Scotty G’s Box Office Wrap-Up Report

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Tyler Perry is very happy this weekend, as his latest film showed once again that he is a force at the box office.  I am very unhappy this weekend, as I only predicted 3 films in the top 5, and I only got one in the correct position.

Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself opened at #1 with $24 million (I predicted it to be #1 with a gross of $28 million).  This was a personal best for Perry for a film that did not have Madea in the title, and it was his third highest opening weekend overall:

1) Madea’s Family Reunion – $41 million

2) Madea Goes To Jail – $30 million

3) I Can Do Bad All By Myself – $24 million

4) Meet The Browns – $21.3 million

5) Why Did I Get Married – $20 million

6) Daddy’s Little Girls – $17.3 million

7) The Family That Preys – $11.2 million

The film had a very strong per theatre average of $10,656, and showed that films can open big in September.

In 2nd place is 9.  I cannot believe this myself because it had the lowest theatre count of any of the new releases this weekend at 1,661, yet it somehow managed to make it to second place.  It grossed $10.8 million (I predicted $7.5 million and for it to be the #4 film).  It had a per theatre average of $6,536 which is excellent.  Since its opening weekend on Wednesday, 9 has grossed $15.2 million.  Focus Features must be very pleased with the result, and it will hopefully hold up over the coming weeks. 

In 3rd place was Inglourious Basterds with a gross of $6.5 million (I predicted a 5th place finish, and a gross of $6.8 million).  With this weekend’s amount, Inglourious Basterds has crossed the $100 million mark, becoming the 21st film of the year to do so.  The film had a low per theatre average of $2,036, and dropped 43.7% from last weekend, but that is to be expected when a film has been out for four weeks.  Its total gross stands at $104.3 million

In 4th place was All About Steve with $5.8 million.  I did not think the film would stay in the top five in its second weekend, so I did not make a prediction.  It has been called the worst film of the year (perhaps decade depending on who you read), but it shows that Sandra Bullock has star power.  The film dropped 48.4% and grossed $5.8 million.  The film has now grossed $21.8 million.  A friend of mine directed me to Ty Burr of the Boston Globe’s review of the film.  He called All About Steve “the worst movie of the week, month, year, and Bullock’s entire career. It is to comedy what leprosy once was to the island of Molokai: a plague best contemplated from many miles away.”  Now that is a great review.

In 5th place was The Final Destination, yet another film that I didn’t think would be in the top 5 this weekend.  It dropped 55.5% for a gross of $5.5 million.  For you conspiracy theorists, that is a lot of fives for one film.  Its total gross now stands at $58.2 million, and with this weekend’s gross, it is now the highest grossing film in the franchise, surpassing the $54 million of Final Destination 3.

That leaves two films that I made predictions for that didn’t make the Top 5.  They are Sorority Row and Whiteout.

Sorority Row was the #6 film with a gross of $5.2 million (I predicted it would be the #2 film and would gross $12 million).  Whiteout was right behind as it was the #7 film with a gross of $5.1 million (I predicted it would be the #3 film and that it would gross $8 million). 

So not a great weekend of predictions from myself.  It is always nice to be humbled, at least I think it is!

So to recap, here are my predictions for the weekend:

1) Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself – $28 million

2) Sorority Row – $12 million

3) Whiteout – $8 million

4) 9 – $7.5 million

5) Inglourious Basterds – $6.8 million

And here are the actual numbers:

1) Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself – $24 million

2) 9 – $10.8 million

3) Inglourious Basterds – $6.5 million

4) All About Steve – $5.8 million

5) The Final Destination – $5.5 million

Scotty G’s Predictions were off by $17.3 million.

Next weekend brings us Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Love Happens, Bright Star, The Informant!, and Jennifer’s Body.  Check back next Friday for my predictions on those films.

Until next weekend!

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