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Weekend Box Office (9/17-9/19): Daredevil over the Devil

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'Town' Takes Crown

September 18, 2010

On Friday, The Town was the talk of the box office, Easy A received some attention, Devil wasn't elevated, and Alpha and Omega was a dog. Overall business was a bit higher than the same Friday last year when Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs debuted.

The Town hauled in an estimated $8.4 million on approximately 3,500 screens at 2,861 locations, earning the comparison its marketing made to The Departed. The latter blazed onto the scene with $8.7 million on around 4,200 screens at 3,017 locations nearly four years ago (though its attendance was about 25 percent greater than The Town's). Like Departed, The Town busted out of its genre norm, grossing more in one day than Gone Baby Gone and Pride & Glory did in their entire first weekends and more than doubling the opening day of We Own the Night. If The Town follows a similar pattern to those movies, its opening weekend would come in close to $25 million.

In second, Easy A aced its first day with an estimated $6.8 million on close to 3,500 screens at 2,856 locations. That was about as much as Jennifer's Body made Friday-through-Sunday on the same weekend last year, and it blew away the openings of many other comparable titles, including Youth in Revolt, Whip It and Sydney White. It also edged out The House Bunny, John Tucker Must Die and 10 Things I Hate About You. In other words, Easy A was above average but not in the league of Mean Girls and Superbad among others.

True to its pedestrian title, Devil delivered an average estimated $4.9 million on nearly 3,300 screens at 2,809 locations. Its start was a bit less than Quarantine, One Missed Call and The Eye, but a bit more than Mirrors, Stay Alive and Dark Water among other horror movies.

Alpha and Omega picked up a meager estimated $2.3 million on around 3,000 screens at 2,625 locations. More than 1,600 locations presented the animated feature in the 3D illusion, and they accounted for nearly 70 percent of the gross.

Resident Evil: Afterlife had a Friday-to-Friday fall in line with its predecessors. The horror action sequel tumbled 72 percent to an estimated $3 million, around 75 percent of which from 3D presentations. The Friday-to-Friday drops of the previous movies were, in chronological order, 69 percent, 71 percent and 75 percent. Despite having the highest gross through the eight-day point ($36.9 million), Afterlife continued to be the least-attended entry in the series.

Inception saw the smallest decline among nationwide holdovers, easing 28 percent to an estimated $595,000. Its total stands at $283.8 million in 64 days.

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Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic)

The Town $24,000,000 $24,000,000
Easy A $19,000,000 $19,000,000
Devil $12,600,000 $12,600,000
Resident Evil: Afterlife $9,700,000 $43,591,366
Alpha and Omega $8,500,000 $8,500,000
Takers $3,000,000 $52,346,064
The American $2,900,000 $32,999,954
The Other Guys $2,000,000 $115,431,394
Inception $1,900,000 $285,062,718
Eat Pray Love $1,800,000 $77,785,804
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Re: Weekend Box Office (9/17-9/19): Daredevil over the Devil

Some interesting notes - Easy A had an $8m budget, The Town was $37m.

The Mark Romanek directed adaptation of Never Let Me Go pulled $121,000 from 4 theaters for a $30,250 average.
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Re: Weekend Box Office (9/17-9/19): Daredevil over the Devil

Machete don't do second weekends
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Re: Weekend Box Office (9/17-9/19): Daredevil over the Devil

Wow, Inception is still in the top 10.
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Re: Weekend Box Office (9/17-9/19): Daredevil over the Devil

It's quite sad that Devil didn't do any better. But seeing the budget is $10 million, it should do fine.
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Re: Weekend Box Office (9/17-9/19): Daredevil over the Devil

to The Town.
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Re: Weekend Box Office (9/17-9/19): Daredevil over the Devil

Why have I not even heard of three of those movies?
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Re: Weekend Box Office (9/17-9/19): Daredevil over the Devil

Originally Posted by moviewizguy View Post
It's quite sad that Devil didn't do any better. But seeing the budget is $10 million, it should do fine.
I think it's sad that Devil did any business whatsoever.

Good on The Town.
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Re: Weekend Box Office (9/17-9/19): Daredevil over the Devil

Originally Posted by Dr. DVD View Post
I think it's sad that Devil did any business whatsoever.
Devil isn't that bad. It's an enjoyable PG-13 horror film, so I can state that much. Regardless of how much it does at the box office, MRC will go ahead on getting the second Night Chronicles film out ASAP. The film cost $10 million to produce and they sold it to Universal for $27 million. Universal may not distribute the second one due to "poor" box office performance, but I'm sure another studio will if they pass.
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Re: Weekend Box Office (9/17-9/19): Daredevil over the Devil

I gotta admit...I've never seen a trailer for Alpha and Omega...wtf is it?
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Re: Weekend Box Office (9/17-9/19): Daredevil over the Devil

Nice take for The Town.
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Re: Weekend Box Office (9/17-9/19): Daredevil over the Devil

Originally Posted by Lemmy View Post
Does horror have to be rated R or something?
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Originally Posted by Dr. DVD View Post
I think it's sad that Devil did any business whatsoever.

