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Sunday Estimate by Klady

Well, It looks like my little Wild Hogs theory was right. The Saturday bump suggests that pretty clearly. It’s a family film, not a middle-aged comedy. Ya gotta give that one to Disney.
Amazingly, it looks like The Number 23 could sneak up on Jim Carrey spring vehicle Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind ($34.4m/d), which had so much positive energy and media love compared to this year’s release. I’m not sure what that says about the movie world, but I doubt it’s good.
The Oscar bumps are pretty much inconsequential.

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12 Responses to “Sunday Estimate by Klady”

  1. Direwolf says:

    Disney has been on a roll since Chicken Little in late 2005. Helps those of use long DIS stock as the alwasy feared tough comparisons aren’t turning out be trouble so far.
    On a different subject, anybody hearing anythign aobut Reign Over Me? It looks sort of interesting. And who knew that Adam Sandler could look so much like a young Bob Dylan!

  2. Lota says:

    god there are so few good movies in that top ten it seems (seen 7/10).
    I chose to skip an invite to Wild Hogs tonight since I am/was a bike-owner/rider and the trailer made me cringe…I rather see Torque again (well not really, even though the leathers were nice)
    I really wanted to see Fatty (Tyra) on her show tonight having missed it earlier in the week…I think Jail…I mean Jael, can win it if she gets some PMA and stays away from that viper Renee.
    good for Terebithia & Ghost Rider was silly (because Cage was a block of wood) but I like comic stuff. Could they both hit 100M?
    Getting excited about Iron Man with Jeff Bridges (yay!) + Robt Downey jr…

  3. Ugh, Wild Hogs sounds repulsive. Parents are taking kids to that movie?
    Shame about Black Snake Moan.

  4. EDouglas says:

    Yeah, if I had kids I’d really want them to see William Macy’s butt and learn how to be homophobic from Disney.

  5. EthanG says:

    Pan’s Labyrinth hit one last milestone, overtaking Amelie in box office, to trail only Crouching Tiger, Hero and Life is Beautiful amongst foreign language films. (not counting Gibson’s) Amazing run for a foreign language fantasy horror.
    And it IS a shame about Black Snake Moan. Three times as many people were willing to sit through a 3 hour seriel killer movie….

  6. Cadavra says:

    GHOST RIDER should hit $100 mill this weekend; BRIDGE is looking to end up more like 80.
    REIGN OVER ME is sort of the 9/11 version of FISHER KING: Sandler went nuts after losing his family in the attack; Cheadle is an old college buddy who tries to bring him back to normalcy.

  7. Stella's Boy says:

    “And it IS a shame about Black Snake Moan. Three times as many people were willing to sit through a 3 hour seriel killer movie….”
    Possibly because Zodiac is a better movie? Just a thought.

  8. jeffmcm says:

    Nobody knew if it was going to be better when they bought their tickets to Zodiac (although it does have a better pedigree than BSM).

  9. 555 says:

    “And it IS a shame about Black Snake Moan. Three times as many people were willing to sit through a 3 hour seriel killer movie….”
    sorry for choosing a 2 hour 40 minutes serial killer movie (dont know what 3 hour seriel killer movie is playing now) over the sexploitation of BSM. however, if you ever give me a choice between a new Craig Brewer movie, and a new David Fincher movie, one of those guys is gonna get my vote every time.
    i think its more of a shame Wild Hogs was made and delivered so well financially. Here’s to Wild Hogs 2: Hog Heaven

  10. Chucky in Jersey says:

    The Oscar bumps are pretty much inconsequential.
    “The Lives of Others” hit the national top 20 thanks to its Oscar win.
    I’d love to see the AMC and Regal megaplexes near me pick up “The Lives of Others” this week. Unfortunately the US distrib is Sony Pictures Classics, which has a half-fast attitude toward putting its films in megaplexes.

  11. teehee “half-fast”.

  12. EthanG says:

    Eh, Zodiac was well done but dreadfully boring. BSM was just mis-marketed…great movie.
    And I loved The Lives of Others.

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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.

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