Some Box Office Thoughts

Unless you’ve been in some dark night of your own soul, you probably already know the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight, broke all kinds of box office records over the weekend. In a Press Release issued yesterday Warner Bros. reports;

“Making motion picture history in its opening weekend, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ The Dark Knight rewrote the box office record books, beginning with its first showings and culminating with a record-shattering weekend gross of $158,411,483. Fueled by rave reviews and strong word of mouth, The Dark Knight toppled multiple records in its opening frame. The weekend box office total broke the previous overall industry opening weekend record by more than $7 million.”

In making the announcement, Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution of Warner Bros. went on to say, “We knew The Dark Knight was something remarkable and it’s incredibly gratifying that critics and audiences wholeheartedly agree.” Of course keep in mind the numbers announced yesterday do not include international box office figures. The Dark Knight premiered in London yesterday, and it’s bound to do well on the world market as well.

Aside from The Dark Knight what else happened at the box office over the weekend. Actually, quite a bit. Overall the box office set a new revenue record, with $253 million dollars raised for a three day weekend.

Even though The Dark Knight stole the show, opening weekend for the big screen version of the Broadway musical smash hit Mamma Mia did quite well too. The adaptation of the ABBA musical premiered in second place pulling in $27.6 million dollars. The third new movie opening last weekend didn’t do quite as well, but then again, it’s a Rated G kids flick called Space Chimps. Traveling to a planet “far, far away,” Space Chimps landed at the number 7 spot with $7.4 million dollars in box office ticket sales. Meanwhile, the previous box office leader, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, barely cracked the top five, earning just $10 million dollars landing in the number 5 spot. But then again, I did call that one last week. I knew the demon-possessed-superhero would not last long at the top of the heap.

Some other movies worth mentioning in the top ten from this past weekend; once again, Will Smith is holding strong in the number three spot with Hancock pulling in another $14 million dollars. Say what you want about the movie, this simply proves the fact that Will Smith is one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood these days.
The first live-action movie to use Real-D, Journey to the Center of the Earth, is holding at number 4 with a take of $11.9 million dollars. Then there’s the honorable mentions as far as the top ten goes with the animated trash-compactor WALL-E landing at number 6. Then rounding out the top ten, the R rated Wanted and the family-friendly flicks of Get Smart and Kung Fu Panda.

There’s a lot to choose from these days on the big screen. For the most part there’s also a good range of family-friendly choice movies, to not so family-friendly movies. Whatever the case may be, there’s something for everyone.

Enjoy the show!
Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.