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Weekend Fix: The Day The Earth Stood Still Leads, Four Christmases Holds, And Delgo Is Nowhere To Be Found

December 14, 2008

It was a slow weekend at the box office this week, and without powerhouse openers like I Am Legend and Alvin and The Chipmunks, the Top 12 Films grossed an estimated $83,309,552, down a hefty 45% from last year’s Top 12. The Day The Earth Stood Still was a victim of high expectations, while Nothing Like The Holidays simply peformed poorly, and Delgo flopped hard (it only earned $915,840).

The real stars of the frame were holdovers Four Christmases, Twilight, and Bolt, which dropped 21%, 39%, and 23%, respectively. And despite the relatively small weekend, I’m optimistic about the remainder of the holiday season; after all, Will Smith and Adam Sandler (the two most consistent draws in Hollywood) are on their way! Here are the weekend’s results:


Top 12 Actuals for December 12-14

# Movie Title Weekend Gross Total
1 The Day The Earth Stood Still $30,480,153 $30,480,153
2 Four Christmases $13,074,470 $87,775,974
3 Twilight $7,951,131 $150,045,826
4 Bolt $7,464,282 $88,849,005
5 Australia $4,169,277 $37,767,253
6 Quantum of Solace $3,715,522 $157,583,232
7 Nothing Like The Holidays $3,531,664 $3,531,664
8 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $3,181,231 $169,937,394
9 Milk $2,598,638 $7,590,976
10 Transporter 3 $2,351,229 $29,377,088
11 Slumdog MIllionaire $2,175,518 $8,048,764
12 Cadillac Records $1,585,407 $5,909,492

All Numbers Courtesy of Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.

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Friday Estimates: Keanu Reeves Is Not Will Smith, And Delgo Crashes And Burns.

December 13, 2008

Wow. There’s not much good news to report about this Friday’s numbers. The Day The Earth Stood Still had an alright first day of $12.2 million. Since fanboys probably make up a large percentage of that audience, I’m not foreseeing a great multiplier here. Give the Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly starrer $32 million for the weekend. Nothing Like The Holidays, a family Christmas movie starring Debra Messing, Alfred Molina, and Freddy Rodriguez (among others) had a first day of $1.2 million, which should give it about $4 million for the weekend. And then there was Delgo… In all my years of researching the box office, I don’t know if I can remember a movie doing this poorly… not even Hoot). Delgo had a pitiful first day of just $130,000, good for a venue average of only $60!!! That result is so bad, I don’t even know how to articulate it to you all. Here are the rest of the results:

Friday numbers for December 12, 2008:
1. The Day The Earth Stood Still – $12.2 million
2. Four Christmases – $4.2 million
3. Twilight – $2.7 million
4. Bolt – $1.7 million
5. Australia – $1.3 million
6. Nothing Like The Holidays – $1.2 million
7. Quantum of Solace – $1.1 million
8. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa – $710,000
9. Milk – $710,000
10. Transporter 3 – $660,000
11. Slumdog Millionaire – $560,000
12. Role Models – $50,000
— Delgo – $130,000

What do you all think of these results?

Weekend Preview: Will The Day The Earth Stood Still Be I Am Legend v. 2.0?

December 12, 2008

This weekend we get a special-effects-driven sci-fi remake starring Keanu Reeves (The Day The Earth Stood Still), a Christmas dramedy (Home For The Holidays), and an ill-conceived computer animation film about an alienish monster (Delgo). Overall, the box office should remain in decent shape, with TDTESS on top and holdovers doing most of the heavy lifting.

This year it seems like each of the opening films is trying to be 2008’s version of other formerly successful December titles. The Day The Earth Stood Still is trying to be 2008’s I Am Legend. A little bit less ambitious, Nothing Like The Holidays is hoping to find the success of 2006’s The Family Stone. And Delgo would settle for even a scrap of Happy Feet or Alvin and the Chipmunks‘ receipts. But will any of these films achieve the heights of their predecessors? Probably not.

Here’s the forecast for the weekend of December 12-14, 2008:

1. The Day The Earth Stood Still – $49 million
2. Four Christmases – $12.1 million
3. Twilight – $7.3 million
4. Bolt – $7 million
5. Nothing Like The Holidays – $6.8 million
6. Australia – $4.3 million
7. Delgo – $4.2 million
8. Quantum of Solace – $3.9 million
9. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa – $3.3 million
10. Transporter 3 – $2.8 million
11. Milk – $2.4 million
12. Punisher: War Zone – $2.2 million
13. Cadillac Records – $2.2 million
14. Slumdog Millionaire – $1.9 million