Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Box Office Rebound!

THE RACE FOR #1 AT THE BOX OFFICE last weekend was pretty close, but no cigar for a certain Mummy, which missed the top spot by just over $2.2 million. (People still love that Batman guy, despite the weird voice.) Pretty much in the ballpark of the "not much more than $3.5 million" I predicted. I would've had both predictions in the same ballpark had I not decided to give Kevin Costner the benefit of the doubt. Still, a much better showing than the last week. It even earned kudos from the wife. And you know she couldn't have been too happy about that.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
My prediction: $42 million
Actual opening weekend: $40.5 million
Accuracy: 96.4%

Swing Vote
My prediction: $8 million
Actual opening weekend: $6.2 million
Accuracy: 77.5%

Pineapple Express

Seth Rogen + Judd Apatow + gigantic bags of weed = box office success. If Superbad and 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up are any indication, and they probably should be, the Express should do pretty well at the box office. The redband trailer was one of the funniest things on the Internet in the last couple months and all the subsequent trailers and scenes shown on the talk shows haven't made the movie look any less awesome. Look, stoners love comedies and they love shit that blows up. I can't believe no one has combined the two in such a genius way before. C'mon, people! James Franco in a dumpster? He doesn't want to get out of the dumpster, because he's already in it! Damn. I guess it loses something in the translation. Maybe I didn't tell it right.
Opening weekend: $32 million
Five-day take: $52 million
Total take: $89 million

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 there's these pants, right? And they travel. For a second time. And some people, mostly young girls will go see it.
Opening weekend: $12 million
Total take: $44 million

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