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Actually, Disturbia took the box office crown again on what was a relatively lackluster weekend, but I hate repeating the titles on these things, so second place Fracture gets the headline. The official numbers came in with Disturbia doing $13.4 million, a decent slide of 39%, and a $40 million total off a $20 million budget. It should take a hit next weekend when Buena Vista opens The Invisible, which they seem to be marketing like crazy in the wake of Disturbia‘s numbers. Seems like a gamble to me, given that Invisible has no stars, a tired premise (how many times can you use a tag line that is some form of “How do you solve a murder when the victim is you?”), and a target demographic coming off of a similarly-themed flick.
That’s the pre-summer rush for you, I guess.
Ryan Gosling didn’t draw much post-Oscar-nom business with Fracture, a thriller that has him squaring off with Anthony Hopkins in full bad-guy mode. I have to confess that I’m interested in watching these two on screen together, even though the movie is supposed to be a pretty standard potboiler. It’s a little like watching Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando in Don Juan DeMarco; the content almost isn’t the point. You just want to see if Gosling can hold his own against Hopkins, and the consensus seems to be that he can. Still, I’m waiting for Sir Anthony to turn in one last great performance; he’ll be immortal for Hannibal Lechter, but I haven’t really liked him in anything since Hearts in Atlantis.
Blades of Glory continues to rake it in, falling 43% to $7.8 million and bringing it’s total to $101 million. I’m guessing Dreamamount is already talking sequel, and the Dreamworks acquisition is looking like a better investment than initially suspected. Vacancy opened in fourth with $7.6 million and a $2.9k average. That’s not stellar, obviously, especially with Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale headlining (better names than horror movies like this can generally draw), but it’s still more than I expected in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings. It seems to me that when confronted with real-life horrors, especially so close to home, we lose our taste for the vicarious horrors movies offer us. Expect a big drop-off next weekend (poor Luke really needs a hit), and red ink for ScreenGems (the budget is reported at $19 million), but look for a more accurate test of last week’s tragedy when Hostel II opens in June.
Meet the Robinsons continues to do reasonably well, dropping 43% to $7 million and an $82 million total. It could creep over $100 before it’s done. You may remember I pointed to James Cameron’s forthcoming Avatars as a better test of 3D technology’s viability; well it’s just been announced that Dreamworks is pushing a 3D animated film called Aliens vs. Monsters to open the same weekend as Avatars in 2009. The problem is, there won’t be enough screens equipped with the new technology to open both films simultaneously, so what we’re looking at is a game of chicken with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake. I’m betting on Cameron, personally.
Edgar Wright’s action movie parody Hot Fuzz opened well in sixth place with $5.8 million from just 825 screens for a good $7k average, and is an impressive step up from Wright’s previous spoof, Shaun of the Dead (which is awesome, by the way). Fuzz has already done $48 million overseas, and looks to expand in the coming weeks and do a good bit better than Shaun‘s $13 million domestic total.
Are We Done Yet? is also turning into a minor hit for Ice Cube, adding $5.2 million to it’s $39 million total. It’s hard to believe the former front man for NWA has turned into a serious draw for family movies, but there it is. As Eddie Murphy proved, the public can be very forgiving. Jonathan (son of Lawrence) Kasdan’s directing debut, In the Land of Women, opened poorly in eighth with $4.9 million from 2,155 theatres for a $2.2k average. Adam Brody has some believers behind him, but I don’t see the guy turning into a movie star. Co-star Kristen Stewart, though, has impressed me with her post-Panic Room staying power (she basically toplined The Messengers earlier this year), and could break out with Sean Penn’s next directorial effort Into the Wild, which is scheduled to open in September. I’m telling you, keep an eye on this girl.
Perfect Stranger crashed 63% in its second week, bringing in just $4 million and bringing it’s total to $18 million. That’s less than Bruce Willis’s paychecks. I’m sure he’s got fingers crossed for Live Free or Die Hard (as discussed last week), but what about Halle Berry? Has anyone since F. Murray Abraham squandered an Oscar faster? Wild Hogs followed in tenth with $2.8 million and a $156 million total. Like Night at the Museum a few months ago, I have simply run out of things to say about this movie. Hopefully, it will go away soon.
A final note in preparation for the coming summer movie season: word in the sewing circles around Hollywood is that Spiderman 3 has officially become the most expensive movie ever made, with a cost of around $350 million before prints and advertising. And reactions coming in from some foreign screenings are less than enthusiastic. I know it’s going to make a ton of money, but my reaction to those numbers and those early reviews is simply… yikes. I wouldn’t want to be the guy that signed off on that check.
So that’s it for this week. Check in next week when we find out if anyone can see the aforementioned The Invisible, if Nicholas Cage’s psychic-action movie Next can do DÃ©jÃ vu-type numbers, and if anyone even cares about Kickin’ It Old Skool (I actually feel dumber for having typed that title, Jaime Kennedy) or The Condemned.