Saturday, June 23, 2007

June Turnstiles Twirl

Evan Almighty charges out of the Friday box office gate with $11.1 million and the #1 pole position, proving again that Steve Carell made the right career move in leaving The Daily Show...

John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson (the Donald Crisp/Alan Hale Sr. of the current era) scored with 1408, which rakes in $7.5 million for the second slot in the derby.

And where are the animated features? Why, at #7 and #8, where Surf's Up has reached $48.6 million and Shrek the Third has crossed the $300 million threshold.

Friday's Variety had these observations about the Summer of 2007's box office performance:

Despite predictions that summer 2007 would mark the clash of the tentpoles, the season is actually turning out to be a very good one for the studios...

The top three movies at the domestic B.O. this year are "Spider-Man 3" ($333.6 million), "Shrek the Third" ($299.6 million); and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" ($277 million).

As of June 17, box office was up 7% for the year compared with 2006. And this summer is running 1% ahead of 2004, the biggest on record.

Update: And as the weekend comes to an end, Evan Almighty collects $32,112,000. Which means that the comedy feature will end its run in the $100 million to $125 million range, depending on the breaks.

The Stephen King horror fest 1408 returns $20,175,000, while the comic book heroes in Fantastic 4 also break the $20 million ceiling. Knocked Up drops a mere 24.4% to collect $10,663,000 as it closes on the $100 million marker.

The animation contingent showed some legs, with seventh-ranked Surf's Up dropping just 27.6% to collect $6,700,000, and Shrek the Third (now residing at #8) showed a 36.1% drop as it reached $307,908,000.

Next week, Ratatouille drops into the box office bouillabaisse and things will be...ah...changing.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Evan Almighty charges out of the Friday box office gate with $11.1 million and the #1 pole position, proving again that Steve Carell made the right career move in leaving The Daily Show...

What are you talking about?? "Evan Almighty" is being seen as a MAJOR bomb, one of the biggest of the year. It was made for about 220 million (most expensive comedy ever), and probably will never reach even 100 million. This is why weekly rankings of "#1" are meaningless--if it's a turkey, it's a turkey.

Anonymous said...

Don't believe the critic. We saw it in a packed theatre and the audience laughed and even clapped. its a good movie especially for a family friendly live action comedy.

Good job Steve Carell !

Steve Hulett said...

Anonymous said...
Evan Almighty charges out of the Friday box office gate with $11.1 million and the #1 pole position, proving again that Steve Carell made the right career move in leaving The Daily Show...

What are you talking about?? "Evan Almighty" is being seen as a MAJOR bomb, one of the biggest of the year.


My point is that Carell is now making a hell of a lot more fronting an "expensive bomb" (if that's what it turns out to be) than laboring as one of Jon Stewart's fake correspondents.

Not that being an artificial news reporter is bad, mind you, just that the pay is a lot better working in The Office and Evan Almighty.

The extra moolah was what I was talking about.

Anonymous said...

$220 million????
for what...?
hollywood continues to be out of control on its spending.

Anonymous said...

that 220 number is totally incorrect.

I saw it and was pleasantly surprised.

s.r. hulett said...

$220 million????
for what...?
hollywood continues to be out of control on its spending.


The figure quoted in the press and box office mojo is $175 million.

Anonymous said...

It did $32 over the weekend. That doesn't bode well.

I think it's because there's been a glut of movies where people build a giant boat and fill it with animals.

Anonymous said...

$175 million is what the studio will officially admit to. Inside sources say it was closer to 220 million.

Either way, this turkey isn't making its money back any time soon.

Anonymous said...

32 million opening isn't bad. I know 2 recent animated films that I WISH they had a 32 Million open.

By the way I know several kids that really liked this film.

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