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Friday, October 05, 2007

Weekend Box Office #52

Last weekend I didn't see anything. This weekend I'm determined to change that.

Opening wide:

THE HEARTBREAK KID (3229 theaters). On the plus side, it's the Farrelly Brothers going back to R-rated comedy. On the downside, the commercials look a bit one-note, and reviews haven't been great. I think it'll do a solid but somewhat-disappointing (given that the expectations are higher) $18.9 million for the weekend.

THE SEEKER: THE DARK IS RISING (3141 theaters). I guess there are fans of this young-adult book, but the commercial has no real hook, and the reviews have been unenthusiastic. Still, this is a lot of theaters. $10.4 million.

FEEL THE NOISE (1015 theaters). The scariest words I've ever seen on a film ad: "From producer Jennifer Lopez". Didn't screen for critics. $4.1 million.


In limited release, IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH is still pushing on, expanding another 213 screens to 975, despite mediocre numbers so far. THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB is taking its shot, expanding from 41 theaters to 1187. Look for Jane Austen to struggle to make $3 million, Elah to struggle to make $2 million.

INTO THE WILD jumps from 33 screens to 135. JESSE JAMES goes from 5 to 61. THE DARJEELING LIMITED expands from 2 to 19.

MICHAEL CLAYTON is opening in 15 theaters, and is getting very good reviews.

My current shortlist (limited to films in my neighborhood that I might see this weekend): Into the Wild, In the Valley of Elah, 3:10 to Yuma.


At 11:40 AM, Blogger Scribe LA said...

I've heard nothing but amazing things for Into the Wild. If it's close to you, that would be my pick. Saw Michael Clayton last night, review to follow. The film's got solid plussess and minuses.
Have a great weekend!

At 5:26 PM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

3:10 to Yuma was glorious. I wish I'd written it.

I wrote a thing about The Dark is Rising on my blog.

At 6:55 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...


Didn't know you had a blog of your own. I read your last 3 entrys, and you know what... they all rock! You have a knack for stringing paragraphs together. An English AND kickboxing combo. I can FEEL it in your writing. And after experiencing the "M" in action all I can say is, "Owch, I think I need some ice!"

Back to subject.

Will see "The Heartbreak Kid" this weekend. I've had a REAL bad week, and I just need to laugh. Ben Stiller is like the ultimate schlub of all time. He has carved out such a nitch for himself with me that now when I just look at him I start giggling. I know, I'm a dork. Time to shut down AOL and get in my hour (well almoast) of writing before I eat nachos with Hobbs and he helps me sit through another episode of network programming.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 9:14 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Would love to see Yuma, also, Into the Wild, Clayton, Jesse, and Control.

Heartbreak Kid - 26 million

Seeker - 6 million

Raise Your Voice, oh, wait, Stomp the Yard, no, no, it's Take The Lead, oh crap, I mean, Feel The Noise - 4 million

At 10:23 PM, Blogger Allen said...

def. go see into the wild. it's playing at the landmark. perfect spot.

At 12:14 AM, Anonymous Matt said...

Unfortunately, where I live, we don't have the available option to see Into The Wild, Michael Clayton, or Assassination of Jesse James. Argh! Hopefully they open wide soon.

At 10:23 AM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

Thanks, e.c.!

I pretty much just do stream of consciousness and then clean it up. My brain, straight to you.

At 7:16 PM, Blogger Joshua said...


If the strike happens, which it seems it will, does that hurt readers as well?

Obviously it hurts everyone in some way, but would that mean no work for freelance readers?

At 7:17 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

It'll definitely be slower, though there will still be scripts out there. And books.


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