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New And News: Percy Jackson Arrives In Time For The Olympics; Valentines Day for Valentine’s Day; Wolfman For… A New Moon?February 8, 2010
After weeks of sub-par offerings at the box office, it looks like 2010 is finally getting its act together. Three high-profile releases are entering theaters this Friday, and they should each find varying degrees of success. Valentine’s Day will be huge. Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief will probably perform solidly. The Wolfman might not do so well. All told, the new movies should inject some much needed life into the film industry, which has been living off of 2009’s leftovers for the last few weeks. Click on inside for a quick preview of those films, as well as a whole lot of news about potential sequels for Fast And Furious, Kill Bill, and Enchanted, a Daredevil reboot, and a great documentary about The Princess And The Frog. This is Monday, and this is New And News.
I had never heard of the Percy Jackson novels until my most recent summer as a camp counselor. A few of my campers were reading the final installment (which had just hit shelves) in the apparently super-popular series, and they were enthralled. They told me all about the young Percy Jackson, and his adventures with the mythic Greek gods of Mount Olympus in the middle of New York City. They told me how he discovers his status as a demi-god and finds himself in the center of a battle between the gods. They told me they loved the books and couldn’t wait for the movies. Fox is hoping to capture some of that magic in The Lightning Thief, which could launch a major franchise if it succeeds. Unfortunately, I don’t know that it will be able to do so. To me, Percy Jackson falls into the same category as movies like Eragon and The Spiderwick Chronicles: potential fantasy franchises that rely too much upon a built-in audience of readers to support the film. Advertising hasn’t been especially strong, and though early reviews are positive, Fox hasn’t showcased this film as an event enough. Personally, I’d love to see this inventive story succeed, because, believe it or not, we’re just one year away from living in a post-Potter world.
Last year, He’s Just Not That Into You earned $94 million after a February release. The romantic comedy featured about half of Hollywood’s A-list in a dozen miniature story lines about falling in love. It was a strategy popularized by sleeper-hit-turned-into-everyone’s-favorite-holiday-movie Love, Actually, and Valentine’s Day has made its resemblance to that movie very clear. With a star studded cast featuring Jennifer Garner, Jamie Foxx, Julia Roberts, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, and Jessica Alba (and that’s seriously only naming a few), you can expect this to be the number one choice this Valentine’s Day weekend. I think this is going to be huge- I’ve honestly heard just as many guys talking about this as girls, and the widely appealing premise will lead to major success. Plus, Taylor Lautner will draw in the legion of Twi-hards and Taylor Swift will pull in everyone else.
A remake of the classic 1941 film that launched the werewolf genre in the film industry, 2010’s The Wolfman looks like a dark take on the shape shifting story, and it features a rockin’ cast with Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving, and Emily Blunt. With a hefty $85 million price tag, The Wolfman will have to work very hard to earn back its negative cost, and Universal’s advertising hasn’t done much to draw in the casual moviegoer. With dark (literally, not in tone), confusing commercials, and no real box office draws, I don’t see many people choosing The Wolfman over the breezier offerings this weekend. Maybe it should have waited until a full moon to debut- Valentine’s Day is a New Moon!
Looks like we’re getting a Fast And Furious sequel called Fast Five, another installment of Disney’s Enchanted franchise, and possibly a final Kill Bill film. You know what? I honestly wouldn’t mind any of those!
ow can you tell that studio’s are scared to risk too much money during the recession? They’re determined to produce sequels and reboots of existing franchises before investing a penny in any new idea. In step with the current trend of rebooting unsuccessful superhero movies (see Hulk, Spider-Man, Batman), Fox is looking to bring Daredevil back to the silver screen after the critically and financially disappointing 2003 treatment.
/Film is doing an absolutely fantastic series about the revival of Disney’s classic 2D animation. The video series chronicles the elaborate process of creating The Princess And The Frog, as well as the larger scope of animation at the Walt Disney Company. The series is absolutely fascinating and chalk full of insightful interviews with passionate animators. Part one is right here, but be sure to check out the rest of the Frogumentary on /Film.
UPDATE (Saturday AM): Early Friday estimates have been released, and New Moon has shattered the record for highest single day box office! It earned $72.7 million on Friday, enough to dethrone The Dark Knight‘s $67 million Friday in July 2008 as the best box office day in history. It’s difficult for me to articulate to you all how incredible this result is. Just think- Twilight earned about $70 million in three days last year, while New Moon earned $72.7 million in just one! Crazy. Where does the vampire drama go from here? Well, let’s figure that out, and while we’re at it, let’s look at the rest of the box office as well.
New Moon is going to fall quickly. With an opening day that huge, it is simply inevitable. Last year, Twilight fell a big 41% on Saturday and 42% on Sunday, and the drops this time around might be even steeper. Still, even if it falls 50% for the next few days, that will give New Moon a $126 million weekend. I personally think it will be a little bit higher, due to obsessed fans’ repeat viewings. Expect a $130 million weekend, and if New Moon does better, it could take the third place spot for best opening weekend from Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, which earned $135.6 million in July 2006.
