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Friday, December 19, 2008

Weekend Box Office #115

Weighing in on the fullscreen vs. widescreen discussion that has taken over the comments in the previous post, I say go with the widescreen.

Though if it's a movie you really want to see, which format it's in shouldn't be a deal breaker.

If your TV is that small, just sit closer to the screen.


Opening this weekend:

YES MAN (3434 theaters). This looks like exactly the kind of dumb-funny movie that people are looking for this time of year. Prediction: $23.2 million for the weekend.

THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX (3104 theaters). The title is a little clunky, and it doesn't seem to have the cachet that makes animated movies open big, though there's probably a little family audience for it. $9.8 million.

SEVEN POUNDS (2758 theaters). They are trying to keep the plot a secret, but word is that it's a major downer. I think a lot of people were underwhelmed by I AM LEGEND and HANCOCK, and that they might wait for the word-of-mouth on this, which might not be that great. $15.1 million.


SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE bounces from 169 theaters to 589 theaters this weekend. Look for it to do about $5.2 million, and keep building.


At 10:57 AM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

We're going to see The Wrestler.

At 10:57 AM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Scott, couldn't agree more, "Yes Men" is being released at the right time. And thanks for the cue on "Seven Pounds's" plot. Will Smith is so big right now. His pull is like one of Jupiter's moons. And I think his star power alone will bail whatever story malfunctions "Seven Pounds" suffers from.

- E.C. Henry, nice and toasty in his PJs while its about 19 degrees outside in the hillands of Bonney Lake, WA

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Cinema Cynic said...

Seven pounds is one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

At 11:48 AM, Blogger Eddie M said...

I completely agree with Cinema Cynic. Seven Pounds blows the "low expectations equals surprisingly good movie" theory out of the water.

At 1:44 PM, Blogger Pat said...

I can't wait for the Wrastler. Looks great!!

At 2:03 PM, Blogger ALLEN said...

buddy, have you seen showgirls?

seven pounds was really well acted, and really really depressing. levity was missing. lots of it.


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