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Old 08-20-11, 09:55 AM
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The Weekend Where Nobody Goes to the Movies: Weekend Box Office 8/19 - 8/21

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1. The Help (DreamWorks/Disney) Week 2 1/2 [2,690 Runs]
Friday $5.7M (-25%), Estimated Weekend $20M, Estimated Cume $71M

2. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (Fox) Week 3 [3,471 Runs]
Friday $4.7M, Estimated Weekend $16M, Estimated Cume $133.4M

3. Spy Kids 4D (Dimension/Weinstein) NEW [3,295 Runs]
Friday $4.2M, Estimated Weekend $13M

4. Conan The Barbarian (Nu Image/Millenium/Lionsgate) NEW [3,015 Runs]
Friday $4.1M, Estimated Weekend $11M

5. Fright Night (DreamWorks/Disney) NEW [3,114 Runs]
Friday $3.5M, Estimated Weekend $8M

6. The Smurfs - 3D (Sony) Week 4 [3,427 Runs]
Friday $2.6M, Estimated Weekend $9M, Estimated Cume $118.7M

7. Final Destination 5 - 3D (New Line/Warner Bros) Week 2 [3,155 Runs]
Friday $2.5M (-66%), Estimated Weekend $7.5M, Estimated Cume $32.1M

8. 30 Minutes Or Less (Sony) Week 2 [2,888 Runs]
Friday $2M (-59%), Estimated Weekend $6M, Estimated Cume $25.5M

9. One Day (Focus Features) NEW [1,719 Runs]
Friday $1.8M, Estimated Weekend $5M

10. Crazy, Stupid, Love (Warner Bros) Week 4 [1,944 Runs]
Friday $1.5M, Estimated Weekend $5M, Estimated Cume $64.5M
All four wide releases this weekend are dead on arrival whereas The Help and Rise of the Planet of the Apes continue to clean house.

I'd also like to tell everyone that I told you so based upon the fact I knew there was no way Conan was going to make $16 million this weekend.
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Re: The Weekend Where Nobody Goes to the Movies: Weekend Box Office 8/19 - 8/21

Nice hold for Apes.

Fright Night bombs

Not surprised all the new releases fell flat. Nothing looked good enough to compel anyone to see it.
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Re: The Weekend Where Nobody Goes to the Movies: Weekend Box Office 8/19 - 8/21

I'm not surprised by any of the openers either. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the final numbers for Conan fall below $10 million...
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Looks like Jason Momoa can put his pen down.
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Re: The Weekend Where Nobody Goes to the Movies: Weekend Box Office 8/19 - 8/21

Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel View Post
All four wide releases this weekend are dead on arrival whereas The Help and Rise of the Planet of the Apes continue to clean house.
Of course The Help is cleaning house.
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Re: The Weekend Where Nobody Goes to the Movies: Weekend Box Office 8/19 - 8/21

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Of course The Help is cleaning house.
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Looks like Fright Night might be another Let Me In. Well reviewed vampire movie that tanks. I blame Stephanie Meyer, who has convinced today's audiences that vampires are gay, sparkly gentle beings who pose no threat. That fuckin' bitch.

Very happy to see Apes hold onto 2nd place. After this weekend, it'll be about $13 million above G.I. Joe at the same point. Definitely headed towards $150 million, but I hope it can hang around long enough to reach $170m.
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Re: The Weekend Where Nobody Goes to the Movies: Weekend Box Office 8/19 - 8/21

Originally Posted by starman9000 View Post
Looks like Jason Momoa can put his pen down.


Yup...
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Re: The Weekend Where Nobody Goes to the Movies: Weekend Box Office 8/19 - 8/21

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Of course The Help is cleaning house.
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Re: The Weekend Where Nobody Goes to the Movies: Weekend Box Office 8/19 - 8/21

I really, really cannot believe The Help is doing so well. When I underestimate a movie, I go all out.

Hope they announce a sequel to Apes soon. It's doing just great.

Fright Night and Final Destination should never have been released so close to each other. All those weeks we had without anything even resembling a horror movie and then we get those 2 back to back. I hope Fright Night's failure isn't the nail in the coffin of the original ever being released on blu.
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I really, really cannot believe The Help is doing so well. When I underestimate a movie, I go all out.
This is a good movie for social networking. I've seen a lot of people (97% female) posting about it on FB, then figure book clubs who read the novel, etc. Women don't control the entertainment dollar, but this is a good quid pro quo for husbands who want to earn some points to redeem for the next action flick.
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Sad opening for Fright Night, which deserved better.
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Re: The Weekend Where Nobody Goes to the Movies: Weekend Box Office 8/19 - 8/21

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Of course The Help is cleaning house.
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Looks like Fright Night might be another Let Me In. Well reviewed vampire movie that tanks. I blame Stephanie Meyer, who has convinced today's audiences that vampires are gay, sparkly gentle beings who pose no threat. That fuckin' bitch.
Eh, I disagree. I think they just need to get more creative with vampire movies. Perhaps they need to stop making them in the present day and start putting them in period pieces.

