Box Office Barometer 8-15-11: Are Any Good Movies Coming Out?
Rise of the Planet of the Apes won the weekend with $27 million. This weak showing has officially ended the era of good feelings of summer blockbuster fun. We are now in the zone where movies like Final Destination 5 are dumped to extract any cash they can. Instead of mourning the loss, let’s look at the upcoming movies that will and will not be worth watching.
Conan the Barbarian – Did people actually like the story or did they just like watching Arnold Schwarzenegger movies? They probably just liked watching Arnold movies.
Fright Night – It seems like Dreamworks just asked what former movies had a vampire in it, and chose this 1985 film.
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World: Robert Rodriguez, please make Sin City 2.
Columbiana: Not sure about the movie, but quite the inventive trailer that’s pretty much a music video.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark – See it.
Our Idiot Brother – Good cast, but movie is getting weak reviews. Might be worth it just because of Paul Rudd.
Apollo 18 – This isn’t Apollo 13? Then, no.
Shark Night 3D – Trailer looks okay. Would have been must-see were it named Untitled 3D Shark Thriller.
A Good Old Fashion Orgy – The summer of R-rated comedies continues!
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star – The summer of R-rated comedies continues!
Contagion – It’s 28 Days Later but on a global scale! And there are monkeys in the trailer! Must-see.
Warrior – It has Kurt Angle in it. It’s true, it’s true.
Drive – The scene they released is so intense, that if the rest of the movie carries that tone and weight, it could be one of the best dramas of the year.
I Don’t Know How She Does It – I don’t know what this movie is about.
Straw Dogs – Is this the southern spin-off of Old Dogs?
Abduction – A Taylor Lautner joint.
Dolphin Tale 3D – Not Shark Night 3D.
Moneyball – Great-looking trailer, but since the Oakland A’s didn’t even make it to the World Series, how satisfying can the ending be? Still, go see it.
50/50 – Seth Rogen in his first supporting role since 40-Year-Old Virgin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anna Kendrick as Anna Kendrick! Go see it.
What’s Your Number? – The summer of R-rated comedies continues!
Box Office Results [from Deadline]
1. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (Fox) Week 2 [3,691 Theaters]
Friday $8.1M, Saturday $10.8M, Weekend $27M (-49%), Cume $104.4M
2. The Help (DreamWorks/Disney) NEW (Wed opening) [2,534 Theaters]
Friday $7.6M, Saturday $10.1M, Weekend $25.7M, Cume $35.5M
3. Final Destination 5 – 3D (New Line/Warner Bros) NEW [3,155 Theaters]
Friday $7.3M, Saturday $6.3M, Weekend $18.4M
4. The Smurfs (Sony) Week 3 [3,427 Theaters]
Friday $3.8M, Saturday $5.3M, Weekend $13.5M, Cume $101.5M
5. 30 Minutes Or Less (Sony) NEW [2,888 Theaters]
Friday $4.8M, Saturday $4.5M, Weekend $13M
6. Cowboys & Aliens (DreamWorks/Universal) Week 3 [3,310 Theaters]
Friday $2.2M, Estimated Weekend $7M, Estimated Cume $80.8M
7. Crazy, Stupid, Love (Warner Bros) Week 3 [2,635 Theaters]
Friday $2.1M, Estimated Weekend $7M, Estimated Cume $55.3M
8. Captain America (Marvel/Disney/Paramount) Week 4 [2,835 Theaters]
Friday $2M, Estimated Weekend $6.5M, Estimated Cume $156.2M
9. Harry Potter/Hallows Pt 2 (Warner Bros) Week 5 [2,414 Theaters]
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $2.7M, Weekend $6.7M, Cume $356.8M
10. The Change-Up (Universal) Week 2 [2,913 Theaters]
Friday $1.9M (-60%), Estimated Weekend $6M, Estimated Cume $25.5M