Avatar is doing something else besides shattering a series of weekend records and preparing to become the biggest box office hit in history (in unadjusted dollars). Think about what it must be doing for James Cameron. Yes, it is making him a veritable ton of money, but it could be setting him up for a big disappointment. His films have always done well, but his last two features are now the two biggest hits domestically and in the world. With that cred, he can write his own check for any project that strikes his fancy. What happens when his next film doesn't challenge the box office crown? Perhaps Cameron should make a small $5 million indie film? Then again, maybe not.
Coming in a distant second is the Paul Bettany angelic thriller Legion. The film proved to be a disappointment, despite its interesting concept and a couple of good shots the film fails to truly take flight. It is hampered by a poor script and performances to match. Too bad. I really wanted to like it. I'd recommend catching up with The Book of Eli or Daybreakers.
The Tooth Fairy came in fourth, trailing behind The Book of Eli. Fortunately, it looks like this family film will not last long. I really wish we could get some quality family entertainment. It is hard to get excited about family movies when you get this and The Spy Next Door on back to back weekends. Not to mention the continued success of the Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel.
Continue down the list and you will find the lone remaining new release in eighth place. Extraordinary Measures appears to have arrived dead on arrival, it makes me smile, although I have not seen the movie. It looks like a TV movie of the week you would find on the Hallmark or Lifetime networks that inexplicable features Harrison Ford. I have nothing against the real story and I am happy to the success for those involved, but this movie looks like an entertainment black hole.
Next week will see new competition from the new Mel Gibson thriller Edge of Darkness. It will be interesting to see how Gibson is welcomed back to the big screen. Also hitting theaters across the nation is the new romantic comedy When in Rome, starring Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel.
Three movies dropped off the list this week: The Blind Side (11), Up in the Air (12), and Leap Year (13).
|This Week||Last Week||Title||Wknd Gross||Overall||Week in release|
|3||2||The Book of Eli||$15,732,493||$60,735,686||2|
|4||N||The Tooth Fairy||$14,010,409||$14,010,409||1|
|5||3||The Lovely Bones||$8,418,192||$31,242,633||7|
|7||4||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||$6,403,504||$204,140,348||5|
|10||6||The Spy Next Door||$4,584,524||$18,544,619||2|
Box Office Predictions Recap
Not bad, not good, but not bad. While I got some of the placements wrong, my dollars were all in the general ballpark with the notable exception of The Tooth Fairy. I am not terribly surprised by the fact I was off on The Tooth Fairy, in some ways I am kind of glad. On the other hand, I did not think I would still be seeing Avatar at the top of this chart. How long can it last?
Here is how the field matched up:
|4||2||The Tooth Fairy||$14,010,409||$20 million|
|3||The Book of Eli||$15,732,493||$18 million|
|5||5||The Lovely Bones||$8,418,192|
|8||6||Extraordinary Measures||$6,012,594||$8 million|
|7||7||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||$6,403,504||$7 million|
|6||8||Sherlock Holmes||$6,628,069||$6 million|
|9||9||It's Complicated||$5,810,025||$5 million|
|10||10||The Spy Next Door||$4,584,524||$4 million|