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Old 12-22-11, 01:18 PM
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Weekend Box Office (12/21 - 12/25): The Hanukkah Ruining Edition

Originally Posted by Deadline Hollywood
WEDNESDAY PM/THURSDAY AM: My sources are giving me these numbers for the North American box office at the start of the 5-day or 5 1/2-day – Christmas weekend. Hard to tell yet whether the holiday will bring out moviegoers but Hollywood is wincing at the very real possibility it won’t:

1. Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Paramount) [3,448 Theaters]
Week 1: Debuted Friday December 16 in limited release; Expanded at 5 PM Tuesday December 20, Went wide Wednesday December 21
Tuesday $1.7M, Wednesday $8M (including $2M midnights), International $85M

2. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Sony) [2,914 Theaters]
NEW: Debuted at 7 PM Tuesday December 20; Officially opened Wednesday December 21
Tuesday $1.6M, Wednesday $5.7M

3. Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows (Warner Bros) [3,703 Theaters]
Week 1: Opened wide Friday December 16
Wednesday $4.3M

4. Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Fox) [3,723 Theaters]
Week 1: Opened wide Friday December 16
Wednesday $3.5M

5. The Adventures Of Tintin (Paramount) [3,087 Theaters]
NEW: Opened Wednesday December 21
Wednesday $2.5M, International (Sony) $239.1M
I don't get why studio executives are shitting themselves. Christmas isn't a time for massive box office numbers. Most films open moderately and do well as there's:
  1. Two weeks off as children are out of school thus providing films have legs.
  2. Nothing good comes out in the month of January thus providing films have legs.
  3. Jews, like myself, have nothing to do on Christmas day so we go see a movie and eat Chinese food instead.

If one looks at this Wednesday from last year, Little Fockers opened to $7 million with True Grit and Tron: Legacy (which opened a week prior) at $5 million. Everything else? Those films (like Yogi Bear and Voyage of the Dawn Treader) were all below $2 million.

If anything, Hollywood should pat themselves on the back for releasing less shit on Christmas weekend this year.
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Re: Weekend Box Office (12/21 - 12/25): The Hanukkah Ruining Edition

this is Nikki Finke crying over this.

I'm gonna guess DT will prob do around 25 or 30 for the 5 day weekend
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Re: Weekend Box Office (12/21 - 12/25): The Hanukkah Ruining Edition

I hope Tintin does better in the box office over the next few days... Maybe people are waiting to see it so they can go with their families for Christmas? The first day estimate suggests that it might not do all that well in the North America box office at all. That would be quite disappointing. I'm also interested to see how it does against War Horse.

All of these box office intakes seem typical for the Christmas season, but the quality of films being released is significantly better than usual. I would hope that the quality of films would help lead to better success overall for movie-going this season but these numbers don't seem to suggest that.
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Re: Weekend Box Office (12/21 - 12/25): The Hanukkah Ruining Edition

Tintin beaten by a 5-day old Chipmunks? Yea, that ain't good.
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Re: Weekend Box Office (12/21 - 12/25): The Hanukkah Ruining Edition

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Tintin beaten by a 5-day old Chipmunks? Yea, that ain't good.
well to be fair to tintin, chipmunks is in 700 more theaters
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Re: Weekend Box Office (12/21 - 12/25): The Hanukkah Ruining Edition

Bizarrely, at my theater, Tintin is playing in a smallish screen while the Chipmunks are on three screens, at least one of which has more seats than Tintin.
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Bizarrely, at my theater, Tintin is playing in a smallish screen while the Chipmunks are on three screens, at least one of which has more seats than Tintin.
Bizarrely, sad, disgusting.
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Chipmunks is a proven brand while TinTin isn't.
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Re: Weekend Box Office (12/21 - 12/25): The Hanukkah Ruining Edition

So is HUGO officially a flop yet?
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I'm more amazed that people seem somehow surprised that TinTin is bombing IN AMERICA (I guess I have to clarify for the few who don't get it, e.g. below.).

