By David Poland email@example.com
Weekend Estimates by ArArArGo Klady
Argo deserves a lot of credit for being there when the top spot became available for a $10m gross or better. Ben Affleck, besides being a talented director, is a director who makes movies for adults. That means that will all the momentum of this film, $100m domestic may not happen. Flight, Skyfall, and Lincoln won’t kill Argo, but they will slow it down. But $90m is a great success for a film that doesn’t pander to the biggest moviegoing audience, the under 20s. Huzzah.
Hotel Transylvania, now Sony Animation’s biggest domestic grosser, has another five days – including Halloween – before Disney’s Ralph tries to wreck it. Hotel T is the #5 animated film domestically this year to date, behind the three big summer releases and the March release (this year from Universal). T has an outside shot at #4, though Wreck-It Ralph will probably keep it from adding another the full $30m between them, especially with Halloween behind the monster comedy. But another big step for Sony Animation. Huzzah.
Now, the bad news…
Cloud Atlas is estimated not to hit $10m domestically this weekend. Ouch. Makes Larry Crowne look good. I wrote yesterday about why I think the film isn’t selling. Sigh.
Silent Hill: Revelation couldn’t top the second weekend of a disappointing Paranormal Activity 4 (off 70%). ‘Nuff said.
And then there are Fun Size and Chasing Mavericks. Combined, they couldn’t match Weekend Four of Taken 2. ‘Nuff said.
Was I distracted the weekend everyone got excited that The Dark Knight Rises passed the worldwide gross of The Dark Knight, becoming the #7 all-time grosser and the #3 non-3D all-time grosser?
Samara and Searching For Sugar Man are running neck-n-neck, both docs currently around $2.2 million. Solid numbers for both. Sugar Man will probably pull ahead next week, but really strong numbers in theaters for docs in this era.
Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story led English-language indies with $10,500 per on 1 screen. It got 4 paragraph review from a freelancer in the NYT.