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Friday, March 26, 2010

Weekend Box Office #178

I had a meeting yesterday at a (very small) production company, to pitch a take on a horror movie they want to shoot this summer. Not sure how it went, while it would probably be a rushed write for not much money.

But it would be a movie. So we'll see. They are also looking at a low-budget thriller of mine.

Meanwhile, there are new movies in wide release this weekend:

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (4055 theaters). Yet another 3D movie; there still aren't enough screens for all these 3D movies, and it's just going to get worse because everyone is making 3D movies now. Pretty soon people are going to get tired of paying the surcharge. This one doesn't look like it has huge adult crossover potential, but reviews have been good, so call it $46.2 million for the weekend.

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE (2754 theaters). Finally something I want to see: it has gotten good reviews, and apparently happily-embraces its R-ratedness. Call it $20.2 million for the weekend.


Last weekend, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID did a solid $22.1 million. THE BOUNTY HUNTER did a pretty-good $20.7 million. REPO MEN stumbled to only $6.1 million.


At 11:48 AM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Fingers crossed on the writing gig. Just get some credits, bud, then the world will open up more to you. Regaurdless of what happens it's good to hear that your writing career is percolating.

This last week I got "Indians of the Ancient Plains" down to 120 pages. I think it's first draft was like 180+ pages. Anyway, progress in the right direction. AND I'm working on a new screwball comedy. It's still a ways off, but I'm having fun with it. And it's a very welcome break from that dark material of the last script I wrote.

Scott, are you partispating in any of the script contests this spring, or are you now to the point in your career where you don't need that kind of exposure?

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 12:53 PM, Blogger Christina said...

YEAH YEAH YEAH! So glad Hot Tub is getting good reviews because it's the first movie I've wanted to see on opening weekend since The Hangover.

At 3:06 PM, Blogger Danny said...

I'm sure you kicked major pitching ass - congrats!

Word verification: "undenase". A condiment to make your underwear taste better.

At 6:12 PM, Blogger wcmartell said...

I think adults will want to see DRAGON for the Viking aspect.

And - cool, hope you get the writing gig!

- Bill

At 6:25 PM, Blogger Christina said...

I'm sorry I missed the first paragraph about your writing opportunity - Martell's comment made me re-read the post.

I totally hope you get the writing gig. Couldn't happen to a more deserving guy!

At 2:19 PM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

Good luck!

At 7:17 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

Go Scott!


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