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Friday, September 05, 2008

Weekend Box Office #100

Rather a bland weekend moviewise for my 100th installment of these things.

The only movie opening wide is:

BANGKOK DANGEROUS (2650 theaters). Nic Cage has made an awful lot of bad movies in the past few years, and given that this one wasn't screened for critics, I don't have high hopes for it. Still, lack of competition might help -- a little. Prediction: $14.4 million for the weekend.

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Though last weekend was a holiday weekend, it wasn't a big box office weekend at all. TROPIC THUNDER was the top movie for the third straight weekend, though it is slipping pretty fast.

Of the newbies, BABYLON AD made only $11.5 million in its first 4 days, in a lot of theaters. TRAITOR did about $10 million for the four-day weekend.

DISASTER MOVIE limped in with only $6.9 million in four days; apparently people are catching on that these kinds of non-satire satires just aren't that funny.

COLLEGE did an atrocious $2.6 million despite being in over 2000 theaters.

HAMLET 2 completely tanked, with only $2.1 million from almost 1600 theaters. I saw a lot of commercials for this movie, and it's supposed to be funny, but they couldn't make people want to go see it. While their pushing the whole "Rock Me Sexy Jesus" thing, which seemed like it was geared to try to provoke controversy and get more publicity, seemed to be received with a big yawn by the Christian community.

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Rolled out of bed early today, and did some writing. Felt good. Day 1; I'll try to keep it going.

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By the way, anonymous posts attacking other posters will be deleted, and whiny posts complaining about these posts being deleted will be deleted as well.

Despite the smell of sour milk and hormones, this isn't a middle school cafeteria.

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My brother is a fireman in Anchorage, who sat next to Sarah Palin on a plane once. He says she was a nice woman.

He's still voting for Obama.

6 Comments:

At 12:08 PM, Blogger marcoguarda said...

Best wishes for keeping up with the "hour a day" resolution.

M.

 
At 6:01 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

NEVER was very sold on McCain, but then I listened to his acceptance speech, and was moved by his story of capture, and lessons learned in Vietnam: no longer living for himself but for an ideal greater than himself. VERY interested in finding out more about Sarah Palin, McCain's V.P. choice. I too lived in Alaska (briefly) in the 80s.

I'm with ya on "Bangkok Dangerous." Haven't they made enough "hit-man trying to get out of the business" movies. Usually not trying to hard, thin on story, heavy on bullets. "Bangkok Dangerous" has that same-ol' same-ol' feel to it.

Glad to hear your gettin' after the writing, Scott. Can't wait to hear where that takes you. Keep rockin'!

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

 
At 10:14 PM, Blogger Nick said...

I thought the early teasers for Hamlet 2 were better, back when they highlighted the absurdity of making a sequel to Hamlet rather than leaning heavily on "Rock Me Sexy Jesus."

 
At 7:03 AM, Blogger dannyboy52472 said...

Aw, man! No more posting as Anonymous with pithy, stupid, worthless comments - I'm gonna miss that. ;-)

I think Cage can still make good movies - he recently did The Weather Man and Lord of War, both of which I dug muchly. Of course, they also tanked, which was too bad.

Danny

 
At 8:00 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Well, both of those movies were in 2005, and he has done 8 movies since then -- and according to his imdb page, he has 9 movies coming out next year.

Obviously not all of them will, but the problem is that he's a little over-exposed at the moment.

 
At 12:30 PM, Blogger Carlo Conda said...

Bangkok Dangerous is looking to make 9mil, I know this because of an inside source... haha.

 

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