Box Office Archive for December, 2007

Sunday Estimates by Klady – Dec 30

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Friday Estimates by Klady – 12/29

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Box Office Hell – Pre-New Years

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Sunday Estimates by Klady – Dec 23

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Friday Estimates by Klady

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Ya wins some

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Late Night At The Movies

At The Grove, here in L.A., four of this weekend’s new films are launching just after midnight tonight: National Treasure 2, Sweeney Todd, Walk Hard, and Charlie Wilson’s War.
The only film at over 50% capacity was Sweeney Todd… and it was at about 80% capacity in a 300+ seat theater. Not bad, but not overwhelming. And how was it for the rest? Ow.

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Box Office Hell – 5 Major Releases

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Updated on Friday, 12:55p

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Sunday Estimates by Klady – 12/16

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Only Harry Potter and Christ have had bigger openings than Will Smith outside of the summer months. Does that make Will bigger than The Beatles?
Potter I, II & IV, The Passion of The Christ

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Friday Estimates by Klady

Well.
No precedent for this one.
The only other $30 million-plus opening day in December was Lord of The Rings: Return of The King, third of a massively successful trilogy

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Box Office Hell

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Sunday Estimates by Klady – Dec 9

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I hate to get into the middle of some happy hype, but

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Klady's Friday Estimates

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As so often happens these days, the boo birds started shitting on The Golden Compass a little prematurely. The opening could be anywhere between $26 million and $29 million

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Box Office Hell

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SEbK – D207

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Friday Estimates by Klady – Welcome To December

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One of Hollywood’s “dead weekends” of the year – which has proven otherwise at times, but is generally avoided by most veteran distribution chiefs – is of little interest again.
Percentage drops are pretty much irrelevant against the day after Thanksgiving.
For perspective on the new exclusive releases, here are some others from this season:
Into The Wild – $212k on 4
The Darjeeling Limited – $135k on 2
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead – $74k on 2
Lust, Caution – $64K on 1
Margot At The Wedding – $81k on 2
So basically… not bad… not great this weekend.

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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