Estimated (as of 12/7/10) weekend per screen averages:
|Title||Per Screen Average||Weekend Gross||Theater Count|
|For Colored Girls||$9,450||$20,100,000||2,127|
via: Box Office Mojo
I’m rolling out the Watercooler early this weekend because I’m off to AFI Fest shortly.
There isn’t much of a story at the box office this weekend. The brightest news is the $66,500 per screen average pulled in by Danny Boyle’s terrific 127 Hours. That gives the James Franco starring true story the 2nd best average of the year behind The Kids Are All Right’s $70K per and bodes well for its ultimate expansion. The also excellent Fair Game clocked in with an estimated $15,217 per which is a lot lower, but still solid. Doug Liman’s drama-thriller about outed CIA agent Valerie Plame starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn goes wide next weekend.
In wide release, Megamind’s estimated $48 million is a bit better than How to Train Your Dragon’s $44 million, but it remains to be seen whether it will hold up as well. Due Date’s $33.5 million is quite a bit lower than the $45 million open of Todd Phillips’ last film The Hangover, but comparing a fall release to a summer release can probably only be taken so far. Finally, Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls opened on the low end of his normal range. Two of his films did worse, 3 did about the same and 3 did significantly better.
Among the box office holdovers, Saw 3D dropped more than 63% from its so-so opening leaving it a clear also-ran to Paranormal Activity 2 which cost less than 1/6th of Saw 3D’s budget. Meanwhile, despite losing theaters, Red, Secretariat, The Social Network, Life as We Know It, Hereafter and The Town all continued to hold strong. I mention this only because I’ve been sort of following those films and the first four were pegged as disappointments by the experts in their opening weekends.
In actual movie news, AFI Fest started Thursday and so far for me it’s been mostly a disaster. Thursday night, I decided to skip the gala premiere of Ed Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway in favor of a non-AFI related screening of Peter Weir’s upcoming gulag escape drama The Way Back starring Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess and Saorise Ronan. I’m glad I did. I have little interest in the Zwick flick, but The Way Back was quietly and surprisingly excellent.
On Friday night, I once again made the last minute executive decision to skip the gala showing of The King’s Speech in favor of a couple of films no one has ever heard of or will likely see. My thinking was that everyone already knows about King’s and it’ll be hitting theaters in a couple of weeks. Still, I could’ve chosen back ups better than I did. For one reason or another I ended up at different films than I originally planned. Instead of Aardvark and Putty Hill, I chose a couple of documentaries: Barbershop Punk and Blank City. The former was an interesting and properly infuriating if somewhat scattered look at the fight for net neutrality by an unlikely fellow who sings in a barbershop quartet and just happens to have discovered that Comcast was slowing down his upload speed whenever he tried to share obscure and public domain barbershop quartet music across peer to peer networks. If I get off my ass here, I’ll have more to say about it later. Same for Blank City which was an equally scattered, though also interesting look at the indie film movement in New York in the late-70s and early ’80s.
Last night I had big plans for four films including probably my most anticipated film of the festival: Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. I started off with the highly recommended Two Gates of Sleep which was a terrific 30 minute film that unfortunately went on for 78 minutes. The cinematography was beautiful, the sound design amazing and the mood was captivating at first, but the nearly dialog-free story ultimately amounted to two brothers dragging their mother’s coffin around the woods for 30 minutes. It was like Malick on tranquilizers. The second film was The Princess of Montpensier, Bertrand Tavernier’s very entertaining period drama set among the 16th century fight between Catholics and Huguenots. I decided to skip whatever I had planned next in order to have dinner, but I timed it poorly. I ate too quickly and my laptop battery died leaving me nearly 2 hours before Uncle Boonmee with nothing to do. Leaving the parking garage and coming back would’ve ended up costing me double the maximum daily rate, plus it had gotten cold and I was dressed in shorts and a tee-shirt making the prospect of walking around Hollywood for an hour unappealing. So… I bailed. That’s right. I skipped the movie I was most looking forward too because I was cold, bored and cranky.
Sad, but true.
What about you? What have you been doing moviewise in the last week?
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