Sumofale – Week 9

‘Ted’s Weekend is a Picnic

“Did you hear there was movie where a bunch of dudes get naked?”
“Um hello? I’m naked all the time”
Ted had a great opening weekend, bringing in $54.4 million. It takes the record for highest opening weekend for an R-rated original comedy. We now go down to street reporter Anna Davitt. Anna,

“Thanks Rhys, I’m here at The AMC Lowes Kips Bay 15 for an ‘innocent’ ladies night watching naked men dance on screen. I should tell you Rhys, that Kips Bay is jumping. There are many, many people here lined up to see the Sunday night showings of Ted. People are coming up and down the escalators in packs. This theater is usually very empty. Its my movie oasis. I haven’t seen this many people here since The Hunger Games. Ted definitely will pull in some big numbers this weekend. In Kipps Bay, I’m Anna Davitt, Sumofale News.”

Thanks Anna. Good reporting. And now the weather…

So Magic Mike had a pretty good opening weekend as well, making $39.1 million. That is a pretty decent opening and puts it in $100 million range, especially since it got fairly good reviews, I think it’ll have some lasting power. This also proves that Andy wasn’t the exception to the rule that second round picks suck. It just means Liz, Danielle, Sean and I chose poorly, as Magic Mike has already made more than Rock of Ages and almost as much as WTEWYE.

Coming in third, was Brave, with $34.1 million. This brings Brave‘s 10 day total to $131.7 million, which is better than last summer’s Cars 2. This means Brave should finish with well over $200 million.

In fourth this weekend was Tyler Perry with a decent $25.4 million. This was better than I was expecting, but its still not very good. I think we can look for something in the $60 million range.

Rounding out the top 5, is Madagascar 3, with another $11.8 million. This movie is finally on the decline, but it was a good run for Andy PoopyPants while it lasted, and is not completely over.

Other things of note from the weekend:

  • Abe the Vampire Slayer went from “did better than I thought” (Trueheart, T. 7/1/2012) to “Ooooo, that’s not very good” Cringeface. (Warburton, R. Five seconds ago). It dropped 63% to bring in only $6 million in its second weekend. RIP
  • Moonrise Kingdom expanded into 459 theaters (854) total and brought in $4.9 million ($18.5 million total). How long will this movie expand? And how many theaters will it expand into? While its killing it, relatively (still $5k per theater), its still on such a small scale that I don’t see it making tons and tons of money. The BEMH had $31 million at this point and was in 1300 theaters.
  • Newby, People Like Us made a putrid $4.3 million in its debut. Footlong Flop Sandwich with Cheese, Five Dollars at Subway!
  • To Rome With Love expanded into another 24 theaters (29 total), bringing in $692k this weekend. It still averaging a very good $23k per theater. I think it’s a little early to figure out how many theaters it will eventually open to and how much it will end up making.
  • Opening in only 4 theaters, Beasts of the Southern Wild pulled in $169k, averaging a nice $42k per theater. Again, we’ll see how many theaters this expands into, but if this movie is as good as people say, this could be out until the Oscars.
  • The Avengers crossed $600 million this week, making it the 3rd highest grossing movie ever.


  1. Pak Attack – $671,553,160 (5 movies 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)
  2. Andy PoopyPants – $371,138,700 (5 movies 1, 2, 5, 6, 7)
  3. Prometheus Looks Too Scary – $289,310,964 (5 movies 1, 2, 3, 5, 7)
  4. The Boss Possum – $232,188,654 (5 movies 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)
  5. Lucky Number Slevin – $174,728,833 (3 movies 1, 4, 7)
  6. Anna – $97,717,765 (4 movies 2, 3, 6, 7)
  7. Riggins Wrecks – $63,986,240 (2 movies 2, 7)

So, it should be pointed out that I did not have a movie come out at all during the month of June, which has reflected itself accordingly in the standings.

Anna took a nice little $40 million leap out of the basement.

Tanya has been moving very slowly the last couple weeks (but steadily upward), but only has had three movies out and has been riding Snow White, which has made an amazing $145.6 million this summer.

