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Weekend Box-Office: October 1-3, 2010

10.03.2010


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

Fincher does it again... 

Three new films were released this past weekend but only 1 of them managed to make a significant dent into the top 10 and that was David Fincher's latest piece of cinematic awesomeness entitled THE SOCIAL NETWORK, which despite being known as "the Facebook movie" to a lot of people, has been garnering nothing but extremely positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. The film managed a strong #1 opening with $23M and is expected to break the $100M mark over the coming weeks. So far, 12 of you have posted your reviews on MOVIE FAN CENTRAL with an average rating of 8.9/10.

The other two new releases didn't fare so well with Renee Zelwegger's CASE 39 opening in 7th spot with about $5.4M and Matt Reeves' questionable remake of LET THE RIGHT ON IN entitled LET ME IN opening in 8th place with about $5.3M. I say "questionable" because despite the film's many positive reviews (MFC includes 6 reviews averaging 8/10), many still question why Americans would feel the need to remake a recent foreign film which on its own, was already extremely powerful and effective. You're really running out of creativity these days, aren't you Hollywood?

The biggest drop in the top 10 came courtesy of last week's #1 movie, WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS (PAL), which lost 47% of its audience from last weekend, and ended up in 3rd place this week. The "owl movie" managed the smallest drop-off in its numbers, losing only 32% of its audience from last weekend and remaining solidly in 2nd place. Speaking of solid numbers, Ben Affleck's THE TOWN is officially a massive hit already, closing in on the $65M mark, despite a $37M budget. You go, BenniJen!

For those scoring at home, INCEPTION finally dropped out of the top 10, after its original release on July 16, 2010. The film remained in the top 10 for almost 3 full months (11 weeks to be exact), has made $288M domestically so far and another $486M in foreign markets, with a grand total of $774M worldwide. Wow. That places the film in 33rd place on the all-time worldwide gross list, right behind friggin' STAR WARS!

Director Christopher Nolan's previous flick, THE DARK KNIGHT, is 7th on that list. Somehow, f*ckin' ALICE IN WONDERLAND is 6th on that list, btw. A bigger wow. By the way, if you look at films that aren't part of a "franchise" on that list, INCEPTION is the 8th biggest non-franchise movie of all-time behind AVATAR, TITANIC, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, FINDING NEMO, INDEPENDENCE DAY, E.T. and THE LION KING. The other film to get drop-kicked from the top 10 this past week was RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE with about $57M, which officially makes it the highest grossing RESIDENT EVIL film in that franchise.

Next week sees the release of a few boring looking movies including the latest attempt at trying to force Katherine Heigl down our throats via a romantic comedy vehicle, this one entitled LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, Wes Craven's attempt at scoring another horror hit starring a bunch of no-names entitled MY SOUL TO TAKE and the latest Walt Disney "feel good based-on-a-true-story featuring a person/animal overcoming all odds" movie entitled SECRETARIAT (and for fans of Maggie Gyllenhaal's SECRETARY, this is not the sequel, prequel or remake). A ton of limited releases are also opening in "select cities" including I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, NOWHERE BOY, TAMARA DREWE and STONE. Since next week's line-up looks a little lame, this week's poll question revolves around the opposite of lame: What is your favorite David Fincher movie? VOTE NOW!!!

1. The Social Network $ 23 Million
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2. Legend of the... $ 10.9 Million $ 30 Million
3. Wall Street: Money... $ 10.1 Million $ 35.9 Million
4. The Town $ 10 Million $ 64.3 Million
5. Easy A $ 7 Million $ 42.4 Million
6. You Again $ 5.6 Million $ 16.4 Million
7. Case 39 $ 5.4 Million
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8. Let Me In $ 5.3 Million
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9. Devil $ 3.7 Million $ 27.4 Million
10. Alpha and Omega $ 3 Million $ 19 Million

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11:48AM on 10/04/2010

Speaking of remakes...

Are they really remaking "I Spit on your Grave"? I kind of doubt that it will have the graphic-ness, brutality, and shock value that the original did.
Are they really remaking "I Spit on your Grave"? I kind of doubt that it will have the graphic-ness, brutality, and shock value that the original did.
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9:43AM on 10/04/2010
I'm glad the film did great and went against what all the trolls were saying. I loved the film but not sure if its an Oscar contender because they always oversee great films like last year's Moon
I'm glad the film did great and went against what all the trolls were saying. I loved the film but not sure if its an Oscar contender because they always oversee great films like last year's Moon
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9:04AM on 10/04/2010

Smash?

Since when is 23 mil a smash? People see what they want to see, but some of us are not so easily fooled. At least most people were generally expecting an amount close to this, as opposed to the fools that though Scott Pilgrim was going to be a smash.
Since when is 23 mil a smash? People see what they want to see, but some of us are not so easily fooled. At least most people were generally expecting an amount close to this, as opposed to the fools that though Scott Pilgrim was going to be a smash.
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5:39AM on 10/04/2010

Evidence there is a mature audience

More films like this please, OK, Hollywood?
More films like this please, OK, Hollywood?
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3:08AM on 10/04/2010

Lawyer up.

