Saturday, January 10, 2009

Clint Rules

Now with Add Ons!

He might be Grandpa's age, but he still commands the heights:

Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino finally went wide into 2,808 theaters in its 5th week of release, and the actor/director showed he can make not just an Oscar-buzzed film but also a wildly popular offering. His Warner Bros pic make $9.8M million Friday, but it should end Sunday with close to $30M which would make this double the weekend debut of his biggest hits

Not bad for a guy who's been making films for more than half a century.

Kate and Anne had to make do with the third slot, getting elbowed aside by horror fest The Unborn while earning $8.1 million on 3,226 screens.

Meanwhile, the animated flicks are way down-list. The Tale of Desperequx resides at #14 with a $45.5 million total, and the white doggie sits at #21 with $110.7 million.

Add On: 1st place Gran Torino collects $29 million for a total of $40 million after 5 weeks of release. (and Warners will make plenty of loot out of this $30 million production ...)

#2 Bride Wars takes the place position for money totals ($21.5 million), but the 4th slot for per-theatre earnings. Both Unborn (at #3) and Not Easily Broken (#9) out-scored Brides in the per-theatre gross department.

And animation is quiet right now; The Tale of Despereaux is out of the Top Ten at #13, with $47.5 million now in its cheese bin, and the White Shepherd stays hunkered down at #18, chewing on $111.8.

I'm starting to think (again) it will end up south of my original $120 million domestice production ... but not by much.


Floyd Norman said...

I guess you don't have to be a kid to make a good film.

Perhaps more codgers should go back to work.

Anonymous said...

I guess this forum is appropriate to talk about Gran Torino since Clint's performance was his cartooniest to date.

Steve Hulett said...

Perhaps more codgers should go back to work.

Perhaps more codgers will have to go back to work.

Anonymous said...

Good for Clint. He's a national treasure.

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