March 21, 2006

Box Office Update 3/17-3/19: Vendetta with a Vengeance

V for Vendetta successfully held off all competition to take V's lofty goals right to the top of the box office charts. It's $25 million plus take makes it the 4th biggest opener of the year. Its opening take includes nearly $1.5 million from IMAX locations around the country. This is the first major release to get an IMAX version this year, and the first since last year's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It did meet the studio expectations despite competition from the NCAA tournament and St. Patrick's Day.

The anti-fascist thriller has gotten generally good reviews, and if word of mouth kicks in, this could have a good run in theaters. This was originally slated to bow on the big screen last Fall, to coincide with the 5th of November theme. I have read a couple of reasons for the delay, one being post production delays, and the other being due to the subway bombing in England last year. Whatever the case may be, this is an excellent movie that has a way of stirring up thoughts about the world at large, while being wrapped up in a satisfying film.

The other major wide release, She's the Man, came in 4th. It is a teen comedy that takes its cues from Shakespeare's The Twelfth Night. The relationship is purely cosmetic, but it is there. The movie turned out to be more entertaining than it should have been, nothing revolutionary, but fun nonetheless.

There was one other national release but it failed to make much of a splash. Find Me Guilty came in 18th place, just crossing the $600K mark on 439 screens. The film is actually quite good, it stars Vin Diesel as "Jacky D" Dinoscio. It is the story of his trial, where the FBI wanted him to flip on the Luchese crime family.

Disney had a good weekend as The Shaggy Dog suffered a very small drop from last week. On top of that, Eight Below is still going strong in its 5th week of release. It has had rather minor drops each week, and is looking at a final tally north of $80 million.

Last week's number 1, Failure to Launch, came it at number 2. It suffered a respectable 36.1% drop. The biggest drop this week among the top ten was shared by 2. Both The Hills Have Eyes and Madea's Family Reunion dropped 49%. And still hanging on to 9th place is The Pink Panther, which just seems to refuse to go away.

Two films dropped out of the top ten this week, Date Movie (12) and Ultraviolet (13).

This Week

Last WeekTitleWknd GrossOverallWeek in release
1NV for Vendetta$25,642,340$25,642,3401
21Failure to Launch$15,604,892$48,273,8232
32The Shaggy Dog$13,377,363$35,635,4192
4NShe's the Man$10,730,372$10,730,3721
53 The Hills Have Eyes$8,008,822$28,741,2912
6416 Blocks$4,755,012$30,190,0413
76Eight Below$4,084,276$73,040,3795
85Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion$2,933,815$60,029,6314
99The Pink Panther$2,464,468$78,575,4146

Now this is where we take a look at the films, in the order that I predicted in my New Movies and Box Office Prediction column from this past Friday. The first number is my predicted placement, and the second is the actual finish.

Generally, I will write a few notes about each title, but I am going to forego that this week. The reason being, I actually got all of them right! As unbelieveable as that may sound, I somehow had a stoke of luck and successfully projected what the American audience would see.

  1. (1) V for Vendetta.
  2. (2) Failure to Launch.
  3. (3) The Shaggy Dog.
  4. (4) She's The Man.
  5. (5) The Hills Have Eyes.
  6. (6) 16 Blocks.
  7. (7) Eight Below.
  8. (8) Madea's Family Reunion.
  9. (9) The Pink Panther.
  10. (10) Aquamarine.

I knew at some point I would luck out and get all 10 right. Enjoy it while you can, it probably won't happen again for a long, long time. Remember to check in next week when we will be back to the usual 1 or 2 correct.

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