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Weekend Fix: Final Destination Wins Labor Day Weekend

September 7, 2009
 
Blah.  Labor Day weekend is traditionally the calendar spot where studios dump their worst movies.  They do this because the box office is always so poor on this weekend, but part of the reason why the box office is poor is because the new releases are always so bad.  In this way, Labor Day weekend has become a self-fulfilling prophecy, and in all likelihood, it will remain a low point at the box office for years to come.

 The number one film this weekend is again The Final Destination, and the horror film is performing better than anyone expected.  With $12.3 million over three days, and $15.4 million over four, the fourth installment of the Final Destination franchise has already cumed $50.6 million, and, thanks to the 3-D gimmick, it is well on its way to becoming the highest grossing picture of them all.  I guess this means we’ll be seeing Warner Brothers pump out The Final(er) Destination some time in 2011.

Inglorious Basterds continued its fantastic run this weekend, and the Quentin Tarantino picture is clearly benefiting from good word-of-mouth.  Enjoying a second weekend at number two, the Weinstein film mustered up $11.6 million over the regular weekend frame, and $15 million over the extended weekend.  The pulpy WWII comedy has found a stellar $95.2 million thus far.

In third place is the Fox “comedy” All About Steve, which found $11.2 million over the 3-day and $14 million  over the 4-day.  Even though this stars the always reliable Sandra Bullock, I swear I hadn’t heard a single thing about this film until The Hangover became a smash hit earlier this Summer.  It appears that with Bradley Cooper’s newfound stardom, Fox thought it could capitalize on the opportunity and actually earn a few bucks out of this stinker, which probably should have gone straight-to-DVD.  Well, their strategy paid off, and they should be pleased with this result.  In a perfect world, All About Steve would crash and burn from here, but romantic comedies have proven to be the most review-proof genre in all of the film industry, so a $30-40 million finish should result.  

The other big debut of the weekend was Lionsgate’s Gamer, a film starring Gerard Butler and Michael C. Hall about a video gamer who discovers he can control another person.  Gamer got off to a rough start, earning a small $9.1 million over the 3 -day, with $11.2 million over the 4-day.  This movie was very peculiar to me, for it seemed like it was undermining its target audience by implying that video games had the capacity to do great evil.  Gamers dont like wn u try to pwn thm, Lionsg8!

Many holdovers did very well this weekend, including District 9, which crossed $100 million, Julie And Julia, which crossed $80 million, and The Time Traveler’s Wife, which passed $55 million, and G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra, which reached $141 million.  If only Joe hadn’t cost so much to produce… Still, it’s done pretty well for itself, considering many were scoffing at the action picture.

Despite the success of many movies, there was one holdover that did not do well at all, and that was Weinstein’s Halloween II, which dropped dead (HA!) this weekend.  With $5.7 million over three days, and $7 million over four, you could say that Halloween II fell either 65% or 57%.  No matter how you cut it, that’s not good.  The horror flick currently stands with $27.1 million.

The final new release of the movie was Extract, a small comedy starring Jason Bateman that wanted to pose itself as a new Office Space.  Out in only 1,611 theaters, Extract didn’t make much of an impact, with just $4.3 million, and $5.3 million over the long weekend.  Extract will not make it far past $10 million in theaters, but it should have a long life on USA or FX down the road.
Top 12 Actuals For September 4-7, 2009

Rank Movie Studio Theaters Weekend AVG. Total
1
The Final Destination Warner Bros. 3121 $15,445,000 $4,949 $50,576,000
2
Inglorious Basterds Weinstein Co. 3358 $15,030,523 $4,476 $95,226,130
3
All About Steve Fox 2251 $14,000,000 $6,219 $14,000,000
4
Gamer Lionsgate 2502 $11,200,000 $4,476 $11,200,000
5
District 9 Sony 3139 $9,000,000 $2,867 $103,000,000
6
Halloween 2 Weinstein Co. 3088 $7,073,884 $2,291 $27,129,775
7
Julie And Julia Sony 2528 $7,000,000 $2,769 $80,500,000
8
G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra Paramount 2846 $6,700,000 $2,354 $141,015,000
9
Extract Miramax 1611 $5,500,000 $3,414 $5,500,000
10
The Time Traveler’s Wife Warner Bros. 2803 $5,455,000 $1,946 $55,797,000
11
Shorts Warner Bros. 2631 $3,770,000 $1,433 $18,193,000
12
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince Warner Bros. 1091 $2,490,000 $2,282 $297,594,000
All Numbers Provided By Exhibitor Relations Co.

Updated Friday Estimates: Audiences Avoid The Movies Over Labor Day

September 5, 2009

Early Friday numbers are in for the Labor Day frame, and it looks like audiences were certainly aware of how bad this weekend’s offerings were.  All About Steve could win the weekend, but with just $3.6 million on Friday, the horrible romantic comedy is headed to about $10.8 million over the three day, and $13 million over the four day.  Look for Inglorious Bastards and The Final Destination to reach similar grosses.  The number one spot is very much up for grabs.  Gamer did even worse, as it found a sad $3.3 million, which points the thriller towards an $9.5 million weekend, with $12 million over the long weekend.  The final new opener, Extract, was pretty much ignored.  It could only find $1.4 million on Friday.

Friday Estimates for September 4, 2009
1. The Final Destination – $3.6 million
2. All About Steve – $3.6 million
3. Gamer – $3.3 million
4. Inglorious Bastards – $3 million
5. District 9 – $1.8 million
6. Halloween II – $1.7 million
7. Extract – $1.4 million
8. Julie And Julia – $1.3 million
9. G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra – $1.3 million
10. The Time Traveler’s Wife – $1.2 million
11. Shorts – $575,000
12. (500) Days Of Summer – $515,000