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Weekend Box Office Overview 8-15

Published August 15, 2005 in Box Office
By Vince Palomarez | Images property of respective holders.
Wedding Crashers Wedding Crashers remains to be comedic gold.
Hey folks, sorry there was no overview last weekend I was out of town on vacation living it up with my fellow comic geeks at Wizard World Chicago. Anyways, time to get to what's really important. Here are the weekend box office totals for the weekend of August 12-14:

August 15th Box Office Report


1. Four Brothers ($20.7 million, 1st week of release): It amazes me that people still flock to see a John Singleton film. The guy hasn't made anything good since Boyz in the Hood and his work has gotten progressively worse since then. $20 million though is a good start for a modestly budgeted film ($45 million), but Paramount shouldn't be patting themselves on the back with this one. They can chalk up this #1 spot to the mediocre slate of films that were released this weekend. Look for this film to fall fast in the coming weeks.

2. The Skeleton Key ($15.8 million, 1st week of release): It's been a few weeks since two movies opening the same weekend held the top two spots, but you can attribute that audiences tired of seeing the multiple viewings of previous hits and looking for anything remotely new. Unlike Four Brothers, I expect this film to have a little more staying power due to the fact that there is always a demand for horror/thriller films. Look for it to take a huge drop next week, but still float around the top 5 for a bit.

3. The Dukes of Hazzard ($13 million, $57 million total): Further proof that Hollywood needs to quit it with all the TV remakes and create something original. Last weeks number one film dropped a whopping 58% and into the third spot. $13 million is still a decent take and the film has at least covered it's production budget, but this can't be a good sign to Warner Bros. who were looking to capitalize on the lack of decent films in August and rake in the big bucks. My guess is two more weeks in the top 10 and then off to DVD land where geeks everywhere can freeze frame the only good part of this film, Jessica Simpson in a bikini.

Dukes of Hazzard The Dukes of Hazzard takes a dip.
4. Wedding Crashers ($12 million, $164 million total): This film refuses to die and it has every right not to. Can you think of anything else out right now that is better than this film? Neither can I which is why Wedding Crashers is going to hang around in the top 10 for at least another month. In its fifth week of release it dropped only 25% which is amazing considering how Dukes in its second week dropped double that amount.

5. Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo ($9.4 million, 1st week of release): The fact that this film even managed to make this much boggles my mind. There really must've been nothing else remotely interesting to see or maybe the people who saw this have seen Wedding Crashers numerous times already and can't stand to see it one more time. After seeing this I would've preferred to see Wedding Crashers one more time. A majority of the $9 million total this film took in can be attributed to people that will see any comedy no matter how bad it is. Expect this film next week to drop 55-60% into the 10th spot or out of the top 10 completely.

The rest of the pack: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory continues to show it has plenty of staying power left falling only 34% with a weekend total of $7.2 million. The film has taken in a grand total of $183 million and is proof that Johnny Depp is definitely a bankable star. Look for Charlie to last a few more weeks in the bottom half of the top 10 eventually topping out at around $195 million.



Sky High Sky High keeps an audience.
Two films that no one really gave a damn about yet still are still managing to make some decent coin at the box office come in at the sixth and seventh spot. March of the Penguins continues its march (yes I had to go with the predictable pun there) up the box office chart dropping only 5% with a weekend total of $6.7 million. Thanks in part to a wider release in theaters, March has a chance to go over the $50 million mark and possibly one of the highest grossing documentaries of all time. Sky High on the other hand, while not the success March of the Penguins is, continues to hold firm in the bottom half of the top 10 and has established a niche audience that continues to keep it afloat. Dropping only 32% with a $6 million weekend take, Sky High is on cruise control towards the $50 million mark. With very little options in the family film department, Sky has continued to stay afloat and will for at least a few more weeks.

In a period where there really is no other competition you'd expect Must Love Dogs to rake in the money seeing as how it's the only romantic comedy out on the market. While only dropping 37% the film only managed to make $4.5 million and has a meager total of $34 million in 3 weeks of release. Being one of the only films out right now that appeal to the female audience, Warner Bros. can't be happy with this total. I'm surprised this film hasn't performed as well as expected, usually romantic comedies make a killing this time of year and while I consider Wedding Crashers more of a straight comedy it may be sucking the romantic comedy audience that Must Love Dogs was hoping to latch on to.

And in last place was the movie that Miramax had so much faith in they started advertising this film 3 weeks before releases, The Great Raid. If you're scratching your head thinking, "I've never heard of that film" you are not alone. In its first week of release the war drama managed to take in a pathetic $3.3 million. For a film that was budgeted at $80 million this can only be a bad omen of things to come. There was absolutely no buzz about this film building up to its release and I really think Miramax doesn't even care. You'll probably be seeing this film out in DVD within a month.

One interesting thing to point out, Batman Begins finally hit the $200 million mark this weekend making it one of the top grossing films of the year. Overall though studios are still grinding their teeth at the news that the total box office is still down 16% over last year. With the summer season officially over and studios dumping their bad movies on us for the next few week's things will only go down from here.

Last week's predictions:

None, since I was gone, although if you would've told me that Four Brothers was going to be number one this week I wouldn't have believed you.

Box Office predictions for next weekend:

1. The 40-Year-Old Virgin $22 million
2. Red Eye $19 million
3. Four Brothers $12 million
4. Wedding Crashers $9 million
4. The Dukes of Hazzard $8 million
5. The Skeleton Key $7 million
6. March of the Penguins $6 million
7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory $5 million
8. Sky High $4 million
9. Must Love Dogs $3 million
10. Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo $2 million

Agree, disagree? Send me an e-mail (vince@canmag.com) and let me know your thoughts.

Stay tuned for updates.


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