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Friday Estimates by Team Klady

(NOTE: I am checking into the Anna Karenina number above. Pretty sure it’s a punctuation typo and was $90k for Friday.)

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19 Responses to “Friday Estimates by Team Klady”

  1. etguild2 says:

    What an underwhelming start for SILVER LININGS=(

  2. J says:

    Given all the ads I’ve seen for SLP, I’m surprised it didn’t go wide this weekend. There were even spots tailored especially for football audiences during NFL games last week. Seemed sure they were pushing for this to play beyond select cities, and news they’re scaling back release plans is disheartening.

  3. Big G says:

    Yeah, I thought SLP was opening wide on Wednesday. Wonder why not.

  4. Lex says:

    Will any of the above disavow You Know Who (coughWellscough) of his notion that Silver Linings is a guaranteed 100-million-plus audience word of mouth mega-movie Oscar front-runner? Then again, Weinstein has all but buried “Killing Them Softly” in favor of SLP, so what do I know…

  5. movieman says:

    I wonder if Harvey will pull the plug on the November 30th wide release slated for “Killing.” (That date always sounded fishy anyway.)
    Anything seems possible at The (2nd) House Bob and Harvey Built these days, so who knows?

  6. PcChongor says:

    Hopefully “Django” rocks it next month, because otherwise the Weinsteins will have pissed away one of the year’s strongest linueup of films.

  7. chris says:

    I don’t quite get the Oscar front-runner thing — it’s just a romcom, albeit a good one — but I don’t think $100 million is out of the question. It’s quite the crowd-pleaser.

  8. Rashad says:

    I want to see KTS way more than SLP. I have no interest whatsoever in the latter. It’s funny how with all these bloggers foaming at the mouth for Oscar movies, and reviews, KTS is like 97% on RT, has their darling from Jesse James, and a great cast, but not a peep.

  9. anghus says:

    theyve been running a lot of spots for SLP. Theyve been running them like crazy on FX and ESPN. Ive even seen extended 60 second spots for it. Lots of spots for Life of Pi as well. Basic cable is throbbing with these two ads right now.

  10. Think says:

    I thought SILVER LININGS would be terrible but it’s one of the best movies of the year. Huge crowd pleaser. If only the trailers had been good.

  11. Js Partisan says:

    The audience for SLP will have a lot of material to watch over the next eight weeks. This leaves SLP with two stars, who are big for films so far away from the material in SLP, it makes you wonder why Cooper and Lawrence are the leads in this film, when it would probably have been better off with two different leads.

  12. Joe Leydon says:

    So glad to see Jab Tak Hai Jaan is doing so well.

  13. aframe says:

    Agreed. Nice to see the great Yash Chopra’s legendary career end on such a big North American box office note.

  14. Prettok says:

    Are you saying SLP would have been better off if it starred Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant? (or a similar romcom mix)

  15. movieman says:

    …are you saying that Cooper should only play smug, preening assholes (e.g., “The Hangover” movies), and that Lawrence should restrict her big screen outings to badass action heroine types (a la Katniss)?
    I’m not sure whether I get the logic.

  16. movieman says:

    Btw, both are fantastic in “SLP” (as is the movie).
    And that’s coming from someone who has assiduously resisted Cooper’s charms until now.
    Vulnerability definitely becomes him.

  17. Js Partisan says:

    No, that’s not what I am stating at all. I’m stating that with different actors better suited for a film like this, like Greta Gerwig or Ryan Gosling, it would probably get a bigger audience. You basically have a film, no matter how great it is, featuring an actor known for comedies and an actress known for an action franchises. It’s expecting a lot from people to go see a movie with these two stars playing so out of their wheelhouse, and this is excluding the story of the film. SLP has always had an uphill climb, no matter what well-tanned people have thought.

  18. bulldog68 says:

    JS, you did not just say that Greta Gerwig would draw a bigger audience than Jennifer Lawrence. Greta’s still not easily recognizable or has any real name recognition. Whereas JL has two tentpole franchises on the bubble and an Osca nom to boot. Sorry, JL wins hands down. Plus female actors pivot way more easily to romantic roles than male action stars do. Fairly or unfairly, we always see females in a romantic setting.

    As for Ryan Gosling, while his fans are livid with the Sexiest Man Alive status not being deferred to him, I think he would have been a great choice, but having not seen SLP yet, and just reading critical reaction to the film, it appears that Cooper holds his own remarkably well and is on his way to earning the stardom status that many think was prematurely assigned to him after The Hangover.

  19. Js Partisan says:

    Bulldog, it is in a way about money but it’s not about one star having greater earning potential than the other. It’s more about what if this film had a different cast and that cast possibly, earning the film more money.

    Bradley and Jennifer may be great in SLP but does it not seem odd, that those two are the leads in an indie drama? Everything about the film from the ads, sells those two in such a way, that it comes across as those two being the square pegs trying to fit in a round hole. Different actors may have led to a different financial result, but things could change financially for SLP over the next couple of months. Proving this theory very wrong.

    Oh yeah, Jennifer doesn’t have two tent pole franchises. She’s in two franchises. There is a difference.

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