Saturday, October 3, 2009

Box Office: Friday Numbers (10.02.09)

By Chase Kahn

Lots of stuff opening this weekend, plus a few interesting holdovers, but Ruben Fleischer's excellent familial bonding comedy by way of a zombie apocalypse, Zombieland is easily the champ, grossing $9.4m, which I'm seeing is good enough for a solid $23.5m estimate through Sunday.

Coming in 2nd was the 3D animated foodie Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs ($3.7m), which I refused to check out after the last second-tier, big budget animated extravaganza, Monsters vs. Aliens was an utter wreck. 3rd was a re-release of the first two Toy Story films in 3D, packaged as a double feature ($3.2m)

The Ricky Gervais comedy The Invention of Lying ($2.4m) came in 4th ahead of Jonathan Mostow's Surrogates ($2.2m) and Drew Barrymore's Whip It ($1.5m), which I saw today and is actually a decent little child liberation dramedy with a ton of spunk and hair-colored energy -- I'll talk about it a bit later in the day.

Poor MGM, the once grand and luxurious lion of the studio system is now a fledgling duck. Fame, it's first release since Bryan Singer's Valkyrie, really tanked this week after a terrible opening last week. They can't even cash in on the High School Musical crowd.

Top 10: (Friday)

1. Zombieland (Sony/Columbia) - $9.4
2. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (Sony/Columbia) - $3.7
3. Toy Story/Toy Story 2 in 3D (Buena Vista) - $3.2
4. The Invention of Lying (Warner Bros.) - $2.4
5. Surrogates (Buena Vista) - $2.2
6. Whip It (Fox Searchlight) - $1.5
7. Capitalism: A Love Story (Overture) - $1.5
8. Fame (MGM) - $1.4
9. The Informant! (Warner Bros.) - $1.1
10. Love Happens (Universal) - $.9

1 comment:

  1. With a $9.4million I wouldn't be surprised to see Zombieland hit the $27m range, which is pretty solid for an R rated film.

    No surprise to see Toy Story 1/2 up there, though I usually think of November as the time of year for family films. Ricky Gervais for all his comedy might just doesn't seem to appeal to American audiences, though his film choices have been rather mundane and cheesy. I am sad to see Whip It struggling though, but I don't think anyone had it tapped for more than a $7million weekend.