August 15, 2006

Box Office Update 8/11-8/13: Ricky Bobby Does it Again

Ricky Bobby proves to not be a one hit wonder. Will Ferrell leads the comedy pit crew to the top spot for the second week. It wasn't an easy battle, Step Up nearly stepped over the racing movie in a battle between quick feet and fast wheels. It wasn't a photo finish, but it was considerably closer than I expected, besides being a film that I was not expecting.

When I was at the local multiplex on Friday, seeing World Trade Center, I was absolutely shocked to find that Step Up had sold out. The commercials looked so brain numbingly generic that I did not think it would do nearly as well as it did. I will be even more surprised if it has any legs.

Speaking of World Trade Center, it had a pretty good opening, which was better than I expected. The film is a fine example of emotionally involving moviemaking. Objectively, it may have been a little generic, but there is no denying the effect it had on this viewer. I do not think it will be very strong in the long run, but we shall see.

There was one other film debuting in the top ten this week, Pulse. It is another remade Japanese import that succeeds moderately well, but probably suffered in a prolonged post production phase. Kristen Bell proves to be a shining spot of the film, and I look forward to more big screen turns from her.

Among the returning films, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest held onto a good portion of its audience, slipping just 34%. It is on target to break the $400 million barrier as early as next weekend. This movie has struck a chord with audiences and has inspired many repeat viewings. It is currently 7th on the domestic all time list, and will probaby end up at number 6, surpassing Spider-Man.

Four films dropped from the list this week: John Tucker Must Die (11), You, Me, and Dupree (13), The Ant Bully (14), and The Night Listener (16).

This Week

Last WeekTitleWknd GrossOverallWeek in release
11Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby$22,126,226$90,343,1842

Step Up

3NWorld Trade Center$18,730,762$18,730,7621

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

74Miami Vice$4,706,430$55,271,3803
85The Descent$4,616,462$17,543,5742
107Monster House$3,285,771$63,663,4884

Box Office Predictions Recap
I started and finished strong, but if you want to see someone who has no clue how to gauge the public's interest, I'm your guy. I will keep putting myself out there each week, I figure I'll have to get better at some point. In the mean time, I can at least give you all a laugh.


PredictionTitleWknd GrossPrediction
11Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby$22,126,226$25 million
52Pulse$8,203,822$17 million
23Step Up$20,659,573$16 million
64Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest$7,237,927$14.5 million

World Trade Center


$11 million

96Zoom$4,510,408$6 million
47Barnyard$9,701,882$5.5 million
78Miami Vice$4,706,430$4.5 million
89The Descent$4,616,462$3 million
1010Monster House$3,285,771$2 million

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