Sunday, April 8, 2007

Grindhouse is NOT hitting #1 this weekend

This should come as no surprise to me (even though it IS coming as a surprise).

http://boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/?yr=2007&wknd=14&p=.htm

TW - Title --- Weekend Gross - PTA - Total Gross - Budget-- Week #

1 Blades of Glory -- $23,000,000 - $6,744 - $ 68,383,000 - $61 - 2
2 Meet the Robinsons $17,004,000 - $4,950 - $ 52,235,000 ------- 2
3 Are We Done Yet? - $15,000,000 --$5,213 - $ 19,063,000 ------- 1
4 Grindhouse ------- $11,591,000 - $4,417 - $ 11,591,000 - $53 - 1
5 The Reaping ------ $10,080,000 - $3,872 - $ 12,010,000 ------- 1
6 300 -------------- $ 8,825,000 - $3,300 - $193,880,000 - $65 - 5
7 Wild Hogs -------- $ 6,838,000 - $2,420 - $145,453,000 ------- 6
8 Shooter ---------- $ 5,800,000 - $2,464 - $ 36,656,000 --$61 - 3
9 TMNT ------------- $ 4,935,000 - $1,755 - $ 46,722,000 - $34 - 3
10 Firehouse Dog --- $ 4,000,000 - $1,398 - $ 5,257,000 -------- 1



But the reality is, Grindhouse is over 3 hours long, and therefore it CANNOT crank out as many showings per day as a 2-hour film can (which is exactly what happened to King Kong 16 months ago).

Also, Grindhouse is an "R" and this being a HUGE holiday weekend (Easter) movie attendance will lean more toward family and kiddie fare.

Also, there are some people who just WON'T allow themselves to see a film like Grindhouse. So when the let's-go-to-the-movies suggestion pops up, and is met by the standard gee-what's-playing? question, the commitee-driven process of elimination discussion will immediately blacklist Grindhouse in mere seconds.

8 comments:

Mercurie said...

I think another problem for Grindhouse is that it simply wasn't available in many venues. The nearest theatre showing it to me is 30 miles away. My best friend and I decided to put off seeing until next weekend for precisely that reason.

The Cubicle Reverend said...

Although I plan to see the movie I have noticed that many movie makers forget that most people want family movies since, well, a lot of people have families. I personally just want a good story.

Peter T Chattaway said...

Also, Grindhouse is an "R" and this being a HUGE holiday weekend (Easter) movie attendance will lean more toward family and kiddie fare.

Well, maybe. The #1 movie last year -- indeed, it set a record for Easter weekends -- was Scary Movie 4, which wasn't particularly family- or kiddie-friendly (even if the franchise now churns out PG-13 films instead of R-rated films). And incidentally, Scary Movie 4 was released by the Weinstein Company, just like Grindhouse.

FWIW, the #1 and #2 movies for Easter 2005 were Guess Who and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, both of which were new releases and rated PG-13; the #1 and #2 movies for Easter 2004 were the R-rated The Passion of the Christ (in its 7th week) and the PG-13 Hellboy (in its 2nd week); the #1 and #2 movies for Easter 2003 were the PG-13 Anger Management (in its 2nd week) and the PG new release Holes; the #1 and #2 movies for Easter 2002 were the R-rated new release Panic Room and the PG Ice Age (in its 3rd week); the #1 and #2 movies for Easter 2001 were the PG Spy Kids (in its 3rd week) and the R-rated Along Came a Spider (in its 2nd week); the #1 and #2 movies for Easter 2000 were the PG-13 new releases U-571 and Love & Basketball; and the #1 and #2 movies for Easter 1999 were the R-rated The Matrix and the PG-13 10 Things I Hate about You, both of which were new releases.

Sheila West said...

sorry to hear that, mercurie. It's a cool movie. I think you'll like it.

Sheila West said...

cubicle reverend, yes: family stuff is the bread & butter and the meat & potatoes of Hollywood. But when a REALLY COOL film comes along ... well ... I just like to see cool films succeed at the box office.

Sheila West said...

Peter, I again stand in awe of your box office savvy. Thanks for the history lesson. I could talk box office all day long.

Lucy said...

There's NO WAY my husband will take me to see Grindhouse on account of the 15 MINUTE TEST. Maybe Rodriguez could pass it, but the odds of me surviving TWO lots of the 15 MINUTE TEST are so remote and I'll start dancing in the aisles...

Sheila West said...

I recall reading about your 15 minute test in your blog recently. The first movie will probably pass the test, but not the second one. The second develops much more slowly.