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The Cinematic Katzenjammer: Box Office Talk: Oct 19 Recap

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Box Office Talk: Oct 19 Recap


This weekend’s top 10 performed slightly better than last year’s, but I think as a whole it was a disappointing weekend. The two new releases over the weekend SERIOUSLY under performed, and in one case could have potentially ended a franchise before it even started. One film from last weekend, Argo, had a remarkable hold over from last weekend. Further strengthening its outlook come later during awards season.

All good things must come to and, and I’m happy to say that I can see the end in sight of the Paranormal Activity franchise. Paranormal Activity 4 was supposed to be the next in the series to do well at the box office. In some sense of the word,Paranormal Activity 4 was successful, considering it only costs about $5 million to make the movie. However, this was the lowest opening since the first film in the franchise was released. Receiving a Cinemascore of C Paranormal Activity 4 can expect a big drop off next weekend. That’s not to say that we won’t be getting Paranormal Activity 5 next year, because like I said…it only cost $5 million to make.


Let me preface this by saying that I’m an avid fan of writer James Patterson. I've got just about ever book he’s ever written, starting with the Alex Cross series. I know the characters in the books inside and out, and have had opinions on them for a very long time; long before Morgan Freeman ever played Alex Cross in either Kiss the Girls or Along Came a Spider. Now that I've gotten that out of the way….James Patterson is an extremely prolific and popular author, with just about every single book of his appearing on the New York Times Best Seller list. Tyler Perry has a built-in audience with so many fans of his Madea series of films, all of which he written and directed. Simple math would tell you that if you add the two together, the sum would be a financial windfall at the box office, right? WRONG! Although the film received a Cinemascore of A, which should help a bit with word of mouth, so few people saw the film that it will make little difference.
Here’s the entire Top 10 for the weekend:
RANKTITLEWEEKEND TOTALJOE'S PREDICTIONDOMESTIC TOTALWORLDWIDE TOTAL
1Paranormal Activity 4$30,200,000
(Estimated)
$45,000,000$30,200,000
(Estimated)
$56,700,000
(Estimated)
2Argo$16,625,000
(Estimated)
-14.6%
$13,500,000$43,191,000
(Estimated)
$43,191,000
(Estimated)
3Hotel Transylvania$13,500,000
(Estimated)
-21.7%
$10,400,000$119,000,000
(Estimated)
$187,300,000
(Estimated)
4Taken 2$13,400,000
(Estimated)
-38.7%
$10,800,000$105,971,000
(Estimated)
$280,423,000
(Estimated)
5Alex Cross$11,750,000
(Estimated)
$19,000,000$11,750,000
(Estimated)
$11,750,000
(Estimated)
6Sinister$9,030,000
(Estimated)
-49.9%
$7,700,000$31,950,000
(Estimated)
$31,950,000
(Estimated)
7Here Comes the
Boom
$8,500,000
(Estimated)
-28.1%
$5,300,000$23,200,000
(Estimated)
$23,200,000
(Estimated)
8Pitch Perfect$7,009,000
(Estimated)
-24.4%
$5,400,000$45,769,000
(Estimated)
$46,226,459
(Estimated)
9Frankenweenie$4,434,000
(Estimated)
-37.1%
$4,200,000$28,343,000
(Estimated)
$40,243,000
(Estimated)
10Looper$4,200,000
(Estimated)
-32.3%
$3,900,000$57,800,000
(Estimated)
$132,800,000
(Estimated)


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3 Comments:

At October 22, 2012 at 5:01 AM , OpenID daveexaminesmovies said...

Well hold on there. I need to stress something, so stress something I will. Never compare a movie to the book it's based off of. It is its own entity and its own thing, and should be seen as such. X-Men: First Class got a bunch of crap by people saying it had different X-Men in the group than in the First Class comics. So what, it was good, take a chill pill. If you stop comparing, then maybe you might enjoy a movie for what it is, instead of what it could be. News flash, the book is always better.

 
At October 22, 2012 at 7:55 AM , Blogger Joe Giuliano said...

Dave, I'm confused. Was your comment directed towards me?
If so, I have to ask at what point did I criticize the movie for not being on par with the book? All I did was say that I was a huge fan of the books and say that when you take the fans of James Patterson and put them with the fans of Tyler Perry, you'd think the film would be a major hit, and it was far from it.

Having said that, I did in fact see the movie and I thought the movie was seriously disappointing; and not just because of the movie not being on par with the books.

 
At October 22, 2012 at 8:18 AM , OpenID daveexaminesmovies said...

lol sorry, guess i read that wrong. I'll end up watching it and we'll compare notes.

 

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