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.

AUGUST 19

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.

AUGUST 26

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.

SEPTEMBER 2

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!

SEPTEMBER 9

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.

SEPTEMBER 16

DriveThe 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?

SEPTEMBER 23

Abduction – A Taylor Lautner joint.

Dolphin Tale 3D – Not Shark Night 3D.

MoneyballGreat-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.

SEPTEMBER 30

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

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