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Friday, January 22, 2010

Weekend Box Office #169

Been writing a lot the past week, trying to get my pilot into shape (and reading and watching a lot of pilots as well) and also brainstorming a low-budget horror thing with a friend for him to direct.

New in movieland this weekend:

THE TOOTH FAIRY (3344 theaters). Once upon a time I wrote a tooth fairy script, and this will probably kill it for all time. Not given to critics to review, which is a bad sign. The family audience is out there, but it makes me yearn for the Rock to blow stuff up. Call it $18.5 million for the weekend.

EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES (2549 theaters). They are doing what they can to shill this, but it feels like a TV movie, and Harrison Ford looks like hell. $7.5 million.

LEGION (2476 theaters). Will find some audience. $14.4 million.


Last weekend, AVATAR continued to roll, while BOOK OF ELI made a very solid $38.1 million for the weekend, and LOVELY BONES managed a nice $19.9 million. SPY NEXT DOOR did $12.8.


At 2:15 AM, Blogger Scripted Wit said...

Will be surprised if Tooth Fairy makes that much! But boxofficemojo has it at almost 7 mil foreign, so...

At 8:40 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Early industry estimates circa Saturday AM have Legion doing 18, Tooth Fairy doing 14 and Extraordinary Measures doing 7. And Avatar doing another 35.

At 10:42 AM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

The Seattle Times absolutely laid into "The Tooth Fairy." Kinda suprised; Dewayne Johnson as a fairy floating arroud is enough of a lark to garner my interest. Guess the rest of the story doesn't hold though.

"Extordianry Measures" looks like a made-for-TV offering. Not my cup of tea; should be playing on CBS as the movie of the week, Sunday night.

Glad to hear you're making some progress writing. Can't wait to see your hard work on TV. Speaking of which...

I posted ACT I of "Revenge of the Fat Chick" on a new spin-off of one of my favorite blogspots, "Go Into the Story," (GITS) which is hosted by another Scott, only this one's a Myers. Anyway, if you want some feedback on your work, you can go to GITS Club and post scenes, acts, or complete scripts.

If you get a chance, check it out:

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA


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