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Weekend Estimates by Punk’n Chuck’n Klady

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  1. Joe Leydon says:

    I wonder if the 4% uptick for Tower Heist can be attributed to Thursday and Friday movie outings by families seeking an acceptable-to-all-ages flick?

  2. Hallick says:

    “I wonder if the 4% uptick for Tower Heist can be attributed to Thursday and Friday movie outings by families seeking an acceptable-to-all-ages flick?”

    It might also be that adults were trying to find a fun movie that wasn’t just made for kids. The six screen theater where I live is all PG rated children’s movies right now (with no “Hugo” to choose either).

  3. EthanG says:

    Not that it ever really matters, but Paramount probably locked up the domestic revenue crown for 2011 this weekend, ending Warner Bros’ three year stint. Of course, Paramount does a lot for distribution fees, but WB always churns out so many more films…not their best year.

  4. LexG says:

    Didn’t it seem like WB put out fewer films than usual this year, though? This is unscientific, but it always seems in the recent past that WB would release shit one on top of the other, often a week apart, just flooded the market with product… I was trying to think of what WB’s 2011 lineup was since summer, and mostly I came up w Something Borrowed, Lantern, Horrible Bosses, Harry Potter, CSL, Contagion… J. Edgar and coming up Holmes and Extremely Close? That’s pretty sparse for them, and excepting maybe Contagion or the yearly Clint pic, sort of missing that usual hard-crime/slick-sheen “blue” adult thriller they seem to have always put out every 2 weeks. Where were all the edgy cop movies and adult dramas WB is usually known for? They had a seriously weak-ass 2011 slate.

  5. EthanG says:

    WB has currently released 22 films to Paramount’s 12 this year…but down slightly from last year. For WB it seems like it has many films that are somewhat unprofitable (Happy Feet 2, Sucker Punch, Arthur, Green Lantern, Red Riding Hood, J Edgar) balanced by films that are somewhat profitable (FD 5, Hall Pass, The Rite, Horrible Bosses, Crazy Stupid Love) with Harry Potter and Hangover 2 bailing them out.

    But you think this year’s slate looks weak Lex…next year they have DARK KNIGHT RISES and HOBBIT with a lot of risky products….Dark Shadows, Magic Mike and Rivals in the summer come to minds.

  6. anghus says:

    Is Magic Mike the long awaited follow up to Like Mike?

    Please say it is. We need more movies about magical sneakers.

  7. movieman says:

    It’s Soderbergh’s male stripper movie, Anghus.

  8. LexG says:

    D’ah, somehow I’d forgotten that they packed all their extra “WB” type movies into the first quarter– The Rise, Red Riding, Sucker Punch, Unknown. Not saying they were everybody’s cup of tea, but those had the bombastic-slick-vaguely disreputable balls-out WB quality I look for year-round (I think geeky Lantern/Potter in for Inception seemed a “coolness” step down, too.)

    Much like dorks buy movies just ’cause they’re on CRITERION DVD, I used to be obsessed with Warner Brothers action movies; Circa 8, 10 years ago if it was in 2.35 and came in one of those crappy cardboard snapper cases nobody else used, I’d buy it on DVD, guaranteed. Maybe it was actually a lot of those were Elie’s FRANCHISE movies or James Robinson stuff that they don’t distribute anymore, but I miss their old deluge of junky action product.

  9. anghus says:

    So Soderbergh is directing the sequel to Like Mike?

    And Bow Wow’s character has become a male stripper.

    Man, they really need to help these pro athletes handle their money better.

  10. JS Partisan says:

    You miss the 10 year old crap FRANCHISE crap, and then you have the audacity to give the bad mouth to Criterion? SHAME ON YOU, SIR! SHAME ON YOU!

  11. Joe Leydon says:

    Wasn’t Spartan a Franchise movie? If so, I’ll forgive them anything.

    http://www.movingpictureshow.com/archives/mpsSpartan.htm

  12. LexG says:

    Spartan and The Pledge were kind of to Franchise what Barfly and 52 Pickup were to Golan/Globus.

  13. Joe Leydon says:

    Forgot The Pledge — one of Jack Nicholson’s greatest performances. And that supporting cast!

  14. Triple Option says:

    I saw Tower Heist over the w/e. The holiday was finally my chance to catch up with it. There are others I want to see more but I figured they’d be here a while. I should read that book, First Things First. I probably wouldn’t have wasted my time and gas on it and maybe caught it on Netflix. Oh well…

  15. Mariamu says:

    I was too busy working at my theatre to see any movie but “My Week With Marilyn” Really adored Michelle Williams performance and found her sexy as hell. Still must make the effort to see “Hugo” and “The Muppets”. And looking forward to “Shame”. Michael Fassbender rocks!

  16. LexG says:

    TOWER HEIST is a near-masterpiece and a 3.5/4-star experience that literally EVERY SINGLE AUDIENCE MEMBER would enjoy… it is blowing my mind that it’s not at 200 mil by now… I thought it would be a FAST FIVE-level Ocean’s 11-type “someone in the cast for everyone” megahit.

    Also seizing on the most random thing in that chart, hard to believe Three Musketeers still hasn’t even quite hit 20 mil… Don’t PWSA/Milla movies usually OPEN to that?

