Saturday, December 16, 2006

Weekend Box Office Estimates -- Will Smith Happy

Okay, Box Office Prophets finally has the weekend box office predictions based on the Friday numbers. They say "Charlotte's Web" is going to have a very strong family presence and have good legs. Having seen the film, which satisfies no one, I doubt that strongly. It opened weakly and will not do well, even though there's no pure little tyke movie left to come out this year. (Night at the Museum and Pursuit of Happyness and holdover Happy Feet are the closest ones, but they're not really for five year olds.) BOP also doesn't take into account the poisonous word of mouth that Eragon is going to have. Finally, they wrote "Will Smith's feel-good movie The Pursuit of Happyness shocks virtually everyone with a very impressive $9.2 million Friday, taking the top spot at the box office." It was no surprise if you read Popsurfing. The weekend Top 10 estimates from BOP based on Friday numbers:

1. The Pursuit Of Happyness -- $28.5 million
2. Eragon -- $23.5 million
3. Charlotte's Web -- $12.9 million
4. Happy Feet -- $8.5 million
5. The Holiday -- $8.3 million
6. Apocalypto --$7.6 million
7. Blood Diamond -- $6.6 million
8. Casino Royale -- $5.3 million
9. The Nativity Story -- $4.9 million
10. Unaccompanied Minors -- $3.8 million

2 comments:

Biboy said...

It would be difficult to describe exactly how bad Eragon is. I saw it with my 10 year old, who read Eragon and Eldest. He likes even movies that are bad--he loves going to movies, getting popcorn, the whole deal.

After the movie, he said, "That wasn't fun at all." The movie works better as a parody of Eragon than a serious adaptation of it. I couldn't help but think of "Bored of the Rings," the National Lampoon version of Lord of the Rings.

Dreadful.

Michael in New York said...

What a great quote for the movie ad: "That wasn't fun at all." Hilarious.