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Friday, September 04, 2009

Weekend Box Office #150

Not much this weekend. EXTRACT sort of looks amusing, though reviews have been slightly mixed.

Opening wide:

GAMER (2502 theaters). I've seen commercials, and there's nothing here that feels like a real grabber. Prediction: $6.7 million for the weekend.

ALL ABOUT STEVE (2251 theaters). This movie also has an odd hook -- she's a stalker, but it's a romantic comedy -- though Sandra Bullock's name is worth a little something. $11.2 million.

EXTRACT (1611 theaters). There's some buzz, but Mike Judge movies don't have much of a track record in theaters. $5.5 million.


Last weekend, THE FINAL DESTINATION did a solid $27.4 million, while HALLOWEEN II did a decent $16.3 million.

TAKING WOODSTOCK only did $3.5 million.


At 4:57 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

"All About Steve?" TRY all about Sandra Bullock! I'm interested to see this JUST to watch her perform. She is SO TALENTED. Not so hot about all the rest of the trimmings which comprise "All About Whatever It's About."

"Extract" looks like a must-see DVD rental.

Though I'm not game for "Gamer" I wouldn't be supriced if it did well at the b.o. with teenage boys. The story's high concept appears to have age 8-14 bull's-eye.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

P.S. Scott, has your success in the Nicholl's opened any new doors as pertains to getting your material optioned or bought?

At 10:49 AM, Blogger Jenny said...

I think the hook for 'All About Steve' got splintered during the marketing.

Same thing happened with 'Good Luck Chuck' where the first promos downplayed the hook that every girl he sleeps with ends up finding the man of her dreams, and played up the clumsiness of Jessica Alba (trying to shift the focus onto the bigger star maybe? and downplay the romcom-ness to get guys to see it independently).

If you watch the promos for 'All About Steve' on lifetime (which I only did because of Project Runway), it's much more romcom/misunderstood girl, than the ones running on the networks that are playing up the comedic stalker angle and Bradley Cooper's involvement.

Seems like they're trying to merge the audiences that made 'The Proposal' and 'The Hangover' big hits.

And if they succeed that's awesome. But IMHO it just makes the entire movie look awkward.


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