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Friday, October 27, 2006

Weekend Boxoffice #5

The only movie that is really opening wide this week is SAW III, on 3167 screens, which for better or worse is likely to do at least twice as much as any other movie out there.

Interestingly, it'll probably make more in theaters than the first one, despite having much fewer stars in it. The power of a franchise.

So easy pickings this week, just one movie.

My guess: $31.1 million.


At 8:53 AM, Blogger shecanfilmit said...

I know this is crazy, but I can hardly wait for Borat. It's the only fall film I feel a dying need to see. (That Will Ferrell trapped in a novel film you talked about is 2nd.) I'm going to see Borat the first day it opens. The last time I made that effort was for The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Borat is supposed to be very good. I'm also hearing great things about Babel.

At 3:39 PM, Blogger dannyboy52472 said...

I can't wait for Saw 3.

(But you already knew that, didn't you, Scott?)

I agree with your feelings about the first Saw, but I think Saw 2 was a superior film in every conceivable way (including a third act twist that's the most clever thing I've seen since Silence of the Lambs), and I really recommend checking it out.

Anyway, I'll say $36 mil.

At 8:59 PM, Blogger Peter said...

Not a clue.

Saw III - $ 21 mil

I think there will be rush to watch others that were not a first choice for their first weekend, or maybe their second.

At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Leif Smart said...

Saw3 40m+
Babel 12m
Catch a Fire 8m
Tideland 4m
Death of a President 7m

I think the whole franchise thing, and holloween, no competition, etc is going to really work for Saw3. Babel should do well for people not wanting to see saw3.

Also, any of you guys play that fantasy movie mogul game on imdb? seems like a good idea, but I hate the way they've implemented it. Hopefully a better one comes along.

Lastly, what do you think about Fox cutting the number of screens for Borat, because Americans won't get the humour, I believe is the excuse they used.

At 5:54 PM, Blogger wcmartell said...

1. "Saw III," $34.3 million.

2. "The Departed," $9.8 million.

3. "The Prestige," $9.6 million.

4. "Flags of Our Fathers," $6.35 million.

5. "Open Season," $6.1 million.

You should head to Vegas....

- Bill


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