July 19, 2005

Box Office Update: 7/15-17

How sweet it is. The magical chocolate factory combined with those looking for love in all the wrong (right?) places have lifted the box office, for an amazing second week in a row, to a victory over the similar week last year.

I am very happy to see the latest Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration doing so well. It is a wonderfully bizarre film, if a bit antiseptic feeling. The Vaughn/Wilson team up was also a surprise, I find it refreshing to see a comedy that isn't afraid of laying down some f-bombs and some nudity, while giving us a film that is laugh out loud funny. All too often films have had a watered down feeling, this applies more to horror, but comedy works as well.

For the first time since it's release, Episode III has dropped off the top 10 after 9 weeks in release. It is slowly inching towards $375 million, but seems unlikely to reach the $400 million plateau, $380 million isn't out of the question though. On a similar note, Rebound is sinking pretty quick, falling to 13th place in it's third week. Dark Water is also falling, losing over 50% since it's first week falling from 4th to 7th.

On the other side, both Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Batman Begins are showing strong legs as the finish their 6th and 5th weeks, respectively. It looks like the Bat could have the legs to hit $200 million, it makes me happy to see that people are continuing to discover this excellent film.

Hopefully we well see some more good films rise to the top throughout the rest of the summer.

This WeekLast WeekTitleWknd GrossOverallWeek in release
1NCharlie and the Chocolate Factory$56,178,450$56,178,4501
2NWedding Crashers$33,900,720$33,900,7201
31Fantastic Four$22,783,303$100,195,7952
42War of the Worlds$15,244,749$192,426,9223
53Batman Begins$6,035,300$183,140,8505
65Mr. & Mrs. Smith$5,234,822$168,276,5706
74Dark Water$4,609,754$18,885,2782
86Herbie: Fully Loaded$3,619,074$55,966,2214

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