Box Office Archive for June, 2006

Superman v Thursday

Looks like Superman Returns did around $11.4 million on Thursday.
But here


20 Weeks 12

“Mr. Anti-Slump 2006 is here to tell you that the first seven weeks of this summer is the worst of the last five years.”
“Next summer, May starts with Spider-Man 3, Shrek 3 two weeks later, and Pirates 3 a week after that. Are you scared of monsters?
The parade of sequels to $100 million hits continue in June with Ocean’s Thirteen (a fourth third), Fantastic Four Two, and Evan “Not Bruce” Almighty.
Transformers shoots for July 4 while Harry Potter V returns to summer for the second time and The Simpsons hit the big screen.
But August makes July look a little slow with Bourne 3, AVP2 and Rush Hour 3 all arriving, along with Oscar nominee Amy Adams playing purebred to the Underdog.:
Holy Moley!
B.O. Intermission


The Weekend Box Office

Looking at Adam Sandler history, the opening of Click tells us


Keeping Superman's Returns In Perspective

The phrase, “It won’t be another King Kong” seems to be floating around these days regarding Superman Returns.
Putting my negative review of Superman Returns aside for a moment (is that possible?), let’s really look at this.
King Kong made $218,080,025 domestic and $331,136,871 internationally for a worldwide total of $549,216,896, making it #34 all time and the 22nd highest grosser of this millennium.
Why keep beating on King Kong? No one is stupid enough to make the “it’ll beat Titanic” comments we heard last December, which were a big part of why KK was so disappointing.
$600 million worldwide would be a big number for Supeman Returns


Sunday Estmates by Klady

Cars managed to drop almost 50% and still win the weekend. Still, the weekend was up from last year as three new entries split almost than $65 million between them.
Nacho Libre‘s $27.5 is a solid success for Paramount and don


Friday Estimates by Klady

Even with a near $2 million lead for Friday, look for Cars to pass Nacho Libre (and The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift) to win the weekend by a small margin thanks to a strong Saturday upsurge of kids. The real good new for Cars is that Garfield: A Tale Of Two Kitties, is opening with a lame paw.
You almost never see two openings doing this well on the same weekend. The real question on Monday is likely to be, what were Nacho and 3Fast doing on the same weekend when they are after


Did Ya Hear About The Guy Who Wore Blue Tights?

From 20 Weeks Of Summer – Week 10
“On the Shitty Summer Movie Scale, I would rate the major films that I have seen (leaving out any negative I might feel towards Cars or Over The Hedge) so far:
1. Poseidon
2. The Da Vinci Code
3. Mission: Impossible II
4. The Break-Up
5. Superman Returns
6. X-Men 3”
“On a much smaller scale of disappointment is Nacho Libre, which fulfills the promise of the commercials, trailers, and video confessionals for about one act


Friday Estimates by Klady

Finding Nemo


20 Weeks… Up, Up & Away

“What got me rolling into this column was not the future of this summer, but the past. For all of the endless talk about Mission:Impossible 3, the truth is, there have only been two real wide-release flops in these first six weeks of summer; Just My Luck ($16 million) and Poseidon (should top out at about $60 million domestic).
There has only been one summer with as many as three $70 million-plus openings (there have been 13 such summer openings in all movie history) and we have two already. There is little doubt that we should expect at least two more, breaking the record.”

The Rest
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$12, 633, 666

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Superman Returns… Businesswise

Well, besides coming onto tracking like a big summer bully, I’m beginning to get the gut feeling that Superman Returns


Sunday Estimates

Box Office Mojo is amusingly reporting X3‘s second weekend drop as 66.6%. Klady just has it as 67% One wonders whether this is Fox’s idea of a promotional event.
The drop isn


Friday Estimates By Klady



Summer By Studio

Conclusion –
Here is a broadly estimated guess at what the summer leaderboard will look like in the end


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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

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?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon