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Weekend Box-Office: February 25-27, 2011

02.27.2011

The Gnomes rule the charts...

Even though the "big story" this weekend could be the fact that last weekend's #3 movie, GNOMEO & JULIET, moved up into the #1 spot this weekend or the fact that THE KING'S SPEECH actually gained 17% more money than last weekend (extremely rare for any film, but even moreso, a film that was released over 3 months ago), it was the major tanking of DRIVE ANGRY that amazed me the most, in fact...I was flabbergasted! (I just wanted to use that word) It might be the first time in a loooooong time that I was so surprised by a film's opening, in fact, it seems as though many of you are in the same boat, as 33% of you believed that it would be #1 this weekend, according to last weekend's POLL. Instead, it opened in 9th place with about $5M.

This week's POLL actually attempts to figure out what happened with DRIVE ANGRY, according to you guys, but I'm sure that cinematic pundits will massage this one for weeks to come. Very strange as 3D is still pretty hot, Cage is usually a pretty good box-office draw and Amber Heard...well, is dang hot! The last time a Nic Cage-starring wide release opened this weakly, was back in 2005 and WEATHER MAN -- and before that, it was 1993's AMON AND ANDREW!! And yeah, that means that crap like SEASON OF THE WITCH and THE WICKER MAN opened better than DRIVE ANGRY! Wow. 

As for the gnomes, it seems as though audiences are really enjoying this film, as it lost only 25% of its audience from last weekend, and has already grossed over $75M in just three weeks. The release of the JUSTIN BIEBER film as a "Fan Cut" this past weekend (sigh) also gave it some legs, as it lost only 30% of its audience from last weekend, and has now surpassed the $60M mark (it cost only $13M to make).

The other "new film" of the week, HALL PASS, opened with decent numbers in 2nd place with about $13M, but it'll be interesting to see how/if it holds up over the next few weeks. The two films to get knocked out of the top 10 this week were THE EAGLE ($18M) and NO STRINGS ATTACHED ($69M).

Next week is a major weekend for new releases, as 4 new flicks all fight to dethrone GNOMEO & JULIET for the #1 spot including a "sci-fi romance" starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt called THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (I believe DARK CITY was already taken), Johnny Depp continuing his great work as a chameleon actor playing an animated chameleon in the Western RANGO, Topher Grace continuing to "pretend" to be younger than he is in real life (he's now 32 years old) alongside the lovely Anna Faris in TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT, as well as Disney's BEASTLY featuring the very cute Vanessa Hudgens. But more importantly...WTF happened with DRIVE ANGRY? VOTE NOW!! PS: Note our live red carpet Oscars on MovieHotties around 7pm tonight, and a live Twitter updates on JoBlo.com during the Oscars...

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Gnomeo & Juliet $14.2 M $75.1 M
2. Hall Pass $13.4 M
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3. Unknown $12.4 M $42.8 M
4. Just Go With It $11.1 M $79.4 M
5. I Am Number Four $11 M $37.7 M
6. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never $9.2 M $62.8 M
7. The King's Speech $7.6 M $114.5 M
8. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son $7.6 M $28.6 M
9. Drive Angry $5.1 M
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10. The Roommate $2.1 M $35.9 M

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9:26AM on 02/28/2011
If this was Cage's lowest opening since the Weather Man, then perhaps Drive Angry is a great movie.. because The Weather Man is one of my favorites.

Can't wait to finally see The Adjustment Bureau, been waiting to see it since last July when it was originally supposed to be released!
If this was Cage's lowest opening since the Weather Man, then perhaps Drive Angry is a great movie.. because The Weather Man is one of my favorites.

Can't wait to finally see The Adjustment Bureau, been waiting to see it since last July when it was originally supposed to be released!
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12:56AM on 02/28/2011
I didn't see Drive Angry, but it actually looked pretty fun and looked like a movie more suited for Nic Cage's crazyness.

I can't wait to see The Adjustment Bereau. I love the concept, Damon and Blunt, and think it looks great.
I didn't see Drive Angry, but it actually looked pretty fun and looked like a movie more suited for Nic Cage's crazyness.