The Bossum is the latest member of the $200 million club, but can he make a serious run at the top 3 with only his 3rd and last round picks (The Expendables 2 & 360) yet to open?

Liz looks to be in range of $300 million and with Ted dominating, Beasts due to expand, and Step Up still to come, $400 is a possibility.

Andy now has Danielle in his sites, only behind by $300 million.

And Danielle, well…

You hopefully can expect another post later in the day, due Spider-man opening today and no one being in my office today.

So Sumofale for now!

Coming Attractions – 4th of July Edition

Happy Insumofalependence Day! I’m just going to lump all of this week’s openings into this one super long post, instead of writing one post today, one on Thursday and one for Friday. I’d rather not spend my 4th of July in front of the computer. And my WordPress iPhone app, though extremely convenient and very cool, is difficult to use for an entire post. Alaska Vacation Rules are in effect (RottenTomato and Metacritic scores are early so they may not be accurate but you’ll get the gist). Here’s what’s coming out this week…

The Amazing Spider-man (Riggins Wrecks)

Let’s start this week with a little history lesson. Why the hell are they rebooting a movie only 5 years after it had a kajillion dollar sequel? Well back in the 90s, Marvel comics was in dire straits financially. So, looking to make a few quick bucks it sold off the movie rights to many of their characters (X-Men, Spider-Man, DareDevil, Fantastic Four, Punisher, Blade, maybe some others that I don’t care to look up and honestly Sean’s the only one who’s still reading this part). The result? Well, Fox made X-Men, and that made a shit load of money (approximation). Columbia Pictures, who was then swallowed up by Sony, owned the rights to the Spider-Man characters and realized that it too could capitalize on the comic book movie trend and made the movie, Spider-man in 2002. Could capitalize turned into did capitalize, as Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 became two of the all-timingest (13th & 18th) money making movies. They’ve made over $777 million combined domestically, and over $1.6 billion worldwide. And people now only remember Spider-man 3 for this scene, but it actually made $336.5 million domestically (24th all time).

Meanwhile, Marvel was bought by Disney. Now armed with Mickey Mouse money, Marvel realized that they too could make money from their properties. They started their own production company (Marvel Studios) and then launched their plan to rule the movie world: Iron Man begets Iron Man 2 begets The Incredible Hulk begets Thor begets Captain America: The First Avenger begets The Avengers begets $600 million. (Oh and as a side note: they’re going to make Iron Man 3, Captain America 2, Thor 2, and The Avengers 2 and 3.  Plus, I’m starting to read Ant-Man rumors.)

Back at Sony, they were in serious talks with the old guard to make Spider-Man 4. Topics of dicussion: Tobey McGuire is on the books for $50 million for the next 2 movies, Kirsten Dunst is on the fence and Sam Raimi wants her to come back, Sam Raimi hated the way the suits forced Venom into Spider-Man 3 and wanted more (read: all) creative control (Crazy Theory Alert: My brother heard this too and is convinced that Raimi put the crazy emo dance scene in the movie to purposely sabatage the movie). I was actually able to get my hands on the transcript from the board meeting at the Sony Offices:

Suit#1: Shit that’s a lot of money before we even start shooting!

Suit#2: And I love meddling with plots.

Suit#3: Hey, I’ve got a perfect idea. Let’s not use any of them, hire a brand new director, some cheap actors and do it for half the price.

Suit#2: Why don’t we just make Spider-Man 1 again?

Suit#1: Great idea! I’ve got the agent for that guy who directed 500 Days of Summer in my rolodex.

Suit#3: Perfect. Who wants to go club some seals?

And you’re probably thinking, why does any of this matter? Well, if Sony doesn’t make a Spider-Man vehicle in a certain amount of time, the property goes back to the increasingly powerful Marvel. So when talks for Spider-man 4 stalled, the studio still had to make a Spider-Man movie. Reboot it is! Lesson over. Exam will be next Tuesday.

