Box Office Archive for July, 2006

The Seven Day Arrrrrrrrrrrrch

Wel, Pirates did it again… but again, so close to the record that it makes you scratch your head and wonder about scurvy.
Disney reported $12.36 million for Thursday while the previous record for non-opening/non-holiday Thursday was Episode III’s $12.31 million.
Yesterday, it was $14.15m vs Potter II’s $14.13m.
Wondering what the record for best second Friday is? $22.987m for Potter I. After that, it’s Potter II ($22.771m) and Toy Story 2 ($22.606m).
(4:38p – Corrected for bad Potter counting)


Pirates 6, Record Book 0

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest grossed $14.1 million yesterday, Wednesday, though it is not clear whether the final number will set a new record for a non-opening Wednesday. That record has been held by Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, which grossed $14.13 million on the day before Thanksgiving last year. (The Wednesday all-time leader is Spider-Man 2‘s opening day $40.4m in 2004.)
One thing is 100% clear. Pirates has passed Star Wars: Episode Three – Revenge of the Sith to become the highest grossing film after six days in release ever. Pirates


Shiver Me Tuesday

It’s getting a little boring, writing about all the P2 booty, but a record is a record is a record…
A reported $15.7 million Tuesday is, yes, another record.
Clearly, the only thing keeping Star Wars: Episode III ahead of P2 as the all-time 5-day opener was Fox


Plundering Monday

I was going to hold off on more Pirates 2 box office discussion for a while. The “final numbers’ bump yesterday was predicted here on the blog and by Klady on Sunday. No big surprise. But today… WOW!
Box Office Mojo just posted a Monday box office number of $18.1 million.
There are three higher numbers in history, but all of them are holiday Mondays (one on July 4 holiday, two on Memorial Day Monday). The next biggest number that is not on a holiday is Star Wars: Episode Three – Revenge of The Sith, on the Monday after its $108.4 3-day opening ($158m 4-day) the week before Memorial Day Weekend. $14.4 million.
Pirates beat it by $3.7 million


Weekend Estimates by Klady

There is almost nothing left to be said about the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man


Some Better Super News

I finally got onto Box Office Mojo and looked up some numbers… and the news is a bit better for Superman Returns today than it was a few days ago.
The 10 day comparison based on Superman Returns‘ 10-day $127.2 million estimate doesn


The Fog Of Bore

“This goes a long way of dispelling the notion that people don’t want to go to movies anymore,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-officer tracker Exhibitor Relations. “People aren’t waiting for the DVD on this one. They are going out to see it.”
Yeah…. the mythological notion that you have been part of selling for a year, Paul.
This weekend doesn’t prove anything any more than last weekend did… or the $100 million-plus start for X3… or $194 million for Ice Age: The Meltdown or $89 million for Failure to Launch or $209 milion for Wedding Crashers or $179 million for Hitch, et cetera, et cetera, ET FUCKING CETERA!
I am dead sick of people tap-dancing around Last Year’s Lie because they can’t simply admit that it was NEVER true.
The reality is, this year’s crop has been way too expensive and DVD is not as strong as it was, so even though people are STILL going to the movies in droves, profitability will be more difficult this summer than it was last year for all but a few studios. And profit is all that really matters in the box office derby. And Paulie D knows that. But reporters don’t want to quote that and their editors don’t want them to write that.
I don’t even need a mea culpa. Just stop spreading the shit. Pirates’ opening is a big event. But it is not the start or end of anything other than that movie’s earnings.


Friday F-ing Estimates by Klady

Big Number.
Two things to keep in mind. 1) X3 did $35 million on its opening Friday and won


Perspective On The High $eas



Superman VII: Truth, Just Okay & Looking To The Rest of The World

The discomfort in Burbank continues


Superman V: The Prisoner Of Expectations

The Comparison Chart – 1st Sun Cume – Dom Total/ WW Total
War of The Worlds – $100.6m – $234m / $591m
Men In Black II – $87.2m – $190m / $442m
Jurassic Park III – $81.4m – $181m / $369m
Batman Begins – $72.9m – $205m / $372m
Not much news in the SuperEstimates today. Superman Returns ($84.3m) has fallen off the War of the Worlds pace a little further, but it


Superman III: The Quest For Friday

There is a point where a movie starts to go in a direction that is unexpected even by those who are not pushing the agenda of positivity and all the cynicism melts away because mocking the handicapped is too unseemly for all but a few raging lunatics.


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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