September 27, 2010

Box Office Update 9/24-9/26: Wall Street Sequel Climbs to the Top

  Michael Douglas and Oliver Stone topped the box office chart this week with a sequel to a film that is more than two decades old. I have not yet seen the movie, but I have to think that for better or worse Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps may be the timeliest movie of the year. This is not to say that it is needed movie or that it does or does not have something to say about the current state of affairs. Just think about it, the original Wall Street arrived at the right time and put a real world scenario in the big screen and now Oliver Stone gets to follow it up through the eyes of a familiar character. I hope to catch up with this soon.

Coming in second place is the film I had pegged to win the weekend, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. This one I did see and while do not think it was a great film, it has a lot of things to like about it. The action is executed splendidly and the animation is downright gorgeous, on top of that the story is easily accessible and goes in some darker than expected directions. Despite what I liked about it, the story did drag the chunks of the middle and did not get as deep as I would have liked. Still, this is something worth checking out on the big screen.

There was one other new film to reach the top ten, You Again. It is another one I have not yet seen but I hope to rectify that soon. To be certain, I am not expecting much from it, but I do like the cast and they look like they had a good time making it and sometimes all I want is a little something that I don't need to think much about. I think this may fill the bill.

As for the rest of the list, most titles held pretty well since last week. The only notable slot would be tenth where Inception landed. The Christopher Nolan offering has lasted eleven weeks on the charts, easily the longest run of any film this year. It may not have made as much as his last film, but it is still doing quite well and is quite the achievement.

Next weekend will see Let Me In arrive nationwide, the film is a remake of the fantastic Swedish vampire movie Let the Right One In. Joining it will be the thriller Case 39, starring Renee Zellweger, and The Social Network, the Facebook movie from director David Fincher.

Two movies dropped off the list this week: The Other Guys (11), The American (12), and Machete (14).

This WeekLast WeekTitleWknd GrossOverallWeek in release
1NWall Street: Money Never Sleeps$19,000,000$19,000,0001
2NLegend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$16,335,000$16,335,0001
31The Town$16,030,000$49,117,0002
42Easy A$10,700,000$32,814,0002
5NYou Again$8,300,000$8,300,0001
74Resident Evil: Afterlife$4,900,000$52,019,0003
85Alpha and Omega$4,700,000$15,130,0002

Box Office Predictions Recap
Well, at least I got two positions right. This weekend was not a particularly god one for me. I know I haven't been writing many of these up over the past few weeks, so I am sure you are glad to see my time away hasn't improved my ability to guess movie popularity. Still, I soldier on in the hopes that one day I will be able to get a handle on how this ticks. I am not surprised by a few of the places, most notably the top two. As for the bombing of The Virginity Hit, I should have known better than to give it as much as I did. I mean, the movie has had little promotion and is not in all that many theaters.

Here is how the field matched up:

ActualPredictionTitleWknd GrossPrediction
21The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$16,335,000$24 million
12Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$19,000,000$21 million
33The Town$16,030,000$16 million
54You Again$8,300,000$13 million
45Easy A$10,700,000$9.5 million
66Devil$6,479,000$6 million
227The Virginity Hit$300,000$4 million
88Alpha & Omega$4,700,000$2.5 million
79Resident Evil: Afterlife$4,900,000$2 million
9 10Takers$1,650,000$1 million

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