Box-Office Wrap-Up: Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2009

Give it up for Liam. He broke on through, dominating the Mall Cop by a healthy $10m. It was the second highest Super Bowl weekend opener ever, only Hannah Montana did better. Let’s break this thing down.
#1 movie predicted correctly: 1 Week In A Row
The last five years have provided the strongest openings on Super Bowl weekend. Is the difference between sports fan and movies fan widening? The odd part is there are more movie commercials than ever during the Super Bowl… though it seems like movie fans see them before the actual broadcast.
Result: 24.6 million (My rank: #1, $10.5m off)
I think it’s going to make $100 million. Which means it will beat Rogen’s R Rated Observe and Report. I guess that’s just the way it is.
Result: 14.0 million (My rank: #2, $0.6m off)
Gran Torino let me down. Or Uninvited defied my will. Either way, Asian horror remakes are the easiest way to make a quick buck this side of porn.
Result: 10.5 million (My rank: #5, $2.5m off)
I keep underrating it. It keeps slapping me around. For some reason I dream of a world where the domestic box office isn’t based on kids and fat security guys. Call me a dreamer.
Result: 8.7 million (My rank: #7, $1.6m off)
A lot of movies bunched up here. Gran Torino is at $111m on a production budget of $33m which makes all the rest gravy.
Result: 8.6 million (My rank: #3, $2.2m off)
Will the protests derail the Best Picture hopes? I say no, but it’s getting closer on the buzzmeter.
Result: 7.6 million (My rank: #6, $0.4m off)
It looks as though this is going to be a financial loser. It did fair on the weekend but really died during the weekdays. So I might be taking back that Underworld IV prediction.
Result: 7.2 million (My rank: #4, $1.3m off)
Good Lord, how hot is that prediction? I picked a new release to finish 8th – and it did! I’m just going to bask in that for a second. It makes logical sense though, it was marketed as the romantic comedy for families. Which clearly doesn’t make any sense.
Result: 6.7 million (My rank: #8, $0.4m off)
Back on track, and you gotta believe. I’m looking forward to watching that Monsters vs. Aliens commercial in 3-D during the Super Bowl, if only because I don’t understand why it hasn’t been done before.
Result: 4.2 million (My rank: #9, $0.5m off)
Button missed out by 90k. Bride Wars was only 40k behind that. But Inkheart came out on top, and it sits at $31m overall. Too bad the listed budget was $60m.
Result: 3.7 million (My rank: #10, $0.1m off)

I can already tell you I’m taking He’s Just Not That Into You next weekend. But if you like Pink Panther 2, Push, or Coraline here’s your chance to sound off.

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