Category Archives: Box Office Reports
Ok, maybe not that much money, but the first chapter of the final film in the insanely lucrative Harry Potter franchise obliterated the weekend competition with an estimated $125 million . It’s the most successful opening weekend in Harry Potter history, and the sixth-biggest opening weekend in box-office history. The closest competitor was Dreamworks’ Megamind with an estimated $ 16 million. In a related story, J.K. Rowling now lives in a castle made of gold and diamonds, and funded the genetic engineering of two unicorns to sit on either side of her ruby-encrusted throne.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, the penultimate chapter in the overwhelmingly popular saga of the lightning-scarred boy wizard, cast its spell over the Friday box office, taking in an estimated $61.2 million (including $24 million from midnight screenings Thursday night.) That makes it fifth best opening day in history, and the best opening day in the Potter franchise.
Man, this is an ugly top five, and proof that there isn’t much worthwhile playing at the cineplexes right now. However, we are rapidly approaching the kickoff to Holiday movie season, and better offerings are on the way with ‘Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1’ opening this Friday night. Here are the top five box office films for the weekend of November 12-14, 2010:
1.) Megamind – $29.1 million
2.) Unstoppable – $22.7 million
3.) Due Date – $15.4 million
4.) Skyline – $11.7 million (Our review HERE)
5.) Morning Glory – $9.2 million
In other news, I have no idea what the hell ‘Morning Glory’ is.
Link: Box Office Mojo
Uh-oh, bad news for fans of the Sci-Fi “Alien Invasion” genre this weekend, as ‘Skyline’ finishes a distant third to Dreamworks’ CGI-Animated ‘Megamind’ and Tony Scott’s latest train-fetish film, ‘Unstoppable’.
I haven’t seen ‘Skyline’ yet, but I thought the trailers all looked very cool, especially the scenes of thousands of bodies being vacuumed up into huge alien spaceships. However, the reviews have been overwhelmingly negative, (currently garnering only a 10% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes), and it looks like the Strause brothers have another dud on their hands after the dismal Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem. I may have a late review of this film posted on Monday, look out for it.