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Weekend Box-Office: August 26-28, 2011

08.28.2011

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I don't think anybody thought this weekend was going to be anything great in the first place, but with that bitch-and-a-half hurricane Irene rocking the East Coast and about 65 million of its inhabitants, the weekend's box-office numbers sucked the bag as most hookers do most evenings. Seriously though, can you believe that THE HELP has been in the top 2 for the past three weekends now? Yeah, that's right and it was the #1 movie in America over the past 2 weekends to boot. I have nothing against the film, but it's strange to see films like FRIGHT NIGHT, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK and COLOMBIANA all performing like balls.

THE HELP has now grossed close to $100M, and that's only on a budget of $25M so expect THE HELP 2: FILIPINO NANNIES in theaters next August! It was actually the lowest total weekend box-office gross of 2011 ($88M) since Superbowl weekend back in early February ($87M). RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is also still performing admirably as it hangs out at number 4 after four weeks of release. The film has now grossed close to $150M and is now the 11th highest grossing film of the summer. That may not make a difference to you, but for our annual JoBlo.com Staff Box-Office contest, that shit might affect results, if it ever manages to surpass KUNG FU PANDA 2 in 10th place (it made $164M over the summer).

In terms of the 3 new releases of the weekend, Luc Besson's COLOMBIANA fared best with a $10M opening, which is decent for a film of its ilk. It apparently cost about $40M to make, but flicks like that do very well worldwide so they shouldn't have a problem recouping their investment on this one. Guillermo Del Toro's DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK made close to $9M for its release, which was also decent for it $25M price tag. BTW, I realize both those films were "produced" by those guys, but they were marketed as "their films" hence my wording above.

The biggest drop of the weekend came from CONAN THE BARBARIAN which can now officially be deemed a "summer bomb" as it lost 70% of its audience from last weekend (which wasn't that big to begin with) and with its $90M price tag (how the f*ck did that happen?), I think it's safe to say that we won't be seeing a CONAN THE DESTROYER anytime soon.

The 3 films to get booted from the top 10 this weekend included 30 MINUTES OF LESS ($32M), FINAL DESTINATION 5 ($38M) and ONE DAY ($9M) in only its 2nd weekend of release.

Next weekend continues the "dump week" for Hollywood studios as APOLLO 18 and SHARK NIGHT 3D are dropped into our collective laps. So even though next weekend's releases don't look too great, what movie are you most looking forward to seeing this September? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Help $14.3 M $96.6 M
2. Colombiana $10.3 M
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3. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark $8.7 M
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4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes $8.6 M $148.5 M
5. Our Idiot Brother $6.6 M
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6. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World $5.7 M $21.7 M
7. The Smurfs $4.8 M $125.9 M
8. Conan the Barbarian $3.1 M $16.6 M
9. Fright Night $3 M $14.2 M
10. Crazy Stupid Love $2.9 M $69.5 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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1:09AM on 08/30/2011
I am glad The Help is doing good. It's a great film.
I am glad The Help is doing good. It's a great film.
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11:12PM on 08/29/2011
This is more evidence of the power of women. They helped push bridesmaids up even when it should have sunk. Now they are raising the help despite it being an average movie. All this while dragging their husbands in with the promise of something good afterwords. That something good is not having to see that movie again for a while unfortunately. Thank god Im not married.
This is more evidence of the power of women. They helped push bridesmaids up even when it should have sunk. Now they are raising the help despite it being an average movie. All this while dragging their husbands in with the promise of something good afterwords. That something good is not having to see that movie again for a while unfortunately. Thank god Im not married.
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9:15AM on 08/29/2011
Been trying all week to go see The Guard and will finally be able to this Wednesday. I honestly think Apollo 18 looks like it will be fun. The Debt, which comes out this week, looks kind of stupid and I have NOOOOOOOO interest in seeing Shark Night.
Been trying all week to go see The Guard and will finally be able to this Wednesday. I honestly think Apollo 18 looks like it will be fun. The Debt, which comes out this week, looks kind of stupid and I have NOOOOOOOO interest in seeing Shark Night.
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4:17AM on 08/29/2011
So I went to see Conan yesterday, knowing full well that the word of mouth wasn’t great. My thinking was, “Hey, it’s Conan, at the very least I’ll get some decent barbarian action and a ‘By Crom!’ or two.” Plus, I owed it to my main man Khal Drogo. Unfortunately, the bad word of mouth was justified. The movie wasn’t terrible so much as it was painfully average. I mean, there’s one point where Conan frees a thief character who tells Conan that he now owes him and that he must come looking for
So I went to see Conan yesterday, knowing full well that the word of mouth wasn’t great. My thinking was, “Hey, it’s Conan, at the very least I’ll get some decent barbarian action and a ‘By Crom!’ or two.” Plus, I owed it to my main man Khal Drogo. Unfortunately, the bad word of mouth was justified. The movie wasn’t terrible so much as it was painfully average. I mean, there’s one point where Conan frees a thief character who tells Conan that he now owes him and that he must come looking for him if he ever needs his help in the future. Later in the movie, Conan tracks him down and asks for him to repay his debt by helping him break into the bad guy’s lair. How does the thief do this? By using a fucking set of keys. Seriously. At one point the thief drops the keys and he's like, "My keys! How will I open the doors now?!”

WORST. THIEF. EVER.

Moral of the story? Marcus Shitspel ruins movies.
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8:09AM on 08/29/2011
Those were skeleton keys... best thief ever ;)
Those were skeleton keys... best thief ever ;)
9:45AM on 08/29/2011
Sure, but having a set of skeleton keys doesn't make you an expert thief. It makes you a guy who's lucky enough to have a set of skeleton keys. :)
Sure, but having a set of skeleton keys doesn't make you an expert thief. It makes you a guy who's lucky enough to have a set of skeleton keys. :)
2:10AM on 08/29/2011
The Help was actually a really good movie. I went in with very moderate expectations and was very, very pleased.
The Help was actually a really good movie. I went in with very moderate expectations and was very, very pleased.
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1:39AM on 08/29/2011
Been a bad month for opening new movies. Fright Night should've opened in October, when will Hollywood learn to open horror flicks during Halloween season?
Been a bad month for opening new movies. Fright Night should've opened in October, when will Hollywood learn to open horror flicks during Halloween season?
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12:09AM on 08/29/2011

NO

I swear I tried to go to the movies in Brooklyn NY
I swear I tried to go to the movies in Brooklyn NY
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11:46PM on 08/28/2011
Yo FUCK YOU Irene, you bitch ass hurricane.
Yo FUCK YOU Irene, you bitch ass hurricane.
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