So, after how unbelievably awesome The Avengers did at the box office this summer, coupled with the fact that everyone and their grandmother is excited to see The Dark Knight Returns, I thought The Amazing Spider-man was going to be the function of comic book movie fatigue and suffer at the box office. Well, my song has changed! My hopes are high! 3rd place here I come! Its doing well critically. RottenTomatoes has it at 74%. MetaCritic scores it a 67. Oh MetaCritic you old, wet blanket. On top of that, its been doing well worldwide already. It beat The Avengers in South Korea! If that doesn’t predict the market, I don’t know what does. (Oh and Bee-Tee-Dubs, Ice Age 4? That one’s mine too. I’m roaring back, baby!)

Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D (Riggins Wrecks)

Though this movie is getting good reviews, (RottenTomatoes has it at 100% (whaddup!!!) and MetaCritic has 1 okay review) I honestly haven’t seen tons of ads and posters for it the way I have for every other movie this summer. So, while I’m hopeful that the combination of tweens with their summers off and a 3D movie will lead to big sales for Riggins Wrecks, I’m a bit worried. I did overhear in the East Village, some NYU girl with her friends, say: “Oh my god guys, stop! Will you go see the Katy Perry movie with me when it comes out? For real?” They all said “Yes”. Now if that isn’t a market forecast, I don’t know what is.

Savages (Riggins Wrecks)

I heard you all this weekend.

“Looks lame.”

“I thought someone had drawn those silly masks on the actors’ faces.”

“John Travolta’s in it.”

Well guess what. It’s good. RottenTomatoes has 91% of critics liking it (though its only 10, so far). MetaCritic has all 3 of its reviews as positive. Wait 3 reviews? MetaCritic, you are on probation. I could almost excuse the general negativity compared to RottenTomatoes, but only 1 review for KP3D and now only 3 for Savages? Come on, this is Bush League.

Sorry for the digression. The movie is based on the critically acclaimed book of the same name, which The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, and Entertainment Weekly all have as a Favorite Book of The Year for 2010. A lot of the reviews seem to be claiming this is a return to form for Oliver Stone. Though he’s never made blockbuster-type money, with only one movie making more than $100 million (Platoon) and the next largest grossing movie being only $75 million (Any Given Sunday). What does all that add up to? No clue. Seriously.

The Magic of Belle-Isle (Prometheus Looks Too Scary)

Veterans of The Bucket List, dynamic duo of Morgan Freeman and Rob Reiner are back again to make a movie about an old guy who’s lost his way in life. I used the “snooze” joke last week, so…Snoooooooze.

It’s apparently not that bad. RottenTomatoes has it coming in at 67%. MetaCritic you stay in your corner. It’ll get some old folks, the The Bucket List crowd. It does sound like good counter-programming to a superhero movie, action drug-cartel movie, and a teenie bopper movie. I just don’t know if people are actually going to see it, especially since its a very limited release.

Oh, and we’re all out on Morgan Freeman, right?

After an entire month of not having a single release, I’m back this week with 3 openings! No more basement for me! My time is now!

Sumofale 4th of July everyone!

SuMoFaLe X

Riggins Wrecks Swings Out of the Basement

It feels like I’m wearing nothing at all! Nothing at all! Nothing at all!

The Good

Yeeaahhhh Spider-man! Do your thing! This weekend’s number 1 movie brought in $62 million, and had a 6-day total of $137 million. The Amazing Spider-Man broke the record for most ever Tuesday sales. Take that The Avengers! Spidey’s 6-day total nearly equaled that of the first Spider-Man movie ($144.2 million) but did not come close to Spider-Man 2 ($180.1 million) or 3 ($176.2 million). It’s six day gross did outdo another comic book reboot, Batman Begins ($79.5 million). If it almost doubled Batman Begins, which grossed $205 million total, and came close to Spider-Man‘s opening gross, which ended up at $403 million total, there’s a good chance that The Amazing Spider-Man will certainly make $300 million and $400 million could be in play. Of course, there’s a potential $400-$500 ($600?) million albatross that could easily ruin that.

Unfortunately, I was unable to cash in on the whole 3D craze. Only 44% of Spider-Man‘s gross (grosses? greese? Is it like goose? or moose?) came from 3D ticket sales. I wonder if everyone feels kinda the same way I do, and saw The Avengers in 3D (52% of opening weekend gross came from 3D tickets), thought “that wasn’t really worth the extra six bucks” and refused to see any other movies this summer in 3D. IMAX results for both movies were pretty similar. ($14.3 million for Spider-Man and $15.3 million for Avengers, which actually means, that since Spider-Man made less than Avengers, a larger percentage of people went to see Spider-Man in IMAX, which actually means… nothing at all.)

