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Friday, May 02, 2008

Weekend Box Office #82

So last night I'm reading a mediocre writing sample that was made into a dumb dance movie, and I put it down to take a break and watch the end of Survivor, to see who got stabbed in the back this week.

I turn on the TV, which is on whatever channel why wife had been watching last (Encore?) and what is on? The exact same dumb dance movie, which I'm then able to watch chunks of, and marvel at how much they changed from the script I'm reading for the better and for the worse.

If a coincidence like that happened in a movie, we'd boo at the screen.

IRON MAN (4105 theaters). The game this week is really guess how much money this movie will make this weekend, because there's really not much else out there. I'm going to take a wild stab and say $62.3 million. Closest gets bragging rights; deadline midnight tonight.

MADE OF HONOR (2729 theaters). Basically My Best Friend's Wedding with a sex change, and I feel like I've seen the movie from the commercials. $9.6 million.


At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Joseph said...

My guess would be $108 million.

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Christina said...

Why were you reading the mediocre sample if it was already turned into a movie?

Ironman - $62.5 million. Think it's going to be big.

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

That's why it was a writing sample.

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Christina said...

I didn't register your guess at Ironman and only after the fact noticed how close mine is, so I'll adjust it. I'll raise it to $69 million. I might even go see it.

At 10:48 AM, Blogger Christina said...

Oh, you mean to backwards evaluate the writer? I think I get it now.

At 2:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

$26 million US.

At 8:29 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Iron Man - 84 million
Made Of Honor (holy moly this looks putrid) - 15 million

At 11:35 PM, Blogger scottycwilliam said...

I hope I can catch IRONMAN in the theaters. I don't like Jon Favreau as a director, but the previews make it look incredible. I think it'll do 55 million.

MADE OF HONOR has actually been getting solid reviews. Some critics are calling it the best Romantic comedy in years. I'll probably rent it since I'm a sucker for these flicks. I think it'll do fairly well... on DVD. I'll be generous and say 20 million.

At 11:38 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Kinda looking forward to seeing "Maid of Honor," as romantic comedy is my favorite of all genres. Sorry, a guy a fellow site I frequent got me hooked (I got come up with SOME kind of excuse)

"Iron Man" looks real good too.

Scott, just currious. Did you joint the masses this year and send in a script to this year's Nicholls?

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 12:31 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Maid of Honor looks to be the equivalent of somebody taking a giant dump on some 35 mm film and then running that through the projector. It is everything that is wrong with the movie business, and is a good reason that Patrick Dempsey won't have a career when this crap TV show of his goes off the air. When the iron is hot, make some good films. Don't make romantic comedies that nobody will remember the moment the outboard cue is read.

At 8:27 AM, Blogger Christina said...

Made of Honor has a rating of 12% on Rotten Tomatoes - I doubt it's received any "solid" reviews. I love rom coms, but I think I'll see Ironman instead.

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Iron Man made about $33 million on Friday, so apparently it's going to have a very good weekend.

Made of Honor did about $5.5 on Friday.

No, I didn't submit to the Nicholl this year...

At 1:43 PM, Blogger scottycwilliam said...

Reviews for MADE OF HONOR are apparently all over the place. I've read in newspapers where the top critic gave it 4 fours etc. and other critics giving it 1 star.

People have varied opinions, that's for sure.

That's usually the case with Romantic comedies. People love to hate them. Unless it's made or has any affiliation with Judd Apatow, then it's considered cool and hip.

I guess that's just how it is.

At 11:21 PM, Blogger scottycwilliam said...

I just read an interview with Patrick Dempsey that stated he would only agree to star in the film if the script was changed. He said it was too "dark" and that he wanted it changed to more of an old-fashioned Romantic comedy.

At least he was upfront about it. Hah.

I guess that's just how it is. =)

Watched IRON MAN tonight. It was okay. Paltow doesn't really do much. Downey was great, of coarse.
Nothing special about the directing. Very by-the-numbers.. especially the 'final battle scene' in the end.

Typical villians. An uninspired movie. Downey is the only reason to watch it. His dialogue is pretty good. That's about it.

At 11:38 PM, Blogger Butch Maier said...

I enjoy reading your blog. Here's my new one about my upcoming romantic comedy.

At 1:42 PM, Blogger Christina said...

So Iron Man - am I getting my information right - I read $98 million this weekend. Wow.

At 11:52 PM, Blogger Clare said...

At the start of last term, we were studying Billy Elliot in script writing class. I got home afterwards and flopped on the sofa, put the TV on and found... a documentary about Billy Elliot.

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