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    Quote Originally Posted by Fendi View Post
    I got one question, do The Dark Knight is the biggest box office movie of the year? Since the movie hit 500 million dollars in US....

    Dude this movie is the second highest grossing film of ALL time. If there was a movie that did better this past year where the heck was I??

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    Weekend box office numbers for Sept. 26-28 from Nielsen EDI (in millions):

    1. Eagle Eye $29.2
    2. Nights in Rodanthe $13.6
    3. Lakeview Terrace $7
    4. Fireproof $6.5
    5. Burn After Reading $6.2
    6. Igor $5.5
    7. Righteous Kill $3.8
    8. My Best Friend's Girl $3.8
    9. Miracle at St. Anna $3.5
    10. Tyler Perry's The Family... $3.2

    Eagle Eye had a nice debut. Fireproof which cost $500,000 to make, is in a limited amount of theaters, and stars Kirk Cameron grossed a great number as well.

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    I saw Eagle Eye. Loved the technology plotline.

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    Weekend box office for Oct. 3-5, 2008:

    1) Beverly Hills Chihuahua- $29,000,000
    2) Eagle Eye- $17,700,000
    3) Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist- $12,000,000
    4) Nights in Rodanthe- $7,355,000
    5) Appaloosa- $5,015,000
    6) Lakeview Terrace- $4,500,000
    7) Burn After Reading- $4,083,000
    8) Fireproof- $4,069,000
    9) An American Carol- $3,810,000
    10) Religulous- $3,500,000

    I think I have lost faith in mankind...actually, I'm not surprised a Disney movie with dogs got the number 1 spot.
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    Don' forget "Religulous" opened at # 10 with 3.5 mil. Pretty good since it was only on 502 screens, and the # 9 film was on close to 1,700.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unemployedskeletor View Post
    Don' forget "Religulous" opened at # 10 with 3.5 mil. Pretty good since it was only on 502 screens, and the # 9 film was on close to 1,700.
    I saw it and it was very good! I won't say anything more about it here, as it will lead into Tar Swamp territory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynamo of Eternia View Post
    I saw it and it was very good! I won't say anything more about it here, as it will lead into Tar Swamp territory.
    Agreed! It was a fantastic film.

    I was surprised when I found out how much money the Chihuahua movie made, but happy that Religulous did so well. I think the real loser this weekend was the new Simon Pegg flick ("How to Lose Friends and Alienate People").

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    I saw Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and loved it.

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    Box office numbers for Oct. 10-12 (in millions):
    1 Beverly Hills Chihuahua $17.5
    2 Quarantine $14.2
    3 Body of Lies $13.1
    4 Eagle Eye $11
    5 Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist $6.5
    6 The Express $4.7
    7 Nights in Rodanthe $4.6
    8 Appaloosa $3.3
    9 The Duchess $3.3
    10 City of Ember $3.2

    BHC continues to do well. Body of Lies has a disappointing opening weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefly View Post
    2 Quarantine $14.2
    The original film, [•REC], is one of the best horror movies I've seen in years.

    Unfortunately, it's a movie that you're best going into cold and knowing almost nothing about. The remake looks like it's almost shot-for-shot, and the TV previews spoil almost every "money" scene.

    Plus the lead actress in Quarantine can't act...

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    I cant believe the number one movie. Are ya kiddin me.

    The Duchess I thought would do better. Though I hate Keria nightly so no loved lost there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divia View Post
    I cant believe the number one movie. Are ya kiddin me.
    My thoughts exactly, but Disney has money makers with these animal movies (Snow Dogs, Air Bud, etc)

    Nick and Nora is doing well, its done 2x its budget so everything from this point is nothing but profit (not to count home video sales)
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    Weekend Box Office for Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in millions:

    1. High School Musical 3 15.0 (61.8)
    2. Zack & Miri... 10.7
    3. Saw V 10.1 (45.8)
    4. Changeling 9.4
    5. The Haunting of Molly... 6.0
    6. Beverly Hills Chihuahua 4.8 (84.1)
    7. The Secret Life of Bees 4.0 (25.3)
    8. Maxx Payne 3.7 (35.6)
    9. Eagle Eye 3.4 (92.5)
    10. Pride & Glory 3.3 (11.6)

    It wasn't exactly a great weekend at the box office. I'm sure the Halloween weekend had a little to do with it. High School dropped pretty big from last weekend (42 to 15). I thought Zack & Miri might make a little more than it did. I guess the title and subject matter might have turned a few off. I might try to catch it in the next couple of weeks.
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    I am surprised at the drop in HSM3, but yeah, could be because of Halloween.

    I am actually surprised Zack and Miri even made that much money. It did not look good at all... which didn't surprise me as Kevin Smith hasn't been able to deliver a hit in a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefly View Post
    High School dropped pretty big from last weekend (42 to 15).
    I was not surprised, when your budget is $11m does it make a difference?

