Box-Office Wrap-Up: Aug. 20 – Aug. 22, 2010

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The good news? The box office was stronger than last weekend. The bad news? It was the fourth weakest weekend since the start of May. Regardless, let’s break this thing down!
#1 movie predicted correctly: 1 Week In A Row
I believe four other people had it at number one, the best prediction goes to Gophers Attack! who was only $.5m off with a $17m call. Good thing this isn’t Price is Right or his overage would have been held against him.

As for The Expendables it didn’t so much triumph as survive a lackluster and fragmented crowd. It becomes the tenth film to win at least two weekends in 2010, though only the ninth to do it in back-to-back fashion (How to Train Your Dragon won twice but didn’t repeat). For the record, that’s a feat Eclipse couldn’t pull off, though the Twilighter faced much stronger competition.

I suppose this means we’ll be getting a sequel? Chuck Norris anyone?

Result: $16.5 million
My rank: I picked it to finish #1 and my prediction of $15.845 million was $0.655m off for a percentage error of 3.97%.
My dollars weren’t awful but the field was so crowded that my placement ended up dismal. Only two people correctly called it in second place, and the win again goes to GophersAttack! for a $13.8m call. I was closer, but didn’t see it pulling the silver medal.
Result: $12.2 million
My rank: I picked it to finish #5 with $11.315 million, which is $0.885m off for a 7.25% error.
chris_sc77, Ian, and John-PT were all right there with me on Eat Pray Love. It successfully fended off The Switch in its demo, but $47m on a $60m production budget isn’t reason to celebrate just yet.
Result: $12 million
My rank: I picked it to finish #3 with $12.708 million, which is $0.708m off for a 5.9% error.
Guess what Lottery Ticket pulled off this weekend? The per theater average crown. $5,600 was more than enough to top the top ten on that front.
Result: $11.1 million
My rank: I picked it to finish #8 with $7.35 million, which is $3.75m off for a 33.78% error.
Only Inception fell less, a nice holdover number for Ferrell and company.
Result: $10.1 million
My rank: I picked it to finish #6 with $7.78 million, which is $2.32m off for a 22.97% error.
The budget was only $24m so they aren’t in too much trouble. The larger problem is that less than one million souls purchased an inflated price 3-D ticket. The studios can’t like that.
Result: $10 million
My rank: I picked it to finish #4 with $12.35 million, which is $2.35m off for a 23.5% error.
I figured the $62m it has already made internationally spoke to some sequel power. Clearly, that wasn’t the case.
Result: $8.3 million
My rank: I picked it to finish #2 with $14.662 million, which is $6.362m off for a 76.65% error.
The premise and the poster probably doomed it all along.
Result: $8.1 million
My rank: I picked it to finish #7 with $7.44 million, which is $0.66m off for a 8.15% error.
Just cracked the top 50 of all time domestic chart, not adjusted for inflation.
Result: $7.6 million
My rank: I picked it to finish #9 with $6.079 million, which is $1.521m off for a 20.01% error.
I can’t see a sequel getting the green here, though that’s a film I’d personally pay to see.
Result: $5 million
My rank: I picked it to finish #10 with $5.839 million, which is $0.839m off for a 16.78% error.

How say you? Surprised it only took two million people to win the at the box office this weekend? Pleased to see Piranha 3-D take a header? Want to argue that one of these films was worthy? Here’s your chance, comments away!

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