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Weekend B.O. Nov. 22-24 (As If It’s A Surprise…)

Weekend B.O. Nov. 22-24 (As If It’s A Surprise...)

Of course The
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
was going to be No.1 this weekend – as if it
was going to be a big surprise.

But the question b.o. analysts were asking was whether the
film could beat the $174 million weekend
b.o. opening that Iron Man 3 made
back in May, which still holds the record for the biggest opening for any film
this year.

Predictions were all over the place. Most said the film
would come in around the $150 million
mark, though some early predictions said it could do as much as  $175
, while on Saturday there were predictions of somewhere around a “disappointing
$135 million

Only in a bizarre place such as Hollywood would any film
making $135 million in a single weekend be considered a disappointment.

But in the end, Catching Fire made a stupendous $161 million (and another $141 million overseas), not beating Iron Man’s
record, but does it really matter? That’s a spectacular opening no matter
how you slice it, for any film, and put Catching Fire well on its
way to being one of the highest grossing films of the year, despite opening so late
in the year.

Of course THE
more important question you’re probably most wondering is how did The Best Man Holiday hold up? Well for you fans out there, there’s good
news and bad news. The bad news, is that the film dropped big, over 58% making, $12.5
, for a total so far of $50.3 million. As I suspected in my b.o. report last Sunday, the “fanboys” (or more
accurately “fangirls”) who really
wanted to see the film went out last week. After that, it was more of a “wait
and see”
attitude among the rest of the film going audience.

The good news however though is that it’s still going to
be a big moneymaker, though the film is not going to reach the $100 million mark as some thought it
would. At this stage, it’s looking to top out past $70 million, which is twice what the first film made, and considering its very modest $17 million
production budget, that puts the film well into the black. And also remember
that a third Best Man movie has already been greenlit by Universal.

As for the other main studio release this weekend, the
dismal $8.2 million take for the Dreamworks’ comedy Delivery Man proves once again the lackluster appeal of “how-in-the-hell-did-this-guy-ever-become-a-movie-star?” Vince Vaughn. His one-note, fast talking.
clueless boor shtick is wearing very thin, if it hasn’t worn out by now. In the
real world, he would be tending a bar in some dive somewhere, not
getting lead roles in movies.

12 Years A
has grossed just over
$29 million
so far, and looks like it’s headed for close to $50 million domestically.

1) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire LGF $161,125,000 
2) Thor: The Dark World BV $14,117,000  Total: $167,837,000 
3) The Best Man Holiday Uni. $12,522,000 Total: $50,391,000
4) Delivery Man BV $8,215,000 
5) Free Birds Rela. $5,300,000 Total: $48,594,000 
6) Last Vegas CBS $4,400,000 Total: $53,926,000 
7) Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Par. $3,450,000 Total: $95,451,000 
8) Gravity WB $3,305,000  Total: $245,503,000 
9) 12 Years a Slave FoxS $2,800,000 Total: $29,393,000 
10) Dallas Buyers Club Focus $2,770,000 Total: $6,450,000
11) Ender’s Game LG/S $2,160,000 Total: $57,378,000  
12) Captain Phillips Sony $1,825,000 – Total: $100,700,000  

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Alan Smithee

While BMH is shrewdly profitable, anyone who predicted 100 million clearly has revealed their ignorance of this industry. It was fairly calculated and obvious to most outside the "bubble of black film buzz" where this movie would land. Congrats to Mr. Lee regardless.

Dave, the guy who liked cheese

Sergio, you were right the first time with "fanboys". Keep it real real, bruh.


TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS! That's my cume gambling losses for this week, consequently I need something to ease my pain. Laughter, for the most part, for me, always seems to be the cure. And, as an added punch I need the Dallas Cowboys to win tonight's game against the New York Giants or lose by no more than 2 points. I will not break even for the week if they win but my wounds won't be as deep.

So here I am, as a way to find something to smile about (if only a temporary fix) I thought I'd add my voice to some of these laughable numbers being tossed around. First, SLB thinks the Thanksgiving Holiday will be a shot in the arm of BMH. Well, it's true, families do use movies as a source of family fun time. However, the begging question is, why choose BMH over the other movies? See, I think Sergio was on the right path when he said "fanboys" (or more accurately "fangirls") who really wanted to see the film went out last week". Yep, me think The Best Man Holiday's victory dance will be akin to a person's legs at the end of a grueling 26 mile marathon. They'll make it to the finish line but shaky-shaky-shaky, shake rattle and tired bones will be the dance step they'll do when asked the question "Will y'all make it to the 80 million mark". And, drunk uncle Bob, aunt Lizzy and big momma are not leaving the couch to help BMH reach the 100 million mark. :-O

Now Mark and Darla brought an interesting perspective. Well, I know the O'Jays had a song that went something like… "(What they do) They smile in your face all the time they want to take your place, the BACK STABBERS. Then it's all of you fellows who better beware, somebody's out to get your lady, a few of your buddies they sure look shady. Blades are long, clenched tight in their fist, aiming straight at your back and I don't think they'll miss!"

Oh lord, as I said, Mark and Darla opened the door on those backstabbers who smile in your face… all the time them sneaky SOBs wanna take your place, but ERNCHAMP closed the door. In essence, he said backstabbers all wear the same mask which is absent of color. That's right, backstabbers come in all colors.

But now I'm thinking about this luxury thang Mark & Darla dropped on the floor. I mean, truth be told, filmmaking is a luxury; something – INESSENTIAL – but conducive to pleasure and comfort. In other words, I guess I am suggesting Filmmaking (and the winding road to the top) comes at such a high cost, the "average" black person cannot afford, thus, when they do venture into that deep water with sharks and backstabber, they stand more to lose than their egos. That reminds me, do some blacks follow the shine, glamour and bright lights of a filmmaking career, and thus, leap into that fray wearing blindfolds?

Consequently, if film-making is a luxury outside the reach of most, could that have an impact on a film's quality, leading some to suggest "black films" are sub-par when compared to "others"? I mean, I have to admit that I was one of those who when hearing the words "it's a black film" I would exit stage left. I came to that point by watching tons of movies, most that fell in the catagory of a black film, imo, were "sub-par" and "cheap". I know, I know, what about a time called now? Does anyone care to share their opinion on this… you know… the evolution of black films… where they've been and where they are a now (black films and the viewer)?

And, I had something to say on the film "12 years" numbers, but as usual, I ran my mouth (to the outside of lord knows where) a wee bit too much. SORRY :-)


I think your prediction of $70 milion for BMH is a little conservative. It's already at $50 million and though it was front-loaded, the Thanksgiving Holiday is coming up and with families and friends getting together, I'm expecting a much smaller drop for next weekend than the 58% of this past weekend. Also, why do you see $50 million total cume for Twelve Years? It's at $29 million with $2.8 million this weekend. Unless Fox Searchlight plans on adding thousands more theaters, I don't see it getting past $40 million when it's all said and done.

Mark and Darla

$161 million! Another win for the white folks in hollywood, while black folks backstab each other in hollywood.

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