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Weekend Box Office(8/29-8/31): So many bombs, so little time.

Old 08-30-08, 03:37 AM
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Weekend Box Office(8/29-8/31): So many bombs, so little time.

Box Office Mojo says that Babylon AD has a $70 million budget, so...yeah, that's not a good opening (not that anybody was expecting anything huge, but still...)

EXCLUSIVE FANTASY MOGULS EARLY FRIDAY ESTIMATES
1. NEW - Babylon A.D. (Fox) - $3.5M, $1,032 PTA, $3.5M cume
2. Tropic Thunder (Dreamworks/Paramount) - $3M, $864 PTA, $75.33M
3. The House Bunny (Sony) - $2.7M, $995 PTA, $22.25M cume
4. NEW Traitor (Overture) - $2.3M, $1,120 PTA, $3.8M cume
5. NEW Disaster Movie (Lionsgate) - $2.2M, $833 PTA, $2.2M cume
6. The Dark Knight (Warner Bros) - $2.1M, $764 PTA, $495.77M cume
7. Death Race (Universal) - $2M, $788 PTA, $18.84M cume
8. Pineapple Express (Sony) - $825,000, $403 PTA, $77.2M cume
9. Mirrors (Fox) - $800,000, $440 PTA, $22.86M cume
10. Mamma Mia (Universal) - $785,000 - $412 PTA, $127.87M cume
*NEW College (MGM) - $660,000, $311 PTA, $660,000 cume
*Hamlet 2 (Focus) - $600,000, $376 PTA, $1.63M cume

EXCLUSIVE FANTASY MOGULS EARLY 3-DAY ESTIMATES
1. Tropic Thunder (Dreamworks/Paramount) - $11.5M, $3,311 PTA, $83.83M cume
2. NEW - Babylon A.D. (Fox) - $10.6M, $3,127 PTA, $10.6M cume
3. The Dark Knight (Warner Bros) - $8.8M, $3,200 PTA, $502.47M cume
4. The House Bunny (Sony) - $8.5M, $3,095 PTA, $27.95M cume
5. NEW Traitor (Overture) - $8.4M, $4,090 PTA, $9.9M cume
6. Death Race (Universal) - $7.79M, $3,072 PTA, $24.64M cume
7. NEW Disaster Movie (Lionsgate) - $6.3M, $2,385 PTA, $6.3M cume
8. Pineapple Express (Sony) - $2.75M, $1,345 PTA, $79.13M cume
9. Mamma Mia (Universal) - $2.7M - $1,417 PTA, $129.79M cume
10. Mirrors (Fox) - $2.65M, $1,456 PTA, $24.71M cume
*Hamlet 2 (Focus) - $2M, $1,252 PTA, $2.5M cume
*NEW College (MGM) - $1.9M, $895 PTA, $1.9M cume

EXCLUSIVE FANTASY MOGULS EARLY 4-DAY ESTIMATES
1. Tropic Thunder (Dreamworks/Paramount) - $14.2M, $4,089 PTA, $86.53M
2. NEW - Babylon A.D. (Fox) - $13.1M, $3,864 PTA, $13.1M cume
3. The Dark Knight (Warner Bros) - $11.3M, $4,109 PTA, $504.97M cume
4. The House Bunny (Sony) - $10.9M, $4,016 PTA, $30.45M cume
5. NEW Traitor (Overture) - $10.8M, $5,258 PTA, $12.3M cume
6. Death Race (Universal) - $9.68M, $3,816 PTA, $26.53M cume
7. NEW Disaster Movie (Lionsgate) - $7.3M, $2,763 PTA, $7.3M cume
8. Pineapple Express (Sony) - $3.47M, $1,696 PTA, $79.85M cume
9. Mamma Mia (Universal) - $3.33M, $1,751 PTA, $130.42M cume
10. Mirrors (Fox) - $3.29M, $1,809 PTA, $25.36M cume
*Hamlet 2 (Focus) - $2.5M, $1,565 PTA, $3.53M cume
*NEW College (MGM) - $2.2M, $1,036 PTA, $2.2M cume
Old 08-30-08, 07:55 AM
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The Dark Knight's really slowing down now. Guess there's not much chance it will hit the $600 mark now. Still a nice run though.
Old 08-30-08, 10:28 AM
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It really never had a chance. I think people only started thinking it could hit $600 million after the first two weekends, but it always stood to make around $530 million.
Old 08-30-08, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by movieguru View Post
The Dark Knight's really slowing down now. Guess there's not much chance it will hit the $600 mark now. Still a nice run though.
I don't think anyone really expected that, and haven't for a long time. Breaking $500, I think, qualifies it for more than a simple nice run, that's amazing.
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Yep, I never expected TDK to get even close to $600m. Hell, before this summer I didn't think it could get that close to $300m, lol.

As for the openers, I'm happy to see Disaster Movie bombed and won't even make $20m total. And Traitor actually did alright. Not a huge opening but it did have the highest PTA of all the movies on that list.
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I'm glad Tropic Thunder is hanging in there. It deserves to do well.

Kudos to TDK for passing $500m this weekend. Considering most people in the "Guess the Summer Box Office Champ" thread didn't think it would make more than $250-$275m this is certainly a welcome surprise.

