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WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE: TROPIC THUNDER holds TOP spot for second straight week, THE HOUSE BUNNY surprisingly SCORES and THE ROCKER doesn’t play very well

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For the second straight weekend the Ben Stiller directed action comedy TROPIC THUNDER was the nation’s most popular movie, becoming only the third film released this year to hold the top spot for two straight weeks. The entertaining high concept movie took in 16.1 mill giving it a 12 day total of 65.6 mill. While these numbers are alright; they have to be considered somewhat soft given the film’s cost.

Sony got a surprise 15.1 million dollar opening out of its relatively low budget comedy THE HOUSE BUNNY starring Anna Faris. Written by the same team that created the Reese Witherspoon hit, LEGALLY BLOND, this film followed some of the same marketing angles including the color pink prominently on display in the posters. This is good news for actress Faris (Scary Movie) who proves she can get a film out of the gate! 

DEATH RACE, the remake of the 1975 David Carradine film of the same name starring Jason Stratham placed third with a so-so 12.2 mill opening. That’s certainly disappointing as successful B action films are almost always frontloaded since box-office legs are never long. THE DARK KNIGHT continues to be a steady draw as it pulled in another 10.3 mill giving it a six week total of 489.2 and making it a shoo-in to pass the 500 mill mark. Worldwide Chris Nolan’s  newest Batman film has pulled in 870.4 mill and is going strong. STARWARS: THE CLONE WARS placed fourth with just 5.5 mill. That’s a 70% fall-off in ticket sales week to week. Even the most hardened Star Wars fanatics have expressed disgust with the way George Lucas has watered down this once great franchise.

A few other bits of box-office news to mention: Weinstein Company’s THE LONG SHOTS, about a Pop Warner football team with a female quarterback run by Ice Cube, bombed. Despite an aggressive marketing campaign, the movie pulled in a very weak 4.3 mill in receipts. This is an example of a total miscalculation by the studio as far as the film’s potential audience. It turned out there was none! Even worse was Fox’s comedy THE ROCKER, starring Rain Wilson of The Office fame, as that film did a disastrous 2.7 mill, finishing out of the top ten in its first week in release. It’s safe to say Wilson won’t be headlining too many movies in the very near future.

With Labor Day just one week away, potential blockbusters will be few and far between until at least November when studios start releasing high quality product into the marketplace in time for the holiday season. So, expect openings overall to get smaller and smaller and a lot of sub par product to be released until then. Here’s a LINK to the Weekends TOP TEN


August 25, 2008 - Posted by | And Beyond - Trailers & News | ,

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