The Silver Surfer rose to the top of the box office charts this weekend, unseating last week's winner, Ocean's 13. The sequel to 2005's Fantastic Four succeeded in surpassing the original in both quality and in its opening weekend gross. For my money, the movie has been the most satisfying superhero flick of the year, standing above the fun but insubstantial Ghost Rider, and definitely more satisfying than the bloated spectacle Spider-Man 3 was able to deliver.
There was only one other new release to make any sort of splash in the top ten, and it wasn't much of a splash at all, at least not as big as the studio was hoping for. That film is Nancy Drew, the new take on the sleuth of years gone by, and star vehicle for Emma Roberts. I did not see this, so I cannot say if it was any good or not, though the trailers did not excite me (though I am definitely not in the target audience). I do think it would have been a better fit 10-12 years ago when they were putting out Flipper, The Little Rascals, and Caspar-type films.
Among the returning films, Knocked Up is still going strong, only dropping 28% from last week. This movie is a definite winner. Judd Apatow does a glorious job of combining raunchy comedy with feelings from the heart. Knocked Up seems to have struck a chord and found an audience. It is a special film that deserves all of the attention it gets. On the flip side, Hostel Part II took a nosedive in its second weekend out the gate, slipping 63%. I cannot say that surprises me, as that type of film has a somewhat narrow appeal, though I'm still at a loss as to why the Saw films have done so much better, aside from the release time.
This weekend also saw a sneak peek of the latest Pixar film, Ratatouille. It has its official wide release on June 29, but in advance of that, word of mouth is sought to help get the word out, so allow me to help by saying that it is a wonderful film that is easily better than last year's Cars, and is by far the best animated feature yet this year.
Two movies dropped off the top ten this week, last week's top ten surprise return Waitress (11), and Disturbia (19).
|This Week||Last Week||Title||Wknd Gross||Overall||Week in release|
|1||N||Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer||$58,051,684||$58,051,684||1|
|4||2||Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End||$12,411,786||$274,145,510||4|
Shrek the Third
|8||6||Hostel Part II||$3,026,131||$14,208,497||2|
Box Office Predictions Recap
Wow, I did bad this week. Sure, I got four places correct and a couple of gross predictions spot on, but then there is that one major blemish, a blemish which may stand as my single worst guess in the history of my doing this. That singular gigantic black mark is saying that DOA would finish 8th with $6.5 million, when it actully opened with barely a quarter million, and placed a spectacular 18th. Well, I should have known, but I guess I didn't. Anyway, Fantastic Four opened up a bit below my expectations, but still did quite well for itself. Oh well, there's always next week.
Anyway, here is how I picked the field:
|1||1||Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer||$58,051,684||$65 million|
|2||2||Ocean's 13||$19,724,405||$23 million|
|3||3||Knocked Up||$14,069,880||$18 million|
|7||4||Nancy Drew||$6,832,318||$17 million|
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
|5||6||Surf's Up||$9,254,793||$12 million|
|6||7||Shrek the Third||$9,003,044||$9 million|
|18||8||DOA: Dead or Alive||$260,713||$6.5 million|
|8||9||Hostel Part II||$3,026,131||$4.5 million|
|10||10||Spider-Man 3||$2,505,151||$2.5 million|