Sunday, October 26, 2008

The DUP : October 26, 2008

Here’s this weekend’s box-office estimates:

1. High School Musical 3 $42 million
2. Saw V $30.5 million
3. Max Payne $7.6 million
4. BH Chihuahua $6.9 million
5. Pride and Glory $6.3 million

I know, I know. I said that Soccerboy in LA is on hiatus and it really is, but I decided to go ahead and do a Round Up for this weekend. Tells you what kind of personality I have… The rest of you workaholics certainly understand.

Coming as no surprise to me, High School Musical 3 came in at number one this weekend with $44 million! Say what you will about the franchise, but this picture deserves to be this big of a hit. It’s perfect for it’s audience, and it gets kids interested in theatre, which is always a good thing if you ask me. This franchise is good clean fun, and not sarcastic either. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think there’s anything bad about mixing kids with sarcasm, hell they don’t need anybody’s help discovering it. There are already so many movies and television shows out there that speak to that aspect of their personality and I think they also need to be exposed to things that are a little bit earnest. The greatest thing about this franchise to me is the way adults can connect with it. There are many adults who understand its humor because they themselves did musicals or plays at their high school and it still speaks to them. Yes, it is silly but when did silly become something we’re not? [Insert name of any Judd Apatow movie here.] Maybe you don’t have to go to the theatre to see it, but some Saturday afternnon in the future when it comes on cable and you’re less than thrilled about getting off the couch, watch it and let the 15 year old inside you bust a gut. Me, I’m going to see it on the big screen, the way musicals are intended.

Saw V opened on par with what its previous sequels did, even though teenage women should pretty much boycott this franchise completely. Can I just mention that this movie has had four sequels that have all made a boatload of money and the original was released just four years ago?! Technically it wasn’t even four years ago! Can the church say WTF?

Max Payne comes in at number three as expected even though it suffered a huge 62% dropoff from last week. Pride and Glory opened this weekend at number four to everyone’s surprise because nobody knew that this movie even existed. Dubya fell 58% compared to last weekend, and that’s not good news to Lionsgate. When you factor in the $30 mil for the budget plus another $25 mil for prints and advertising, this movie will not make its money back in it’s theatrical release, and maybe not even on DVD. Yikes.

And that’s the weekend!

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