Box-Office Wrap-Up: Dec. 22 – Dec. 24

From now on if two reputable predictors have one movie winning by more than ten million dollars over another I promise to listen.
#1 movie predicted correctly: Never
I saw it and didn’t hate it. I think kids should like it. But I still have no idea why two times as many people want to see this over Rocky Balboa. Something is truly amiss in this country.
Result: $30.8 million (My rank: #2, $12.3m off)
This one actually did about what I expected, it was all the other films that were messed up. This has made $53m so far and budget had to have been right around nothing. Will Smith wins again, might have him write the Oracle next weekend.
Result: $15.0 million (My rank: #4, $2.1m off)
Did the Wed/Thurs opening actually hurt first weekend box? It sure as hell seems like it, the real fans came out to the premiere and the parents took over the weekend.
Result: $12.5 million (My rank: #1, $19.0m off)
This is a great movie, but the marketing has been garbage. This is a big kid film, for smart folks, but the commercials are trying to sell it as MI3 action level. And then action fans see it, hate it, and tell a friend. The lesson, as always, advertisements suck.
Result: $9.9 million (My rank: #6, Dead On)
Someone commented to me that it seemed like it was a down year for cinema. I disagreed because I’ve seen three great movies this month alone. I think the natural instinct is to say “last year was better.”
Result: $8.0 million (My rank: #7, $.7m off)
How do you go from $23m to $7m? That’s insane, I don’t see any way they can make a sequel now.
Result: $7.1 million (My rank: #5, $5.0m off)
No one wants to see a plane crash. That’s the lesson everyone should take away from this.
Result: $6.6 million (My rank: #3, $11.8m off)
By my count that’s about five kid friendly films in the top ten. Everyone over twelve listen up, we’ve got to take back the movie industry from these savages.
Result: $5.1 million (My rank: #10, $.3m off)
I was debating with a friend what the worst storyline in Love Actually was. I put my money on the one with the screwed up brother and Laura Linney.
Result: $5.0 million (My rank: #8, $.5m off)
This has sported very nice legs, much better than stinky old Apocalypto.
Result: $4.6 million (My rank: Not Ranked)

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

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