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Friday, July 25, 2008

Weekend Box Office #94

So thanks for all the suggestions, though ultimately we don't take any of them.

We're going to go down and stay at Cardiff-By-The-Sea, about 25 miles north of San Diego. Maybe hit the Del Mar Racetrack on Saturday, both for the horses and for Gnarls Barkley playing there afterward.

This weekend at theaters:

THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE (3185 theaters). The reviews I've seen haven't been good, while there doesn't seem to be much of a hook to this; it looks like sort of a serial killer tale/FBI procedural, which isn't necessarily the way to bring back the fans. I don't think it's going to do all that well, considering its summer movie placement. $13.8 million for the weekend.

STEP BROTHERS (3094 theaters). They are advertising the hell out of it, and it looks like dumb fun, though it's going to lose a lot of the potential family audience because it's rated R for "pervasive language". Figure it'll do about $18.5 million.

Of course, the big question is about how much THE DARK KNIGHT will do on weekend two. Movies like this often drop big, but this film will likely helped by the fact that a lot of people didn't see it last weekend because of the big lines or because it was sold out, word of mouth has been great, and it seems to be the kind of movie that people will see multiple times.

My guess is a remarkable $102.5 million second weekend. What's yours?

6 Comments:

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Carlo Conda said...

Step Brothers is currently rated G at my theater... We're thinking it's a mistake.

 
At 11:03 AM, Blogger Christian M. Howell said...

I'd guess DK will do about $70-90M this weekend. Step Brothers will probably flop worse than Meet Dave.

But then, Zohan surprised me so maybe Ferrell et al have another one in them.

 
At 6:37 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Glad you and the misses found something to do. You're so blessed to have a marrage that's working.

Read the Seattle Times review for the new "X Files" movie. Geesh, what a piss poor hook. This story wouldn't even make a good episode. What make's 'em think it would make a good movie?

You hit the nail on the head, Scott, "Step Brothers" looks like dumb fun. If you need something silly, I guess.

Another Seattle Times movie review I found interesting was a documentary on Roman Polanski's 1977 fleeing the U.S. after he was found guilty of raping a 13 year old whom he had been photgraphing. Just from reading the review I found out at one point Roman Polanski was married to Sharron Tate, who I believe was murdered by Charles Manson's cult in '68 or '69. Some real weird stuff here...

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

 
At 8:13 AM, Blogger Host said...

I think I'm going to go with your initial guess of $89 mill.

Have a good weekend! Damn, I love Gnarls Barkley.

 
At 4:57 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

I'm hearing TDK will hit the 70s for week 2, and that it could hit 400-500 total.

Saw Step Brothers, more of the same from Ferell, although it's still silly, fun stuff.

 
At 6:41 PM, Blogger Eddie M said...

Step Brothers worked for me. Not much for story, but a lot of good laughs. I'm usually disappointed by Will Ferrell, but for what it was trying to do, Step Brothers succeeded magnificently.

 

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