think it'll be a catfight with The Departed to be #1, but I'll be surprised if anything breaks $15 million.

FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS $14.8 million
THE PRESTIGE $13.9 million
FLICKA $8.1 million

14 Comments:

At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Joe Unidos said...

FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS $12 million
FLICKA $11 million
THE PRESTIGE $7.5 million

The only guarantee, of course, is that I'll be dead wrong.

 
At 11:14 AM, Blogger jefe said...

FooF $16mil
Flicka $11mil
The Prestige $6.5mil

 
At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Joe Valdez said...

I get the feeling that if you can't find something at the multiplex to interest you this weekend, you probably don't like movies. So I'm going to be bullish.

Flags of Our Fathers $19 million
Flicka $14.5 million
The Prestige $14 million

 
At 1:48 PM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

I suck at this. normally I give the edge to the teenage girls, but I don't think the boys are gonna go with them to see Flicka.

Flags of our Fathers - 15 mil
The Prestige - 13 mil
Flicka - 9 mil

 
At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Dave R said...

I was mego off last week with "Man of the Year" I figured he would pull a patch adams.

Flag of... 23
Flicka 14
Prestige 12
MA 3

 
At 6:40 PM, Blogger Peter said...

Okay -

FOOF - lack of screens is gonna hurt. What were they thinking?
TP - Probably do better because of screen numbers and lack of screens for FOOF. Not a lot of choicees, so will do better than otherwise.
F - gonna need personal buzz but Emily nailed it - too girly for the date movie scene - hence TP will get the 2nd choice viewers.

The Prestige - 14.4
Flags of Our Fathers - 13.8
Flicka - 7.5

Probably way off.

 
At 9:15 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Well, I'm late this week so I'll just throw down the numbers as I've already looked them up (based on Friday's Numbers):

1. The Prestige - 14-16 Million
2. The Departed - 14-15 million (depending how it plays out, this might squeak into 1st - very low % drop)
3. Flags - 10-12 Million
4. Flicka - 8-9 million
5. Marie - 4-5 Million

From the above contestants, I'd say Peter nailed it pretty good.

 
At 10:27 PM, Blogger wcdixon said...

Good estimates Scott - very impressive (having now seen the numbers)

 
At 1:00 PM, Blogger MaryAn Batchellor said...

Fewer.

(sorry, it's a pet peeve..pete?peach? sore point..)

 
At 1:18 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Yeah, you're right on the "fewer".

Looks like Flags of Our Fathers underperformed fairly dramatically; everyone overestimated it. I guess the public is a little tired of war.

 
At 6:05 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Well, I was right about nothing breaking $15 million.

Official totals:
The Prestige $14.8
Flags of our Fathers $10.2
Flicka $7.7

Peter is the closest...

 
At 7:39 PM, Blogger Peter said...

Peter dances on the second floor landing to the Rocky theme. :)

But seriously, I am totally shocked at the enemic box office numbers.

FOOF - man - this should have hit bigger. Maybe Scott's right - we are sick of war - any war.

 
At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Joe Unidos said...

I don't think it's that folks are sick of war or war movies necessarily. I think it's that folks like their WWII epics served up with a large order of A-list stars, not the leads of "Swimfan", "Squanto" and "AntiTrust."

Like it or not, B-listers lack the gravitas needed to elevate the experience. They'd have been better off with absolute unknows.



(And yeah, I know --Phillipe was in "Crash." America doesn't care.)

 
At 10:09 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

I think the bigger problem is that they just haven't found a way to make it interesting -- the movie apparently builds to the moment in which they raise the flag, so a lot of people know that it is going to end with this victory, and otherwise it just seems like a dry history lesson.

Without Eastwood's name on it, it probably would have done half as much.

 

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