Box Office Archive for January, 2006

And About That Revolutionary Day & Date Release…

Let’s see how they spin this…
And I don’t just mean at 2929 or Magnolia. The media outlets that have invested enormous space and support for Steven Soderbergh’s Bubble have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do.
Klady estimates $72,300 on 32 screens or a $2260 per screen average. That is the worst per-screen of any of the ten new releases this weekend… by more than 50% in the closest case.
And I didn’t see 1/20th the media attention to Roving Mars or even Tristam Shandy.
The question that now has to be asked – ironic as hell – is why the investors wasted money releasing the film in theaters at all. The $40,000 in rentals could not have covered the print ads, much less anything else.
There is nothing wrong with a small movie or the notion of a direct-to-DVD qualiy, big name film. The only good reasons for Bubble to be in theaters this weekend were hype and ego.
But I am expecting a more clever response than that. Bring on that Pirates of The Caribbean 2 day and date release!!!!

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Momma's Got A Gun

Update – Sunday Estimate by klady
3-Day Estimates / Weekend / % Change / Cume
Big Momma’s House / 27.4 / – / 37.4
Nanny McPhee / 14 / – / 14
Underworld: Evolution / 10.8 / -60% / 44
Annapolis / 7.5 / – / 7.5
Hoodwinked / 7.3 / -30% / 37.6
Brokeback Mountain / 6.3 / -16% / 50.7
Glory Road / 5.1 / -42% / 34.7
Last Holiday / 4.9 / -44% / 32.7
Chronicles of Narnia / 4.3 / -31% / 277.7
Fun with Dick & Jane / 3.6 / -37% / 106.3
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Why is it that MAtrin Lawrence with breasts is so eternally funny? Well, Fox did the right thing here. The bathing suit campaign took an old idea that people liked and made it look fun again.
Nanny McPhee smelled bigger to me, though the limited advertsising probbaly assured otherwise. It we be interesting to see what kind of legs the old girl has.
You do the rest… my computer battery is running out.
Big Momma’s House 2 / 7.7 / – / 3261 / 7.7
Nanny McPhee / 3.6 / – / 1995 / 3.6
Underworld: Evolution / 3.4 / -66% / 3207 / 36.6
Annapolis / 2.6 / – / 1605 / 2.6
Brokeback Mountain / 1.8 / -16% / 1654 / 46.3
Hoodwinked / 1.6 / -24% / 3020 / 31.9
Glory Road / 1.5 / -41% / 2397 / 31.1
Last Holiday / 1.4 / -42% / 2442 / 29.2
Fun with Dick & Jane / 1.1 / -37% / 2132 / 103.8
Chronicles of Narnia / 1 / -27% / 2170 / 274.4
The Matador / 1 / 789% / 885 / 2.6

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Sunday Box Office

I don’t have the numbers yet, but an on the run, so I will leave it to you all to check out Klady and have the discussion.
From the Friday numbers, it looks like a solid expansion for Brokeback Mountain. And as expected, great marketing overcomes crappy movie just like the first time on Underworld: Look At Kate’s Ass Some More.
Underworld 2/ Screen Gems/ 27.1 ((8460) / / 3207 / 27.1
Hoodwinked / Weinstein Co. / 16.7 (6,960) / – / 2394 / 16.6
Glory Road / BV / 16.4 (7,400) / – / 2222 / 16.4
Last Holiday / Par / 14.9 (5,940) / – / 2514 / 14.9
The Chronicles of Narnia / BV / 13.1 (4,050) / -35% / 3224 / 264.3
Hostel / Lions Gate / 11.7 (5,010) / -40% / 2337 / 36.9
Fun with Dick and Jane / Sony / 10.4 (3,220) / -27% / 3239 / 94.3
King Kong / Uni / 9.2 (3,280) / -40% / 2814 / 204.7
Tristan & Isolde / Fox / 7.9 (4,260) / – / 1845 / 7.9
Brokeback Mountain / Focus / 7.1 (10,380) / 3% / 683 / 32.1
Cheaper by the Dozen / Fox / 6.8 (2,450) / -40% / 2773 / 74.7

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Friday Estimates By Klady

Not a lot to say. Glory Road and Last Holiday are both movies aimed at specific niches and should remain strong in those niches. Even off 58%, Hostel has done fine for Lions Gate and continues to do okay with its niche. And Hoodwinked, which has barely been advertised or touted, could do $9 million in its niche market, which while even behind the $12.2 million weekend for Derailed, has to be considered the Weinstein Company

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Weekend Estimates 1/2/06

Why do I find the box office so boring right now?
Probably because the boundaries are already pretty well defined and now the jostling is simply for position.
There is no reason to think that King Kong won

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Box Office

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“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier

“My first objective relationship in life was with the camera. I didn’t understand anything but then I realized the camera is my friend. It doesn’t lie to me. It doesn’t manipulate me. It only reports what I’m doing. And therefore, for me to work with a camera and the camera to be directed by an artist, a craftsman, someone who knows what he or she wants, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
~ Elliot Gould