November 22, 2005

Box Office Update for 11/18-11/20: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Potter-mania! Put a wand in my hand, a cloak around my shoulders and call me goofy! I cannot believe how well Goblet of Fire performed this weekend. After the lackluster attendance at my screening on Friday, and some others that I had heard about, I would never have pegged this at crossing the $100 million mark. I was thinking more like $80-85 million, I knew it would do well, but this is phenomenal.

The cult of Harry is clearly going strong, and it is doubtful that any of the upcoming releases will unseat it anytime soon. It's a shame that I didn't like it as much as many others seem to have. Not to say it is a bad movie, but I was left a little unfulfilled. Anyway, it now ranks among the biggest opening weekends ever, let's see how far it goes. Oh yeah, with this mark it makes 2005 the first year to have 2 $100 million openings (along with Star Wars Episode III).

Coming in second with a strong showing, yet paling next to the Potter behemoth, is the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. I also had the opportunity to see this over the weekend, and it is a very good movie, brought to near greatness by the fantastic performances from both Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. They also show that they aren't half bad singers, not as good as those they imitate, but impressive nonetheless.

Chicken Little draws ever closer to the century mark. It may be a sub par film, in my eyes, but it is still drawing good sized crowds. It is slipping a bit, however. Time to stand aside while the big boys play.

Zathura took a big hit in its second week of release. I kind of figured that would happen, many people see it as Jumanji in Space. In a way they are right, the story is very similar, the only real difference is the setting. I did, however, like it better. Of course, it has been awhile since I saw the Robin Williams starrer. This latest incarnation of the board game film features good acting from the kids and no Williams to chew up the scenery.

Perhaps the movie going audience was looking for a big "event" film to latch on to. The box office as a whole has been very soft over the past few months. It has been awhile since any movie exploded out of the gates. Most of the films have been taking sizable hits from week to week, and this week is no exception. The film that did the best at retaining its audience was Pride & Prejudice, which dropped only 25% while retaining it's 10th place spot.

In some non-Top Ten notices, Good Night and Good Luck clings to 11th place. It still lost money despite increasing it's theater count. I must take a moment to urge all of you who are able, go and see it, it is an absolutely wonderful film. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang continues its slow roll out, I really hope that this will eventually come to my area. Lastly, I decided to take a scan down the list and see what major film ranked lowest on the list. The theater count gradually drops the longer a film is in release. Currently the lowest charted release is Hustle & Flow coming in at 135 with a box office gross of $150.

Not much else to really talk about. It will be interesting to see how Potter will fare over Thanksgiving. I have a feeling that it will pull in at least another $60-70 million.

This WeekLast WeekTitleWknd GrossOverallWeek in release
1NHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$102,335,066$102,335,0661
2NWalk the Line$22,347,341$22,347,3411
31Chicken Little$14,711,378$99,093,0963
74Get Rich or Die Tryin'$4,420,706$24,547,4832
86Saw II$3,961,863$79,918,8174

The Legend of Zorro

101oPride and Prejudice$2,141,554$6,000,7232


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