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SHOCKER: THIS IS IT FAILS TO LIVE UP TO HYPE

By / 11.02.09

Just last week the This is It people were crowing about their movie being the third-highest advanced ticket seller of 2009, and AEG (the concert company) predicted it would make $250 million in the first five days.  Domestically, it made $21.3 million for the weekend, which is less than Funny People made and that was considered a bomb.  It was the number one movie of the weekend, but it was also the only major release, so it basically had no competition. Worldwide five-day total: $101 million.  Which if you’re doing the math at home, is a lot less than $250 million.  Less than a third if my numbers serve me… carry the one… aw crap I hate myself.

Elsewhere, Paranormal Activity continued to kick ass and may eventually get to $100 million.  Couples Retreat and Law Abiding Citizen both held well, proving that mediocrity still holds sway, I guess.  Meanwhile, Where the Wild Things Are fell another 63.8%, meaning it’ll have to try to earn back its $100 million budget on DVD.

Astro Boy and Cirque Du Freak are bombs.  Guess kids are too young for a character that looks like Bob’s Big Boy, and maybe a kids movie with a French title wasn’t the best idea.  Shocking, I know.

Film Weekend Per Total
1 Michael Jackson’s This Is It $21,300,000 $6,119 $32,509,000
2 Paranormal Activity $16,540,000 (-21.6%) $6,880 $84,780,000
3 Law Abiding Citizen $7,303,000 (-41.1%) $2,642 $51,385,000
4 Couples Retreat $6,097,000 (-42.6%) $2,015 $86,663,000
5 Saw VI $5,560,000 (-60.6%) $1,831 $22,824,000
6 Where the Wild Things Are $5,081,000 (-63.8%) $1,394 $61,800,000
7 The Stepfather $3,400,000 (-45.4%) $1,449 $24,748,000
8 Astro Boy $3,035,000 (-54.7%) $1,005 $10,891,000
9 Amelia $3,000,000 (-23.2%) $2,804 $8,306,000
10 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant $2,809,000 (-55.4%) $1,020 $10,521,000

[via CHUD, BoxOfficeMojo]


TOPICSWEEKEND BOX OFFICE
TAGSCOUPLES RETREATmichael jacksonPARANORMAL ACTIVITYTHIS IS IT

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