Box Office Archive for August, 2006

Weekend Estimates by Klady – 8/27/06

Another weekend without much worth discussing.
The Devil Wears Prada finally cracked $120 million.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man


Friday Estimates by Klady – 8/26/06

A fairly ugly weekend heating up


Box Office Hell – 8/25/06



Sunday Estimates by Klady – August 20

The battle over the weekend


Friday Estimates by Klady – Aug 18

Not a huge surprise, really. Even my $22 million BO Hell Snakes on a Plane estimate


I'm not ready to get off of this yet…

So WB was the winner in the X3/SR showdown?
And the X-Men franchise is worn out because… uh… it beat Superman Returns domestically, internationally and on opening weekend – against much stiffer competition – by almost double?
And why is anyone doing a Bryan Singer suck up story? Well, I guess they were done sucking up to JJ Abrams for the failure of Mission: Impossible III, whose final numbers will almost exactly match the numbers on Superman Returns… except it cost no less than $50 million less to make and marker.
POTC: Dead Man’s Chest $860m (and rising)
The Da Vinci Code $750m
X-Men: The Last Stand $441m
Mission: Impossible III $392m
Cars $376m
Superman Returns $348m (with 2 major territories left)
Over the Hedge $300m
And gee… isn’t M:I3 the impetus to throw Tom Cruise – who have 5 times as many $200 million-plus worldwide grossers on his resume than Bryan “2 X-Men & A SoaperMan” Singer and 4 $400 million grossers to Singer’s 1 – off the Paramount lot?
There is a likelihood that Superman Returns will gross less than Godzilla. God-muthafuckin’-zilla.
Bryan Singer has no history as a tentpole director. He is an arthouse director. And the only reason that there was an X2 was because Bryan was “handcuffed” by Tom Rothman’s restrictive budget on X1… or that franchise would have died right there.
And where the HELL did WB dig up Cheo Hodari Coker as The Journalist for Anne Thompson to talk to and to defend Bryan Singer? Is that a joke? Did Anne dial those digits with a straight face?
I love Anne. I think she is pushing a strong, progressive agenda for journalists. But geez, girl


Box Office Hell – August 18



Long Legs… If You're Deep Roy

There is a sub-class of releases that open decently, but then have unusually weak legs. Someone brought one of these titles up in another entry


Friday Estimates by Klady – 8/12

So the answers on Step Up are:
1)Tracking continues to be a mess
2) Teen girls continue to do what they want when they want to (see Take The Lead


WTC Opens

Only two summer releases this year


That Wacky International Box Office

Excerpted foreign box office info from Variety
It was the biggest overseas weekend yet for “Dead Man’s Chest,” which has cumed $392 million in foreign coin, exceeding the domestic gross by $12 million to hit $772 million worldwide.
With 17% of foreign markets not yet open — including Spain and Germany — “Chest” will likely pass “Finding Nemo” at $865 million worldwide in a few more weeks to become Disney’s top performer in combined grosses.
“Superman Returns” remained on a far lower trajectory, with $7.1 million from more than 5,100 prints in 55 markets, lifting the foreign cume to $146 million and the worldwide take to $336 million.
“Superman Returns” had been expected to provide a one-two punch with “Dead Man’s Chest” in foreign markets, but the Man of Steel has shown only modest traction and the international cume for the pricey tentpole is now just 37% of “Chest,” while the worldwide is 43% of “Chest.”
UIP’s first major foreign launches of “Miami Vice” put the arm on $7 million at 1,275 playdates in 11 markets, led by a respectable first-place U.K. opening with $4 million at 406 and 20% share. Debuts were more moderate in Mexico with $950,000 at 336, good enough for third place, and in Russia with $750,000 at 230.
“Vice” has 44 foreign markets left, with Australia next on Thursday, followed by France Aug. 16.

ADD, Sun, 10:48p – A Reader writes in to say, “The article you just posted about Pirates International box office numbers from Variety has an error. It says ” With 17% of the foreign market not yet open- Including Spain and Germany.” I believe they meant Italy as it has already opened in Germany as of July 27th.”
I don’t actually know what the answer is, but it seems reasonable to note the question mark on the detail. DP


Sunday Estimates by Klady

Not a lot more to say, is there?
Miami Vice


Klady's Friday Estimates – 8/4/06

Country will kick the pundit


Box Office Hell – August 4



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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