By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros, Variety
While Hollywood is blaming bad weather for the less-than-expected box office numbers, one can credit holiday shopping and preparations as well. In short: People are busy!
Though Yes Man and Seven Pounds took the top spots at this weekend's box office, both films underperformed.
Yes Man and Seven Pounds Underperform at Box Office
Yes Man grossed an estimated $18.2 million during its opening bow while Seven Pounds followed with $16 million. While the films took the number one and two spots respectively, each also came in $5 million below what was expected from them.
With the sub-par numbers, Seven Pounds has quickly become Will Smith's lowest opening since 2001; where he starred in Ali. While Columbia Pictures will likely blame the weather or Christmas for the film's weak start, all one has to do is take a look at some of the film's (negative) reviews.
Coming in at number three, Universal's CG toon The Tale of Despereaux scored $10.5 million from families looking for something new.
Thanks to the weak openings, this weekend's box office was down as much as 44% over the same frame last year. While I continue to rip on the studio's claim that it was the weather's fault, I have to acknowledge the fact that the Northeast was without power thanks to a ginormous (and very cold) storm.
There was some good news, however, as The Wrester enjoyed a particularly strong opening and the critically-favored Slumdog Millionaire continues to find an audience.