08 July 2007

Mechas Run Amucka at the Box Office

Transformers has kicked things off with an impressive start. Its $28 million Tuesday was a record for that day of the week... but to be fair most movies don't open on Tuesdays. Transformers went on to trounce the competition through the weekend gathering $67 million and winding up in 4th place for the summer so far after one week.

The other great performer has been Ratatouille, thanks to good word of mouth. It opened under $50 million last weekend but had some great days through the week to gather momentum. The Rat has earned nearly as much during its first 10 days as did Cars last year meaning that Rat could be well on its way to $225 to $250 million in spite of a smaller opening.

In milestone news, them Pirates peglegged it past $300 million, the 3rd film of the year to accomplish this mighty feat. Pirates has also claimed the #1 position in the wolrdwide box office race with over $900 million so far, yar! Of course, Transformers and Ratatouille also became blockbusters by passing the $100 million mark.

Next week, the cranky boy wizard Harry Potter returned in his 5th outing. This series has aged well as most series are limping by the time part 5 comes out. Potter opens on Wednesday and should have a large opening day as well as a great weekend though I expect Transformers and Ratatouille to keep on truckin' as well.

Current Rankings:

#9 Live Free or Die Hard - $84,160,000
#8 Ocean's 13 - $109,145,000
#7 Ratatouille - $109,546,000
#6 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - $123,791,000
#5 Knocked Up - $132,026,000
#4 Transformers - $152,500,000
#3 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - $301,500,000
#2 Shrek the Third - $316,000,000
#1 Spider-Man 3 - $334,000,000

My Predictions:

#9 Evan Almighty - $170,000,000 (45.9%)*
#8 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - $175,000,000 (70.7%)*
#7 The Bourne Ultimatum - $185,000,000 (0.0%)*
#6 Transformers - $205,000,000 (74.1%)*
#5 Ratatouille - $260,000,000 (42.1%)*
#4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - $275,000,000 (0.0%)*
#3 Shrek the Third - $325,000,000 (97.27%)*
#2 Spider-Man 3 - $380,000,000 (87.9%)*
#1 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - $395,000,000 (76.3%)*

*Percentages earned relative to my predictions


finky the kid said...

That picture proves that the robot design sucked. I can't tell who it is or where their face, body, arms or legs are. But as long as it had good box office performance, i guess that's all that matters.

finky the kid said...

But the $152MM haul is pretty amazing. I figured it'd take 2-3 weeks to make it to $175MM.

Chip Chief said...

is it ironhide? you're right. i cant tell.

j said...

Yes, its Ironhide. The two big cannons on his arms are the giveaway. Of course the robots don't look like the ones in the cartoons, but at no point in the movie did I have to say "Well that clearly is CGI." Translating an animated cartoon into a live-action/CGI summer movie is going to take a bit of compromising.

finky the kid said...

They don't need to look like the old cartoons. They just need definable body parts. People who know the characters as well as those who have no idea have a really hard time telling who is who sometimes in both trailers and in some of the fight scenes.

I'm just saying that some distinguishing characteristics woulda been helpful instead of making most of the robots look like metal scrapheaps.

finky the kid said...

Potter will steal much of TINO's BO this week. Anyone think the dropoff will be less than 50%?

tomsaville said...

I saw it tonight and beyond a few cool moments, it was pretty disappointing. Though, I never did watch the show growing up.

The 1.18.08 teaser was the highlight of the movie experience tonight.