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Friday, January 11, 2008

Weekend Box Office #66

A trio of unexciting new releases, though that's not unexpected -- it's January, when Oscar-bait holdovers still rule the box office.

Though I have a feeling that when CLOVERFIELD comes out next week, it'll do a lot to reverse the expectations of how well a solid new movie released in January can do.

This week's wide openers:

FIRST SUNDAY (2213 theaters). Actually, this looks like it could be funny, and the cast (Ice Cube, Katt Williams, Tracy Morgan) should bring in a decent crowd. $10.1 million for the weekend.

IN THE NAME OF THE KING: A DUNGEON SIEGE TALE (1605 theaters). Uwe Boll is one of the worst directors ever, having done such forgettable films as HOUSE OF THE DEAD, ALONE IN THE DARK and BLOODRAYNE, and yet they keep letting him make more videogame movies (and according to imdb, he's got 6 more in the pipeline). It's hard to believe this one will do all that well. $5.5 million.

THE PIRATES WHO DON'T DO ANYTHING (1336 theaters). This must be one of the worst titles ever; talk about your passive characters. I can just imagine the pitch: "They're pirates. But they don't do anything". "Nothing?" "Nothing at all". Yeah, it's a Veggietales movie, and aimed firmly at little kids, but don't they want their pirates to swash, or at least buckle? And is anyone really going to see this in a theater when it'll probably be available for $4 at Walmart in 10 weeks? Probably a couple. $2.5 million.

THE BUCKET LIST expands from 16 theaters to 2911; look for it to do better than any of the new releases, with about $13.1 million or so.

JUNO adds another 523 theaters, to 2448, and may be the number one movie this weekend; it has led for the past 4 days, and the buzz is building. Look for it to do about $16 million, and edge out NATIONAL TREASURE 2.

THERE WILL BE BLOOD expands to 129 theaters, and is currently atop my list of things to see. Maybe tonight.

On a side note, there has been no sign of ants for two days; apparently the Raid terrified them. The parakeets seem fine.


At 9:11 AM, Blogger Brett said...

Wow. Can we tell who does NOT have kids in his house?


Veggietales movie will do 8-10 million, as there is a monster built-in audience waiting for pretty much every installment of this. Your point about "available for 4 bucks at WalMart" could just as easily apply to 80% of the movies released these days (DUNGEON SIEGE ought to be the first movie to have its premiere party in a cut-out bin at a dollar store).

At 9:31 AM, Blogger Jennica said...

What do you make of the fact that the "27 Dresses" release was pushed by a week... apparently due to excellent previews, and so it will go up against "Cloverfield"? Bizarre!

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Allen said...

saw there will be blood on sunday night. It was good, but not amazing. Felt longer than 2 and a half hrs.

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Brett -- Yeah, but still, that title. Yeesh.

Jennica -- They may have pushed 27 Dresses back because there are a lot of movies still doing well, and maybe they'll be able to get more screens next week.

But yeah, going up against Cloverfield is tough.

By the way, my sister and brother-in-law were extras in 27 Dresses (in Connecticut); they both shot a lot of scenes, though they aren't sure they made it into the movie in any noticeable fashion.

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Laura Reyna said...

I actually think DUNGEON SIEGE will do OK. The teen boys will come out for it. And I say this having seen Uwe Boll's work.

Saw a commercial for CLOVERFIRELD . All those goodlooking 20-somethings make it look like an overwrought beer commercial. I kept waiting for Godzilla to show up holding a bottle of Heineken.

At 12:16 PM, Blogger Tavis said...

There Will Be Blood opens in Portland today. There will be me in the theater!

I hear the Veggietales movies often make references that go over the heads of the intended audience. Still, I don't think it will pull me away from seeing P.T. Anderson's film-- or maybe... ;)

At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Veggie Tales title is actually the title of one of their (more popular) songs. I don't think it'll hurt.

Hell, even my son has seen them, and I usually leave the religious stuff on the shelf.


At 3:33 PM, Blogger deepstructure said...

gotta luv january (links to boxofficemojo). although interestingly, black hawk down was released in january.

At 5:25 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Re: Laura Renya's "Cloverfiled" comment, "... I kept waiting for Godzilla to show up holding a bottle of Heineken." Too funny, Good job!

Up here in Washington, the local papers bashed "The Bucket List." Maybe the power of "the Jack" is fading...

Will skip the movies this weekend, and focus my energies on watching the NFL playoffs. I can't wait to see my beloved Seahawks take to those cheeseheads. Go Hawks!!!

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 6:13 PM, Blogger suzbays said...

We're the Pirates...who don't do anything. We just stay home and lie around. If you ask us... to do anything, we'll just say... "We don't do anything."

Those are some awesome, catchy lyrics. Part of the refrain includes, "And I've never been to Boston in the Fall."

Veggie Tales are very funny and cute. The movie will do closer to 20 million.


At 3:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work for one of the agencies and got a uwe boll script offered to one of the clients and I had to put consider on it. it was just too amazingly awful not to.

by the way he continues making movies through the use of a German subsidy for German movies, it's actually an entertaining story if you look it up on wikipedia.

At 11:39 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Early estimates have The Bucket List and First Sunday both doing a surprising $19 million+, and Juno coming in third with a solid $14 million.

The VeggieTale Pirates only did $4.4 million. Dungeon Siege only did $3.2.

At 2:01 PM, Blogger Tavis Sarmento said...

So, did you get to see There Will Be Blood?

"I drink you milkshake!"

At 4:30 PM, Blogger Tavis said...

Should be "your" milkshake.

"I drink your milkshake!"

At 5:21 PM, Blogger MaryAn Batchellor said...

Saw "In the Name of the King" with my son and his girlfriend. The boy is a huge Jason Statham fan. I should have just set my $21 in an ashtray and lit it on fire.

At 7:32 PM, Blogger deepstructure said...

not surprising. i worked on that film and you couldn't pay me to see it. thought that's more because i want to keep my uwe boll film virginity. there are some things ya just don't need to subject yourself to. and the last thing i want to do is give that idiot any money.


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