As I said in my predictions, the Labour Day Weekend is a weekend that studios use as a dumping ground. I am happy to say that unlike last year, the #1 movie grossed over $10 million, so that is a positive. As for my predictions, I had another stellar weekend. I guessed all the top 5 films, but not in order (I was off in the #2 and #3 spots), and my predictions for the top 5 were off a combined $5.5 million. So let’s see what happened at the box office this weekend.
The Final Destination remained the #1 movie in the land for the 2nd weekend in a row with a gross of $12.4 million (I correctly predicted it would be the #1 movie and that it would gross $11.9 million). Its gross fell 54.6% which is not great news, and it had a per theatre average of $3,984. Remember, the gross for The Final Destination is a bit higher because of the 3-D screenings of the film, which cost more to see. The current total gross for the film stands at $47.6 million, so it will definitely surpass Final Destination 3-D as the highest grossing film in the franchise (Final Destination 3-D’s total gross: $54 million).
Opening in 2nd place is the Sandra Bullock romantic comedy All About Steve. The film received terrible reviews, but Sandra’s star power was able to help it open in the #2 spot with a gross of $11.2 million and a per theatre average of $4,976 (I predicted it to be the #3 film and gross $8 million). This film will be out of theatres soon because, despite its gross, of all the films in the top 10 All About Steve was shown in the 2nd fewest theatres. In the meantime, it can take some comfort in the fact that it is the #2 film. Having said that, based on this weekend’s performance, All About Steve will not add any theatres in the coming weeks, so it should be on DVD shelves soon.
In 3rd place is Inglourious Basterds. The Tarantino/Pitt WWII revisionist hit continues to hold up well, as it only dropped 43.8% from last weekend for a gross of $10.8 million and a per theatre average of $3,230 (I incorrectly said it would be the #2 film, but I predicted a gross of $11.2 million). The total gross for the film now stands at $91 million. Considering there were a lot of questions asked about whether a two and a half hour revisionist WWII film could be a hit at the box office, everyone has to be more than thrilled with how Inglourious Basterds is doing.
In 4th place is Gamer. The Gerard Butler action film grossed $9 million on its opening weekend for a per theatre average of $3,597 (I predicted a gross of $8 million). As I said in my opening paragraph, films that are released on this weekend do not stand a chance, so like All About Steve, expect Gamer to die a quick death in theatres and end up on DVD shelves soon.
In 5th place is District 9, which dropped 31.8% from last weekend for a gross of $7 million and a per theatre average of $2,230 (I predicted a gross of $6.6 million). The sci-fi hit has now grossed $101.2 million, and is now the 20th film of 2009 to gross over $100 million.
In other movie news:
Extract opened in 10th place with a gross of $4.1 million and a per theatre average of $2,599. I was very close with my prediction of $4.5 million.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen hit a milestone this weekend as it reached the $400 million mark, and its total gross now stands at $400.4 million. It is the highest grossing film of 2009.
So to recap, here were my predictions:
1) The Final Destination – $11.9 million
2) Inglourious Basterds – $11.2 million
3) All About Steve – $8 million
4) Gamer – $8 million
5) District 9 – $6.6 million
And here are the actual weekend numbers:
1) The Final Destination – $12.4 million
2) All About Steve – $11.2 million
3) Inglourious Basterds – $10.8 million
4) Gamer – $9 million
5) District 9 – $7 million
Scott’s Predictions Were Off By: = $5.5 million
Next weekend brings us 9 (which opens on Wednesday), Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Whiteout, and Sorority Row. Come back next Friday to check out my predictions on those films.