There was one other new release this week and it is already being considered a bomb. The latest Eddie Murphy family comedy, Imagine That, finished in sixth place, just narrowly beating out the still going strong Star Trek for the position. I guess families have chosen with their wallets and have decided seeing Pixar's latest animated feature, concerning and elderly man, an Asian-American Boy Scout, and a talking dog, to be the preferable experience to seeing Murphy play a businessman who has to decide between work and his daughter. I cannot say I blame them.
The last film of note is the previously mentioned Star Trek. The movie was originally slated to open this past Christmas, but seeing potential bigger money in the summer, the movie was pushed to May and plugged in right after Wolverine. Many did not see this as a good sign. In retrospect, it turned out to be a great idea as it opened strong and has continued to do solid business each week. This has to be a credit to JJ Abrams and his team for making the franchise cool again, making a quality fan and opening up the universe to a new generation of fans.
Next week sees Jack Black and Michael Cera entering the fray in the new Harold Ramis comedy Year One. Joining the original road trip is the romantic comedy The Proposal, featuring the pairing of Sandra Bullock and Ryan "Deadpool" Reynolds.
Two movies dropped off the top ten this week: My Life in Ruins (11) and Dance Flick (13).
|This Week||Last Week||Title||Wknd Gross||Overall||Week in release|
|3||N||The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3||$23,373,102||$23,373,102||1|
|4||4||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||$9,616,907||$143,463,712||4|
|5||3||Land of the Lost||$8,994,030||$34,820,550||2|
|9||8||Angels & Demons||$4,111,457||$123,211,661||5|
|10||7||Drag Me to Hell||$3,932,585||$35,214,475||3|
Box Office Predictions Recap
All right. I was a little bit off this week. Not too bad, but enough for it to be another underperforming week of predictions. I did not think for a second that we would have a $30 million film this week, much less two. This week may not have featured any big releases, but that does not mean it is without its interesting tales of box office success.
Here is how the field matched up to my predictions:
|3||1||The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3||$23,373,102||$27 million|
|3||The Hangover||$32,794,387||$20 million|
|6||4||Imagine That||$5,503,519||$15 million|
|5||5||Land of the Lost||$8,994,030||
|4||6||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||$9,616,907||$8 million|
|7||7||Star Trek||$5,454,563||$5 million|
|8||8||Terminator: Salvation||$4,787,487||$4 million|
|10||9||Drag Me to Hell||$3,932,585||$3.25 million|
|9||10||Angels & Demons||$4,111,457||$3 million|