But believe it or not, there were actually other movies at the box office this weekend, and a few actually did very well! In second place is Warner Brothers’ feel-good football movie, The Blind Side, which (to my delight) performed well beyond expectations, starting with $10.9 million on Friday. Offering a strong choice for males not wanting to watch the emo vampire parade, this is counter-programming at its best. Bravo, Warner Brothers! I didn’t expect this to open this big, but I did expect it to stick around throughout the holidays. Now, though, its box office run will enjoy a great opening and strong legs! Expect an opening weekend of $33 million for The Blind Side, and like I said in my video on Friday, this will break $100 million.
As far as the rest of the box office goes, 2012 fell 68% from last Friday, earning $8.1 million. Probably benefiting from strong male attendance as well, a $28 million weekend is in store. Precious, meanwhile, added another $3.5 million to its amazing cume, and it should find $11 million over the rest of the weekend. Planet 51 found $3 million, while b>A Christmas Carol found $3.5 million yesterday. This should result in grosses of $11 million and $15 million, respectively.
Early Friday Estimates for November 20, 2009
1. The Twilight Saga: New Moon – $72.7 million
2. The Blind Side – $10.9 million
3. 2012 – $8.1 million
4. Precious – $3.5 million
5. A Christmas Carol – $3.5 million
6. Planet 51 – $3 million
7. The Men Who Stare At Goats – $860,000
8. Couples Retreat – $650,000
9. The Fourth Kind – $620,000
10. Paranormal Activity – $500,000
ORIGINAL POST (Friday AM): Based on some Summit’s official announcement, it looks like The Twilight Saga: New Moon earned an overwhelmingly huge $26.67 million from it’s 12:01 showings across the country. For some perspective, Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince earned $22.8 million from midnight showings and The Dark Knight earned $18.4 million. This smashes both of those figures easily. Let’s look at what that might mean for the rest of the weekend.
Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince earned $58.1 million on its first days on the box office, and as I mentioned above, $22.8 million of that came from midnight showings. That means 39.2% of the gross came from midnight showings. If we assume a similar percentage for New Moon, it’s looking at a $68 million Friday. However, Harry Potter came out on a Wednesday, so this figure might not be the best comparision. Let’s look to The Dark Knight, instead…
The Dark Knight earned $67.2 million on its opening Friday, with $18.4 million coming from midnight showings. That means 27.4% of the Friday gross came from midnight box office. Applying these numbers to New Moon, it appears that the teen vampire drama might see a shockingly gigantic $97.4 million this Friday, but that’s just ludicrous.
In all reality, it will probably finish somewhere in between this range, and it’s looking very likely that New Moon will earn more on its opening Friday than Twilight earned in its entire first weekend. Right now, I think $75 million is a safe estimate for Friday, and major front-loadedness is guaranteed for the picture. The Dark Knight had a 2.35 weekend multiplier, and New Moon‘s will be even steeper. Still, we may be looking at a $150 million weekend! We’ll have to stay tuned to find out. Regardless, all I know is that New Moon is taking over the world. You may as well just pull your collar down, lead your head back, and submit to the vampires…
If you know anything about the film world, seriously anything, then you that The Twilight Saga: New Moon is debuting in just a few short hours, and it’s going to be absolutely huge. I haven’t bought into this trend of writing about every single development that’s remotely Twilight related, just to get some traffic, and I don’t plan on starting. Basically, you’re either on this vampire train, or you’re not, so I’m not going to sit here and summarize the whole story. Both the fans and the haters don’t need to hear it. I’m sure some of you already have your tickets for New Moon, and I’m sure some of you would be happy if you never saw Jacob, Edward, or Bella again. Despite the polarized opinions, though, one thing I know we can all agree on is that here at The Box Office Junkie, the numbers are what do the talking. Therefore, before I make my official box office prediction for New Moon, let’s just look at all the numbers that are relevant to its release…
New Moon Figures
4,000 – Estimated Number of Theaters New Moon Will Debut On
2,150 Pre-Sold Out Screenings via Fandango (at Thursday Morning)
87% – Percentage Of These Ticket Buyers Who Are Female
34% – Percentage of Positive Reviews for New Moon (so far)
$191,465,415 Twilight’s Domestic Box Office Total
$192,227,954 Twilight’s Foreign Box Office Total
$383,693,368 Twilight’s Wordwide Box Office Total
$69,637,740 – Twilight’s Domestic Opening Weekend
$20,368 – Twilight’s Opening Weekend Per Theater Average
3,469 – Theaters Twilight Debuted On
$7 million – Box Office From Twilight’s Midnight Showings
9,312,042 – Twilight DVDs Sold In The U.S.
$167,739,089 – Twilight DVD Sales Revenue
49% – Percentage of Positive Reviews for Twilight
Based on all of these numbers, how much do you think New Moon will earn this weekend. I’m looking at about $100 million for the frame, which is just insane. What do you think? Let me know your early predictions in the comments.
