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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

Transformers: Triumph of the Risen

The tracking was great … just not this seemingly boffo. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen smashed the competition with an estimated weekend gross of $110.8 million and a five-day near record gross of $200 million. That left the frame’s other wide release — the decidedly femme-centric, weepy My Sister’s Keeper — picking up scraps of $12.1 million to rank fifth overall.

The session also included a clutch of potent limited and niche debuts including a dynamic $142,000 tally for the highly lauded Iraq War-based The Hurt Locker from four locations. New York, the first major Bollywood release in more than two months, had a solid $371,000 box office and the period yarn Cheri showed comparable strength with $393,000. Also encouraging was the $108,000 bow of the politically charged Iran-set The Stoning of Soraya M.

Transformers 2 spurred ticket sales with a sizeable increase from the prior weekend and a significant boost from 2008.

The highly anticipated sequel to the generationally beloved Hasbro toy line played to more than its fanboy base. Obviously the earlier film outing tapped into a motherlode of good will among movie goers. Critics were less generous. But the numbers tell the tale. Not only did Revenge of the Fallen outpace the original’s bow, it bucked the trend with a 10% sale’s boost from Friday to Saturday. Even with precipitous drops through July the film should approach a $400 million cume that won’t be equaled by any other 2009 release. Still, don’t expect kudos from the Oscars even with last week’s announcement of an expanded best picture slate.

Targeted as the year’s picture for The Notebook crowd, My Sister’s Keeper proved to be less effective as counter-programming. A studio spokesman said exit polls revealed an 80% plus female audience. Ticket sales declined 23% from Friday to Saturday but as these things go the film can expect stronger than usual mid-week sales.

Weekend movie sales were eyeing better than $200 million revenues with 55% of that figure consumed by Transformers Redux. That translated into a 34% hike from the immediate prior session and a 7% improvement from 2008. Last year the debuts of Wall-E and Wanted dominated with respective openers of $63.1 million and $50.9 million.

Receiving some of the best reviews of the year, The Hurt Locker effectively cleared the first hurdle that’s undone Iraq War films of the past two years. Still there are a lot of obstacles to overcome for the tale of a bomb squad in the maelstrom to evolve as more than a success d’estime and become the first mainstream success of the genre. That scenario also applies to The Stoning of Soraya M., an Anglicized view of Iranian customs that also packs an emotional punch in its delineation of women’s rights.

Wrangling over compensation between producers and theater operators has pretty much hobbled the Bollywood film industry for months and the recent détente and altered profir sharing cleared the way for New York. Early receipts indicate business ballooned 200% and that a string of upcoming movies can expect to dominate in that market where only the upcoming release of a new Harry Potter is viewed as competitive.

– Leonard Klady


Weekend Finals

Title Distrib Weekend % Change Theaters Cume Wks
1 New Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Par 108,966,307 4234 200,077,255 1
2 1 The Proposal BV 18,578,541 -45% 3058 69,162,471 2
3 2 The Hangover WB 17,022,166 -36% 3525 183,054,267 4
4 3 Up BV 13,061,737 -44% 3487 250,234,554 5
5 New My Sister’s Keeper WB 12,442,212 2606 12,442,212 1
6 4 Year One Sony 6,022,444 -69% 3024 32,529,560 2
7 5 TheTaking of Pelham 123 Sony 5,451,197 -55% 2995 53,456,827 3
8 7 Star Trek Par 3,711,968 -33% 1823 246,331,182 8
9 6 Night at the Museum 2 Fox 3,643,522 -53% 2250 163,391,192 6
10 13 Away We Go Focus 1,709,313 96% 495 4,088,390 4
11 8 Land of the Lost Uni 1,195,685 -73% 1504 46,815,665 4
12 11 Angels & Demons Sony 1,091,953 -61% 906 130,277,166 7
13 10 Terminator Salvation WB 1,088,392 -67% 1102 121,925,747 6
14 9 Imagine That Par 942,273 -71% 1135 14,067,015 3
15 12 Drag Me to Hell Uni 583,215 -70% 659 40,536,230 5
16 New New York Yash Raj 467,694 60 467,694 1
17 New Cheri Miramax 405,701 76 405,701 1
18 27 Monsters vs. Aliens Par 365,080 121% 311 195,984,055 14
19 21 Whatever Works Sony Classics 359,805 35% 35 738,969 2
20 14 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Fox 310,167 -51% 360 177,836,819 9
21 18 Food, Inc. Magnolia/Alliance 291,444 1% 75 834,838 3
22 22 Dance Flick Par 270,102 5% 150 25,135,830 6
23 20 Under the Sea 3D WB 254,651 -5% 38 10,970,772 20
24 16 Easy Virtue Sony Classics 245,423 -43% 200 2,024,412 6
25 17 A vos marque … Party! 2 Seville 194,827 -38% 89 821,970 2
26 34 Hannah Montana: The Movie BV 190,893 120% 259 78,578,891 12
27 19 17 Again WB 178,800 -36% 255 63,117,832 11
28 41 Obsessed Sony 165,791 211% 214 68,564,825 10
29 New The Hurt Locker Summit 145,352 4 145,352 1
30 24 The Brothers Bloom Summit 131,504 -39% 202 3,114,901 7
31 25 The Soloist Par 126,488 -34% 228 31,527,902 10
32 23 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past WB 126,269 -42% 146 53,666,193 9
33 26 Moon Sony Classics 124,592 -30% 21 608,431 3
34 New The Stoning of Soraya M. Roadside Attract. 115,053 27 115,053 1
35 44 I Love You, Man Par 114,575 164% 56 71,908,281 15
36 15 My Life in Ruins Fox Searchlight 105,627 -77% 132 8,135,107 4
37 30 Millenium Alliance 97,536 -5% 36 1,065,196 5
38 33 Summer Hours IFC/E1 88,533 -4% 48 1,324,974 7
39 31 Departures Regent 82,333 -20% 26 612,518 5
40 28 Race to Witch Mountain BV 81,251 -50% 154 67,013,621 16
41 29 Fast & Furious Uni 69,870 -49% 137 155,022,220 13
42 35 J’ai tue ma mere K-Films 66,272 -13% 17 446,249 4
43 40 Tetro Zoetrope 45,448 -21% 15 183,084 3
44 36 State of Play Uni 38,748 -46% 68 37,167,569 11
45 38 Every Little Step Sony Classics 38,634 -39% 39 1,423,226 11
46 32 Knowing Summit 35,261 -64% 57 79,911,877 15
47 RE Deep Sea 3-D WB 32,357 -33% 4 41,650,099 174
48 52 Magnificent Desolation Imax 32,214 24% 4 29,066,915 197
49 39 Next Day Air Summit 27,180 -56% 66 10,017,041 8
50 37 Earth BV 26,251 -61% 61 31,769,776 10
51 58 Space Station 3D Imax 25,182 28% 5 79,002,535 376
52 43 The Haunting in Connecticut Lions Gate 24,357 -48% 57 56,290,296 14
53 49 Goodbye Solo Roadside Attract. 23,645 -28% 33 782,977 14
54 42 Sunshine Cleaning Overture 21,175 -57% 54 12,033,702 16
55 63 Little Ashes Regent 20,695 33% 13 385,169 8
56 47 Seraphine Music Box 20,179 -43% 12 196,201 4
57 66 The Girlfriend Experience Magnolia 20,154 47% 14 642,853 6
58 48 Valentino: The Last Emperor Truly Indie 19,593 -44% 17 1,502,699 15
59 53 Lemon Tree IFC 18,688 -25% 18 497,027 11
Source: MCN/EDI

