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Old 09-03-05, 11:07 AM
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Weekend Box Office 9/2-9/5

Friday...


1) TRANSPORTER 5.7

2) 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN 3.5
59.0

3) CONSTANT GARDENER 2.2
4.0

4) RED EYE 2.0
38.7

5) BROTHERS GRIMM 1.6
21.4

6) FOUR BROTHERS 1.3
58.9

7) WEDDING CRASHERS 1.1
190.7

8) MARCH OF THE PENGUINS 1.0
59.2

9) SKELETON KEY .8
40.5

10) UNDERCLASSMAN .8

11) CAVE .8
9.8

-) SOUND OF THUNDER .3

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Old 09-03-05, 11:22 AM
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no huge surprises there. Though underclassman not making the top 10 is definitly a bright spot.
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That's a solid opening for Transporter 2 especially considering what weekend it is. Good for it.
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I wonder if Undiscovered will break $1 Million this weekend.
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Originally Posted by Joe Molotov
I wonder if Undiscovered will break $1 Million this weekend.

Yes.

But SOUND OF THUNDER? Doesn't look likely...
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Originally Posted by scott shelton
Yes.

But SOUND OF THUNDER? Doesn't look likely...
Apparently, WB's strategy of not promoting the movie at all and instead relying on WOM from early reviews that said "It's so bad, you have to see it to believe it" to bring on the crowds was a mistake. Probably not as big of a mistake as spending $80 Million on this movie, though.
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Impressive take for Transporter.
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It's odd, because I remember seeing the trailer for A Sound of Thunder many times this summer. I figured it was coming out in November or something, but was surprised to see it was being released so quietly this weekend. I wonder if they're hoping to slip it under the radar enough so when it comes out of DVD people will say "Hey, how did I miss this coming out in the theater!", without the big negative buzz that a bigger launch and flop might've brought.
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Originally Posted by Joe Molotov
Apparently, WB's strategy of not promoting the movie at all and instead relying on WOM from early reviews that said "It's so bad, you have to see it to believe it" to bring on the crowds was a mistake. Probably not as big of a mistake as spending $80 Million on this movie, though.
This is a Franchise Picture flick, so I'm assuming like the past Franchise mega bombs, WB's has minimal to no risk on this movie.

And we now know that the strategy of zero advertising up until the week of release...and then scattered ads on TV that feature virtually no footage - does indeed not work.

Not that this movie was going to set the world afire, but there is a few millions to be made in B-level monster movies.
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This is a Franchise Picture flick, so I'm assuming like the past Franchise mega bombs, WB's has minimal to no risk on this movie.

And we now know that the strategy of zero advertising up until the week of release...and then scattered ads on TV that feature virtually no footage - does indeed not work.

Not that this movie was going to set the world afire, but there is a few millions to be made in B-level monster movies.
Whenever you see these movies that get held back for enormous amounts of time with lots of retooling only to be dumped on some crappy weekend I have to ask...wouldn't it have just been smarter to dump this movie as originally planned? If you're going to make crap for money, might as well do it right away.
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Holy crap, I didn't expect Transporter 2 to be number one at all! I am very happy about this.
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Man, those numbers for A Sound of Thunder are just unbelievable. How can you spend $80 MILLION on a movie and just let it die? Taking what advertising they did into consideration this movie is MORE than $80 MILLION in the red.

Wow. That's even more pathetic than Cutthroat Island at the box office. At least that one took in over $10 Million. (And it wasn't as bad as the reviews/word of mouth had it. Not far off, but not as bad...)

I've enjoyed a number of Peter Hyams' movies (Outland, Timecop, The Presidio, End Of Days, etc), but he may not get many more opportunities to direct after this one.
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Lets add Saturday...

1. Transporter 2 $5,815,000 / $11,505,00
2. The 40-Year-Old Virgin $4,755,000 / $63,526,000
3. Red Eye $3,040,000 / $41,219,00
4. The Constant Gardener $2,985,000 / $6,937,000
5. The Brothers Grimm $2,740,000 / $24,210,000
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A Sound of Thunder only brought in $280,000 on Friday according to BoxofficeMojo. Ouch!
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Originally Posted by B5Erik
Man, those numbers for A Sound of Thunder are just unbelievable. How can you spend $80 MILLION on a movie and just let it die? Taking what advertising they did into consideration this movie is MORE than $80 MILLION in the red.
As stated before, the 80 mil spent belonged to a company that is no longer in business.

Now the film is a simply a tax write-off receiving its contractually obligated release.
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Originally Posted by Fincher Fan
A Sound of Thunder only brought in $280,000 on Friday according to BoxofficeMojo. Ouch!
The movie only opened on 800-odd screens but that's still pretty bad. They should've just released it DTV and be done with it.
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constant gardner is doing huge businnes (at least in my theater)

almost every show this weekend has been sold out. people are coming out of the woodwork for this. Nice to see people are still heading to the theaters for a good show. Cleaning up after a showing is hell though
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Originally Posted by scott shelton
As stated before, the 80 mil spent belonged to a company that is no longer in business.

