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Box Office Hell – Friday The 13th


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11 Responses to “Box Office Hell – Friday The 13th”

  1. Tofu says:

    Man of the Year, followed by a Friday the 13th Haunted House run.
    MotY is being torn apart on far too many unsubstantiated points… Yet, I have to admit the line to the Haunted House was more memorable.

  2. jeffmcm says:

    Based on the marketing that I’ve seen and not on the movie itself, which I have not, I think these numbers look wayyy high for Man of the Year.

  3. palmtree says:

    Departed looks pretty leggy. $100 m is foregone conclusion.

  4. EDouglas says:

    “Departed looks pretty leggy. $100 m is foregone conclusion.”
    Only if you completely ignore that at least two of the movies next week will be stealing away its audience. (Fortunately, they’re opening in less than 2,500 theatres each) Departed will probably end up around $45 million after two weekends… it’s going to have to get some noms and be rereleased in December if it’s going to make it to $100 million.
    So last week was the first time I underestimated the #1 by a couple million… looks like I’m back to my overestimating as per usual.

  5. EDouglas says:

    Though I guess I shouldn’t feel bad… EW, who has been pretty spot-on, has WAY overestimated Grudge 2. Guess I’m not the highest (prediction-wise).

  6. Lota says:

    i hope Grudge 2 Crashes and Burns and same for Saw III. The poster lettering makes it look like SAWM. I wonder how many knuckleheads will think that’s the name of the movie…Hey are you going to see SAWM this weekend, yo?

  7. Lota says:

    and I think Departed will do $100 but in more than 2 weekends.

  8. MattM says:

    Judging from the Times Square theatres last night, these predictions may be BADLY off. Chainsaw, Man of The Year, and Departed all had some sellouts during the evening. Grudge 2? Nary a one. I just hope that the film’s failure doesn’t wind up killing the likable and talented Amber Tamblyn’s career.
    (And Man of The Year may be the worst film of the year–bizarre, ineffective cocktail of political satire, thriller, and romantic comedy that makes no sense whatsoever.)

  9. jeffmcm says:

    ^^^I think that would be Miss Tamblyn’s own fault for deciding to be in a sequel of a remake. Even Sarah Michelle Gellar decided to check out of this franchise.

  10. Cadavra says:

    Lota: The poster lettering makes it look like SAWM. I wonder how many knuckleheads will think that’s the name of the movie…Hey are you going to see SAWM this weekend, yo?
    Me: You think you’re kidding. A few months ago, the woman ahead of me in line asked for a ticket to MILL. The girl said, “What movie?” The woman replied, “MILL. The Tom Cruise movie.”

  11. EDouglas says:

    Oh, I just realized that I had a typo in my charts… it’s made $37 million through Thursday rather than $27, so it will be around $55 million, not $45 million… That’s a bit better though I still think the next two weeks will be tough with Flags/Prestige coming out.

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So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

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