Archive for the ‘The Final Destination’ Category

Why There WILL Be A 5th "Final Destination" Movie

September 7, 2009

Take a look at this graph if you want to know why:

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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
The Final Destination Warner Bros. 3121 $15,445,000 $4,949 $50,576,000
Inglorious Basterds Weinstein Co. 3358 $15,030,523 $4,476 $95,226,130
All About Steve Fox 2251 $14,000,000 $6,219 $14,000,000
Gamer Lionsgate 2502 $11,200,000 $4,476 $11,200,000
District 9 Sony 3139 $9,000,000 $2,867 $103,000,000
Halloween 2 Weinstein Co. 3088 $7,073,884 $2,291 $27,129,775
Julie And Julia Sony 2528 $7,000,000 $2,769 $80,500,000
G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra Paramount 2846 $6,700,000 $2,354 $141,015,000
Extract Miramax 1611 $5,500,000 $3,414 $5,500,000
The Time Traveler’s Wife Warner Bros. 2803 $5,455,000 $1,946 $55,797,000
Shorts Warner Bros. 2631 $3,770,000 $1,433 $18,193,000
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

Since When Do Articles Determine Sequels?

June 23, 2009

Remember that movie, the one where a group of kids are about do something, but one of them has this weird vision of a horrific crash, and pleas to the rest of them to leave, because they’re all going to die, and they think it’s all crazy until the accident does happen, and then they’re like, “whoa, you saw it before it happened,” but then they all start to die in really bizarre, completely implausible ways, because they never were supposed to survive that initial catastrophe?

Is it:
A. Final Destination
B. Final Destination 2
C. Final Destination 3
D. Legally Blonde

If you answered, A, B, or C, congratulations! You’ve identified a film series that is literally identical in it’s structure and plot, and solely exists to show horrific ways to die. Now, sequels are often retreads of the originals, but they usually have some semblance of a new plot or a new situation. These are carbon copy, cut from the same cloth movies (that suck ass, by the way) and managed to bring in enough cash to generate a fourth movie. The plot? I already wrote it, it’s up at the top. The ‘horrific accident’ this time takes place at a flipping Nascar race (apparently the creators thought they weren’t hitting the redneck demographic strongly enough), where a group of teens who are way too good looking to be watching Nascar barely escape a car crash that, evidently, levels the entire stadium. Death starts picking them off one by one, yada yada yada, the end. Here’s the trailer:

Wait, wait, wait. Did you catch that title? The Final Destination? That’s all it takes to designate a sequel now? An article? Evidently the first two follow-ups weren’t good enough to get such a definite article in the word ‘the.’ It must have borrowed the ‘the’ from Fast and Furious (A series which already has the shittiest sequel titles known to man), which dropped its article to show everybody it was a brand new movie. God, let’s hope this isn’t the start of a titling trend. Iron Man 2 gets renamed The Iron Man. I’ll stick with my numbers, thanks. Call me old fashioned.

And did you notice the part of the trailer that said, “Death…Saved the best…” when I first saw this, and realized what it was, I mumbled under my breath “please be ‘for last,'” over and over again. Nope. “Death…Saved the best…For 3D.”

Oh shit. I was hoping this series could go the way all it’s character’s do, but they’ve completely left it open for a sequel, which they’ll make. And 3D? Alright, that’s the one thing this movie has going for it. Maybe. But I’m still pissed they teased the possibility of me never having to watch one of those movies again just to reveal they’ll be making the blood and body parts fly OUT OF THE SCREEN this time.

Awesome. Can’t wait. I still maintain that, gramatically, this should be the last movie. Since it’s ‘TheFinal Destination, it means there can’t be another.