September 1, 2009

Box Office Update 8/28-8/30: The Final Destination is the Top of the Box

The Final Destination roared its way to the top of the box office in its debut weekend. This could be the first step towards a fifth outing; I mean, sure they sort of billed this one as the last, but where there is money to me made, there are suits wanting to grab it. On the other hand, the number may just be inflated because of the higher 3D screening ticket prices. Well, I did my part in padding out its box office leading $27 million. It's too bad too, as this movie is not very good, it relies heavily on the 3D gimmick and did nothing in the story department. Sure, I smiled a bit, but forgot it all on the way to the exit.

Slipping one spot and 49% from last week is Quentin Tarantino's latest opus, Inglourious Basterds. I saw this last week and loved it. It is a fantastic flight of fancy into an alternate World War II in a way that only Tarantino can deliver. I only wish there was something more to the emotional quotient. Still, considering that Brad Pitt is in less than half the movie and more than half of it is subtitled, I am impressed with its success this weekend. I hope this means it will hang on for awhile, it really is an entertaining film.

Coming in third place is the film that would have taken the top spot had it not had the challenge of going head to head with another horror film. In either case the resulting reaction would likely have been the same. In the harsh light of Monday morning, much hate is being unloaded upon Halloween II. However, I loved it and I have found myself on the weak side of the full court press. I still say that love it or hate it, Rob Zombie has made an interesting film that is sure to induce a visceral reaction.

District 9 still has some gas in it, finishing fourth and nearing the century mark. This is a brilliant film that anyone who loves movies should go see. I am very happy to see it having the success it is having, but come on, it can do better! Get out there and tell your friends. Alien invasions, social awareness, interesting characters, it is just all around great!

So far as the bottom half of the charts go, all of the films had fairly strong holds. No film suffered a precipitous drop off. They were all steady, meaning there is not much to say about them. We will have to wait and see if this holds next weekend.

Next weekend will see the team behind Crank return to the big screen with Gamer starring Gerard Butler. We also get to see Bradley Cooper and Sandra Bullock in All About Steve. Finally, we get to see Mike Judge's latest creation Extract, which looks to be hilarious and stars Jason Bateman and Mila Kunis.

Three movies dropped off the top ten this week: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (11), The Ugly Truth (14), and The Goods: Live Hard. Sell Hard. (17).

This WeekLast WeekTitleWknd GrossOverallWeek in release
1NThe Final Destination$27,408,309$27,408,3091
21Inglourious Basterds$19,303,653$73,022,8412
3NHalloween II (2009)$16,349,565$16,349,5651
42District 9$10,270,435$90,383,7123
53G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$7,715,572$132,151,9544
65Julie & Julia$7,035,675$70,628,0634
74The Time Traveler's Wife$6,452,270$47,900,4183
9NTaking Woodstock$3,457,760$3,457,7601

Box Office Predictions Recap
So close and yet so far. This week's guesses seemed to go relatively well. I was sad to see Halloween II not open as high as I expected, but I was happy to see Inglourious Basterds do better than I was expecting in its second weekend out. Next weekend will be a bit trickier to guesstimate as Labor Day tends to be a little slow as the kids are all getting ready to go back to school.

Here is how the field matched up:

ActualPredictionTitleWknd GrossPrediction
11The Final Destination$27,408,309$26 million
32Halloween II (2009)$16,349,565$22 million


3Inglourious Basterds$19,303,653$16 million
44District 9$10,270,435$10 million
55G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$7,715,572

$7.5 million

76The Time Traveler's Wife$6,452,270$5 million
67Julie & Julia$7,035,675$4.75 million
88Shorts$4,511,345$3.5 million
99Taking Woodstock$3,457,760$2 million
1110Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince$2,466,423$1.5 million


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