Coming in second, with another strong weekend is Ted. Down 41% yet up in 17 new theaters, Ted brought in another $32.2 million, bringing its 10-day total to $119.8 million.

Brave continues its strong run, with a third place finish this weekend. Making $19.6 million, Brave brought its 3 week total to $174 million. Even with Ice Age 17 coming this upcoming weekend, Brave is still in over 3800 theaters and will make well over $200 million.

Not in the Top 5, but in the Top 10 and noteworthy this week, To Rome with Love expanded into 777 theaters and pulled in…$3.1 million. Its nice and everything, but it only gives Rome $5.6 million total. I feel like that’s good for a participation trophy, but that’s about it.

The Bad

Savages opened this weekend in 4th place to $16 million. It does mark Oliver Stone’s highest ever R-rated opening weekend. But, um, big whoop. An interesting thing happened with this movie (something I learned from NY Mag’s Your Box Office Explained weekly column, which is mandatory reading for me and where I get most of my information, along with Box Office Mojo, and is probably much better than this blog, but they get paid to do that shit, so whatever). It apparently got moved up from the last weekend in September, where a similar R-Rated crime drama, The Town, did very well last year. Savages was set to open on over 3300 screens in September, but the studio, Universal, moved it up to the same weekend as Spider-Man. (Why does that sound like a good idea?) Instead of 3300, this weekend the movie only opened on some 2600 screens. (Many of those screens did actually sell out, however) The thing I found interesting was that Universal also owns Ted, which was due to open later in the summer. It too got moved up to replace G.I. Joe, and has been doing exceptionally well these past 2 weeks, so well that Universal/theaters don’t want to pull it from screens, screens that would/should go to Savages. So Universal is cutting off its leg to spite its foot or is it head to spite its face? Something like that, right?

Apparently, the gays took the weekend off, because Magic Mike fell 60% to $15.6 million. It has still made $72 million and certainly has the potential to make well over $100 million.

Also falling nearly 60% was Madea, making $10 million at the box office this weekend. This movie can not go away fast enough.

The Ugly

Oh Katy Perry. So sad. $7.2 million this weekend, and $10.2 million total thanks to an early release. She’s no Michael Jackson. Can’t hold a candle to the Biebs. She can’t even compete with the Jonas Brothers.

Also ugly: Seeking a Friend f– Oh right! SFEW. This movie made only $1 million this weekend, its second weekend in release. And its in 1600 theaters. Its only made $7 million in 2 weeks. Ah. That made me feel better.

I actually had to do some Googling, but I found the box office results for the Magic of Belle Isle: $10k. Yup.


  1. Pak Attack – $703,492,900 (5 movies 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  2. Andy PoopyPants – $403,573,805 (5 movies 1, 2, 5, 6, 7)
  3. Prometheus Looks Too Scary – $360,275,652 (6 movies 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7)
  4. The Boss Possum – $276,747,775 (5 movies 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)
  5. Riggins Wrecks – $228,714,716 (5 movies 1, 2, 4, 6, 7)
  6. Lucky Number Slevin – $183,807,858 (3 movies 1, 4, 7)
  7. Anna – $133,045,615 (4 movies 2, 3, 6, 7)
Isn’t it pretty?

Break It Down Like This!

Pak Attack continues to ride The Avengers into the sunset. She’s basically the 2007 Cleveland Cavaliers. Her other movies don’t even add up to $100 million, yet she’s beating the pants off everyone in the league. She’s beating Me, Tanya and Anna combined! By $160 million! Ugh. Pak Attack is will be first to release all 7 6 of her movies, and will use the rest of the summer to sit and watch us fail to catch up to her. Easy Money, a movie about “A young man becomes a runner for a coke dealer” comes out this Wednesday. I don’t see it making much money, and all of her other movies have started to slow down, so it looks like where Danielle is now, is where she’s gonna end up. Here’s your participation trophy, Danielle.*

*Sorry Sean.

