Well, the Batman was not strong enough to get the box office slump. The streak has now reached 17 weeks, tying the unwanted record set back in 1985.
It’s not like the quality of films is in that sharp a decline. Granted, there are a lot of sub-par films out there, but at any given time there are generally a few worth seeing. Maybe it is time for studios to start picking up on the smaller, independent films and try pushing them. Who knows, maybe one will catch on and become a big hit. Or maybe the film goers, or would be film goers, should try seeking out the arthouses and independent theaters to see what they have to offer. The good films are out there, sometimes it just takes a little looking.
Anyway, while it underperformed based on analysts predictions, Batman Begins performed well enough to handily beat all comers. I think that word of mouth will keep this in the top ten for quite some time. It will probably also be the top getter next weekend, but will fall to the upcoming Spielberg juggernaut, War of the Worlds.
On another note, The Perfect Man was DOA, coming in 8th place in it’s opening weekend.
Here are the top 10: (Title, Weekend, Total, Weeks in release)
- Batman Begins $48,745,440 $72,896,986 1
- Mr. and Mrs. Smith $26,037,023 $6,697,986 2
- Madagascar $10,737,325 $146,831,846 4
- Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith $10,038,498 $348,140,685 5
- The Longest Yard $8,239,853 $132,144,471 4
- The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl (3D) $6,692,907 $24,015,408 2
- Cinderella Man $5,572,285 $43,893,695 3
- The Perfect Man $5,300,980 $5,300,980 1
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants $3,127,232 $30,160,110 3
- he Honeymooners $2,648,330 $9,551,584 2
Figures courtesy of www.BoxOfficeMojo.com
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