071309: Weekend Box Office

071309: Weekend Box Office

A New #1…But Not By Much


Movie gets panned by critics, but it’s still #1.

While it grabbed the number one box office spot, it certainly didn’t grab it by much. It’s more of a novelty than anything else and it will probably plummet down the box office ranks very quickly too.

What movie am I talking about? – Bruno!

Yes, it’s true, Sacha Baron Cohen’s next assault on our senses did end up at the top of the box office over the weekend. But, when you look at the actual numbers, in comparison to previous weekends, very few people went to the movies. It was probably a matter of little new to choose from so Bruno rose to the top. Of course it’s far from the best of the cream rising to the top. This is probably more like curdled milk rising to the top. Bruno debuted over the weekend with an estimated $30.4 million in ticket sales. Even though that’s not a lot of money, it did pass the $26.5 million made by Cohen’s earlier movie, Borat, when it opened in 2006.

Another interesting aspect of the box office revolves around Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. While it came out of the gate in a big way, it couldn’t beat the animated animals of the latest Ice Age flick. I have a feeling people have quickly figured out it’s nothing more than a special-effects-bonanza.

What will happen this week at the box office? There will probably be a new leader as the next Harry Potter movie is scheduled for release on Wednesday.

The Rest of The Box Office Story

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs was the runner-up at the weekend box office picking up $28.5 million. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen slipped to the number three spot. Meanwhile, the debut of the high school flick, I Love You, Beth Cooper, struggled to a seventh place finish with just $5 million. But, don’t forget, it opened on less than 2,000 screens.

  1. Bruno – $30.4 million
  2. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – $28.5 million
  3. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – $24.2 million
  4. Public Enemies – $14.1 million
  5. The Proposal – $10.5 million
  6. The Hangover – $9.9 million
  7. I Love You, Beth Cooper – $5 million
  8. Up – $4.7 million
  9. My Sister’s Keeper – $4.2 million
  10. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 – $1.6 million

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.