Andy PoopyPants has now passed $400 million, thanks to that extra $5 million that Woody Allen chipped in. MIB3 and Madagascar 3 have been great performers for him, bringing in close to $200 million each. His other movies, Moonrise Rome Guaranteed, have only brought in a combined $35 million, however. He’s still $300 million behind Danielle and with only two movies left, Sparkle and Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2, I don’t see him closing that gap.

Prometheus Looks Too Scary has had a great run from Ted (6th round pick!) which has allowed Liz to pick up some ground on Andy. Another great week from Ted and they could be neck and neck. Unfortunately, Step Up 4, her last movie left to open, is not going to make $300 million, so she’s not going to catch the Pak Attack. Although, if its as good as Anna thinks it looks, Liz could pass Andy.

It does not look very good for The Bossum. Brave will end up making $200 million and probably more, but with only The Expendables 2 and 360, which “Weaves together stories of an array of people from disparate social backgrounds through their intersecting relationships,” left to come out this summer for Sean, he’s definitely reeling from how badly The Dictator flopped. Sorry Sean, again.

It was a good week for Riggins Wrecks. We (its a team after all) jumped from the basement to 5th place. We were saddened by the news of Katy Perry‘s epic failure. We regrouped after Savages had a crappy opening night to fight for a decent showing on Saturday and Sunday. We were in awe of the awe… someness of The Amazing Spider-Man. But, we know it doesn’t look good for us either. Even with the $200 million-plus potential of Ice Age 4, Spider-Man‘s going to have to make at least $400 million for us to have a chance at winning this thing. Hope Springs with Merrill Streep and Tommy Lee Jones is not gonna go for $150 million. Hopefully we get a good draft pick next year.

Tanya Tanzania is still chugging along letting SWatH grab a couple million each week, $150 million total. Although she’s in second-to-last place, Tanya Thailand has the most upside with Bourne Legacy and Total Recall having blockbuster potential. Tanya Turks and Caicos also has a 50/50 shot of getting a breakout-sleeper movie with Neighborhood Watch The Watch and The Odd Life of Timothy Green. So, even though Tanya Tunisia is currently in 6th, I don’t think she’s gonna finish there. Did you guys know there’s a country called Tuvalu?

Poor Anna’s Team. Spending so much time in or around last place. Here’s the thing though, Magic Mike is doing well and even though it dropped off 60% this weekend, its far from done. Anna’s still got The Campaign (Will Ferrell and Zach Galfianakis. Funny dudes.) and Paranorman (ummmm, well I saw an ad for it walking home yesterday!). But of course, there’s still The Dark Knight Rises. I don’t think its going to make as much as The Avengers, especially since there’s no 3D involved,  but The Dark Knight made $533 million and I think even more people will go see this one because its the end of the trilogy (credit: Crowley, Sean), and people want to know how things end, like that lady I saw in Target back when we were living in Boston, who flipped to the last page of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (after reading it, she frowned, shrugged, and then put the book back). ($533 million added to Anna’s Team, with minimal grosses from her other yet-to-be-released movies, would put her in first.) Plus, The Dark Knight Rises has no real competition for 3 weeks: Its the only movie coming out its opening weekend (7/20). The following weekend (7/27) it goes up against Step Up and The Watch. The next weekend (8/3) its Wimpy Kid 2 and Total Recall. Its not till the second weekend in August (8/10) does it hit a serious contender in Bourne Legacy. Mark it down for $1 zillion.

Lastly, a chart I included a couple weeks ago, called “Adjusted Total Earnings” which multiplies the total gross of each movie you own by the round you selected them in, is a little bit more interesting to look at now than before.

I think that’s all I got for this week!


Coming Attractions – July 11 (Special Wednesday Edition)

Pak Attack’s final movie opens today…

Easy Money (Pak Attack)

I think this movie should be called by its original swedish title Snabba Cash. Are you telling me you’re not more interested in seeing a movie called ‘Snabba Cash’ than one called ‘Easy Money’? Yeah, I thought so. Anyway, the title Easy Money is already taken. (What a great poster right?)

