11 June 2006

B.O. Derby

Cars opened fairly big this weekend. And while $62 million is a lot of dough, it is being described by some as a disappointing take. For one, both Nemo and The Incredibles opened bigger, and for two, Ice Age 2 opened bigger as well. But before people start prophesying the downfall of Pixar, I think it would be wise to see how this film fairs over the long haul. For one thing, all the CG copycats have surely taken a big piece of the Pixar pie. Just this year, we have already seen Doogal, Ice Age 2, The Wild, Over the Hedge, and now Cars, with Monster House, The Ant Bully, Barnyard, Open Season, Happy Feet, and Flushed Away still coming. With such an oversaturated market, they can't all be blockbusters. And while cars may not be as lovable as say fish or um monsters, they still sell toys. I am sure Pixar is doing just fine. Even if this film doesn't break the elusive $300 million mark, given that kids are now home for the summer, it will most assuredly top Ice Age 2 and Over the Hedge.

Also notable, X3 passed the $200 million mark and claimed the years top spot so far. Let's see how long it can defend that honor.

Current Rankings:

8) Poseidon - $54,935,000
7) Cars - $62,800,000
6) RV - $65,011,000
5) The Break-Up - $74,095,000
4) Mission: Impossible III - $122,664,000
3) Over the Hedge - $127,509,000
2) The Da Vinci Code - $189,028,000
1) X-Men: The Last Stand - $201,716,000

My Top 9 Predictions

9) Lady in the Water - $160,000,000
8) Poseidon - $175,00,0000
7) Mission: Impossible III - $205,000,000
6) Over the Hedge - $220,000,000
5) X-Men: The Last Stand - $225,000,000
4) Cars - $260,000,000
3) The Da Vinci Code - $275,000,000
2) Superman Returns - $325,000,000
1) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest - $350,000,000

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