Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Round Up : November 2, 2008

Here’s this weekend’s Box-Office Estimates:

1. HSM III : Senior Year $15 million
2. Zack and Miri $10.7 million
3. Saw V $10.1 million
4. Changeling $9.4 million
5. Haunting/Molly Hartley $5.2 million

The box-office suffered a big drop this weekend, thanks to Halloween being on Friday. In fact, whenever Halloween is on a weekend, the box-office receipts aren’t so swell. On Friday, Saw V was in the lead because all the kids were trick-or-treating, but they came back with a vengeance on Saturday to cast their vote for Zac Efron and the rest of the Wildcat gang, putting High School Musical III back in the lead spot for the second weekend in a row. In fact, HSM III did 400% more business Saturday than it did on Friday. Dang.

Kevin Smith’s movie, Zack and Miri Make a Porno actually outdid Saw V as well, placing at number two. It got some free press because the same theater chain in Utah that wouldn’t show Brokeback Mountain won’t show this either. I wonder if they know that issuing a press release about not showing the movie helps said movie get more money. Something to chew on.

Changeling opened nationwide after a week in a limited run. Its gross may not look like much, but it has the highest per screen average of any movie in the top ten! I also am feeling refreshed and relieved that this movie is playing well across all demographics. Things like that make me think that this movie may have legs. It’s doing the same business that Mystic River did when it went nationwide five years ago which is good news for Universal.

Across the pond, the new Bond movie Quantum Of Solace broke box office records in the UK, France and Sweden! When it opens in the States on November 14th, look for it to do phenomenal business. Its first choice tracking is almost double what it was for Casino Royale, so we’ll see what happens in 12 days.

And that’s the weekend!

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