Reviews are pretty favorable, thought there’s not a ton of them. Rotten Tomatoes has 75% of 8 critics liking it, where MetaCritic gives it a score of 66 based on 6 reviews. The bad news is that its playing at one theater, The Film Forum on West Houston. And its only playing for 2 weeks. Will it make more than $383? I guess we’ll see.

Snabba Sumofale!

Coming Attractions – July 12th

This post is a day early since we leave for Newport tonight. Andy and Tanya Tartare, you will be missed. Alaskan Vacation Rules are in effect again for this post.

Thank freaking god there’s only one movie coming out this weekend. After several 4-movie weekends in a row, its nice to get a little break. Here’s what’s coming out this week…

Ice Age: Continental Drift (Riggins Wrecks)

The Ice Age movies have done very well at the Box Office, making near $200 million each. (It gets all weird if you try to adjust for inflation, where all the movies made more than $200 million, and Ice Age and Ice Age 2 have made around $240 million. Allegedly.) The movies are just about as successful as the Madagascar movies (Ice Age made a bit more, when adjusted for inflation. Allegedly.). So, Madagascar 3 has basically made $200 million, so far (its sitting at $198 million, as of this writing, but it made $1.2 million on Tuesday alone, so it’ll probably be there by today or tomorrow), does that mean that we can expect Ice Age 4 to rake in $200 million? Well, I certainly hope so.

It does have the whole 3D thing going for it. I was wondering if kids were more likely to ‘buy’ 3D movie tickets, but, unfortunately, its a hard metric to find (read: didn’t come up after 10 seconds of Googling). Madagascar 3 scored about 45% of its opening gross as 3D tickets as did Kung-Fu Panda 2. So lets set the bar there.

Reviews, however, are not looking great. RottenTomatoes is at around 52% and MetaCritic scored it around 55. (There MetaCritic, did you learn your lesson?) But, who needs a good movie when you’ve got Scrat? I love Scrat. Scrat’s the best!

That’s it? Sweet. Well with all this time on my hands, how bout an opossum picture? Its been a while. (Interesting tidbit, by the way.)


SUMOFALE – Week 11

‘Drift’ing into 1st, Ice Age makes a Cool $46 million

Awwww, It’s like Dorry and Raspy!

Though I should be happy with the top 2 movies in the country this week, I feel like if Spider-Man had dominated the weekend again, it would be better for me in the long run. Instead, Ice Age: Continental Drift won the weekend with a not-all-that-impressive-but-still-pretty-good $46.6 million. It’s definitely not as good as other animated fare this year, like Brave ($66.3 million) or Madagascar 3 ($60.3 million), and is far below Ice Age 2 ($68 million). It is on par with Ice Age, the first ($46.3 million), which would make me excited since that movie went on to make $176 million, but that movie was also out for 25 weeks (!!!). Ice Age 4 did not have a huge 3D take, as only 35% of all gross sales were due to 3D. Not good considering more than 70% of the 3900 theaters that screened the movie screened it in 3D. Can we officially pronounce 3D dead? Please?

Coming in second this weekend was The Amazing Spider-man with $34.6 million. That’s only a 44% decrease from last week, which is a good sign for longevity. The movie also moved past the $200 million mark on Sunday.

Another strong showing from Ted this weekend, coming in 3rd. It pulled in another $22 million, bringing its 3 week total to $159.3 million.

Brave brought in another $11 million this weekend, to come in 4th. The movie was pulled from 499 theaters, but still will pass $200 million (its at $196 million right now), making it the 10th Pixar movie to do so.

Rounding up the top 5, is Savages, with $9.4 million. Everything I read said this was good, as it was down only 41% from last week (and actually moved into 7 new theaters!), but $32 million total is not cutting it.

Other notables of the weekend:

    • Magic Mike = good. Made another $9 million, bringing its total to $91.8 million.
    • Katy Perry = bad. $3.8 million this weekend, $18.6 million total.
    • Moonrise Kingdom = good. 40 theaters added, $3.7 million this weekend, $32.5 million total.
    • Beasts of the Southern Wild = (kinda) good. Up 111% to make $790k this weekend. Its now at $1.7 million total.
    • Snabba Cash = bad. $24k this weekend, $27k total. Though, it actually opened in 2 theaters, not just the one.


