Monday, June 11, 2012

Prometheus disappointing opening...

TWLWTitle (click to view)StudioWeekend Gross% ChangeTheater Count /ChangeAverageTotal GrossBudget*Week #
1NMadagascar 3: Europe's Most WantedP/DW$60,316,738-4,258-$14,166$60,316,738$1451
31Snow White and the HuntsmanUni.$23,058,790-59.0%3,777+4$6,105$98,537,475$1702
42MIB 3Sony$13,895,720-50.5%3,792-456$3,664$135,901,094$2253
53Marvel's The AvengersBV$11,249,738-45.1%3,129-541$3,595$572,300,463$2206
66The Best Exotic Marigold HotelFoxS$3,267,156-27.1%1,298+4$2,517$31,040,735-6
77What to Expect When You're ExpectingLGF$2,788,226-36.8%2,087-820$1,336$35,823,598-4
95The DictatorPar.$2,242,563-52.3%1,651-998$1,358$55,281,103$654
1013Moonrise KingdomFocus$1,559,670+77.9%96+80$16,247$3,731,001-3
  BoxOffice101's prediction of Prometheus landing at the top spot fails. I actually thought it would reach no.1 even though Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted was scheduled to release.
  Prometheus is directed by the sci-fi cult classic director Sir Ridley Scott. He is also known for making the films Blade Runner and the much Oscar-hyped Gladiator. So, technically yes, his latest feature was bound to be a big opener. Well, it hasn't failed by a large amount as it has grabbed top spots in most Euro countries. The film is co-written by Jon Spaihts who wrote the above average grosser The Darkest Hour in 2011. It's a Russian-American sci-fi thriller. He also provided the story which Scott readily lurched upon. The other screenwriter is Damon Lidelof. He had written for famed TV series such as Crossing Jordan and Nash Bridges. So with lack of experience on one hand, and experience on the other, this will be a screenplay to look out for.
  Actress Charlize Theron (pictured above at the UK Prometheus premiere) has become the 2nd H-wood actress this year to have her films appear at the top 10. The other is British diva Kate Beckinsale  (Underworld: Evolution, Contraband). A major difference being that the former is an Oscar winner for Best Actress. So this year marks a great success for both of them. I had predicted last week that Prometheus would have a US opening of $65m-$70m - I should've spared it for Madagascar.
  Madagascar features top H-town comedians namely Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen to name a few. And plus it's an animated feature in 3-D that is bound to be an above average grosser. The previous two parts were super-hits, and this one's on the trail to box office glory.
  The Avengers just needs a few more weeks to gross $600m in the States. It is the 3rd highest-grossing film of all time behind Titanic and Avatar. I'm surprised this hero flick didn't gross up to $2b. It had such a high opening but may be people didn't catch it another time probably waiting for the blu-ray release. But still, it's way better than the first 2 films.
  It's comic-book competitor The Dark Knight rises is scheduled to release in late July. But I can say the film won't have an iconic opening (or ending) as The Avengers has. MiB3 will probably end up with $150m in the US. It will gross approximately $500m worldwide next week off a production value of $225m.
  Another new entry to the chart is Moonrise Kingdom. It's not a commercial film and stars Bruce Willis and Edward Norton in lead roles - 2 of my fav. actors. The movie's directed by Wes Anderson an Academy Award Winner. Moonrise Kingdom has a high rating of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and may be worth a watch to take our tires eyes off the CGI effects of modern cinema.
  The only horror film in months Chernobyl Diaries from the producers of Paranormal Activity leaves the top 10 chart in its 3rd week. It made a disappointing $16m off $1m worldwide compared to PA's grosses. Hopefully, PA's creator Oren Peli has produced The Lords of Salem due to be released this summer. This horror flick is generating a lot of Internet glamour and I can't wait to see it.
  As of June 12, Prometheus has made $145m off a budget of $120m-$130m. It'll probably finish with $300m-$350m at the end of its theatrical run. But given the grosses of blockbusters nowadays, Prometheus might probably end up as a commercial disappointment, although critics have cheered it on relentlessly. Sir Ridley Scott's reputation perhaps? The IMAX tickets sold very bad as well compared to it's 3-D and 2-D versions. Still, I'll catch this in 2-D or the 3rd dimension next week for sure. I've been eagerly awaiting Theron's comeback. My next cinematic anticipations are Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter releasing worldwide on June 22. Catch the trailer it's intriguing:

  So catch me next Tues. for more actual and forecast BO grosses. Cheers.

(Chart from Box Office Mojo)


Ahamed Shahwath said...

oh no :/

Rashid Malik said...

That's what over rated movies get.

AJaye2009 said...

The Prometheus opening will depend on its 2nd week drop off. That way we'll see if its got legs or not. The fact is it's been in the UK for two weekends now and its durability is questionable. I actually question whether there will be a three part series as planned a la Star wars 1-3. Based on these receipts I bet 20th Century Fox hasn't made up its mind.

The Lords of Salem huh? That's gone under my radar. But I dismiss Oren Peli. He's a one-trick pony just like M. Night Shaymalan.

Hassan Faheem said...

ooooooooooooooh seriously madagascar ....looool   anyway still cant wait to watch prometheus !!!!!!!

Nisar Mustafa said...

Prometheus trilogy really unlikely. Nowadays, even the opening weekend counts as an incentive for producers to invest in sequels. An example is The Avengers, the producers became ready for a sequel right after the first 2 days of the North American release!

Nisar Mustafa said...

I know it's gone be a biggie but maybe not as good as Alien.