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Weekend Fix: Tyler Perry Does A Whole Lotta Good; 9 Succeeds As Well

September 15, 2009

Friday Estimates: Tyler Perry Headed For Another #1 Debut; Sorority Row Dead On Arrival

September 12, 2009

Friday Estimates are out, and I’ve got some figures and analysis for you as weekend numbers continue to trickle in.

With a super $8.6 million Friday, Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself topped the box office, and it looks to be headed for an opening weekend of about $25 million, which is right in line with my prediction.  Animated film 9, after a $3.3 million Friday, looks like it will come in with about $10 million for the weekend, which is also right in line with my prediction!  However, any pride I might have in my prophetic box office ability is wiped away by Sorority Row.

I don’t know the last time I was so wildly wrong about a movie’s box office potential.  Sorority Row took in just $1.9 million on Friday, and the horror remake will find about $5 million over the weekend, well off from my embarrassingly high $17 million prediction. In other news, Whiteout also earned $1.8 million on Friday, and it  seems to be headed for $5 million as well. And for that matter, it looks like there are going to be about five titles headed for a $5-6 million weekend, including Inglorious Basterds, which will cross the $100 million plateau tonight. Here are the full estimates:

Friday Estimates for September 11, 2009
1. I Can Do Bad All By Myself – $8.6 million
2 9 – $3.3 million
3. Sorority Row – $1.9 million
4. Inglorious Basterds – $1.9 million
5. All About Steve – $1.8 million
6. Whiteout – $1.8 million
7. The Final Destination – $1.7 million
8. District 9 – $1.1 million
9. Gamer – $1 million
10. Julie And Julia – $920,000
11. The Time Traveler’s Wife – $740,000
12. Extract – $720,000

Weekend Preview: Tyler Perry Can Do Good (Box Office Numbers) All By Himself…

September 11, 2009

I’m still getting back into the swing of full time blogging after my Summer hiatus, so please forgive me for this shorter Weekend Preview, but I’m going to fail out of school if I don’t limit my time spent on this post.  This week, I’ll just make three observations about each new release, along with predictions:

I Can Do Bad All By Myself – 2,255 theaters – $27 million
1. Tyler Perry always does well at the box office, especially when he appears in drag as the Madea character.
2. This weekend last year, Tyler Perry’s The Family The Preys opened to $17.4 million.
3. Film is being distributed by Perry’s longtime partner studio, Lionsgate, and it should do very well with urban audiences.

Sorority Row – 2,665 theaters – $17 million
1. This movie has some fascinating casting that is certainly targeting a young, MTV audience: the cast includes Jamie Chung, a former Real World castmember, Rumer Willis, the celebuspawn of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, Audrina Patridge, star of The Hills, and Margo Harshman, who starred on Disney Channel’s Even Stevens back in the day.
2. For a teen slasher flick, reviews really aren’t that bad!
3. Advertising has been very strong, and the movie looks like tons of fun, primarily because it doesn’t appear to take itself too seriously

9 – 1,661 theaters – $11 million
1. Tim Burton served as producer on this film, and it’s got all of his typically macabre visual touches on it.
2. Though this film earned a very solid $3.1 million on Wednesday, the sheer geek-factor of it will lead to a good bit of frontloadedness, so I wouldn’t bet on huge weekend numbers.
3. I’m not gonna lie, I think this film just looks weird, and not in a very appealing way.

Whiteout – 2,745 theaters – $7 million
1. I had not heard of this film until Wednesday, when I finally saw an uninspiring commercial.
2. Reviews are bad. I mean, very bad.  I mean, worse than All About Steve‘s.
3. Kate Beckinsale, why do you feel you can only appear in dark, depressing settings like the Underworld or Antarctica.  You’re beautiful- come out into the light!

Box Office Predictions for September 11-13, 2009
1. I Can Do Bad All By Myself – $25 million
2. Sorority Row – $17 million
3. 9 – $11 million
4. Inglorious Basterds – $7.3 million
5. Whiteout – $7 million
6. All About Steve – $6.3 million
7. The Final Destination – $6 million
8. Gamer – $4.6 million
9. District 9 – $4.2 million
10. Julie And Julia – $3.8 million

What about you?  What are your predictions for this weekend?  Am I underestimating or overestimating Tyler Perry’s box office drawing ability?  And does anyone else think Sorority Row looks as shamelessly entertaining as I do?  Let me know in the comments!

9: The Weirdest Looking Movie I’ve Ever Been Excited For

May 20, 2009

I left Star Trek happy about two things. First, the movie was excellent. Second, the preview for the movie 9 intrigued me to the point of elation. It’s a very different looking movie, with strange characters like none we’ve ever really seen, unique animation, an original and mature story, and set in an creepy post apocalyptic world where, it seems, a mad scientist created beings in order to preserve life.

I watched the trailer, in awe of the bizarre film I was previewing, and became excited in a way few movies do. In a summer (really, an entire movie era) full of remakes and sequels this seemed like a brilliantly crafted original idea.

Which is not entirely true. The original concept was first seen in the academy award nominated short film of the same title in 2005, embedded here:

Shane Acker’s film was respected so much by the likes of Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov that they decide to produce it into a full length feature film, with Acker in the director’s chair. Elijah Wood voices the title character, with support from Crispin Glover, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, and Fred Tatasciore.

I’m hoping to spread excitement for this movie early, because I think it has a lot of potential, particularly considering how cool the dialog free, 10-minutes short film was (did you watch it? You should). It comes out September 9th. Get it? 9/9/09. I haven’t seen such creative release dates since The Omen came out on 6/6/06.