      1. Pak Attack – $718,431,024 (ALL 6 movies 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
      2. Andy PoopyPants – $422,381,983 (5 movies 1, 2, 5, 6, 7)
      3. Prometheus Looks Too Scary – $403,280,333 (6 movies 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7)
      4. Riggins Wrecks – $362,765,944 (6 movies 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7)
      5. The Boss Possum – $299,656,295 (5 movies 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)
      6. Lucky Number Slevin – $187,547,025 (3 movies 1, 4, 7)
      7. Anna – $153,133,988 (4 movies 2, 3, 6, 7)

So the Pak Attack is pretty much what she is gonna be. All of her movies have been released (if you remember she only has 6 movies since G.I. Joe got postponed and she never picked a new movie. I proclaim that window of opportunity closed.), The Avengers has finally stopped making serious money (down to only about $1 million per week), and the only thing making notable money for her team is Madea ($5 million this week). Looks like something around $725 million will be her final total.

Andy PoopyPants had a slow week with Madagascar 3 only making $3.7 million. That gave Prometheus Looks Too Scary a chance to basically catch up after another nice week from Ted. If you remember, I basically called this.

Another jump up the standings for Riggins Wrecks, thanks to The Amazing Spider-Ice Age. Unfortunately, a slow weekend at the box office this weekend (the top 5 only added up to $122 million vs $144 and $163 for the last two weekends, respectively) means that I probably won’t be doing much more moving up with only Hope Springs left to be released.

Little movement from The Bossum (up $26 million from last week) and Tanya Ton-Ton Tauntaun (+$4 million). “What’s a Ton-Ton Tauntaun?” I’m glad you asked.

Its a big week for Anna’s Team. I like the idea of Anna there on the red carpet too, with all the movie stars. In fact, I like it enough to do this…

Can we all agree that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is ridiculously dapper? Good.

Okay I need to stop typing cause the air conditioning at work is on overdrive and my hands are freezing.


Happy Birthsumofale Sean!

Happy Birthday! You Truly are The Obossum

Coming Attractions – July 20th

If you happen to be living under a rock, here’s what’s coming out this weekend…

The Dark Knight Rises (Anna’s Team)

Just in case you didn’t think a lot of people are going to go see this movie, this YouTube clip has been watched 21 million times! And its the third trailer! Even if its just 21 dudes watching it over and over and over again, I’m still pretty sure that’s going to translate into really, really big sales at the box office. Oh, and this. (Update: Intern Andrew is reporting that his girlfriend lives/works near AMC 34th Street and there are already people lined up to go see the midnight showing.)

Since this is clearly the summer’s most anticipated movie, there’s not really much to say that hasn’t been said already. Who wants to watch Batman related YouTube clips?!

Let’s start this off with the most famous Batman quote ever…

How about a Supercut…


My favorite of all time…


These are awesome and I may have watched like 17 other How It Should Have Ended‘s

Oh Pee-Wee…

The Dark Knight meets 60s Robin

This one’s for Liz (I was really hoping for the parade, but the song will have to do)

Let’s do Alfred impressions

Holy shit! There’s a city in Turkey named Batman! Danielle, we’ll see you there!

I try to avoid reviews for movies I really wanna see because I want to go into it not being persuaded one way or another. I also don’t want anything to be given away. But, I have a “professional” obligation to tell you how these movies are being reviewed, so here they are: RottenTomatoes is at 87%. By the way, Vulture reports that RottenTomatoes had to turn off comments for the first time ever because fanboys were hating on critics who negatively reviewed the movie. MetaCritic scored it a 80 out of 100. So we’re all seeing it right? I’m already in line with one of Sean’s tents and am bidding on some tickets with my phone. You down?