Another bomb for Vin Diesel. No wonder he signed on for another Fast & Furious film.

Disaster Movie, thankfully, dies the painful death is deserves.
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Hmm I wonder if Babylon AD can be chalked up to more executive meddling from Fox? The director was pissed in an article i read recently.
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I saw "College" yesterday. It was average, nothing special.
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the dark knights run will go down as the most impressive ever. The 600 million titanic made is just not that impressive when you look at how long it played in theaters and the fact that tickets and gas prices were much cheaper in 1997. but whos to say a movie in the next few years wont top what the TDK did.
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Originally Posted by jkenn24 View Post
the dark knights run will go down as the most impressive ever. The 600 million titanic made is just not that impressive when you look at how long it played in theaters and the fact that tickets and gas prices were much cheaper in 1997. but whos to say a movie in the next few years wont top what the TDK did.
Actually, I find that MORE impressive that Titanic lasted so long in theaters.

The fact that it took 11 years for a movie to even get within 100 million of Titanic's gross with higher ticket prices shows that it could be a long time before another movie makes this much.

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Plus, tickets being cheaper means it had to sell more tickets to reach that mark. I wasn't quite sure if he was joking or not.
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With Disaster movie bombing, we can all pray that the shitty spoofs ends with it.
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Originally Posted by jkenn24 View Post
the dark knights run will go down as the most impressive ever. The 600 million titanic made is just not that impressive when you look at how long it played in theaters and the fact that tickets and gas prices were much cheaper in 1997. but whos to say a movie in the next few years wont top what the TDK did.
Nonsense, Titanic's run was utterly remarkable because it played so long and consistently had $30+ million weekends. Dark Knight's a huge hit, but Titanic was a phenomenon.
Old 08-30-08, 04:50 PM
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I find Dark Knight's take impressive in today's climate. Movies nowadays have a DVD announcement while it's still in theaters. It also faced competition from all the summer movies and the people who don't even go to the movies cause of the high ticket prices and just wait to watch it on their home theater.
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Saw Death Race last night, quite an enjoyable flick, pure mindless fun.
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I don't think anyone really expected that, and haven't for a long time. Breaking $500, I think, qualifies it for more than a simple nice run, that's amazing.
Nothing simple or nice about it. More like kick ass! I certainly never expected it to do more than 300M before it opened. Just based on what "Begins" made. I don't even think Warner Brothers expected it be THAT big. Which is why they're fucking with the Superman franchise now. Yes, I said fucking. I want it to stay light. Bring in anyone you want now at this point, I don't care. But Superman should not be dark like "TDK" IMO. Speaking of which, I still haven't had a chance to see "TDK" at IMAX. I hear it's still a madhouse trying to get in. I hope it plays there a while. I must see it there, and then buy the Blu-Ray of course
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Originally Posted by jkenn24 View Post
the dark knights run will go down as the most impressive ever. The 600 million titanic made is just not that impressive when you look at how long it played in theaters and the fact that tickets and gas prices were much cheaper in 1997. but whos to say a movie in the next few years wont top what the TDK did.
You realize you just killed your own argument, right?
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I wonder why Labor Day isn't bigger for Hollywood? Summer fatigue. Either way, "Babylon AD" is awful and "Hamlet 2" surprisingly had more heart than you'd think.
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The big surprise to me is Vicky Cristina Barcelona. The movie had a limited release in 692 theaters and hasn't been doing "amazing" per se, but last weekend it dropped a mere 20% and Friday-to-Friday for this weekend, it only dropped around 11%. It is likely to be #10 for the weekend. It isn't doing great, but it's still good to see it hanging in there.

Weekend 1 - $3,755,575
Weekend 2 - $3,005,031 (-20%)
Weekend 3 - This Weekend it should drop around 10%, so ~ $2.7m for the weekend.

It's really rare to see a movie start that low but sustain itself that well.
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Titanic had amazing longevity. The Dark Knight had amazing speed. Both are impressive achievements.
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Just saw Hamlet 2...and wow did that movie suck shit. Great trailer, bullshit movie.
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Originally Posted by Suprmallet View Post
Titanic had amazing longevity. The Dark Knight had amazing speed. Both are impressive achievements.
True. Plus Dark Knight came out during a horrendous economy & in a time where rather than give a movie multiple theatrical viewings, most folks would rather save all that cash for the super duper dvd or bd release they can watch in their home theater.
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It's really rare to see a movie start that low but sustain itself that well.
It's always nice to see a Woody Allen film do (relatively) well. The "Penelope and Scarlett kiss!" aspect of the film certainly isn't hurting the box office.
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Titanic had amazing longevity. The Dark Knight had amazing speed. Both are impressive achievements.
Absolutely. "Titanic" was THE blockbuster last decade. And "The Dark Knight" the one for this. Next up? The DVD sales for "TDK". It's going to be astronomical. And I bet you Blu-Ray player sales go up a little
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It's always nice to see a Woody Allen film do (relatively) well. The "Penelope and Scarlett kiss!" aspect of the film certainly isn't hurting the box office.
Well, if you blink you'll miss it. I certainly wouldn't sell the movie on that kiss. But it's an excellent film. The wood man's best since "Match Point". A better film IMO.

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