Hollywood News: Weekend Box Office Recap

Dark Knight blew out the record for the largest single day open: $66.4 million in one day. It then when on to break the record for the biggest open for a film in the month of July.

And then, the latest Batman flick went on to gross $155,340,000 for the weekend, beating "Spider Man 3" to be the largest box office open in recorded history.

By comparison, and as expected, "Hellboy 2" dropped 70.9% from its first weekend, showing just how much of a draw the Dark Knight had over the box office. Amazingly, Hellboy dropped more in the numbers than Eddie Murphy's "Meet Dave" did. This weekend's numbers were better than I had predicted by a long shot.

Here's the run of the weekend:

1 (new) The Dark Knight $155,340,000
2 (new) Mamma Mia! $27,605,376
3 (2) Hancock $14,000,000
4 (3) Journey to the Center of the Earth $11,910,000
5 (1) Hellboy 2: The Golden Army $10,037,500
6 (4) WALL-E $9,813,000
7 (new) Space Chimps $7,350,000
8 (5) Wanted $5,097,135
9 (6) Get Smart $4,085,000
10 (8) Kung Fu Panda $1,750,000


Matthew S. Urdan said...

Mamma Mia! was a very strong second! Considering that Mamma Mia's audience is couples over 30, it will be interesting to see how many that saw that Dark Knight last weekend will opt to see Mamma Mia! this weekend!

Look for Mamma Mia! to perform strongly in its second frame, and possibly to outdo the debut of X-Files on Friday!

The Judge said...

Oh come on! You really think a musical in its second week is going to beat the X Files for box office draw?

Either you are very confident about Mamma Mia (or you work for Universal) or you have really low expectations about X-Files.

I think it will do good, and possibly get better numbers than this week, but beating out a sci-fi film with this much following? Not a chance

Matthew S. Urdan said...

LOL...OK, maybe you're right. But don't underestimate Mamma Mia! or ABBA...

Have you been reading about how well the Mamma Mia soundtrack and ABBA catalog are performing on the world record charts? ABBA Gold is taking off again in the US and around the world, and Mamma Mia! scored over $100 million at teh worldwide box office last weekend. That's 75% world, 25% US. Normally percentages are not skewed like that. Normally they're more in favor of the United States take.

I bet Mamma Mia! will have longer legs than x-files, but Mulder and Scully should reign at the box office this weekend. Batman will run strong, but it's drop will be huge. And honestly, everyone wanted to see Batman when it first came out. Now they'll be looking for alternatives. Mamma Mia! will be one of them.

Remember, Mamma Mia is not just a musical. It's really a nostalgic movie video of 22 of ABBA's biggest hits and a chance to have "the time of your life"--pure fun and escapism.

I could be wrong though...and if so, I'll eat humble pie next Monday Morning.


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