Well, it had to happen sooner or later. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest has finally been ousted from the top ten. It fell from eight to 12 this week, taking in nearly four million dollars.
It is easily going to be the biggest film of the year, not to mention one of the biggest domestic and worldwide hits of all time. Its worldwide take is nearing one billion dollars, which will make it the fourth film to do so. Disney must be very, very happy with that. It will be interesting to see how the third movie performs next year.
This week's top performer was another Disney film, the inspirational sports drama, Invincible. It had a strong opening, more than doubling the take of the number two film. I donated my ticket price to that take when I saw it on Friday.
It may follow a formula, but Disney has it on lockdown. Each time they put one of these out they nail it. It is a good, upbeat film that works well with the back-to-school season, not to mention the impending return of the NFL.
The next new release this week came in at number four, the sophomoric Beerfest. It is a film that is fitfully funny, but could have used a bit more time in the editing room. It is dumb and crass, but it has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Due to the R rating and the limited audience, this will probably sink relatively quickly.
The final new film in the top ten is Idlewild, the period musical drama featuring the members of Outkast in lead roles. I have heard mixed reviews about the film, but I have to say it looks good and I hope to see it later this week.
There was one other film entering wide release this week, but it failed to crack the top ten. That film is Walden Media's How to Eat Fried Worms, based on the children's novel. I actually thought this would do well, but I guess I was wrong. Now I suspect this will disappear very quickly.
Last week's number one film slipped down to number seven. Snakes on a Plane dipped just over 55 percent, which is actually better than I had expected. It is a fun B-flick with a very narrow range of appeal. I figured it would have slipped in the 62 percent or more range. Still, it was the biggest drop of all the returning films on the list.
At the opposite end of the scale is Barnyard, which slipped a mere 25 percent. I am surprised at how long this one has held on. Also doing pretty well is Accepted, the perfect last film before heading off to college, which fell 36.7 percent.
The one film that makes me happy is Little Miss Sunshine. It is a very funny film, and each of the past two weeks it has climbed up the charts. This week it jumped from number seven to number three, with a 31 percent increase in box office. I like seeing this film slowly going wider and more and more people discovering it. It is completely enjoyable. Now stop reading this and go see it!
Three films dropped from the list this week: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (12), Material Girls (13), and Pulse (15).
|Last Week||Title||Wknd Gross||Overall||Week in release|
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
|3||7||Little Miss Sunshine||$7,371,263||$22,895,257||5|
|5||3||World Trade Center||$6,473,299||$55,642,517||3|
|7||1||Snakes on a Plane||$6,167,366||$26,319,390||2|
Box Office Predictions Recap
I actually placed five films right! But, I have to throw that all away for my simply awful prediction for Fried Worms. Somehow I thought the family demographic would come out for it. I was also wrong about Pirates hanging on for one more week. Oh well, I tried, and I'm happy for getting half the placements right.
|2||2||Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby||$8,122,642||$9 million|
|11||3||How to Eat Fried Worms||$4,003,537||$7.5 million|
World Trade Center
|7||8||Snakes on a Plane||$6,167,366||$3.25 million|
|8||9||Step Up||$6,163,436||$3 million|
|12||10||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest||$3,979,260||$2 million|