By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Universal Pictures
The Inside Man
After being thoroughly impressed by Warner Bros V for Vendetta last weekend I had hoped the film would prove that great films with original storylines meant box office gold. Since it was safe to assume that Warner Bros had hoped for the same, the last thing the picture house wanted was another critically acclaimed film coming out to theatres only a week later. Unfortunately, Universal Pictures' Inside Man is just that film.
Inside Man Takes V for Vendetta Box Office
After bringing in a respectable $25 million during its opening weekend, we at CanMag figured that the numbers could have been better for V for Vendetta and that positive word of mouth would help the film experience only a small drop in ticket sales for its second weekend.
Though this could have been the case, opening films such as Spike Lee's Inside Man starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster stepped in to steal a good portion of the moviegoer market.
Instead of experiencing a small drop in ticket sales, V for Vendetta dropped a whopping ~52% with only $12.3M in receipts.
Inside Man opened up with a $29 million bow, Denzel Washington's largest opening to date.
Besides the Inside Man, which was able to attract an adult audience thanks to positive reviews and the crime/thriller genre, V for Vendetta lost some of the remaining audience to Touchstone Pictures Stay Alive.
According to estimated reports, Stay Alive used its horror genre to attract the teen audiences and finish the weekend with $11.2 million in ticket sales.