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Friday, April 13, 2007

Weekend Box Office #27

There are six movies opening today, and all look a bit crappy (oops, "quality-impaired") in one way or another. April is sort of the dumping ground for movies; though a few solid ones wash up (I keep hearing good things about "The Hoax"), mostly it's for films that are only going to play for 3 or 4 weeks until May's blockbusters chase them out of the multiplex.

DISTURBIA (2925 theaters). Basically "Rear Window" for the teen set, though that comparison doesn't seem to be favoring this at all. It's getting okay reviews, and the ads do a good job selling it, so this could challenge "Blades of Glory" for the top slot. $15.0 million.

PERFECT STRANGER (2661 theaters). This is not getting very good reviews at all, the ads are sort of vague, and both Bruce Willis and Halle Berry have a history of people not showing up to see them in subpar movies. Still, people will see it opening weekend, and then it'll drop 60% in weekend #2. $11.6 million.

PATHFINDER: LEGEND OF THE GHOST WARRIOR (1720 theaters). It's trying to cash in on the whole 300 violent historical epic thing, but it doesn't look a sliver as interesting, and reviews have been dire. $5.6 million.

REDLINE (1607 theaters). This looks like the C-level version of all the other car movies. $6.2 million.

SLOW BURN (1163 theaters). I have no idea what this is, other than Ray Liotta is in it and it wasn't screened for critics. I have no idea why people might choose this. $2.0 million.

AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE (877 theaters). Doomed. $1.4 million.


At 11:04 AM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

Damn. I didn't even know Aqua Teen was opening this weekend and I love that show. Doomed indeed.

This really is a terrible weekend for new movies.

At 12:24 PM, Blogger Tavis said...

If anything Grindhouse has been getting more press than any of the new openign movies. Maybe it can surprise everyone and make as much as it did last weekend, if not more!

At 1:50 PM, Blogger Suburban Screenwriter said...

I agree with your thoughts with the movies this weekend...but a sucky weekend for movies luckily haven't seem blades yet so probably go see that with the wife (big will ferrell fan)

At 9:57 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

The new movie offerings for this week are SCARY. Ques this is the studios way of paying homage to Friday the 13th.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 10:45 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Pathfinder's been in the can for a long time now, but it doesn't seem able to hold a candle to 300, and now looks like a rip-off.

Isn't Redline basically that tv show coming on fox soon?

Anyways, here's the number so far:

Disturbia - 25 million!!!
Perfect Stranger - 11 million
Pathfinder & Redline - 4-5 mil each.
Aqua Teen - 4 mil

Apparently, Grindhouse is dropping nearly 70%. Damn!

At 8:23 AM, Anonymous EDDIE said...

Tis very ugly this weekend.

Cut an hour of talking out of Grindhouse and it wouldn't be so bad, particularly during Death Proof. Maybe Tarantino needs to take some of the advice given to us noobs all the time.

At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Matt said...

If you took an hour of talking from Death Proof, the impact of the two action sequences would be gone.

Most of the people I know loved Death Proof. The last thing Tarantino should do is water down his style to suit the masses. No offense.

The movie didn't make money because it was over three hours long, and was targeted towards a small group of people. There was no way to make it shorter. Unfortunately, it seems, the only way to get people to spend three hours plus in a theatre these days is to have hobbits in your movie.


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