|1||How to Train Your Dragon||$43,300,000||$10,678||$43,300,000|
|2||Alice in Wonderland||$17,300,000 (-49.4%)||$5,112||$293,100,000|
|3||Hot Tub Time Machine||$13,650,000||$4,956||$13,650,000|
|4||The Bounty Hunter||$12,400,000 (-40.1%)||$4,034||$38,812,000|
|6||She’s Out of My League||$3,526,000 (-39.2%)||$1,450||$25,601,000|
|7||Green Zone||$3,350,000 (-45.2%)||$1,310||$30,440,000|
|8||Shutter Island||$3,175,000 (-33.0%)||$1,496||$120,600,000|
|9||Repo Men||$3,048,000 (-50.2%)||$1,210||$11,342,000|
|10||Our Family Wedding||$2,200,000 (-41.2%)||$1,943||$16,785,000|
This just in: A family-based lulling.
For the first time since release, Avatar is now officially out of the top ten, though it still made $2 Million this weekend. It’s at $740, the DVD hits in three weeks. It’s almost over until the re-release.
How to Train Your Dragon opened well enough. And it should also hopefully have good international numbers (big in Japan?), though I’m sure with some goosing it could have opened to
Hot Tub Time Machine never got the x factor of hype. This may be because MGM is a wounded (probably dying) animal. These weekend numbers suggest that it will find a greater audience in cable. This is a disappointment for nearly everyone except the people who didn’t like it. Looking over the summer stats, the interesting to shit ratio this summer is petty amazing, in that this summer looks terrible until August 6, when The Other Guys opens against Step Up 3-D. But if high-concept comedy pitches don’t play, will studios move away from original material almost completely when it comes to blockbusters? I feel like we’re coming to a breaking point with this recycling, but obviously, people responded more to Alice in Wonderland than this. Perhaps they are wary of raunchy comedies, or they don’t have the same soft spot for Ski School or Private School.
Is the success of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland 3-D or girls? I err toward the latter at this late date, though many suggest it is the Avatar tail-wind of 3-D. If Alice stayed on some 3-D screens this weekend in anticipation of Clash of the Titans, think how bad the drop would have been had the ticket prices not been raised. By Friday-ish it should hit $300, but if Clash takes most of the 3-D screens, Alice could conceivably be out of the top ten next weekend, unless its appeal is transcendent of gimmickry. Anyone willing to bet on that? Either way? I think it’ll probably take a stomach punch, but it will get to $300 without question, and then fade.
Next weekend we’ll unleash the Kraken, you and I.