November 29, 2005

Box Office Update for 11/23-11/27: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Welcome back! I hope you all saw plenty of movies over your Thanksgiving weekend. This week's update is for the entire 5 day holiday. Read on, my faithful!

This week's champ is, once again, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It has taken in over $200 million in its first 10 days of release, and over $410 million if you count the worldwide receipts. It is fast making it's way up the yearly and all-time box office charts.

I think it would be safe to say that the Potter franchise is not showing any signs of slowing. In fact, it appears that it be alive and well for awhile, as this latest entry keeps raking in the money, in contrast to the last one The Prisoner of Azkaban. I guess something can be said for the time of year that Potter gets released, the last one was in June, while the other three were all right around Thanksgiving. It seems that fantasy films are well suited to the Fall holiday season. With the success of the Potters, and Lord of the Rings, and the potential for Chronicles of Narnia and King Kong, I think that fantasy's Fall slot is pretty much solidified.

Coming in second place once again is the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. A very good film which is relies heavily on the first rate performances from its two leads. I think the movie is good, but Phoenix and Witherspoon are so good that it makes the film better than it really is. If you like Cash, or are even remotely interested, see it.

This week featured 5 new entries. The highest ranked of the new entries is the Randy Quaid/Rene Russo family comedy, Yours, Mine and Ours. I, personally have no interest in seeing this. It looks like a new take on the Brady Bunch story, and it just does not look all that entertaining. However, it does seem to be a harmless film that the whole family could go to. Coming in right behind that is the new musical, Rent. It had a decent take, but I have not heard anything that is overwhelmingly positive for it, but for some reason I still feel a slight interest in seeing it.

Next up on the new entry list is the comedy Just Friends, starring Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, and Anna Faris. I saw this one, and in no way can I defend it as a good movie, but I cannot lie as I had a blast watching it. It is a goofy, silly comedy that lacks in logic and believability for most of it's runtime. What it does have going for it is the comedic timing that Reynolds possesses, the manic personality that Faris seems to capture so well, and that girl next door sweetness of Amy Smart. For those three things I enjoyed the heck out of this movie.

Rounding out the top ten, and the new entries are In the Mix and The Ice Harvest. I have zero interest in the former, but the latter is very good. The latest Harold Ramis film is a fun dark comedy, I was reminded a bit of Fargo and Bad Santa. I think those two are better than this one, but this is not without its charms. Oliver Platt is a scene stealing drunk, oblivious to the real deal, and Cusack is the droll lawyer character who gets increasingly paranoid. Good movie, hopefully more people will get out and see it.

Pride and Prejudice made a move after going wide, it went from 10th to 6th place and more than tripled the previous weekend's take. Also, still pulling in decent crowds was Chicken Little, although I think that it will start dropping quickly, as most interested have probably already seen it.

I took a quick look at the 3 day weekend grosses, and all of the films fell in the same place, the only difference being the amounts. Also, with 5 new entries, a number of films got bumped out of the top 10. The bumped films include the delightful Zathura, which should do well on DVD, Jarhead, not enough cheer for the holidays, and Saw II, a little too much sadism for those who want to be cheered up at the movies, I guess.

That's all until next week, where the only new wide release is Aeon Flux.

This WeekLast WeekTitleWknd GrossOverallWeek in release
11Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$81,266,683$201,010,2072
21Walk the Line$26,886,244$54,008,0422
3NYours, Mine, and Ours$24,321,341$24,321,3411
53Chicken Little$16,894,780$118,398,4414
6NJust Friends$13,243,107$13,243,1071
710Pride and Prejudice$9,509,849$16,032,2823

In the Mix

10NThe Ice Harvest$5,047,783$5,047,7831


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