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Friday, August 28, 2009

Weekend Box Office #149

And another week rockets by.

The only movie I saw in theaters this past week was BANDSLAM, which is a solid, solid teen movie that deserved to be sold better and seen by more people. This weekend, (weekend #3 for the film) it is in only 207 theaters, down from 2121 last week. Hopefully it'll find its audience on DVD or cable; it deserves it.

Opening wide this weekend:

THE FINAL DESTINATION (3121 theaters). It's a weird trend to give sequels similar names to the original movie in the series. This one is in 3D, and the basic premise is still a draw, so it should do fairly well, say $16.1 million.

HALLOWEEN 2 (3000 theaters). I don't think it's too wise to have two similar movies coming out the same weekend, and I think this one is going to be the one that suffers. $11.2 million.

TAKING WOODSTOCK (1393 theaters). They are advertising this a lot, but it's not a huge amount of theaters yet. Figure $9.4 million for the weekend.


Last weekend, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS made $38.1 million, for Tarantino's best opening weekend ever, and probably saving The Weinstein Company for the near future.

SHORTS did only $6.4 million; I guess it looked too goofy even to draw a lot of kids. POST GRAD did only $2.7 million; X-GAMES 3D THE MOVIE stumbled in with only $837,216.


At 10:43 AM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Scott, go see "District 9." I JUST saw it last night, and I think it's the most creative movie of 2009 so far. Not the best overall, I give "Star Trek" the nod on that, but "District 9" was fun none-the-less. Its main protagonist reminded me a lot of the main protagonist from "28 Days Later" ...

I can't believe they're still making "Final Destination" movies. Thought the first one totally sucked, thus insuring the end-of-the-line. Just because you have good-looking teenagers/early adult looking confused and scared, doesn't mean you have a solid story. "Final Destination" has a STUPID premice -- and it's told in a unintesting fashion. Target audience: IDIOTS!

"Taking Woodstock" looks like an interesting film. Grabs me at the curious state; how did this historic event come to be? Start there. Build a movie arround it... okay, you sold me.

Your props to "Bandslam" pricks my interest in this film, Scott. Maybe they should have had you do a spot for them in a TV commercial?

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

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