Box Office Archive for March, 2006

Klady's Friday Estimates – 3/25/06

Okay… get this… the Friday estimate for Spike Lee


Klady's Friday Estimates – 3/18/05

The V for Vendetta launch is a bit smaller than expected. Many will use the


Sunday Estimates by Klady

A huge congratulations is due Gerry Rich and the team at Paramount Pictures for turning a movie that was having some serious problems with interest among its core audience into a strong opener with a new campaign run over just a couple of weeks.
The big questions about the success of Failure To Launch are going to be about the value of Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker, who is in her second theatrical hit in three months. Fox focused on Parker first and foremost throughout the campaign for The Family Stone. Here, Paramount ended up going away from Parker to focus on the parents in order to explain the horrible title. But one could argue that they laid the groundwork for her (and McConaghey


Sunday Estimates by Klady – Oscar Weekend

/ 3-Day Estimates / Friday / % Change / Cume
1 / Madea’s Family Reunion / 12.7m / -58% / 47.8m
2 / 16 Blocks / 11.6m / new / 11.6m
3 / Eight Below / 10.2m / -36% / 58.7m
4 / Ultraviolet / 8.9m / new / 8.9m
5 / Aquamarine / 7.5m / new / 7.5m
6 / The Pink Panther / 7m / -37% / 69.6m
7 / Chapelle’s Block Party / 6.7m / new / 6.7m
8 / Date Movie / 5.2m / -43% / 40.8m
9 / Curious George / 4.4m / -38% / 49.2m
10 / Firewall / 3.6m / -46% / 42.5m
13 / Brokeback Mountain / 2.5m / -11% / 78.9m
15 / Capote / 1.6m / -55% / 25.5m
16 / Transamerica / 1.5m / +77% / 6.7m
22 / Good Night & Good Luck / .76m / +16% / 31.3m
26 / Munich / .53m / +6% / 46.8


Friday Estimates

It will be a bit of a black weekend for The Oscars


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“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima

“They’re still talking about the ‘cathedral of cinema,’ the ‘communal experience,’ blah blah. The experiences I’ve had recently in the theatre have not been good. There’s commercials, noise, cellphones. I was watching Colette at the Varsity, and halfway through red flashes came up at the bottom of the frame. A woman came out and said, ‘We’re going to have to reboot, so take fifteen minutes and come back.’ Then they rebooted it from the beginning, and she had to ask the audience to tell her how far to go. You tell me, is that a great experience? I generally don’t watch movies in a cinema at all. Netflix is the future. It’s the present. But the whole paradigm of a series, binge-watching, it’s quite different. My first reaction is that it’s more novelistic, because if you have an eight-hour season, you can get into complex, intricate things. You can let it breathe and the audience expectations are such that they will let you, where before they wouldn’t have the patience. I think only the surface has been touched with experimenting with that.”
~ David Cronenberg