Sunday, May 04, 2008

FILM: Box Office Results - 5/02/08

Iron Man blew away the competition with a $104 million gross at #1, kicking off the summer blockbuster season. Patrick Dempsey's Made of Honor came in at #2 with $15.5 mil. I saw it and after the word spreads about how it's better seen on DVD, it should drop pretty low on the top 10. Thankfully, two great comedies in theaters Baby Mama and Forgetting Sarah Marshall managed to come in at #3 and #4, grossing up to $32 and 45 mil, respectively. Meanwhile, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay dropped to #5, still hanging in there with $25 mil in its second week. Adventure films The Forbidden Kingdom and Nim's Island came in at #6 and #7 with numbers in the mid-40s. Prom Night is etching closer out of the top 10 at #8 after four weeks with $41 mil. 21 is finally on its way out after six weeks, coming in at #9 wtih $79 mil. 88 Minutes crashes and burns at #10, getting bumped from the top 10 after 3 weeks and $15 mil, soon to meet the same fate as Deception, which placed at #12 in its second week with $4 mil. Lastly, Horton Hears a Who! retires with $150 mil.

The British indie Son of Rambow had mixed reviews. Opening in 5 US theaters, it took in $52,500, but grossed close to $8 mil overseas. The boxing indie directed by David Mamet, Redbelt, had a 6-theater release and much better reviews, but still grossed $68,600. Perhaps it'll fare better after its wide release on May 9th.

This weekend Iron Man's got some competition when Speed Racer hits theaters. What Happens in Vegas... will try to steal the spotlight from the other top 3 comedies. And as I said before, Redbelt will get a wider release. I've seen 5 movies in 3 days, so I think I'll take a breather this weekend. But my money's on Speed Racer since it's way more kid-friendly than Iron Man. Then again, it will be Mother's Day weekend, so maybe there'll be a boost for the romantic comedies.

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