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10.26.09 14 Comments


In a surprise move, today’s box office estimates reveal that horror movie fans may have a brain, as Paranormal Activity outgrossed Saw VI by seven million dollars.  I normally wouldn’t root for a movie grown-ass men are trying to say is haunted, but it’s pretty easy to root against Saw VI.  At least now we know that, if provided a decent alternative, you sick freaks that absolutely need horror movies will avoid the blatantly mass-produced ones.  This was the worst opening for a Saw movie since Saw I.

Where the Wild Things Are fell a surprising 56% from its opening weekend and looks to have a tough time recouping its $100 million budget.  Where were you at this weekend, marketing slugs?  Notice how they always take credit for success but never failure?

Wild Things rustled up an estimated $14.4 million, lifting its total to $54 million in ten days, but its drop was much steeper than Bridge to Terabithia and other similar titles. [BoxOfficeMojo]

Tough luck, WTWTA.  But take solace in the fact that you made a movie unique enough that the best comparison industry analysts could come up with was f-cking Bridge to Terabithia.  That’s gotta be a victory of some sort.

Film Weekend Per Scrn Total
1 Paranormal Activity $22,000,000 (+12.1%) $11,311 $62,477,000
2 Saw VI $14,800,000 $4,875 $14,800,000
3 Where the Wild Things Are $14,420,000 (-55.9%) $3,861 $53,960,000
4 Law Abiding Citizen $12,713,000 (-39.6%) $4,399 $40,318,000
5 Couples Retreat $11,097,000 (-35.6%) $3,610 $78,213,000
6 Astro Boy $7,017,000 $2,328 $7,017,000
7 The Stepfather $6,500,000 (-43.9%) $2,377 $20,352,000
8 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant $6,348,000 $2,305 $6,348,000
9 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs $5,600,000 (-30.2%) $2,043 $115,204,000
10 Zombieland $4,300,000 (-43.5%) $1,757 $67,308,000

M.I.A.: Where the f-ck is Black Dynamite?  It opened on just 70 screens last weekend and now it doesn’t even seem to have that.  It’s only playing on one screen near me and I live in NYC.  Looks like the rest of the country will have to wait for DVD.  It deserved better. (*sad 70s bass riff*)

[Source = BoxOfficeMojo, CHUD]

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Vince Mancini is a writer, comedian, and podcaster. A graduate of Columbia’s non-fiction MFA program, his work has appeared on FilmDrunk, the UPROXX network, the Portland Mercury, the East Bay Express, and all over his mom’s refrigerator.

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