The film's in first place, we'll call that a victory. I'm even happier that it was a good movie. I'll probably see it again.
The film's in first place, we'll call that a victory. I'm even happier that it was a good movie. I'll probably see it again.
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2:47AM on 10/04/2010
Good for The Social Network & Fincher but since when does a $23 mil opening guarantee a $100 mil gross. Also i don't get the problem about remaking or "americanizing" other foreign films. I'm most definitely sure other countries have remade films from America but you just don't hear about it as much.
Good for The Social Network & Fincher but since when does a $23 mil opening guarantee a $100 mil gross. Also i don't get the problem about remaking or "americanizing" other foreign films. I'm most definitely sure other countries have remade films from America but you just don't hear about it as much.
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1:56AM on 10/04/2010

WetOREO

Saying that a horror film stars a bunch of "no names" and making it sound like a bad thing is pretty disrespectful. I believe the origunal Elm Street starred a bunch of "no names".
Saying that a horror film stars a bunch of "no names" and making it sound like a bad thing is pretty disrespectful. I believe the origunal Elm Street starred a bunch of "no names".
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1:07AM on 10/04/2010
Inception made money? Or did it? What about inflation and all the other crap that gets slung at high grossing movies these days? Inception is immune in the eyes of geeks!
Just behind Star Wars my ass! Don't quote inflation when it suits and ignore it when it doesn't.
Inception made money? Or did it? What about inflation and all the other crap that gets slung at high grossing movies these days? Inception is immune in the eyes of geeks!
Just behind Star Wars my ass! Don't quote inflation when it suits and ignore it when it doesn't.
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12:14AM on 10/04/2010
Shitty pussass vampires do well in the theater, and vampires done right with a great story does bad? Someone wanna explain that?

The "You hafta invite me in" in the original was better. Car crash scene was pretty redeeming though
Shitty pussass vampires do well in the theater, and vampires done right with a great story does bad? Someone wanna explain that?

The "You hafta invite me in" in the original was better. Car crash scene was pretty redeeming though
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9:52AM on 10/04/2010
i thought the majority of the film was better than the original. dont hate me but i thought Mcphee played the boy better than the kid in the Swede film.
i thought the majority of the film was better than the original. dont hate me but i thought Mcphee played the boy better than the kid in the Swede film.
10:23PM on 10/03/2010

Let Me In

It's a shame this movie wont make money.. Finally a decent remake is done and no one wants to see it? The performances we're stellar and they were done by kids! The Social Network deserves all the praise it's getting for sure. But Let Me In deserves more credit than it's getting.
It's a shame this movie wont make money.. Finally a decent remake is done and no one wants to see it? The performances we're stellar and they were done by kids! The Social Network deserves all the praise it's getting for sure. But Let Me In deserves more credit than it's getting.
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9:59PM on 10/03/2010
"many still question why Americans would feel the need to remake a recent foreign film" -


I love it when people try to make it sound like we hold a nationwide vote on which foreign movie we're going to remake next.

Besides, it appears to be listed as an US/UK production.
"many still question why Americans would feel the need to remake a recent foreign film" -


I love it when people try to make it sound like we hold a nationwide vote on which foreign movie we're going to remake next.

Besides, it appears to be listed as an US/UK production.
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12:18AM on 10/04/2010
I obviously meant American studios(!). What's with the nitpicking?
I obviously meant American studios(!). What's with the nitpicking?
4:20AM on 10/04/2010
C'mon, you see how that reads.
C'mon, you see how that reads.
9:30PM on 10/03/2010
I'm disappointed with the numbers for Let Me In. Finally, here's a remake that is good and it bombs? FTW? Here's a vampire movie that is actually good. I can't even comprehend how it did so badly? I don't kno--HOW? This pisses me off.
I'm disappointed with the numbers for Let Me In. Finally, here's a remake that is good and it bombs? FTW? Here's a vampire movie that is actually good. I can't even comprehend how it did so badly? I don't kno--HOW? This pisses me off.
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10:25PM on 10/03/2010
dude I am right there with you. Let Me In was fantastic! I enjoyed it more than the original.
dude I am right there with you. Let Me In was fantastic! I enjoyed it more than the original.
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9:05PM on 10/03/2010
Let Me In was fantastic. A perfect blend between the original and the book. I was blown away by it. Just saying.
Let Me In was fantastic. A perfect blend between the original and the book. I was blown away by it. Just saying.
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8:34PM on 10/03/2010

Bleh

I'd rather rent Let Me In.
I'd rather rent Let Me In.
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6:26PM on 10/03/2010

Eh...?