Good on The Town.
Have you even seen Devil? No, so I find it laughable that you're against a film you haven't seen.

Originally Posted by Lemmy View Post
The horror genre is dead right now. Both PG-13 and R rated horror movies suck and I find is hilarious that you think an R rated horror film is automatically better than a PG-13 horror film. I'm sure you've all heard it before, The Ring, The Grudge, The Others, Drag Me to Hell. Those were great PG-13 horror films.

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Re: Weekend Box Office (9/17-9/19): Daredevil over the Devil

Originally Posted by moviewizguy View Post
You don't know how much I want to punch you right now.
Easy there li'l tiger...
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You don't know how much I want to punch you right now.
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It's also pretty childish.
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Re: Weekend Box Office (9/17-9/19): Daredevil over the Devil

Originally Posted by RichC2 View Post
The Mark Romanek directed adaptation of Never Let Me Go pulled $121,000 from 4 theaters for a $30,250 average.
I saw this on opening night.

Read the book instead.

The story itself was well done and it was certainly thought provoking and even haunting at times... but the film didn't take it's time to flesh out the characters. The movie is a quick 1 hr 45 mins. If they added about 30 minutes of just character development it would have been much more emotional.

If you're not a reader then wait for the DVD.
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Originally Posted by Lemmy View Post
No...they weren't. But there's just assloads of great R-rated horror: Dawn of the Dead (either version), Night of the Living Dead (either version), The (aforementioned) Exorcist, The Thing (remake), Halloween (original), The Devil's Rejects, Evil Dead trilogy....need I go on? No, I need not. Point made and proven.

That's not to say the PG-13 horror genre doesn't have it's place, but just that I (and most other horror buffs) generally consider the PG-13 rating to be a mark of substandard storytelling.
None of those really excelled at storytelling (save for the Exorcist, which has otherwise dated terribly), imho, but they were able to create and sustain atmosphere and mood with a real threat of violence. But you also listed nearly 40 years worth of horror films there. Recent R-rated horrors have largely been terrible.
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Come talk to me again when there's 40 years worth of "classic PG-13 horror films" that can even poke just ONE of the titles I mentioned with a stick.
Haha alright, talk to you in 14 years or so -- granted PG-13 makes it that long and there isn't some asinine redefinition of movie ratings before then -- though it may take a few extra years to catch up with R (which is currently 42). I actually liked The Ring and the more-goofy-than-creepy Drag me to Hell more than the Dawn of the Dead remake which, outside of a solid setup and credit sequence was pretty shitty. Hell, I'd take Poltergeist over that.

On a side note, Devil scored a C+ cinemascore which is pretty lousy (with Cinemascore, a B is pretty bad), sets it up for a pretty big slide next weekend.

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Not necessarily, but my previous experiences in film-viewing have led me to believe that well over 95% of PG-13 "horror" is just watered-down R-rated themes/stuff/plots so that teenage asses can fill the seats on opening weekend.
Sure, but I don't see why someone calling Devil enjoyable PG-13 horror is that hilarious to you.
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Have you even seen Devil? No, so I find it laughable that you're against a film you haven't seen.
Based on trailers, reviews, ads, I'm against every Hollywood release these days and I'll be happy to trash them all, DEVIL included, without seeing them. So feel free to laugh all you want. At least someone's having a good time.
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Okay....maybe this will help make it hilarious for you (but probably not, though it definitely makes it much funnier to me, as it's certainly a hilarious statement):

(insert M-flick of your choice here) is an enjoyable M. Night Shyamalan PG-13 horror/suspense film.

Now, that is a seriously laughable statement. I'm laughing...aren't you?

Nah, because Devil is hardly even an M. Night film since he didn't direct it or even write the screenplay for it.
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It's also pretty childish.
Sorry. I'll keep my cool next time.

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Based on trailers, reviews, ads, I'm against every Hollywood release these days and I'll be happy to trash them all, DEVIL included, without seeing them. So feel free to laugh all you want. At least someone's having a good time.
The reactions from the audience have been highly positive. That's the point. It's an original horror film that had no studio interference and the directors and writer got complete creative control on the project. It's kinda obvious that it isn't your usual Hollywood piece that gets ruined by studio interference.
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Sorry. I'll keep my cool next time.



The reactions from the audience have been highly positive. That's the point. It's an original horror film that had no studio interference and the directors and writer got complete creative control on the project. It's kinda obvious that it isn't your usual Hollywood piece that gets ruined by studio interference.
Coincidentally, it's the poor word of mouth that is going to kill this movie next weekend.
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Originally Posted by moviewizguy View Post
The reactions from the audience have been highly positive. That's the point. It's an original horror film that had no studio interference and the directors and writer got complete creative control on the project. It's kinda obvious that it isn't your usual Hollywood piece that gets ruined by studio interference.
Maybe the studio should have interfered.

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