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Friday, February 06, 2009

Weekend Box Office #121

So I'm back on the horse. I finished a fairly-solid rewrite draft of my dark thriller this morning. Now I can send it out into the world, and dive into writing something funny for a change.


A few mildly-intriguing movies opening this weekend:

THE PINK PANTHER 2 (3243 theaters). This looks like ass. It's hard to imagine who is going to see this; most people who bothered to watch the first movie don't seem to have liked it at all, and anyone who didn't seems more likely to just rent that movie rather than spend money on this one. Prediction: $7.1 million for the weekend. I'd be happy if it did less, but hell it'll probably do more.

HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU (3175 theaters). They are advertising the hell out of this, the cast is solid, and reviews have been okay. It'll probably click. $16.5 million for the weekend.

PUSH (2313 theaters). The screen count on this is lowish, but it may be #1, because it looks cool enough. $17.6 million for the weekend.

CORALINE (2298 theaters). Interesting-looking, but I'm not really sure what the audience for this is either, because it really doesn;t look like it's for kids. $5.6 million.


At 11:20 AM, Blogger Cathy Krasnianski said...

THE PINK PANTHER 2 (3243 theaters). This looks like ass.

"Paul Blart: Mall Cop".

'Nuff said.

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

I think the difference is that Paul Blart looked dumb-funny, and a lot of people are in the mood for dumb-funny.

PP2 just looks painful.

At 5:52 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Love the rom-com genre, so I might just see "He's Just Not That Into You." "The Pink Panther 2" looks
"3 Stooges" funny. Niche humor, you've got to be in just the right mood for. Form the previews I caught the vibe that "Push" is a "Jumper" rip-off.

Glad to hear you're making progress in your writing career, Scott. When you make it big, please throw your loyal peanut gallery a bone -- at least sign a dictionary for me or somethin'.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 5:20 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

My 10- and 6-yr-olds LOVED Coraline. i enjoyed it too.

At 8:01 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

$16m for Coraline. Good for them.

At 1:34 PM, Anonymous Ryan said...

Have you done any number crunching on your predictions? See if you're getting more accurate, if there's certain types of movies you're better at, etc?

At 6:10 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

What has happened to Scott?

Has Speilberg swooped in and gobbled up that hot thriller Scott was teasing us all with? Has Scott gotten too big to deal with us "little people?" Or has been taken up by aliens to take part in sexual experiments involving Amazon and other female supermodels? If so, does the mother ship have room for one more...

We miss ya, Scott. Please post again soon.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA


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