Box Office Archive for November, 2006

Little Children Soldier(s) On

In its eighth weekend in theaters, New Line

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Klady's Sunday Estimates – 11/26

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Friday estimates by Klady – 11/25

Happy Feet + Casino Royale + D

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Sunday Estimates by Klady – 11/19

Box Office Mojo, for the sake of reference, has Happy Feet wining the weekend by $1.7 million. I imagine we will get more of a sense of

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Klady's Friday Estimates

Well

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Box Office Hell – November 14

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Sunday Estimates by Klady

Weekend (estimates) November 10 – 12, 2006
Title | Distributor | Gross (average) | % change | Theaters | Cume
Borat | Fox | 28.6 (11,130) | 8% | 2566 | 67.4
The Santa Clause 3 | BV | 16.9 (4,890) | -13% | 3458 | 41.1
Flushed Away | Par | 16.7 (4,510) | -11% | 3707 | 39.9
Stranger Than Fiction | Sony | 14.2 (6,280) | new | 2264 | 14.2
Saw III | Lions Gate | 6.5 (2,170) | -56% | 3013 | 69.8
Babel | Par Vantage | 5.5 (4,420) | 502% | 1251 | 7.4
The Departed | WB | 5.1 (2,310) | -34% | 2210 | 109.6
The Prestige | BV | 4.7 (2,090) | -38% | 2236 | 46
The Return | Focus | 4.7 (2,360) | new | 1986 | 4.7
A Good Year | Fox | 3.8 (1,850) | new | 2066 | 3.8
Flags of Our Fathers | Par | 2.8 (1,440) | -36% | 1963 | 31
The Queen | Miramax | 2.6 (5,430) | -10% | 484 | 13.8
Harsh Times | MGM | 1.8 (1,910) | new | 956 | 1.8
Man of the Year | Uni | 1.6 (1,000) | -57% | 1568 | 36.5
Open Season | Sony | 1.3 (1,180) | -55% | 1122 | 83.4
Flicka | Fox | 1.2 (990) | -55% | 1235 | 19.5
Marie Antoinette | Sony | 1.2 (1,670) | -47% | 705 | 14.9
The Guardian | BV | .75 (1,200) | -54% | 626 | 53.5
Facing the Giants | IDP | .67 (1,850) | -4% | 363 | 8.2
Running with Scissors | Sony | .61 (1,230) | -58% | 497 | 6.4
One Night with the King | Gener8Xion | .57 (1,290) | -47% | 440 | 12.7
Also debuting/expanding
Night of the Living Dead 3D | Midnight | .21 (1,060) | new | 200 | 0.21
Volver | Sony Classics | .17 (33,340) | -16% | 5 | 0.46
Copying Beethoven | MGM | 73,600 (2,830) | new | 26 | 0.07
Shut Up & Sing | Weinstein Co. | 67,300 (6,120) | -11% | 11 | 0.24
Come Early Morning | IDP | 49,400 (2,250) | new | 22 | 0.05
Fur | Picturehouse | 31,200 (7,800) | new | 4 | 0.03
Iraq in Fragments | Typecast | 23,400 (3,610) | new | 7 | 0.02
F*ck | Thinkfilm | 5,600 (2,800) | new | 2 | 0.01

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"Now they're making millions but have only paid us 15 lei [around

The Borat lawsuit situation is real… but it has nothing to do with morality.
The headline of this entry is from a Daily Mail story about the people of Glod, where, apparently, SBC, Larry Charles & Co shot the Kazakh sequences of Borat. Of course, I took the comment out of context. The whole quote is:

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Klady's Friday Estimates

Borat is up about 4%, Friday-to-Friday. It will be interesting to see what the Saturday number looks like, which should give a more accurate idea of what kind of traction the film is getting with adults who were not stepping forward in tracking a few weeks ago.
Fox has done well, though personally, my fear for them is that they have sold the phenomenon too much, sticking with their EW obsession through most of the week before switching to

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Box Office Hell – 11/10

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Mondays With Borat

Mojo is reporting a $3.3 million Monday for Borat. This once again puts the film in excellent box office company.
The only film since Talladega Night

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How Superman

I was reading a Merrill Lynch study on equity funding of movies. And it finally occurred to me how Warner Bros could claim profitability for Superman Returns without getting sued by Time-Warner stockholders.
Here is the chart… Click here to see it
And here is the math…
Superman Returns grosses $392 million worldwide. That

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Sunday Estimates by Klady – 10/5

Borat.
Win. Win. Win.

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Klady's Friday Estimates

Borat did over $10,630 per screen yesterday. Based on that, the estimates for the weekend should still vary between $22 million and $27 million.
The closest thing it a precedent here is Fahrenheit 9/11

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The Borat Release Issue

There has been speculation about whether Fox’s late decision to go out with Borat on only 800 screens was a mistake, since it is going so well. Well, stop speculating. Inside of Fox, there are defintely some who now feel that way, thrilled by the late rush on the film and mighty matinees today.
But the odd part is, this is exactly what the point of pulling back to 800 screens was… to have a huge per-screen on opening weekend in the places where Fox knew they were strong and to allow word-of-mouth to do the job that publicity and marketing didn

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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