Just as predicted, none of the newcomers had enough juice to grab the top slot from Nic Cage. However, there were a few surprises down the board, let’s get into it.
#1 movie predicted correctly: 7 Weeks In A Row
Just a bit stronger than expected. I’ve got a question though, if this has made over $125m worldwide… what reason does any studio have to make an intelligent movie? That’s okay world, I ain’t mad at cha.
Result: 35.6 million (My rank: #1, $3.6m off)
This movie made more money this weekend than it did last weekend. Actually five of the top ten pulled that off and the weekend was up overall against last year. What I’m getting at is this; although I may never get The Chipmunks number correct at least a few other movies had nice weekends too.
Result: 30.0 million (My rank: #2, $9.7m off)
3. I Am Legend
Legend rocked it too, though it’s never going to pass National Treasure at this rate. The good news is that it is still way ahead overall, $194m to $124m.
Result: 24.5 million (My rank: #3, $6.3m off)
It would seem like the $34m overall here would make the Charlie folks happy but the budget was a bloated $75m. That means it’s around $100m short of a profit. No amount of award love is going to make up that gap and the foreign draw on this has got to be limited.
Result: 11.7 million (My rank: #8, $6.6m off)
I don’t get it. I saw the movie, and it’s fine, but not worthy of all the slathering that the Globes had for it. I do think this Ellen Page gal has a rosy future ahead of her unless she chooses to go the Parker Posey route.
Result: 10.3 million (My rank: #7, $4.0m off)
Clearly the early opening hurt the weekend box. There just aren’t enough fans to go around it seems. The last one made $171m back in 2004 – it looks as though this one has no chance to hit that mark.
Result: 10.0 million (My rank: #4, $5.4m off)
It didn’t have much marketing to work worth. Plus Alvin had a sizable word of mouth head start. See ya later Nessie.
Result: 9.2 million (My rank: #5, $6.0m off)
Wow, it took some money to crack the top ten. This film debuted at $6.4 and then jumped to $9.1m, the third best jump of the weekend.
Result: 9.1 million (My rank: #10, $5.4m off)
Tim Burton continues his trend of box office winner followed by box office dog. The last winner was Charlie and The Chocolate Factory which cleared a healthy $475m worldwide.
Result: 8.0 million (My rank: #9, $3.3m off)
This jumped up to deny The Great Debaters a slot. That’s actually good news, Enchanted is innovative where Debaters is typical.
Result: 6.5 million (Not Ranked)