Taking a steep percentage hit, last week's winner, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, still lands comfortably in second place. Although, one would have to think that the big dip does not bode well for the film's legs, although this could just be a sophomore slump and the next week or two could see it level off. Not for nothing, I found the movie to be quite entertaining, it was pure dumb fun that embraced the cheese.
Coming in third is The Time Traveler's Wife. It is a movie that did not work for me, but is not without some interesting ideas. It was shot well, but the leads, Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, did not seem to have much chemistry for me. In any case, it is a good date-type movie.
Fourth and fifth place are a couple of holdovers in Julie & Julia and G-Force, two very different movies for two very different audiences. I have only seen the former, and it was quite enjoyable. Both films had solid holds from last week and will likely have the legs to last a couple more weeks as new competition arrives.
The Goods: Live Hard. Sell Hard. arrives in sixth place, in what I am sure is considered a disappointment. Considering how dull the movie turned out to be, it will likely have to wait for DVD to make most of its money. The movie is well cast and has a decent idea, it is just the writing cannot support it and the execution collapses early on.
In the latter half of the top ten, the big story is Ponyo, the latest from Hayao Miyazaki. I do not think it tops his best work, but there is no denying this is a special film. The story is simple on the surface yet contains a lot of details that allow for more closer inspection. The animation is beautiful and filled with great detail. It is also the biggest and widest opening for a Miyazaki film. I encourage you all to go see this before it disappears.
Next week will see the arrival of Quentin Tarantino's new film Inglorious Basterds. That is a film I am really looking forward to! We also get to see Post Grad starring Alexis Bledel, Robert Rodriguez's latest family film Shorts, and a special 3D film on ESPN's X-Games.
Four movies dropped off the top ten this week: (500) Days of Summer (11), A Perfect Getaway (12), Orphan (15), and Aliens in the Attic (17).
|This Week||Last Week||Title||Wknd Gross||Overall||Week in release|
|2||1||G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra||$22,324,341||$98,577,529||2|
|3||N||The Time Traveler||$18,623,171||$18,623,171||1|
|4||2||Julie & Julia||$12,055,918||$43,340,386||2|
|6||N||The Goods: Live Hard. Sell Hard.||$5,642,137||$5,642,137||1|
|7||4||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||$5,141,072||$283,879,025||5|
|8||6||The Ugly Truth||$4,448,232||$77,450,118||4|
Box Office Predictions Recap
I did not have a great weekend, but where I was on, I was really on. I underestimated District 9, a fact I am very happy about, who would have thought it would do so well? Clearly I didn't. A couple other goofs are The Goods, which I figured would do almost triple what it actually did. I figured the ads and following up The Hangover would drive it to a good start. I was wrong, and again I am glad. Then there is Bandslam, a title I figured would bring out the tweens. I was wrong as it failed to crack the top ten. The other seven titles on the list were spot on, or very close to it. It is an interesting chart to look at, that I can have such good and bad guesses in the same week.
Here is how the field matched up:
|1||1||District 9||$37,354,308||$28 million|
|2||2||G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra||$22,324,341||$24 million|
|3||The Time Traveler's Wife||$18,623,171||$18.5 million|
|6||4||The Goods: Live Hard. Sell Hard||$5,642,137||$15 million|
|4||5||Julie & Julia||$12,055,918|
|7||8||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||$5,141,072||$5 million|
|10||10||Funny People||$3,010,755||$3.5 million|