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Friday, January 15, 2010

Weekend Box Office #168

Another January weekend, this one a long one, with plenty of Oscar holdovers and some new films trying to carve out an audience. Figure AVATAR may still swipe the top spot.

THE BOOK OF ELI (3111 theaters) -- though this movie might take a shot at it. The print ads are nicely teasing, though the problem with this movie might be that it just doesn't look that original, sort of like MAD MAX meets THE ROAD with a dash of THE POSTMAN. Still, it's Denzel, and the reviews are decent. Figure $27.4 million for the four-day weekend.

THE SPY NEXT DOOR (2924 theaters). This looks a little stupid to bring in a ton of adults and kids, though there aren't a huge number of family movies out there. Call it $11.6 million.

THE LOVELY BONES (2563 theaters). This is finally going wide, without the Oscar buzz it was hoping for. It's supposed to be tonally very uneven, but the ads make it look interesting. $13.9 million.


Last weekend, DAYBREAKERS made a very solid $15.1 million. LEAP YEAR did $9.2 million, while YOUTH IN REVOLT did $6.9 million.


At 11:46 AM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Can't wait to see "The Book of Eli." Gary Oldman ALWAYS does a great job as a bad guy.

"The Lovely Bones" looks boring. Still, its got a great cast, and Peter Jackson's a winner. Will definatley see it when it comes out on video.

"The Spy Next Door" only works for me if I drop mushrooms first. Geesh, how many of these shows are they going to make?! Even before I see a movie like this - I feel like I've already seen 10 times over the last years; an action star who is suddenly forced to domesticate with kids lost its charm a long time ago. EVOLVE, please! Jackie Chan and Dewayne Johnson have a propensity to do A LOT of moives that look like carbon copies of what they did last year. The same only different? Only problem with that is, these shows aren't different enough.

Anyway, hope the writing's going well for ya, Scott. I'm having a blast writing a sci-fi thriller. Lot of work to do left on it, it's not even close ready to show yet, but at least I'm having fun.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 4:41 AM, Blogger chris said...

scot hi how do i get people to look at my blog and get traffic

At 9:33 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

You get other blogs to link to you (and give them something worth looking at). What's your blog address?

At 1:44 PM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

Ugh. Leap Year. That movie is offensive. I'm glad it tanked.

I'm stoked about Book of Eli. Loved the script.

At 7:12 AM, Blogger Tonjia said...

The book of Eli sucked! I want my money back.


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