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Friday, January 04, 2008

Weekend Box Office #64/65

So I missed last weekend, not that much happened, other than a lot of movies made a ton of money.

It's turning out to be a solid holiday season for the studios.

The only movie opening this weekend is the thriller ONE MISSED CALL, in 2240 theaters. Look for it to make about $8 million for the weekend, and finish in about fifth or sixth place.

Meanwhile, the big holdovers should keep chugging along well. NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS has already made about $150 million, and should bring in another 20 this weekend.

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS is the big shocker, having made over $160 million already. I AM LEGEND is sitting at about $212 million.

JUNO is still expanding -- it almost doubles its screen count this weekend, to almost 2000 theaters -- but it has already made $35 million, and is just starting to break out.

The only big disappointmentof the December releases boxofficewise is WALK HARD, which has made only about $15 million in two weeks.

I haven't seen any of them. I'm going to have to rectify that this weekend. Promise.


At 12:50 PM, Blogger deepstructure said...

the success of 'i am legend' is surprising to me. though i don't attribute it entirely to the star power of mr. smith. i think it was a perfect storm - not much scifi on tv (battlestar being pushed so far back), not much horror and no big action films. so all those audiences, plus the w.smith fans all showed up.

At 1:09 PM, Blogger Christian M. Howell said...

Xmas Xmas Time is Here
Time for joy and time for cheer

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Allen said...

I'd attribute a lot of it to Big Will. He's the biggest star out there right now.

At 6:21 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Up here in Washington, the Seattle Times lavished praise on "There Will be Blood." LOVE Daniel Day Lewis, but following the plight of a greedy oilman as he pursues his fortune sounds like a lemon to me.

Scott, of all the movies out there, the best sounds like "No Country for Old Men." Go see that first, and tell me what you thought about it. Did see "Walk Hard" on New Years Eve. It is funny in spots, but overall it's not as funny as some of Judd Apatow's previous offerings.

Still, whatever you decide to see, I hope you have a great weekend.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 9:48 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

"...following the plight of a greedy oilman as he pursues his fortune sounds like a lemon to me."

Are you serious? What the hell is in the water in Bonney Lake? Should all movies be like 27 Dresses? Shouldn't a film challenge you once in a while?

Juno - 13 million
One Missed - 7 million.

At 12:09 AM, Blogger Matt said...


Agreed. I will never, ever drink the water in Bonney Lake. There Will Be Blood is the kind of film that, as one critic put it, will rattle your soul.

At 6:18 AM, Blogger dannyboy52472 said...

Walk Hard is the funniest movie I've seen in a long damn time. Brilliant parody - probably be even funnier if you watched, like, Walk the Line or something before going to see it. Kasdan and Apatow are bang on in exposing the conventions of the biopic.

Geez, I should get paid for writing some of these blurbs.

Anyway, the movie rocks the hizzouse. Go forth and see it. Now.

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Brett said...

I watched THE SEARCHERS again this past week.

Again it's among my fave movies of the year.

JUNO rocked, NT2 was as expected (fun but irrelevant). I successfully avoided being subjected to the CHIPMUNKS thing for another week. Oldest son rented TRANSFORMERS on DVD, and I've threatened him with grounding/dismemberment if he starts that thing while I am in the room.

Been reading a whoooole lot of unproduced scripts of late. Most put me to sleep, while a few manage are bad enough to make me want to punch nuns in the neck.

What was the question?

I'm a veg, Danny.
disgustipated B

At 12:00 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Dear Patrick and Matt,

What's in the water in Bonney Lake, Washington is optimism... and lemon drop kisses! A typical day in Bonney Lake is like a venture into one of those Visa check card commericals. Bonney Lake's citizens tra-laa-laa down the steet, dancing is everpresent, and when the mood strikes many a Bonney Lake critizen breaks into song.

So if either of you two do decide to venture up north and pay Bonney Lake, Washington a visit, give me a call on the telle. Your first cup of good cheer is on me! BUT if your birthday so happens to fall south of the 21 age limit I'm afraid you'll have to settle for a sasparilla. I, however, am not so inhibited by such age limit. While you enjoy your sasparilla I shall drink of the nectar of the gods, and enjoy a crisp, Heineken.

Sorry boyz, but I've got to cut this litte comunikay short. Time to get m'game on and watch as my Seahawks embark on their annual quest to win the Super Bowl.

- E.C. Henry out (I learned that sign-off from listening to the Jim Rome program)

At 12:46 PM, Blogger Matt said...


After reading E.C. latest post, I don't think we should've been asking what's in the water. The correct question would've been, "what's in the weed they smoke up in Bonney Lake?"

At 4:32 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Yeah, EC is doing some smack or crank.

Look, I respect the guy's opinion. But you take one of our most amazing actors and put him in a daring film directed by one of our premiere filmmakers and, well, that's something I want to see.


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