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Friday, July 11, 2008

Weekend Box Office #92

So this is a tough weekend to call; there are three pretty-big movies opening, and any of them could wind up number one.

HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (3204 theaters). They are doing a good job promoting this movie, to make people (like me) who didn't see the first one interested in seeing the sequel, which I think will outgross the original. $30.2 million first three days.

MEET DAVE (3011 theaters). Eddie Murphy has completely lost his comic edge, but this movie looks harmless enough, though reviews haven't been great. I read the script a few years ago, and liked it, though I don't recognize much of it from the commercials I've seen. $26.7 million.

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (2811 theaters). I think this may nab the number one spot, because it looks like a fun, visually-interesting adventure. But the LA Times calls it "tame", and though the 3D version is supposed to be a lot better, it's only in about 600 theaters, which are liable to be a lot more crowded than the 2D theaters showing this film. $38.2 million.

So that's my order. Journey, Hellboy, Meet Dave (though Hancock may be in that mix too). Feel free to post your predictions for order and $.

8 Comments:

At 6:06 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Kinda think "Meet Dave" will be funny. May see it on DVD. "Hellboy II" looses me at the conceptual level: routing for demons to save us from evilier demons.

"Journey to the Center of the Earth" is a remake of a BAD movie from the 70s. Looks like an "Indiana Jones" like ride, but the story around it has to be pretty far-fetched.

Guess I'll have to wait to go to the moives till next week when the new "Batman" movie comes out. Till then time to pull out my docket file and pull some notes I made on (what will be) my next screenplay. The writing never ends...

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

 
At 6:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

e.c. try watching the first Hellboy to discover the neat philosophy the flick spins...

Believe me, it's not "The Devil" saving us "evilier" humans from even more "evilier, evilier beasties"...

In fact, it has far more humanity.

And this comes from someone who has vocalized your right to make your comments on a free forum.

 
At 2:21 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Scott and Lisa,

Why dont you ever rip on E.C. for his spelling and grammar errors? Much easier to do so when you don't have to do it to the guy's face.

I like E.C., this isn't about him. But if you, Lisa, are going to basically make fun of a guy for what could be a learning disability, spread the hatred around.

 
At 5:18 PM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

I saw Hellboy last night. It had some great action sequences and was all in all a decent film, but I felt like something was lacking in the connections between characters. I just didn't buy the relationships.

It was a beautiful to watch though.

And it was a packed house all night long. I had to see it at 10:40 and still barely got a seat.

 
At 9:03 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Yeah, Hellboy 2 is doing well at the box office. Journey To The Center of the Earth is doing a lot less than thought.

Meet Dave is completely tanking -- it looks like it'll make about $5-6 million for the whole weekend. Eddie Murphy needs to go back to doing funny R-rated stuff, stat.

 
At 12:44 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Scott, I went and saw "Meet Dave" yesterday. It was pretty good. Eddie Murphy is real funny as a walking talking spaceship. His performance makes the movie work.

"Meet Dave" is a also a very CLEAN movie. A good choice to take your kids too.

I went and saw the "Meet Dave" at the Saturday, 7 o'clock showing and there was only five other people in the theatre. NOT a good sign...

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

 
At 4:02 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Yeah, the official studio weekend estimates:

Hellboy 2 $35.9 million
Hancock $33.0
Journey Center $20.6
Meet Dave $5.3

 
At 7:49 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Man, Dave sure bombed.

 

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