Just a brief update considering yesterday’s post: but 30 Days Of Night is headed for $17-19 million as per Saturday numbers, with Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married second with $10 million or so, The Game Plan third with $8 million (19% drop.. who the fuck keeps seeing this movie?) and Michael Clayton holding up nicely with about $7 million. The Comebacks and Gone Baby Gone are both headed for around a $6 million opening, Rendition looks like it might have to settle for truly pathetic $4 million, and Things We Lost In The Fire looks to manage maybe $2 million. Oh, and The Ten Commandments and Sarah Landon? Wide releases lucky to make the top twenty! Both are looking at per screen averages under $500.
The only real success of the “new” releases other than Night looks like Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas in 3-D which is heading for an astounding $5 million on just 500 screens. So, in conclusion: 8 new releases, only one hits over $10 million, and a twice-reissued 1993 animated goth musical can make more money than a Witherspoon-Gyllenhaal-Streep thriller playing on four times the screens. This is a nice set-up for Burton’s Sweeney Toddaganza in December.