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Friday, May 08, 2009

Weekend Box Office #133

So I lobbed a script into the Nicholl Fellowship competition at the last minute, the same one I semi'd with back in 2006, albeit with a few minor tweaks.

Gotta be in it to win it.


This weekend, it's all going to be STAR TREK (3849 theaters). Reviews are solid, and I'll just randomly guess it'll do $100 million for the weekend, $115 million when Thursday night is counted in.

NEXT DAY AIR (1138 theaters). Haven't gotten much real sense of this one yet. Call it $5.2 million.


Last weekend, WOLVERINE pounded out a solid $85 million. GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST did an okay $15.4.

BATTLE FOR TERRA sadly tanked with only $1.1 million.


At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Star Trek: More -- $115 at least.

At 1:09 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Glad to hear you paid for your annual lottery ticket. Hope you win the Nicholls this year, Scott!

"Star Trek" looks AWESOME. Can't wait to see it. VERY interested in how Chris Pine does with the role of James Kirk.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 1:56 PM, Blogger marcoguarda said...

That's great news, Scott.

Good luck to you and to all those who entered.


At 2:09 PM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

For once I think we are all in agreement.

I'll be seeing Star Trek either tonight or tomorrow afternoon.

At 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7 mil last night.

ET predicts 75mil for weekend.

Way off.


At 5:44 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

I'll agree with Scott - 115 for Trek. Looks great.

At 5:47 PM, Blogger Nien Numb said...

Hmm. While Trek looks good, I am a bit jealous. They should re-boot Jedi! And give me more screen time!

At 8:50 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Nien Numb,

If you're lookin' for screentime you've gotta place yourself in the RIGHT franchise. This is place where screenwriters hang-out. Dude, write what you want to be in THEN try to get that script in the hands of Warrick Davis (that is who would play Nien Numb, right?)and let him work his magic on it like he did in the Lepricun series. And just so you know, George Lucas is SO WAITING for that next killer Star Wars script from you.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 8:14 AM, Blogger Nien Numb said...

EC - You are on the money, bud. I'm gonna do that!

At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

31mil so far. Looks like more than Wolverine -- but far less than our predictions.

At 2:48 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

When you think about it, Trek usually makes between 70-90 TOTAL, except for the funny whale one (4) which was like 115 or something.

So even if it ends up with 75-80 this weekend, that's HUGE for a Trek film, and should stick around (longer than Wolverine) and possible cruise to 200 mil.

At 6:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you regarding the big picture. And I'm not surprised that Wolverine fell off so much yesterday. But I thought the reboot of Star Trek with a more Star Wars-ish approach would attract a more broad audience from the start. But I think I underestimated the lack of a star actor -- which drives Wolverine. And Bana as the villain doesn't really pick up that slack.

At 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

76.5 mil

At 8:50 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Anon - I totally agree. Long term they should be ok (not that I'm worried!) with the good reviews and such, but yeah, you'd think it would have done more.

At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would've seen it today if not for that whole mother's day thing. Wonder if that hurt the take.

At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forgot about Mom's day too.

And EW was right on the money with their 75 mil prediction.

At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actual BO was a little better - 79 mil.


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