Friday, July 27, 2012

The Weekend Projector: Batman Begins Again Edition

Monday UPDATE: This is not going as Warner Bros. had planned. And that's an rather substantial understatement. The Dark Knight Rises slid some 60% in its second weekend to score just $64M - it now stands some $25M less than its predecessor The Dark Knight in the same time frame. As for The Watch, "tank-job" isn't strong enough. The Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn (fine, Jonah Hill) sci-fi, raunch-com landed in third with a paltry $13M - AKA brutally embarrassing. Both Stiller and Vaughn are starting to see their B.O. cred evaporate.
  1. The Dark Knight Rises $64M
  2. Ice Age: Continental Drift $13.3M
  3. The Watch $13M
  4. Step Up Revolution $12
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Warner Brothers - like the rest of humanity - could never have imagined the horror that was unleashed inside a Colorado theater last Friday morning. The actions of one psychopath single-handedly altering the lives of the crowd packed into theater number 9 to be the first to see the most anticipated movie in years, The Dark Knight Rises. There's no doubt the event impacted the take at the box office and that cash will never be regained - much like what was lost forever last Friday morning.

  1. The Dark Knight Rises ($80M) - While it set the record for the biggest 2D opening ever, TDKR left roughly $25-40M on the table, which would have put it closer to The Avengers all-time record but not enough to eclipse the Marvelous Sextet. Expect a strong hold but the film's momentum has clearly evaporated.
  2. The Watch ($35M) - More bullish on this than most. The combo of Stiller & Vaughn are bankable at the B.O., if not erratic - much like the film which I didn't find wholly awful. A ringing endorsement.
  3. Step Up Revolution ($14M) - This is the fourth Step Up film? Let me guess, next you're going to tell me there are four Ice Age movies. Suuuure.
  4. Ice Age: Continental Drift ($9M) - I stand corrected.
Also: The Queen of Versailles - One of the most entertaining documentaries - let alone movies - of 2012, a virtual lock for an Oscar nomination. Here's my A- review.