Monday, June 09, 2008

FILM: Box Office Results - 6/6/08

Both Kung Fu Panda and You Don't Mess with the Zohan kicked box office ass this weekend, coming in at #1 and #2 with $60 and $40 mil, respectively. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull shoved Sex in the City to #4 as it came in at #3 with $253 mil domestically ($520 worldwide) in just 3 weeks. Meanwhile, the ladies of NYC have already surpassed $100 mil in its second week. Last week's other entry, The Strangers, came in at #5 with a slightly impressive $38 mil. While Iron Man stood its ground at #6 with $289 mil domestically ($530 mil worldwide), Prince Caspian is still having trouble making a profit. Having managed to gross $200 mil worldwide--it's budget--this weekend after an entire month, it's up to the next few weeks to convince producers that putting Ben Barnes at the helm of the next Chronicles of Narnia wasn't a huge mistake. But at least it's not as much of a mistake as Speed Racer, which dropped from #7 to #13 and races off with $76 mil worldwide--nearly half of it's budget.

Taking their final bows, the romantic comedies What Happens in Vegas ($169 mil worldwide), Baby Mama ($58 mil), and Made of Honor ($76 mil worldwide) rounded out the top 10. The Visitor exits the list with a truly impressive--for an indie--$6 mil and Forgetting Sarah Marshall takes its leave with $86 mil worldwide--not bad for Jason Segel's first writing endeavor. Lastly, the indie The Promotion, Sean William Scott's comeback that was written by Steven Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness), grossed a mere $28,900 in 6 theaters and was practically disregarded by critics.

Next weekend's major contenders have two things in common: trying to prove themselves and being green. Not only will we get to learn whether or not comic fans will give Edward Norton's version of The Incredible Hulk a shot, but we'll see if M. Night Shymalan can regain his Sixth Sense rep when his latest, The Happening, tries to scare us into being earth-conscious. And for all you indie lovers, there'll be the fetishists nightmare Quid Pro Quo that "Dexter"-watchers might find interesting.

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