Archive for February, 2009

I’m Drowning In My Own Hypocrisy!

February 4, 2009

Okay, you all are going to kill me, especially because I promised that I wouldn’t do this all over again, but this is going to be the final post on The Box Office Junkie. I’m officially ending my writing on this blog, and even though I have loved getting to build up TBOJ‘s film-related content, I want to give you a little bit of reasoning for the demise of this site. It is List Wednesday, so here are 5 reasons why I’m ending The Box Office Junkie:

1. Film blogging is way too intense.
I like writing about the box office, but the amount of built-in deadlines make it really tough to enjoy. Weekend Previews always need to be written by Thursday night. Friday Estimates have to be posted on Saturday afternoon. The Weekend Fix must show up at mid-day on Saturday. Sometimes I just wish I could write on my own schedule.

2. I like going to church!
The Weekend Fix, typically the most popular of any column I write either forces me to be up into the wee hours of the morning on Saturday night, or writing all morning on Sunday. Going to church is really important to me, and keeping up with TBOJ has prevented me from attending numerous times.

3. Not to be shallow, but $$$ is a factor.
I really don’t make much money at all by writing this, and I’m pretty much okay with that, but for the amount of time I put into it, it feels there is no return at all. I make a little bit of money when people click the Google AdSense advertisements on the side, but the reality is, not that many people actually click the ads! If this were my job- if I were a professional blogger writing for a newspaper or magazine, I would have no problem keeping up with the blog, but as it is, the opportunity cost of my time is outweighing the monetary reimbursement.

4. I’m only going to be in college once.
I’m a 19 year old student in college, and sometimes I feel like I am married to a nagging wife, who is constantly badgering me for attention. The only thing is that my nagging wife is actually my blog. Here at school, there are so many people I want to talk to and opportunities I’d love to partake in, but writing for TBOJ takes away so much of my time! I feel like I am missing out on the full life experience of college when I am forced to dedicate so much of my energy to analyzing the film industry.

5. I don’t have another reason. I just wanted to say, “Thanks.”
Look, it’s not you, it’s me. You all have been wonderful. Even though I have to beg and plead for a single comment sometimes, I know that there are faithful viewers of this site. I can tell that there is a small following by the people who are subscribed to the RSS feed, or by the few of you who do comment or send me an email. Trust me, your words did not go unnoticed- they meant a lot to me, and I’ve hesitated writing this post because I dont want to disappoint anyone.

So I guess this is the end. I don’t know that I’m ever going to start The Box Office Junkie back up. I might not be totally done writing on the film industry, though. If some magazine or website or newspaper has seen the site, and they’d like to offer me a position as a blogger for them, I’d be down! And I’d be sure to let you all know where I was headed. All I know is that I’m definitely not done writing. I enjoy it way too much to just quit altogether, so if there’s anyone out there who just likes the way I write, I might start up my own, non-topical blog one day, just to reflect on the complexity and awesomeness of every area of life at my own leisure. Either way- whatever my next step is- I’ll do some sort of update post here in the future. If you’d like to get in touch with me now (and don’t worry- I’m prepared for some hating) you can send me an email at or just leave a comment! So goodbye, guys! I’m sad to be signing off, and I’m going to miss you!


Grading The Super Bowl Movie Trailers

February 2, 2009

Weekend Fix: Paul Blart Gets Taken Down!

February 1, 2009

Hey guys, I’m down with some kind of flu and not feeling too great, and I want to be ready for the Super Bowl tonight, so there won’t be much analysis today. All you really need to know is that Taken had a great weekend ($24.5 million), The Uninvited ($10.5 M) and New In Town ($6.7 M) were relative disappointments, and something finally removed Paul Blart ($14 M) from the top spot. All is well in the world again. Here are the full weekend numbers:

WAIT! For some reason, I feel obligated to give Hotel For Dogs a shout out. After it’s so-so opening of $17.7 million a couple weeks back, it’s been a very solid performer, dropping just 27% last weekend, and 32 % this weekend, for a not-half-bad $48 million total. Okay, now, onto the weekend numbers:

Top 12 For January 30-February 1
# Movie Title 3-Day Gross % Change AVG. Total
1 Taken $24,625,000 New $7,736 $24,625,000
2 Paul Blart: Mall Cop $14,000,000 -35% $4,367 $83,375,000
3 The Uninvited $10,512,000 New $4,485 $10,512,000
4 Hotel For Dogs $8,706,000 -32% $2,755 $48,229,000
5 Gran Torino $8,600,000 -47% $2,852 $110,547,000
6 Slumdog Millionaire $7,680,000 -28% $4,703 $67,244,456
7 Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans $7,200,000 -65% $2,447 $32,784,000
8 New In Town $6,750,000 New $3,478 $6,750,000
9 My Bloody Valentine: 3D $4,260,000 -58% $3,030 $44,610,000
10 Inkheart $3,700,000 -51% $1,394 $12,792,000
11 The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button $3,611,000 -41% $1,698 $116,540,000
12 Bride Wars $3,570,000 -48% $1,798 $53,936,587
All Numbers Provided By Exhibitor Relations Co.

What do you think about the weekend? Is Puffy Face (Renee Zellweger) in need of a major career revival? Have you seen Taken? And Lost fans, are you excited to see Maggie Grace (Shannon) find box office success with Taken? I know I am!