Got your attention? Good.
I’m not being serious with that headline, but hopefully, you find it fairly disturbing. After all, Dakota Fanning, who stars in New Moon, is just 15 years old. Obviously, no one in the media world would want to write anything suggestive about an underage female starlet- that would just be sick. But with New Moon coming out this Friday, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend and egregious double-standard surrounding Taylor Lautner, the 17 year old actor who plays Jacob in the Twilight films. Apparently, objectifying underage males is okay…
A few years ago, someone set up a website to countdown how long it would be until the Olsen twins were finally legal. It featured tons of photographs, statements about how hot they were, and speculation as to whether or not they would take nude photographs once their 18th birthday rolled around. People were disgusted. A similar website appeared when Emma Watson, star of the Harry Potter films, was 17 years old, and the media vigorously attacked its creator and visitors. These small websites were torn apart by the popular media, which labeled them as screwed-up and perverted. However, I think it’s about time that someone gave the popular media a similar rebuke.
Taylor Lautner is 17 years old! Do you hear that? Not 18! Not a legal adult! He was just 16 when Twilight debuted, and for the past year, he has been consistently objectified by the media, and no one has stepped in to say that this is wrong! Seriously, for months, there have been reports about Taylor’s abs, Taylor’s biceps, and his shirtless scenes in New Moon. A simple search on GoogleNews reveal results (like this, this, this, or this) that call Taylor “beefy,” “hunky,” and “sexy,” and this has been going on all year! Honestly, if any reporter wrote about Selena Gomez’s boobs, or Demi Lovato’s ass, they would be demolished by critics immediately. So why is it okay to talk about Taylor Lautner as a sexual object?
Because he is a male. Entertainment media is dominated by females, and there is a glaring double standard in the way that men and women are allowed to talk about the opposite sex. Apparently, where men’s sexual thoughts about young women are considered perverted, women’s lusty thoughts about young men are more than welcome. Indeed, women (and gay men) can objectify men and not be criticized- it’s just snarky when they do it. This is not alright, and I hope it bothers someone else other than me. If morality is going to be imposed upon heterosexual male writers, then it should be equally put upon everyone else as well.
Alright, I know this isn’t usually the kind of thing I report on, but this ridiculous Twilight drama has been one of the my favorite stories of the past few months, and I’ve been following it rather closely. In case you didn’t know, Taylor Lautner, the 16 year-old actor who played Jacob in the breakout blockbuster of the season, the emo vampire film Twilight, was in serious jeopardy of losing his role in the sequel, New Moon. Producers and Director Chris Weitz were extremely concerned that baby-faced Lautner was not butch and beefy enough to carry on the role of Jacob Black, who in the novel New Moon, becomes a werewolf and suddenly looks like a 25 year-old man. Rumors were rampant that Michael Copon, an older, stronger actor would be recast in the role.
Well, Taylor Lautner and his legion of fangirls were not about to go down without a fight! For his part, Taylor desperately packed on 19 pounds of muscle, and promised the director that he would gain ten more by the time filming started. The rest of the battle was up to the Twilight fangirls. Thousands of teenage girls made or watched Taylor/Jacob tribute videos on YouTube, they signed online petitions, they wrote letters to Summit Entertainment, they trolled on message boards, they launched sites like this one to support their beloved Taylor. And guess what? They won! Chris Weitz just released a statement via Twilight author, Stephanie Meyer’s web site:
I’m very happy to announce that Taylor Lautner will be playing Jacob Black in New Moon and that he’s doing so with the enthusiastic support of Summit Entertainment, the producers, and Stephenie Meyer.
Well, there you have it, fangirls. Congratulations. You successfully got your favorite heartthrob his role back, and you proved the immense power of crazy fans on the internet! Here’s a question, though. If Lautner had not been cast in the sequel, how do you think New Moon‘s box office would have been affected? There have been many cases where an actor has been recast (e.g. Batman dropping Katie Holmes), and the franchise didn’t miss a beat. And it’s not like this is the Harry Potter universe, and we have stuck with these same actors for five movies already. Would New Moon have done as well as Twilight, which has already earned $178 million? I feel like it would have been just fine. After all, moviegoers (and especially teen moviegoers) are notoriously fickle but forgetful. Remember how disturbed everyone was when Daniel Craig was cast as James Bond? The internet was alive with complaints about his blond hair and strange demeanor, but Casino Royale ended up reinvigorating the whole franchise. The Twilight phenomenon is certainly nothing like the James Bond franchise, but I’m just saying that all the hullabaloo about recasting is often much ado about nothing.
But don’t get me wrong- I’m excited for Taylor Lautner and the fangirls that they fought the good fight and got him back in the role of Jacob Black. And I’ve never even seen Twilight! I just really wanted to see Michael Copon not get the part, because this guy seems like a douchebag. He kept trying to promote himself to the public, but he found out that when you go up against a generation of rabid fangirls, you will lose. He’s probably regretting interviews like this.