Box-Office Wrap-Up: Oct. 21 – Oct. 23


The Oracle had the best week yet with only a 17 percent variance. Not too shabby for an older model crystal ball! Okay, okay, my two bottom films didn’t make the top ten but I’m not going to feel bad about that. At that level a History of Violence and Two For the Money didn’t have to do much to topple Domino and the dreadful Stay.

1. Doom 15.4m (My rank #1, 1.1m off)
As predicted, Doom won the week. Can it stay in the top spot? It’s only Monday, I can’t say officially. I can’t even hint, Oracle rules.

2. Dreamer 9.3m (My rank #6, 3.5m off)
This opened much bigger than I predicted so Dakota gets a new pony and an extra home study lunch break.

3. Wallace & Gromit 8.7m (My rank #2, .3m off)
Wallace stayed strong in week three and can be officially marketed on the DVD as a “smash hit”.

4. The Fog 7.3m (My rank #3, .6m off)
After opening on top it fell right at the rate expected which is always helpful. If these films would just do exactly how I’d predict this would be a much easier endeavor.

5. North Country 6.5m (My rank #5, .4m off)
It didn’t open big and I’ve sent an “I told ya so” singing telegram off to Hollywood. This film could be a strange one at the box that builds momentum as buzz gets around. Or it could fade away. I can’t really think of another scenario.

6. Elizabethtown 5.7m (My rank: #4, 1.6m off)
It’s time for me to let go of my personal attachment to Elizabethtown as we most likely won’t see it after this week.

7. Flightplan 4.7m (My rank: #7, 1.0m off)
What more can be said about Flightplan? The plane looks way nicer than the ones I’ve had to fly.

8. In Her Shoes 3.6m (My rank: #9, .3m off)
I can’t find the budget so it’s hard to tell if this is a financial success, but based on my viewing of the film I think plenty of cash was spent on women’s shoes. Not much was spent on other clothing for Ms. Diaz. Not that I’m complaining.

9. A History of Violence 2.7m (My rank: not ranked)
I thought this film was long gone and then it jumped back up. This means 300,000 people are still intrigued with mob violence and Viggo Mortensen.

10. Two For the Money 2.4m (My rank: not ranked)
One for the money, two for the show! How hard is that? I can only think that the Gambler’s Anonymous groups got together this weekend to watch a movie instead of betting the farm.

Weekend Box-Office Estimates
(in millions)
Wallace & Gromit
The Fog
North Country
In Her Shoes
A History of Violence
Two For the Money

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Weekend: Nov. 15, 2018, Nov. 18, 2018

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