I can't wait to see The Adjustment Bereau. I love the concept, Damon and Blunt, and think it looks great.
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12:53AM on 02/28/2011
I'll tell you want happened you teen dudes bought tickets for gnomes and went to go see Drive angry.
I'll tell you want happened you teen dudes bought tickets for gnomes and went to go see Drive angry.
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12:52AM on 02/28/2011
Whoops! posted in the wrong article.
Whoops! posted in the wrong article.
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12:01AM on 02/28/2011
I can't speak for everyone, but I didn't see Drive Angry just because it looked like a very predictable, good guy guy gets revenge on bad guy movie that used 3D just because it could. Sometimes those can be good, like Death Sentence, or Taken, but not in this case.
I can't speak for everyone, but I didn't see Drive Angry just because it looked like a very predictable, good guy guy gets revenge on bad guy movie that used 3D just because it could. Sometimes those can be good, like Death Sentence, or Taken, but not in this case.
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8:29PM on 02/27/2011
So a movie which looks like Dreamworks' sloppy seconds beats out a bad ass R rated car flick?! Blow me.
So a movie which looks like Dreamworks' sloppy seconds beats out a bad ass R rated car flick?! Blow me.
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7:51PM on 02/27/2011
Really disappointed with Drive Angry's box office numbers. I saw it last night and loved the shit out of it. There were some surprisingly great car chases and gun fights (especially in 3D). I agree with iamtheminn though. The marketing was really bad.
Really disappointed with Drive Angry's box office numbers. I saw it last night and loved the shit out of it. There were some surprisingly great car chases and gun fights (especially in 3D). I agree with iamtheminn though. The marketing was really bad.
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5:28PM on 02/27/2011
Too bad about Drive Angry, it was enjoyable for what it was. But looking at the competition it's easy to see why it didn't make a lot of money compared to the more mainstream movies. I think it'll find a decent audience on dvd/blu-ray.
Too bad about Drive Angry, it was enjoyable for what it was. But looking at the competition it's easy to see why it didn't make a lot of money compared to the more mainstream movies. I think it'll find a decent audience on dvd/blu-ray.
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5:16PM on 02/27/2011

Go Gnomeo!!

Congrats to Gnomeo and Juliet for proving Disney execs wrong and doing some good business!
Should anyone wish to get their hands on some signed Gnomeo and Juliet stuff and support lo budget film-making then please check out [link]
Congrats to Gnomeo and Juliet for proving Disney execs wrong and doing some good business!
Should anyone wish to get their hands on some signed Gnomeo and Juliet stuff and support lo budget film-making then please check out [link]
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4:44PM on 02/27/2011

What the hell was Drive Angry?

I had absolutely no idea what Drive Angry was. Every preview I saw I still did not know what it was. Was Cage a demon, living, or just acting bad? Did the story involve a cult or satan? I also didn't know why his baby girl (apparantly it was his grand-daughter?) was taken? I will see the movie but I seriously had absbolutely no idea what the hell the movie was about. When the [link] (great actor, btw) made a car appear out of thin air I was like 'uhh...when was this movie supernatural?" thats ">
I had absolutely no idea what Drive Angry was. Every preview I saw I still did not know what it was. Was Cage a demon, living, or just acting bad? Did the story involve a cult or satan? I also didn't know why his baby girl (apparantly it was his grand-daughter?) was taken? I will see the movie but I seriously had absbolutely no idea what the hell the movie was about. When the [link] (great actor, btw) made a car appear out of thin air I was like 'uhh...when was this movie supernatural?" thats why it tanked. at least twilights marketing showed you what it was. I was so confused by the previews....very bad..very bad marketing
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4:42PM on 02/27/2011

Disappointing, to say the least

I saw both Drive Angry and Hall Pass this weekend and had a great time with both. I wasn't expecting Drive Angry to do huge numbers, but this is awful. I guess grindhouse isn't a very lucrative genre.

And I hoped Hall Pass would do better because it was a definite return to form for the Farrelly's. Raunchy and outrageous comedy all throughout. Hopefully it'll have decent legs, but I somehow doubt it.
I saw both Drive Angry and Hall Pass this weekend and had a great time with both. I wasn't expecting Drive Angry to do huge numbers, but this is awful. I guess grindhouse isn't a very lucrative genre.

And I hoped Hall Pass would do better because it was a definite return to form for the Farrelly's. Raunchy and outrageous comedy all throughout. Hopefully it'll have decent legs, but I somehow doubt it.
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