Weekend Boxoffice #39
So it's officially a big dumb popcorn summer now, with Transformers dominating the box office. It already set the record for a Tuesday(when it opened), which is a weird distinction because most movies have already been out 4-6 days before the Tuesday rolls around.
Might be a good weekend to spend a whole day in a theater, enjoying the AC (it has been triple-digits around here) and sneaking into as many movies as possible. Did I say sneaking? I meant enjoying. Without paying. Except for the first one, and always pick one that deserves it.
TRANSFORMERS (4011 screens). This has already made $60-70 million in its first three days, but it'll still have a pretty big weekend. I think the release pattern will stop it from being huge huge, but I'll take a wild guess and estimate $85.5 million for Friday-Sunday.
LICENSE TO WED (2604 screens). Sadly, it has now become clear that Robin Williams will star in just about anything if you pay him enough. I like John Krasinski, but not enough to see this, and the early numbers (it also opened on Wednesday) agree. Look for it to do about $7.4 million over the weekend.
Otherwise, Ratatouie should make over $30 million, Die Hard 4 over $20 million, and Sicko expands to 704 screens (though the review in The New Yorker magazine really shreds it).