Monday, December 18, 2006

Weekend Box Office -- The Final Happy Numbers

To the surprise of no one who reads Popsuring, Will Smith's "The Pursuit Of Happyness" was the number one movie at the box office this weekend. Box Office Prophetws got it wrong (hey, we all make mistakes) but claiming today that "Will Smith has become sort of a quiet superstar," is just plain idiotic. He's been a HUGE movie star since "Independence Day" and has ten films that have opened at #1 to prove it. "Charlotte's Web" of course was a big flop, while "Eragon" did better than expected but will sink like a stone next week, I think. In limited release, "Dreamgirls" is benefitting from $25 tickets and massive demand to score a sensational $120,000 per screen, says Variety. It opens on a modest 800 screens on Christmas Day, which is a perfect launch while it waits for the Golden Globe awards and Oscar nominations to expand wider. The Top 10, per BOP:

1. The Pursuit of Happyness -- $27 million
2. Eragon -- $23.5 million
3. Charlotte's Web -- $12 million
4. Happy Feet -- $8.5 million ($149.4 million total)
5. The Holiday -- $8.2 million ($25.3 million total)
6. Apocalypto -- $7.7 million ($27.9 million total)
7. Blood Diamond -- $6.3 million ($18.4 million total)
8. Casino Royale -- $5.7 million ($137.6 million total)
9. The Nativity Story -- $4.7 million ($23.1 million total)
10. Unaccopanied Minors -- $3.7 million ($10.2 million total)

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