23M is a strong opening? The bar isn't raised very high then huh?
23M is a strong opening? The bar isn't raised very high then huh?
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7:22PM on 10/03/2010
For a drama where your biggest star is the singer playing the third-billed, no.
For a drama where your biggest star is the singer playing the third-billed, no.
10:36PM on 10/03/2010
It would've been higher if people who are biased simply because it's a movie about Facebook would've given it a shot. By the way, did you see it yet or are you still giving a film shit you haven't seen?
It would've been higher if people who are biased simply because it's a movie about Facebook would've given it a shot. By the way, did you see it yet or are you still giving a film shit you haven't seen?
5:47PM on 10/03/2010
The social network deserved every penny it earned! Wow! I haven't seen a film that well written, directed and shot in a while. If you haven't seen it or have some incredibly lame reason to not get off your ass and see it I urge you to change your mind. Very socially relevant film I hope it continues to do well. Sorkin will win the oscar for this film. My only complaint was the dumbass people checking their facebook accounts while watching the film...get off your phones!!!!!!
The social network deserved every penny it earned! Wow! I haven't seen a film that well written, directed and shot in a while. If you haven't seen it or have some incredibly lame reason to not get off your ass and see it I urge you to change your mind. Very socially relevant film I hope it continues to do well. Sorkin will win the oscar for this film. My only complaint was the dumbass people checking their facebook accounts while watching the film...get off your phones!!!!!!
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4:39PM on 10/03/2010
I'm not sure how I feel about LET ME IN. On the one hand, I'm glad it didn't open well because I don't want Hollywood to think remaking quality foreign films is a good idea. On the other hand, if it HAD opened well it might have at least worked to convince Hollywood that if they are going to remake quality foreign films, they should do so with respect and not sanitize it.
I'm not sure how I feel about LET ME IN. On the one hand, I'm glad it didn't open well because I don't want Hollywood to think remaking quality foreign films is a good idea. On the other hand, if it HAD opened well it might have at least worked to convince Hollywood that if they are going to remake quality foreign films, they should do so with respect and not sanitize it.
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4:18PM on 10/03/2010
Good for Fincher and co.---I have to say the trailer didn't entice me to want to see it, but the positive word of mouth tells me it's probably a worthwhile watch.

As for Fincher's best, the obvious choice is "Fight Club", the dark horse is "Zodiac", but I'm mostly partial to the great cinematic mindfuck that is "The Game", so I'll go with that.
Good for Fincher and co.---I have to say the trailer didn't entice me to want to see it, but the positive word of mouth tells me it's probably a worthwhile watch.

As for Fincher's best, the obvious choice is "Fight Club", the dark horse is "Zodiac", but I'm mostly partial to the great cinematic mindfuck that is "The Game", so I'll go with that.
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3:41PM on 10/03/2010
This was not the strongest opening for The Social Network, just like most movies this time of year. It was also more of an event release, in other words front-loaded. The box office probably won't get interesting again until Megamind in a month. That's gonna be a big'un.
This was not the strongest opening for The Social Network, just like most movies this time of year. It was also more of an event release, in other words front-loaded. The box office probably won't get interesting again until Megamind in a month. That's gonna be a big'un.
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4:31PM on 10/03/2010
I think you forget Megamind opens up against Due Date, that movie "from the director of the Hangover" starring RDJ and Zach Galifianakis. I have a feeling that's gonna give Megamind a run for it's money. Yes it's audience is slightly more limited and it's not in 3D but I think it might warrant more repeat viewings. We'll see.
I think you forget Megamind opens up against Due Date, that movie "from the director of the Hangover" starring RDJ and Zach Galifianakis. I have a feeling that's gonna give Megamind a run for it's money. Yes it's audience is slightly more limited and it's not in 3D but I think it might warrant more repeat viewings. We'll see.
5:12PM on 10/03/2010
Megamind looks very predictable and uninspired to me... but it will make a ton of money most likely.
Megamind looks very predictable and uninspired to me... but it will make a ton of money most likely.
7:25PM on 10/03/2010
People aren't anticipating much from Megamind, really. The trailers and ads haven't inspired much interest. It'll do better than the Owls and far better than the Wolves, but that's about it.
People aren't anticipating much from Megamind, really. The trailers and ads haven't inspired much interest. It'll do better than the Owls and far better than the Wolves, but that's about it.
3:17PM on 10/03/2010
I'm pretty satisfied Let Me In didn't do too well. Maybe now it will convince them to stop remaking excellent movies for a little while.
I'm pretty satisfied Let Me In didn't do too well. Maybe now it will convince them to stop remaking excellent movies for a little while.
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10:28PM on 10/03/2010
Go and see it before you judge it.
it's better than the foreign original.
Go and see it before you judge it.
it's better than the foreign original.
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