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“Summer” is here! It was a very great weekend at the box office, as X-Men Origins: Wolverine started off very strong, Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past had a smaller, but still solid debut, and a slew of films landed in the $5 million range for the weekend. Alas, Battle For Terra, a movie that no one even knew about remained unknown over the weekend, with one of the worst debuts for a wide release in history, but the Top 12 at the box office was still able to stay exactly flat with last year. Check out the full report:
Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past, a Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner romantic comedy, got off to a moderately good start this weekend, with $15.3 million and an alright $4,827 venue average. Last year, Made Of Honor, which starred Patrick Dempsey, debuted against Iron Man to $14.7 million, on its way to $46 million overall. It looks like Warner Brothers was going for about the same kind of result with Ghosts, and they got it. If we learned anything from P.S. I Love You, it’s that this kind of film is review-proof, so Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past should earn about $40-45 million overall with ease.
Among holdovers, Obsessed fell 57% to $12.2 million, for a fantastic total of $47 million after ten days, while 17 Again dropped 45% to $6.4 million, for a total of $48 million after seventeen. Monsters Vs. Aliens cotinued to show off its legs (tentacles?) with a great 32% decline to $5.8 million in its sixth weekend. It has earned $182 million thus far. It’s no surprise that Fighting fell the hardest in Top 12. A 62% fall gave the Channing Tatum drama a $4.1 million over the frame and $17.5 million overall. Also, Jamie Foxx’s American Idol appearance may have helped The Soloist fall just 42% this weekend, but Fast And Furious is not having such luck. After a $70 million opening a few weeks ago, the racing flick looks to be petering out around $150 million. Check out the full chart:
Top 12 Actuals For May 1-3
|#||Movie Title||3-Day Gross||% Change||AVG.||Total|
|1||X-Men Origins: Wolverine||$85,058,003||New||$20,751||$85,058,003|
|2||Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past||$15,411,434||-51%||$4,854||$15,411,434|
|5||Monsters Vs. Aliens||$5,803,429||-32%||$2,210||$182,407,971|
|8||Hannah Montana The Movie||$4,164,185||-62%||$1,477||$70,946,323|
|10||State Of Play||$3,715,980||-47%||$1,520||$30,944,180|
|11||Fast And Furious||$2,763,875||-56%||$1,085||$149,806,190|
|12||Battle For Terra||$1,082,362||New||$934||$1,082,362|
Also, Gitesh Pandya (Box Office Guru) and Nicole Sperling (EW) won the Analysts Challenge this week! Their guesses of $85 million were the closest of anyone’s! Great work, guys!
UPDATE: I’ve posted the full Friday Estimates here.
I just saw this posted over at Deadline Hollywood Daily. Nikki Finke tells us:
Friday 12:01 AM screenings at 2,000 theaters have Fox’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine opening to close to $5 million, which is amazing.
You know, I’m feeling pretty good about my $96 million prediction for Wolverine right about now, even though it is a bit higher than any other analysts. Here’s what everyone else is predicting for the blockbuster:
C.S. Stowbridge (The-Numbers) – “just north of $90 million”
Steve Mason (SlashFilm and Big Hollywood) – $92 million
Gitesh Pandya (Box Office Guru) – $85 million
Phil Contrino (Box Office Magazine) – $90 million
Reagen Sulewski (Box Office Prophets) – $91.3 million
Nicole Sperling (EW) – $85 million
Who will prove to be closest? Check back throughout the weekend for updates as they come!
Wow, this is late, and I know it seems like that is becoming a trend, but I had 18 pages of writing due today for finals, and that’s kind of been consuming me the past couple of days. Anyway, this post just feels obligatory because its so far after the fact, but here are the weekend actuals, in which Beyoncé crushed everything else in her path, as Obsessed found a fantastic $28.6 million. Honestly, when is this woman not successful? Everything she touches is gold! A lot of that success can probably be attributed to the recession. Audiences are down and depressed, so what better to make them feel better than a girl-on-girl catfight?!
Meanwhile, Fighting‘s debut once again verifies that Terrence Howard is, in fact, box office poison. There were no overwhelmingly huge grosses at the box office this weekend, but there was certainly some solid depth, with the top 6 films all earning $8 million or more in what’s usually a terrible weekend in April! Things are going to get crazy next weekend with the debut of Wolverine! I can’t wait!
|#||Movie Title||3-Day Gross||% Change||AVG.||Total|
|6||Monsters Vs. Aliens||$8,520,826||-36%||$2,537||$174,813,830|
|7||State Of Play||$6,848,885||-51%||$2,440||$25,081,890|
|8||Hannah Montana The Movie||$6,437,141||-52%||$1,992||$65,655,057|
|9||Fast And Furious||$6,204,940||-47%||$1,740||$145,367,040|
|10||Crank: High Voltage||$2,618,379||-62%||$1,178||$11,735,952|
|11||I Love You, Man||$1,952,921||-41%||$1,249||$67,809,860|
Steve Mason just posted Friday Estimates over at Big Hollywood, and I gotta say, this weekend is so Beyonce! Indeed, even I, who certainly had the highest weekend prediction among analysts of $20 million, undercut Obsessed, which earned a crazy good $11 million on Friday. The Era Of Easy Entertainment is real, people! It should be headed to a $26 million weekend, and an easy first place.