Estimates – June 26-28, 2009

Title Distributor Gross (averag % change * Theaters Cume
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Par 110.8 (26,390) 4234 200
The Proposal BV 18.5 (6,060) -45% 3058 69.1
The Hangover WB 17.1 (4,840) -36% 3525 183.1
Up BV 12.7 (3,630) -46% 3487 249.8
My Sister’s Keeper WB 12.1 (4,640) 2606 12.1
Year One Sony 5.8 (1,930) -70% 3024 32.3
The Taking of Pelham 123 Sony 5.3 (1,770) -56% 2995 53.3
Star Trek Par 3.5 (1,930) -36% 1823 246.1
Night at the Museum 2 Fox 3.4 (1,500) -57% 2250 163.1
Away We Go Focus 1.7 (3,350) 91% 495 4
Land of the Lost Uni 1.1 (740) -74% 1504 46.7
Angels and Demons Sony 1.0 (1,150) -63% 906 130.2
Terminator Salvation WB 1.0 (930) -69% 1102 121.9
Imagine That Par .94 (830) -71% 1135 14.1
Drag Me to Hell Uni .56 (850) -72% 659 40.5
Cheri Miramax .39 (5,170) 76 0.39
New York Yash Raj .37 (6,150) 60 0.37
Monsters vs. Aliens Par .33 (1,060) 101% 311 195.8
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Fox .31 (860) -52% 360 177.8
Whatever Works Sony Classics .27 (7,630) 0% 35 0.65
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $195.50
% Change (Last Year) 7%
% Change (Last Week) 34%
Also debuting/expanding
A vos marque … Party! 2 Seville .25 (2,540) -30% 99 0.88
Food, Inc. Magnolia .24 (3,560) -16% 68 0.59
The Hurt Locker Summit .14 (35,250) 4 0.14
The Stoning of Soraya M Roadside At. .11 (4,020) 27 0.11
Tetro Zoetrope 44,200 (2,950) -23% 15 0.18
Life is Hot in Cracktown Lightning 4,750 (4,750) 1 0.01
Surveillance Magnolia 4,300 (2,150) 2 0.01
Afghan Star Zeitgeist 4,040 (4,040) 1 0.01
Quiet Chaos IFC 3,300 (3,300) 1 0.01

Domestic Market Share – January 1 – June 25, 2009

Distributor (releases) Gross Market Share
Warner. Bros (20) 913.1 18.20%
Paramount (12) 850.2 17.00%
Fox (10) 658.5 13.20%
Buena Vista (12) 596.3 11.90%
Sony (13) 585.2 11.70%
Universal (12) 450.4 9.00%
Lionsgate (7) 237.4 4.70%
Fox Searchlight (6) 193.9 3.90%
Summit (6) 146.8 2.90%
Focus (5) 97.8 2.00%
Paramount Vantage (2) 52.4 1.10%
MGM (3) 42.3 0.90%
Miramax (4) 38.7 0.80%
Weinstein Co. (6) 34.5 0.70%
Overture (3) 27.1 0.50%
Other * (142) 77.2 1.50%
* none greater than 0.35% 5001.8 100%
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