Sunday, August 24, 2008
FILM: Box Office Results - 8/22/08
Tropic Thunder held tight to the #1 spot with $66 mil this weekend. The House Bunny and Death Race, two very low grade films somehow, some way managed to elbow their way into the #2 and #3 spot, knocking Dark Knight to #4. But there's no chance in hell either of them will reach Batman's $489 mil gross--Bunny opening with $15 mil and Race with $12 mil.
The force is also not strong with the animated Clone Wars, which came in at #5 with $25 mil. Following suit, Pineapple Express is at #6, slowly edging its way out of the top 10 after only 3 weeks and $74 mil. Hopefully, people will come to their senses soon and acknowledge how awesome that movie is. I have no objection, however, to the horror flick Mirrors dropping three spots to #7 with $20 mil or The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor topping out at $290 mil worldwide at #10, nearly half of what the second sequel earned.
I did, unfortunately, expect Fred Durst's The Longshots to get a little love from the critics and moviegoers to no avail. It came in at #8 with $4.3 mil, putting Mamma Mia! at #9 with $125 mil. My sure bet for the weekend, the indie Hamlet 2, may have only scraped together $435,000 with its 100-theater release, but at least it didn't open in more than 2,000 theaters at #12 with $3.8 mil like The Rocker. OUCH! Why is it that every time a television actor tries to breakout on their own (i.e. Rainn Wilson's co-star John Krasinski in License to Wed and Leatherheads) without any substantial proof of their impending fame (for example Arrested Development's Will Arnett or SNL's Andy Samberg as opposed to Tina Fey), they fail miserably? Even Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which was only released in 600 theaters, managed to stack up $8.5 mil at #11 in its 2nd week.
Speaking of top 10 dropouts, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, retired after three weeks with $38 mil, while Step Brothers took home $96 mil after 5 weeks.
Next weekend, you can look forward to the long-awaited (by some) return of Vin Deisel in Babylon A.D., the intensely dreaded (by too many) addition of Disaster Movie to the spoof genre, the intriguingly down-played spy thriller Traitor, the potentially humorous teen comedy College, and the first movie that Harry Potter's Emma Watson has starred in where she doesn't go by the name Hermione, Ballet Shoes.