Roman soldiers versus vampires
Medieval knights versus vampires
Early colonial settlers versus vampires

Tons of stories that can be done.
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Fright Night managed only $2.6 million on Friday. It took in $400,000 from some 9pm Thursday shows.

Boxoffice.com is estimating Harry Potter to earn about $4.7 mil, which would raise its total to $366 mil.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema View Post
Looks like Fright Night might be another Let Me In. Well reviewed vampire movie that tanks. I blame Stephanie Meyer, who has convinced today's audiences that vampires are gay, sparkly gentle beings who pose no threat. That fuckin' bitch.

Very happy to see Apes hold onto 2nd place. After this weekend, it'll be about $13 million above G.I. Joe at the same point. Definitely headed towards $150 million, but I hope it can hang around long enough to reach $170m.
I don't, well not entirely.

Let Me In was a good movie, but it was also slow and about kids which isn't going to sell tickets, as such it also pulled a low Cinemascore rating (C+ which is pretty terrible.) It was destined to do poorly and be something of a cult flick.

Fright Night, despite the solid reviews, looked utterly horrible in the trailers and tv ads. Reviews rarely beat out terrible advertising while attracting the masses. It also scored poorly on Cinemascore (B- for both it and Conan).
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Here's why Final Destination 5, Spy Kids 4, Fright Night, Glee, and Conan all bombed: all five were 3D releases all within a seven-day window. If you wonder why there's a 3D backlash, there's your reasoning. The only positive I can note is that at least all five films were actually shot in 3D, but you can blame Marvel, Paramount and Warner for their onslaught of post-converts that turned everyone off.

It also doesn't help that...

Final Destination 5, despite being the best reviewed critically in the franchise, is coming off the heels as what is recognized as the worst entry in the franchise.

Spy Kids 4 is eight years too late. The kids who grew up with the original trilogy are probably teenagers... so they don't give a shit and they (hopefully don't) have kids they can take to the outing.

Conan and Fright Night have built-in (cult) audiences that don't want to see a remake (Fright Night) or can't imagine anyone else in the role besides a specific governor (Conan).

Glee. Well, fuck Glee.
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Color me surprised at the Conan's numbers. I thought it would hit at least $20 million or so. I figured Conan might get a slight push from the GoT crowd.
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REHs Conan stories would make a great bunch of movies. The Milius one was ok but not really Conan. They need to stop using hollywood clowns and get some writers to really adapt the Conan stories. Rogues in the House, Red Nails or Queen of the Black Coast would be a nice start. I doubt it will ever happen.
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I thought Fright Night and Conan were post-conversion jobs?

My buddy saw FN and said the 3D looked like crap.
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Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel View Post
Here's why Final Destination 5, Spy Kids 4, Fright Night, Glee, and Conan all bombed: all five were 3D releases all within a seven-day window. If you wonder why there's a 3D backlash, there's your reasoning. The only positive I can note is that at least all five films were actually shot in 3D, but you can blame Marvel, Paramount and Warner for their onslaught of post-converts that turned everyone off.

It also doesn't help that...

Final Destination 5, despite being the best reviewed critically in the franchise, is coming off the heels as what is recognized as the worst entry in the franchise.

Spy Kids 4 is eight years too late. The kids who grew up with the original trilogy are probably teenagers... so they don't give a shit and they (hopefully don't) have kids they can take to the outing.

Conan and Fright Night have built-in (cult) audiences that don't want to see a remake (Fright Night) or can't imagine anyone else in the role besides a specific governor (Conan).

Glee. Well, fuck Glee.
I think your second set of reasons are more of a factor than the 3D.
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Agreed, those movies are doing poorly because there just isn't much interest. Any sort of 3D backlash to me ranks far, far down the list.
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Not to mention the Final Destination's 3D was quite solid.
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Not to mention the Final Destination's 3D was quite solid.
Final Destination's 5 3D was awesome.

The Final Destination's 3D was borderline-awful despite actually being shot in 3D.
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I was in a theater tonight to see The Guard and there were huge packs of folks lined up in a hastily added roped off area waiting to get in to see the next showing of The Help.

There were a whopping 20-25 of us in The Guard, even though it was the 8:10p showing on a Saturday night.

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