Everything else sort of failed to break out, and there will be lots of films in the $8-11 million range this weekend. Here are Mason’s estimates:
Exclusive Steve Mason Early Friday Estimates
1. Obsessed – $11M, $4,375 PTA, $11M cume
2. Fighting – $3.72M, $1,610 PTA, $3.72M cume
3. 17 Again – $3.61M, $1,109 PTA, $31.91M cume
4. The Soloist – $3.43M, $1,695 PTA, $3.43M cume
5. Earth – $2.61M, $1,447 PTA, $9.39M cume
6. State of Play – $2.58M, $1,029 PTA, $22.12M cume
7. Hannah Montana: The Movie – $2.21M, $685 PTA, $61.41M cume
8. Fast & Furious – $1.86M, $524 PTA, $5.79M cume
9. Monsters vs. Aliens – $1.8M, $536 PTA, $168.09M cume
10. Crank: High Voltage – $1M, $450 PTA, $10.11M cume
Sorry about the delay in getting this week’s Weekend Fix posted, but I was at home celebrating my birthday and Easter with my family. It was a great weekend. Anyway, at this point, if you’re a box office follower, you already know that The Hannah Montana Movie crushed the competition with $34 million, Observe And Report underwhelmed with $11.1 million, and Dragonball: Evolution flat out flopped with a very sad $4.6 million. You already know that Fast And Furious dipped a large 59% to $28.7 million, while Monsters Vs. Aliens had a much softer 31% drop to $22.6 million, giving them $118 million and $144 million, respectively. You already know that Knowing and I Love You, Man saw tiny drops of 18% and 17%, further verifying their leggy nature. Thus, because I know that you know these things, because I know that you have other box office websites you visit, because I know that a generic summation of the weekend’s events would be pointless, I’m not going to do a regular write-up. Let me just sum up what I noticed this weekend in a few bullet points:
1. Once again, the fangirls have flexed their box office muscle. With the Twilight DVD already having sold 6 million copies in its first two weeks, and the fantastic $34 million opening of The Hannah Montana Movie, tween girls are proving themselves to be one of the most lucrative audiences in America. Young girls defintely displayed more buying power than the guys Observe And Report was targeting, and certainly more than Dragonball‘s disinterested gamer audience.
2. Miley Cyrus, Tyra Banks, and Taylor Swift are going to take over the world. Honestly, Disney nabbed up all three moguls for The Hannah Montana Movie, and I’m a bit weary of the founding of this triumvirate of power. Seriously, people, we need to be concerned! We live in a country with more women than men, and if these ladies grab enough influence, we might be mandated to sing, dance, make myspace videos, and smile with our eyes until the day we die!
3. Seth Rogen is no Paul Blart. The actor has had a rough run in the recession. Zack And Miri Make A Porno only found $31.4 million last year, and Observe And Report stumbled out of the gate with $11.4 million. It looks like while comedy is in, mean comedy is not. I Love You, Man is just as bawdy, but it’s thriving, probably because it seemed like a whole lot more fun than Observe And Report. We’re in the Era Of Easy Entertainment- audiences don’t want to think too hard, and the Rogen/Faris comedy looked a bit drab and not lighthearted enough.
4. Sunshine Cleaning, after adding 119 theaters, held right where it was last week at $1.8 million dollars. The Amy Adams and Emily Blunt film is becoming a nice, little sleeper hit.
|#||Movie Title||3-Day Gross||% Change||AVG.||Total|
|1||Hannah Montana The Movie||$34,000,000||New||$10,904||$34,000,000|
|2||Fast And Furious||$28,782,880||-59%||$8,290||$118,042,070|
|3||Monsters Vs. Aliens||$22,617,000||-31%||$5,468||$141,009,000|
|4||Observe And Report||$11,140,000||New||$4,085||$11,140,000|
|6||I Love You, Man||$6,412,000||-17%||$2,426||$58,997,000|
|7||The Haunting In Connecticut||$5,710,000||-40%||$2,098||$46,300,000|
|11||Race To Witch Mountain||$2,000,000||-38%||$921||$62,056,000|
Steve Mason just posted his exclusive Friday Estimates over at Big Hollywood, and it looks like Hannah Montana The Movie could be headed for a $40+ million weekend! Of course, it will probably be front-loaded, as hordes of tweenage girls rushed out to see the film on opening night, so a $35 million gross seems reasonable. That would put the Disney film as the second-best Easter weekend ever, behind only Scary Movie 4‘s $40 million bow. Between the strength of Hannah Montana and Fast And Furious, which should grab about $28 million over the frame, and Monsters Vs. Aliens, which might find $20 million, we could be looking at the best Easter weekend box office of all time. In less exciting news, Seth Rogen’s Observe And Report underwhelmed with just $4.3 million on Friday, and Dragonball: Evolution flat-out bombed with just $1.9 million. The should find $12 million and $4.5 million, respectively. Here are Steve Mason’s early estimates (how does he get them so fast?!):
EXCLUSIVE STEVE MASON EARLY FRIDAY ESTIMATES
1. NEW – Hanna Montana The Movie (Disney) – $15M, $4,811 PTA, $15M cume
2. Fast & Furious (Universal) – $10M, $2,880 PTA, $99.25M cume
3. Monsters vs. Aliens (Dreamworks/Paramount) – $8.1M, $1,958 PTA, $126.5M cume
4. NEW – Observe & Report (Warner Bros) – $4.25M, $1,558 PTA, $4.25M cume
5. The Haunting in Connecticut (Lionsgate) – $1.7M, $625 PTA, $42.28M cume
6. I Love You Man (Dreamworks/Paramount) – $2.11M, $798 PTA, $54.7M cume
7. Knowing (Summit) – $1.95M, $667 PTA, $63.28M cume
8. NEW – Dragonball: Evolution (Fox) – $1.92M, $880 PTA, $1.92M cume
9. Adventureland (Miramax) – $1.1M, $586 PTA, $9.11M cume
10. Duplicity (Universal) – $750,000, $382 PTA, $34.6M cume
What do you think of all this box office madness? Did you think Hannah would break out this big, and how much do you think it will finish with this weekend? Let me know in the comments!