GeekScholars Movie News has done their research and are ready to release their predictions for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, including it’s final Rotten Tomatoes score and Opening Box Office Weekend totals.
All day today I heard that How to Train a Dragon won at the box office this past weekend. Now if you believe press releases, the folks at Lion’s gate are claiming victory. Announcing that Kick-Ass pulled in $19,828,687 for the weekend, edging past the 3D animated family feature HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. What is this an Election where absentee ballots were counted late? I love this movie, so I’m hoping positive word of mouth keeps it around for a bit longer.
Has Brad Pitt ever been in Box Office Hit? I’m hard pressed to think of one – besides the Oceans series. Inglourious Basterds is on track to be the number one movie this weekend, pulling in an estimated $65.1 million worldwide and $37.6 million in the US. Not bad numbers at all for a film that didn’t have a huge marketing push. Quentin can buy himself a lot of crack with that money. Last weekend’s top film in North America, TriStar Pictures sci-fi thriller “District 9,” slipped to No. 2 with $18.9 million. After 10 days, the Peter Jackson-produced film has earned $73.5 million and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” was also down one to No. 3, with $12.5 million. The three-week haul for the action movie stands at $120.5 million. Which reminds me I still have to post my Ray Park interview.
Whatever you want to say about the weasels at Fox, X-Men Origins: Wolverine beat out Star Trek for the biggest Weekend. Star Trek pulled in a not to shabby $76.5 million this weekend, but Wolverine pulled in $85 in it’s first few days. Now Star Trek is the much better movie getting better buzz and raves so I fully expect it to pull in more money than Wolvie overall. The fact that Wolverine only scored $27 million in it’s second weekend says this. But the problem is, May is so packed to the gills with big films, a lot of these movies will only have the opening weekend to make their big splashes. It’ll be interesting to see how far Star Trek will drop off in the wake of next weekend’s big openings.
Who isn’t surprised by the fact that the Watchmen killed at the Box Office this weekend? Taking in $55 million clams. On the one hand I’m surprised it didn’t do better, but the other half of my brain is surprised it did so well, Watchmen always struck me as a very niche kind of thing and I thought the marketing campaign for this was horrible. It’ll be interesting to see how well it does in total grosses. What surprises me is how you people continue to run to see any movie with Madea in it. With no promotion or critic screenings, Tyler Perry films always manages to extremely well. Here are the top five films this weekend, according to MTV.
You’ve been reading about it all day, now comes the official press release from Warner on The Dark Knight’s amazing box office performance to the tune of 158 million smackers. There’s some chest beating going on in Burbank this week and I’m sure quite a few bonus checks and cars going around in the next few weeks. Usually I don’t care if a film does boffo box office numbers, but in this case since we did the promo for it I like to take a little credit. Not to mention it’s a kick ass movie. Not like when Pirates 2 was smashing records and screaming at anyone who would listen that "It’s not a good movie! What’s wrong with you people." This time you guys are all right. Here’s the official fist pounding. Or as Faux News calls it Terrorist Fist Bumping. But with Hollywood’s creative accounting, I’m sure somehow WB lost their shirt on this and Christopher Nolan owes them.