Finally, talk of the downturn in the week to week business comparisons is over. This weekend, the box office rose to $148.9 million compared to last year’s $148.2 million.
I think the biggest surprise is that the charge was led by Fantastic Four, which opened to negative buzz and poor reviews. I saw it, and, while it was not nearly as bad as I had been led to believe it would be, it still left much to be desired. Its take of over $56 million caught analysts off guard, as they were predicting somewhere in the mid $30 millions, as reported at IMDB and Box Office Mojo.
War of the Worlds dropped off considerably, but still managed a hefty sum to place second. This while Batman Begins showed good legs finishing third. This is the most encouraging to me, and I encourage everyone to go out and see this excellent film.
Dark Water was a bit disappointing, failing to crack $10 million. I saw this as well, and, while not perfect, is a fine thriller dripping with creepy atmosphere.