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Friday Estimates by Klady – 1/8


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32 Responses to “Friday Estimates by Klady – 1/8”

  1. anghus says:

    is that 8900 dollars for the Hottie and the Nottie on 111 screens?
    Am i reading that right.

  2. Botner says:

    Pretty much expected for Hottie, but I didn’t forsee Vince Vaughn’s little pet project tanking so horribly. That has to a solid blow to his massive ego. Ouch.
    Somebody get Owen Wilson on the phone. ‘Wedding Crashers 2’ anyone?
    Everything else is kind of blah.

  3. movieman says:

    It looks like “FG” and “WHRJ” both hit their targets, even if those Friday estimates are a tad on the low side of initial projections.
    Stunningly bad opening for Vince Vaughn’s concert-road movie/doc/whatzit. And to think that two companies actually got into a bidding war over distribution rights at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival! I’m sure that it’ll do a lot better on dvd (really: what doesn’t?)…and for what it’s worth, this is a highly entertaining ride. It deserved better.
    Hopefully Friday’s $80-per-screen average for Paris Hilton’s latest will finally put the kibbosh on her “acting” career.
    “In Bruges” had a decent limited bow, but I’m kind of surprised “The Band’s Visit” didn’t do a little better. WOM should be able to keep “BV” playing in arthouses for awhile: it’s a real audience pleaser.
    Not really sure how far Focus can take “Bruges. I’m sure that it’ll pick up a (small, if devoted) cult following over time, however.

  4. Chucky in Jersey says:

    Safe to say there will be no 3rd week of Hannah Montana.

  5. anghus says:

    your use of anacronyms makes your post really confusing to read.

  6. movieman says:

    what’s an “anacronym”?
    did you mean anachronistic or perhaps anagram?
    it pretty much looks like typical blogspeak to me…albeit a tad more grammatical, lol.

  7. anghus says:

    i meant acronym.
    with all the “FG” and “BV”, its just annoying.
    can’t you just type out the name of the film. It’s not like you’re talking about “TAOJJBTCRF”

  8. movieman says:

    just following the blogging rules, ang.
    abbreviations/punning catch phrases (“SFW”)/etc. are the name of the blog game.
    …and are you really so anxious to pick on me that you’re going to complain about my use of acronyms???
    call me a moron for liking Vince Vaughn’s movie…or for having the nerve to suggest that “In Bruges” (“IB” to you, lol) might pick up a devoted cult following over time…or having the temerity to hope that no one will have to suffer though a Paris Hilton “performance” ever again…but acronyms? geez.
    should i take that as a back-handed compliment because you didn’t pick apart my post this weekend?

  9. anghus says:

    i agree with everything you said pretty much. i read your post twice and it just came across as clunky because of the constant use of acronyms.
    just one guys opinion.

  10. martindale says:

    Vince Vaughn’s film wasn’t promoted well. I saw very few ads for it. Maybe others did?

  11. Wrecktum says:

    “Safe to say there will be no 3rd week of Hannah Montana.”
    You’re wrong. Many theatres have already committed to an open run.

  12. movieman says:

    sorry for getting so defensive before, ang.
    i guess i’ve developed a thin skin from blogging on this site, (thanks, Brack!)
    just trying to save time…but i’ll try to be a little less acronymy from now on.
    but you’ve gotta admit that an acronym sure comes in handy when discussing “Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show: Hollywood to the Heartland,” lol.

  13. Chucky in Jersey says:

    Wrecktum, Disney always intended the Hannah Montana concert film as a limited run. This will be especially true with 4 new wide releases on Valentine’s Day.

  14. Wrecktum says:

    “Wrecktum, Disney always intended the Hannah Montana concert film as a limited run. This will be especially true with 4 new wide releases on Valentine’s Day.”
    It’s on only 600 theaters to begin with (all 3D). Many of these theaters have already agreed to extend the run. Trust me, some screens will be playing the movie for weeks to come.