    Also I always wonder, who’s still going to these movies at all? Like 3 Musketeers– is that playing ANYWHERE? Are those just second run theaters? In LA like 10 movies a week come out, half of them take up the “big rooms” at popular theaters… even something like BREAKING DAWN is probably in shoeboxes already in LA, just because they favor the stuff like ARTIST and HUGO in the big rooms… So who the hell is playing THREE MUSKETEERS or PARANORMAL 3 like a month on?

  17. JS Partisan says:

    Lex, go to places like Seattle, where they have these big theatres have a lot of screens, and had something like Captain America playing after it’s BD release. Seriously, this is first run, and there it is in the Pacific Place AMC.

    Movies like Breaking Dawn also stay in good size theatres for at least another two weeks. They simply don’t push those into Jon Bon Jovi screening rooms until they have to do so, and that will probably be around the weekend of the 16th.

  18. Krillian says:

    Ah, Seattle.

    Is the John Danz still open in Bellevue? It was a one-screen theater but it sat 1500 people. Saw Biloxi Blues there.

  19. JS Partisan says:

    No Kril, the dastardly MARS HILL CHURCH now uses the building but you might enjoy this article: http://blog.seattlepi.com/bellevue-pi/2011/11/23/john-danz-theater-back-in-the-day/

  20. Joe Leydon says:

    In Houston, Three Musketeers is indeed already at second-run house(s). But Paranormal 3 still claims a few first-run screens — and not all for one-a-day screenings. Come to think of it, you still can find In Time (which I saw last night after We Bought a Zoo) and Real Steel here and there.

  21. sanj says:

    Joe you are a super bigtime movie critic why even go to second run theatres ?

    you got a free pass to see any movie you want with you fancy movie critic pass …

    i ain’t super rich so i always go to the discount theatre .
    screen is small and the seats suck but its the exact same
    movie has the big movie chains .

  22. Joe Leydon says:

    Actually, I don’t need a fancy pass. Just like Lamont Cranston, I have the power to cloud the minds of movie theater box-office personnel.

  23. sanj says:

    Joe you just made me gooogle Lamont Cranston .

    most of you movie critics have seen the december 2011 films . so nows the time to hype january 2012 movies ..

    the grey …dude fights wolves . hype this up.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hfb0-U0ydj8

  24. LexG says:

    Sanj, the January movie to hype up is GOD MARK WAHLBERG, Ben Foster, BECKINSALE, and Giovanni Ribisi in CONTRABAND– guns, rap shit, duct-tape masks, Game music, more guns, hotness, dock robberies, explosions, Ribisi doing an awesome hambone accent (seriously, Jeremy Davies needed to be in this to complete the Overactors’ Club theme with Ribisi and Foster)…

    It’s exactly the kind of movie no Oscar blogger would give a shit about at all… and exactly the kind of thing I go to the movies for.

  25. sanj says:

    LexG – just saw the contraband trailer – looks like a standard movie made for Bruce Willis or Jason Statham
    except for Wahlberg everybody changed up their hairstyle
    for this

    my guess is oscar bloggers don’t care cause the ending is predictable for this movie …if Mark W cried in this ..they’d be all over it.

    wonder if anybody in this cast will get a dp/30 .
    i want Ribisi ..he made an effort with his look .

    come on movie critics hype more Jan 2012 releases .
    it’s cold outside and people will be too lazy to go
    even if the movie is good.

  26. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    Lex last night my wife asked me about an upcoming movie with Mark Wahlberg that looks awesome. Of course she was referring to Contraband, so hopefully we’ll be seeing that in January. The supporting cast rules and it looks like a good crime flick. Speaking of awesome crime movies I watched Mesrine Part 1 last night. Great movie. Can’t wait to see part 2.

  27. actionman says:

    Leydon — did u like In Time? I’m with Lex in that it was awesome…wish more people had seen it, it should have done $60 million, not $40’ish

  28. Joe Leydon says:

    Actually, I enjoyed it quite a bit — especially for its (pardon the pun) timeliness.

  29. bulldog68 says:

    Just a thought, but after reading all the news about D Studio laying off 600 workers due to the poor box office performance of Happy Feet 2, isn’t it a bit premature to call this one dead. Surely there have been bigger flops this year like Mars Needs Moms and Cowboys & Aliens that were more expensive and did not recoup their cost. With a reported $130M budget, it is sure to recoup that after international grosses are counted, so I was wondering if anyone knew why the axe was dropped so quickly.

  30. David Poland says:

    Read the story more closely and notice that the layoffs were planned before the release of the film. Nikki is scum.

  31. LexG says:

    IN TIME was near-great, only brought down by the semi-preachiness which is AWFULLY heavy-handed by hour 2, though I CANNOT BELIEVE more critics aren’t going gaga for it in the OWS climate where every movie blogger I follow on Twitter is RT’ing updates about OWS all goddamn day.

    Also one thing I learned from IN TIME that I surprisingly didn’t already know is that Olivia Wilde actually has prettier feet than Amanda Seyfried. I’m sure that’s crucial information for a lot of people here other than me, but thought I’d share in case it ever came up on a quiz.

  32. sanj says:

    DP – put up a new byob …also crank more dp/30’s out ..

    also tell the dp/30 factory owner theres a huge lineup outside and they want to see more videos …otherwise they’ll cross the street and go to other oscar bloggers who do the same type things but at 25% off .

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