October 10, 2006

Box Office Update 10/6-10/8: The Departed Shoots its Way to the Top

Congratulations are in order for Martin Scorsese. First off, he has delivered the best film so far this year in the form of the Infernal Affairs remake, The Departed. Second, this was, by far, his biggest opening film ever, beating out the $10.3 million take of 1991's Cape Fear. Third, the film is the first Scorsese offering to open at over 2,000 screens. It is great seeing a good film get the backing that it deserves from the studio, and the response it deserves from the fans.

If you hadn't guessed, The Departed took the top spot. I was there front and center on opening night, doing my part to add to the bottom line. The film is 2.5 hours of brilliance, that feels much shorter. It is breathlessly paced, wonderfully edited, and just a riveting film. I command all of you to go out and see it! What are you waiting for? Go. I'll still be here when you get back.

There are two other films that crept up into the top ten this week. First up, the number two film this week is the prequel to the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this one cleverly sub-titled The Beginning. It is more of the same, but it is deliciously bloody, and is good until the reach the end where it just falls apart. The other is Employee of the Month, finishing at number 4. This one is barely worth your time. Dane Cook isn't all that funny in it, I see him as more of a supporting guy at this point in his career. Then there is Jessica Simpson, who once again proves that she does not belong on the movie screen.

Most of the returning films took pretty sizeable hits to their take. In particular, School for Scoundrels plummeted over 60% in just its second week, but the film isn't that good, so I guess this is about right. On the other hand, Open Season did a pretty good job, dropping just under 34% in its second week. Still not that good a movie, but families need something to see, right? Also hanging on and showing some legs is The Illusionist which dropped just 31%. I thought there were some good things in it, but I don't think it deserves the strength it has shown, but that's just me.

Three films dropped from the list this week: Little Miss Sunshine (11), Flyboys (13), and The Black Dahlia (16).

This Week

Last WeekTitleWknd GrossOverallWeek in release
1NThe Departed$26,887,467$26,887,4671

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

31Open Season$15,625,324$43,754,0642
4NEmployee of the Month$11,407,751$11,407,7511
52The Guardian$9,568,092$32,319,8092

Jackass Number Two

74School for Scoundrels$3,433,587$13,988,3652
85Jet Li's Fearless$2,289,887$21,751,3273
96Gridiron Gang$2,236,784$36,557,4304
107The Illusionist$1,886,165$34,128,1778

Box Office Predictions Recap
Hey! I got 6 out of the ten right this week and I was even pretty close on a few of the box office figures. I successfully predicted the top five finishers, plus the number 10 hole. As far as those remaining four slots, I had each pairing switched. This has been my most successful week in some time, feels good. Don't worry, I won't let it go to my head, besides, it won't last. Just you wait until next week


PredictionTitleWknd GrossPrediction
11The Departed$26,887,467$23.5 million
22The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning$18,508,228$18 million
33Open Season$15,625,324$12 million
44Employee of the Month$11,407,751$11.5 million



$9 million

76School for Scoundrels$3,433,587$6.75 million
67Jackass Number Two$6,516,968$5.5 million
98Gridiron Gang$2,236,784$3.25 million
89Jet Li's Fearless$2,289,887$2.5 million
1010The Illusionist$1,886,165$2 million

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