  15. lazarus says:

    Movieman, I believe the full title is actually Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show: Hollywood to the Heartland–The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
    Or for you, VVWWCS:HTTH–TVOTDT.

  16. movieman says:

    Well, **** me!
    I guess the full title of Vaughn’s movie even beats “CHMEFMHAFTH” then!

  17. movieman says:

    Btw, that’s an acronym for “Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Fine True Happiness,” a truly surreal (and surreally awful) 1969 flick directed by and starring Tony Newley. Originally rated X, it would probably be PG-13 today…not that we’ll ever know for sure since chances of it being released on dvd are practically zilch. Too bad. I have warm and fuzzy memories of seeing “Heironymus Merkin” on a drive-in double-feature with “Interlude” (Oskar Werner/Barbara Ferris) in May ’69 when I was a precocious little tyke.
    George Jessel, Milton Berle, Joan Collins (then Mrs. Newley), Stubby Kaye and va-va-voom Playboy Playmate Connie Kreski also starred. Just typing that makes me excited, lol.

  18. movieman says:

    …and truly, madly, deeply nostalgic.

  19. Lynch Van Sant says:

    How about “The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade”, a quite good movie from the director of the first Lord Of The Flies movie adaptation.

  20. doug r says:

    Movieman, are you going to say anything about the South Lake Union Trolley or the South Harmon Institute of Technology?

  21. movieman says:

    Glenda Jackson is killer in “Marat/Sade,” but the dvd transfer definitely needs an upgrade. The one I got from Netflix was a barely watchable disaster.

  22. Pat H. says:

    I saw a lot of promotion for VVWWCS:HTTH–TVOTDT on Home Box Office (HBO) but I must not have been watching closely because up until this week I thought they were promoting it as an upcoming HBO comedy special.

  23. jeffmcm says:

    In fifty years, ‘LOL’ and ‘BFF’ will be anacronyms.

  24. movieman says:

    Did anyone else get “H.R. Pufnstuf” vibes from “The Spiderwick Chronicles”?

  25. brack says:

    “i guess i’ve developed a thin skin from blogging on this site, (thanks, Brack!)”
    LOL. What did I do to you?

  26. brack says:

    I like how it says:
    February 09, 2008
    Friday Estimates by Klady – 1/8

  27. adorian says:

    I don’t mean to be the fussy old school marm here, but what you people are talking about are initials, not acronyms. An acronym has to be a new pronouncable word. NASA, NATO, MILF, AIDS….
    To keep it about movies, GWTW (while easier to type than Gone With the Wind) takes longer to say.
    Say them both and count the syllables. Of course, if you’re from the South, the two “W”s will be 3 syllables each, not just 2.

  28. movieman says:

    …not that there’s anything wrong with “H.R. Pufnstuf;” it’s fantastic kitsch.
    But the creatures and fantasy world of “Spiderwick” look more like Sid and Marty Krofft’s late 60s tubeshow than “Potter,” “Narnia,” Terry Gilliam or “The NeverEnding Story.”
    I kinda liked that.
    Trivia note: the director of the 1970 “Pufnstuf” feature film spin-off starring (I shit you not) “Mama” Cass Elliott, had one of the all-time great director names in H’woof history: Hollingsworth Morse. If I didn’t know that old Hollings (born 1910) was an industry vet whose credits date back to the earliest days of television, I would’ve sworn the name was a pseudonym concocted by the Kroffts. And “Pufnstuf” was Morse’s only “big-screen” helming gig.

  29. Yeah, acronyms are only called acronyms when the letters make a new word. RSPCA is not an acronym, NASA is. It’s silly, but true.
    Wow, $80 average on Hottie and $130 average on that Vince Vaughn movie mean that there were quite literally cinemas around America where not one person went to see them.
    Which is hilarious.

  30. David Poland says:

    The Vaughn movie was picked up by Lionsgate over a year ago and basically released by obligation.

  31. IOIOIOI says:

    Wow. An obligation flick. Trippy.

  32. chris says:

    I think the Vaughn movie is Picturehouse.

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