    I mean before home video sales which will be enormous the movie has made almost 7x its cost

    It will stay in the Top 10 for a few more weeks I think then bow out either around $100m or slightly surpassing it which would be amazing business for a musical

    In perspective:

    Mamma Mia made $143m on a $52m budget (2.75x)
    Hairspray made $118m
    Dreamgirls made $103m
    Chicago made $170m on a $45m budget (3.7x)

    HSM2 broke cable records with about 17m viewers, if every one of those viewers paid admission to see the movie it would gross between $90-110m so its hitting its target and its expectations imho

    I am actually surprised Zack and Miri even made that much money. It did not look good at all... which didn't surprise me as Kevin Smith hasn't been able to deliver a hit in a long time.
    Again not taking into perspective budget or past history, almost every one of Smiths movies are a hit when you take into account advertising and budget. Add in home video sales and its why he gets to continue making movie after movie. His biggest movies to date were Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strikes back, which made a whopping $30m in their box office total. Zack and Miri was his 2nd biggest opening ever (Jay and Silent Bob made $11m opening week, Clerks II made $10.6m)

    Just because it does not make $50-100m does not mean its not a "hit"

    There is a big difference between "hit" and "blockbuster", Kevin Smith has never ever been expected to deliver a "blockbuster"
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    I guess by hit I mean mainstream blockbuster of power

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    Seth Rogen has had some pretty good money makers, so I was expecting more. Some were expecting close to $60 million opening weekend for High School the Musical and definitely more this weekend. Just because a budget is low, doesn't mean studios don't get disappointed with their numbers as well. If they expect a big hit, they expect a big hit. They did not meet expectations. They just don't lose out if it doesn't meet expectations and can still make money on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefly View Post
    Seth Rogen has had some pretty good money makers, so I was expecting more. Some were expecting close to $60 million opening weekend for High School the Musical and definitely more this weekend. Just because a budget is low, doesn't mean studios don't get disappointed with their numbers as well. If they expect a big hit, they expect a big hit. They did not meet expectations. They just don't lose out if it doesn't meet expectations and can still make money on it.
    Actually for HSM3 those expectations were not by Disney, Disney was expecting around $40m and it got that. There were 2 articles on Variety talking about that this past week. I don't know who in their right mind expected $60m the opening week of HSM, historically that weekend has barely managed to get above $42-47m through the history of cinema. Hannah Montana 3-D did not even open that high and it charged $15 a ticket during the height of the concert tour, it only managed to open with $31m and it had no competition. Analysts need to learn to judge the movies better, as nothing ever showed that HSM3 would open that high.

    Nobody has ever released a direct to video/cable channel sequel on the big screen so there is no precedent, add in the fact its a musical (which go on for quite some time with solid but not high grossing business) and anyone in the industry passing off expectations is in very uncharted territory.

    A 64% drop is quite large though, next week will probably tell the tale of about how long it will stay in theatres

    And as far as Zack and Miri, what are the metrics you are expecting? If it was Seth Rogan as a bankable lead then yes this is a downer because his last 3 movies that had him as a lead did 2-3x the business. If its Kevin Smith as a director then its one of the best movies he has ever made just barely being beat by his highest opening by about $300k

    With the controversy over the title and the limited audience focus I guess it probably would have been more successful to come somewhere in between around $15-18m ($5m higher than Kevin Smiths highest and $5-10 lower than Seth Rogen's)
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    Weekend Box office for Nov. 7-9 in millions:

    1 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $63.5
    2 Role Models 19.3
    3 High School Musical 3: Senior Year 9.3
    4 Changeling 7.3
    5 Zack and Miri Make a Porno 6.5
    6 Soul Men 5.6
    7 Saw V 4.2
    8 The Haunting of Molly Hartley 3.5
    9 The Secret Life of Bees 3.1
    10 Eagle Eye 2.6

    Nice debuts for Madagascar and Role Models.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefly View Post
    Weekend Box office for Nov. 7-9 in millions:

    1 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $63.5
    2 Role Models 19.3

    Nice debuts for Madagascar and Role Models.
    Madagascar was EVERYWHERE, I think the theater we went to see Zack and Miri at had 4 screens up for it. That movie is going to make a killing

    I usually don't like those CGI kids movies unless they are Pixar but I am really looking forward to Bolt that comes out from Disney
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    Nov. 14-16 Weekend Box Office in millions:

    1 QUANTUM OF SOLACE 70.4
    2 MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA 36.1
    3 ROLE MODELS 11.7
    4 HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3 5.9
    5 CHANGELING 4.3
    6 ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO 3.2
    7 SOUL MEN 2.4
    8 THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES 2.4
    9 SAW V 1.8
    10 THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY 1.7

    Ouantum of Solace sets a new Bond opening weekend box office record. The previous best was 47.1 million for Die Another Day in 2002.

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    Zack and Miri is on its way to becoming Kevin Smiths highest grossing movie ever (Dogma is #1 with $30.6m)

    Guess Seth Rogen is doing his job carrying the movie since it is bound to stay in the Top 20 for 2-3 more weeks

    It will be fun to see if Bond holds on or if Disney's Bolt and Twilight fight it out for #1
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    I'm sorry but as funny as the Role Models movie was, I found it to be very offensive. Was all the gay stuff needed? None of it was nessesary to the movie, it wasn't even used for a laugh, it was just in there being homophobic. I'm surprised Paul Rudd co-wrote it....

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    I haven't seen Role Models yet. I might rent it when it comes out on DVD.

    Weekend box office for Nov. 21-23 in millions:

    1 TWILIGHT 70.6
    2 QUANTUM OF SOLACE 27.4 (109.5)
    3 BOLT 27.0
    4 MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA 16.00 (137.4)
    5 ROLE MODELS 7.2 (48.0)
    6 CHANGELING 2.6 (31.6)
    7 HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3:SENIOR.. 2.0 (86.8)
    8 ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO 1.7 (29.4)
    9 THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS 1.7 (2.7)
    10 THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES 1.3 (35.6)

    Twilight has a big debut, Solace drops +60%, and Bolt has a disappointing opening.

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    Not surprised at all with Twilight -- all of my younger cousins were flocking to the midnight showing and then seeing it again this weekend. I thought Bolt would have cracked into the $30s though.

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