Monday, July 6, 2009

Weekend box office 7/3-5/09

It was a tight race for first place this weekend at the box office as animated sequel Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs opened to battle the second weekend of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The numbers were too close to call at first, but Transformers came away from the weekend with slightly more, $42.3 million to Ice Age's $41.6 million. Overseas, at least, Ice Age had the victory with $151.7 million, the sixth best international opening of all time. Transformers is earning money at a faster rate than any movie other than The Dark Knight, though the question is whether that will keep up. In spite of critics' hugely negative reviews, people are still seeing the movie (I can't fault them--I mean, I saw it). Some analysts predict it may break $800 million worldwide.

Public Enemies scored a solid $26.2 million in its opening weekend, along with generating some early (and possibly premature) Oscar buzz. The Proposal came in fourth with $12.5 million to bring its total to $94.3 million. The Hangover placed fifth, taking in $11.3M to cross the $200 million mark. Rounding out the Top 10 are Up, which Transformers has now bumped to second place in terms of highest grossing movie of the year, with $6.52M, My Sister's Keeper with $5.79M, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 with $2.53M, Year One with $2.32M, and The Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian with $2.04M. Anyone notice how all these sequels seem to refuse to put numbers in their titles, using only a subtitle to distinguish themselves from the original?

IMDb Studio Briefing
Box Office Mojo

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