Now the film is a simply a tax write-off receiving its contractually obligated release.
That wasn't stated before (the out of business part). Just that it was an independent production. If the company that produced it did indeed go out of business prior to the movie's release then the lack of promotion makes sense, to a point.
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3-Day Weekend...

1) Transporter 2 $16,500,000

2) The 40-Year-Old Virgin $13,110,000
$68,461,000

3) The Constant Gardener $8,577,000
$10,299,000

4) Red Eye $7,600,000
$43,679,000

5) The Brothers Grimm $6,822,000
$26,522,000

6) Four Brothers $4,975,000
$62,962,000

7) Wedding Crashers $4,675,000
$194,652,000

8) March of the Penguins $4,205,000
$62,210,000

9) The Skeleton Key $3,283,000
$43,019,000

10) The Cave $2,950,000
$10,964,000

-) Sound of Thunder $885,000
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Studio Chiefs Wind Up Summer with Collective Groan


Hollywood operated under a cloud from the beginning of summer to the end of the season this weekend, Exhibitor Relations chief Paul Dergarabedian told the Associated Press on Sunday. "Usually, the first weekend in May, you have a big film that kind of kicks off the summer. It didn't happen that way this time, and that was sort of an indicator of things to come," he said. Steven Friedlander, head of distribution for Warner Independent Pictures, which had one of the summer's few hits with March of the Penguins, suggested that it was unlikely that Hollywood will learn from the mistakes it made this past season. "In an ideal world, people would say 'OK, we have to think more creatively, we have to think outside the box and come up with new and different things, '" Friedlander told AP. "But I'm afraid what's going to happen is, we're all going to sit in a room and say 'We need more penguin movies.'"
MotP II: March Harder ... L'empereur Strikes Back
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I don't really get the doom and gloom attitudes from the studios. Was this summer really that disasterous?

2004 Top 12 of Summer
1 Shrek 2 DW $441,226,247
2 Spider-Man 2 Sony $373,585,825
3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban WB $249,541,069
4 The Day After Tomorrow Fox $186,740,799
5 The Bourne Supremacy Uni. $176,241,941
6 I, Robot Fox $144,801,023
7 Troy WB $133,378,256
8 Van Helsing Uni. $120,177,084
9 Fahrenheit 9/11 Lions $119,194,771
10 DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story Fox $114,326,736
11 The Village BV $114,197,520
12 Collateral DW $101,005,703

2005 Top 12 of Summer
1 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Fox $379,799,000
2 War of the Worlds Par. $232,604,000
3 Batman Begins WB $203,202,248
4 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory WB $201,298,000
5 Wedding Crashers NL $195,752,000
6 Madagascar DW $191,014,326
7 Mr. and Mrs. Smith Fox $184,599,000
8 The Longest Yard Par. $157,643,328
9 Fantastic Four Fox $152,567,000
10 Monster-in-Law NL $82,904,360
11 The Dukes of Hazzard WB $77,466,000
12 The 40-Year-Old Virgin Uni. $71,901,000

Yes, the top 3 for 2005 Summer all made less than the 2004 films. But from spots 4-9 2005 is a big winner. Plus some of those movies are still pulling in money. 40 YO Virgin stands a good chance of crossing $100 mil when all is said and done, and Wedding Crashers should pass the $200 mil mark.

If you look at what was release and take a realistic look at expectations, the only big time underachievers this summer were Kingdom of Heaven, The Island, Stealth, and to a lesser extent Bewitched and Cinderella Man. Last year had King Arthur, Chronicles of Riddick, Catwoman, and Around the World in 80 Days among others. I don't see a huge difference.
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I think it's just trendy to act like this summer was some huge bomb. One writer says it, and the next 50 writers just follow his lead because they're too lazy to do some serious reporting. I mean, it wasn't a great summer by any stretch of the imagination, but from some of the hyperbole you'd think the theaters were completely empty from May to August.
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Every year they've had increases and this one they didn't. I don't think it's doom and gloom the way some try to make it out to be...and if anything I think this summer's crops of films were better then last summer.

Go figure. Unless you're Sony though, they had a bad summer.
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Originally Posted by Sierra Disc
I think it's just trendy to act like this summer was some huge bomb. One writer says it, and the next 50 writers just follow his lead because they're too lazy to do some serious reporting.
Fuck. Yes.

That's exactly it.

It also gives Hollywood a chance to finally have people feeling sorry for it, while they count the thunderous profits in the massive count room three miles underground.
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Between the two years, Shrek 2 is the one that stands out - nothing this year was close. We were missing the animated superhit this year, so, basically, if a Pixar mega-blockbuster had opened this Summer, but everything else stayed the same, they would be talking about how it's been a great movie season.

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