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Re: Weekend Box Office (12/21 - 12/25): The Hanukkah Ruining Edition

I'm actually surprised The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is at #2. I thought it would've definitely opened small.
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Re: Weekend Box Office (12/21 - 12/25): The Hanukkah Ruining Edition

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum View Post
So is HUGO officially a flop yet?
$150 million budget and its done less than $50 million worldwide? Yes. However, to be fair, it's only opened in three markets outside of North America (UK, France, and Turkey) up to this point.

Originally Posted by Dragon Tattoo View Post
I'm more amazed that people seem somehow surprised that TinTin is bombing.
The film has already broken even as the film has been out elsewhere in the world since October. So while it's underperforming in North America, it has already been deemed profitable.

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I'm actually surprised The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is at #2. I thought it would've definitely opened small.
On 2,900+ screens? No way. This may become Fincher's best preforming R-rated movie.
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I don't think kids nowadays really know who Tintin is. The only reason I am familiar with Tintin is because when I was like five or six there was a Tintin animated show on HBO so it doesn't surprise me it would bomb at the BO.

To be honest besides Girl With The Dragon tattoo nothing looks THAT appealing to me at the box office. M:I looks familiar, Sherlock Holmes looks alright but seems reminiscent of Wild Wild West. I want to see Hugo but thats about it.
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Very happy to see Tintin bomb. At least it appears to be bombing. Please no more Tintin in my life time.
Hope Dragon Tattoo can do at least $45 million for the 5 days. Really great movie and it deserves all the love its getting.
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M:I4 ended up with $8.9 mil yesterday. So far, it's earned $121 mil worldwide.
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I don't think kids nowadays really know who Tintin is.
I'm 37 and I never heard of Tintin until a week ago.
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Re: Weekend Box Office (12/21 - 12/25): The Hanukkah Ruining Edition

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I don't think kids nowadays really know who Tintin is. The only reason I am familiar with Tintin is because when I was like five or six there was a Tintin animated show on HBO so it doesn't surprise me it would bomb at the BO.
When I first heard about a Tintin movie, I thought it was Rin Tin Tin. No joke.

But I don't think unfamiliarity is any excuse for the movie not doing well. Pixar and Dreamworks put out new characters all the time and make a killing.
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The only reason I'm aware of Tintin (I was born in '86) was because HBO used to run it along with Babar on Saturday mornings back in the 90s. I haven't been impressed with any of the trailers I've seen and I can't think people who are even younger than me (who this film is geared towards) would flock to it.
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Originally Posted by Drexl View Post
When I first heard about a Tintin movie, I thought it was Rin Tin Tin. No joke.
Me too,
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Originally Posted by Drexl View Post
When I first heard about a Tintin movie, I thought it was Rin Tin Tin. No joke.

But I don't think unfamiliarity is any excuse for the movie not doing well. Pixar and Dreamworks put out new characters all the time and make a killing.
Yea but Pixar puts out really innovative stuff. I mean besides Cars most Pixar movies are just really well done and get great word of mouth.

Dreamworks on the other hand has a formula that works for them Big name celebrity (Will Ferrell, Will Smith, Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy) + Talking Animal or Alien = BO Gold.

Thats basically it. It's not foolproof though Bee Movie and Antz didn't do that well. Although personally I thought Antz was one of the best. Kids flock to that shit.
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Grew up in Australia reading Tintin and Asterix. All the school libraries have it, and all the kids read it. Guess it's just not an American thing.
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Tintin should have been marketed as Indiana Jones for a new generation.
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Tintin should have been marketed as Indiana Jones for a new generation.
Still would've flopped. It's not like they aren't already plastering Spielberg's name all over the promos.
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Re: Weekend Box Office (12/21 - 12/25): The Hanukkah Ruining Edition

I actually think this Christmas season has the most films I've wanted to see in a long time. There's still a backlog of 4-5 films I need to get to, and this is after seeing half a dozen in the last week.
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I still don't get why Tintin being an unknown property in America is a hinderance. Did people say the same for Raiders when that came out? Or Avatar? Or any other movie that they didn't know the background for? I don't know if it's a marketing thing, but it seems like a strange argument.

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