A Dozen Sumofales

I apologize for the delay this week, but due to the horrible events of this weekend Warner Bros. stated they would not release box office numbers until Monday. And, although top beat reporter Anna Davitt reported that numbers were leaked to the New York Times, Warner Bros., along with all the other studios, did seem to hold off reporting the box office numbers in the same way that they usually do. As a result, there was no breakdown article on Box Office Mojo, nor was there a “Your Box Office Explained” on New York Mag. So, I had to make this shit up myself. Uh oh.

On to the breakdown…

‘Dark Knight,’ America wins the weekend

I wonder what he’s looking at… No! Wait! Don’t tell me! I don’t want to know anything! Shhhhhhhhh!!

There wasn’t really any doubt that The Dark Knight Rises would win the weekend. The only doubt was, would that maniac scare people away from theaters this weekend? Well, I’m happy to report that he didn’t. America came together and said “Fuck that dude” and still went to the movies this weekend. The Dark Knight Rises had the third best opening weekend ever, behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II  ($169.2 million) and The Avengers ($207.4 million), bringing in $160.8 million. Both of those movies were in 3D, BeeTeeDubs, which means The Dark Knight Rises was the #1 2D movie opening ever. It also had the second best midnight screening ever, behind Harry Potter 7b, at $30.6 million. That mark was better than the $18 million that The Avengers brought in. Does that mean that The Dark Knight Rises will do better than The Avengers? Probably not, because The Dark Knight Rises made $40 million less this weekend than The Avengers did in it’s opening weekend (and is still $40 million behind the 4-day gross), but if it stays on this pace, The Avengers‘s $615 million minus $40 million still equals a shit-ton of money.

(Quick side note: The Avengers has been out for 80 days and probably isn’t going anywhere for at least a week or two. The Dark Knight was out for 108 days. There’s a very, very good chance that The Dark Knight Rises will be out until mid-October. I will not be doing weekly breakdowns until mid-October. I will still continue keeping track, especially if The Dark Knight Rises goes on to make $500+ million, and Anna makes a serious run at Danielle. I guess we’ll just have to see.)

With the Dark Knight showing in about 80% of all movie theaters (4404), there wasn’t much left for other movies to take home. Here’s who were able to get the scraps…

Doggie Bag: Ice Age: Continental Drift. This weekend’s second place movie brought in $20.4 million in its second week. This brings its total to $88.8 million. Looks like its going to struggle to get past $100 million thanks to Mr. Dark Knight Risin’.

Half a piece of pie and some melted ice cream: The Amazing Spider-Man. I bet there were some people who wanted to go see The Dark Knight Rises, but the 7:15 was sold out. Not wanting to wait for the 7:20, they opted to see Spider-Man, thinking all comic book movies are the same. Apparently there was $10.8 million worth of these people. Spidey now has $228 million but seems to slowing to a halt, as this weekend saw a 69% decrease under the shadow of the bat.

A dinner roll to mop up the last of the soup: Ted came in 4th this weekend and made $10 million. It’s made $180 million in 4 weeks. I can’t believe 28 movies were picked ahead of it.

“I’m too stuffed, you can have that last bite”: Brave rounds out the top 5 with $6 million. It passed $200 million on Wednesday and after this weekend, has become the 9th most successful Pixar movie.

Other notes from the weekend:

  • Magic Mike brought in only $4 million this weekend, but that was enough to push it over the $100 million mark.
  • Most movies are still bringing in money, although some are bringing in a bit less per week than others, (what up Battleship!). However, some movies have been pulled from theaters and are no longer generating money. Rest In Peace: Piranha 3DD, High School, SFEW, Art of Rap, Apartment 143, and God Bless America. So, that crappy movie you’ve got? (*cough*Rock of Ages*cough*) If its not on this list, at least its still making money.


  1. Pak Attack – $725,557,330 (ALL 6 movies 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  2. Riggins Wrecks – $445,238,215 (6 movies 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7)
  3. Andy PoopyPants – $433,239,569 (5 movies 1, 2, 5, 6, 7)
  4. Prometheus Looks Too Scary – $426,811,862 (6 movies 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7)
  5. Anna’s Team – $324,965,199 (5 movies 1, 2, 3, 6, 7)
  6. The Boss Possum – $312,689,380 (5 movies 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)
  7. Lucky Number Slevin – $189,075,089 (3 movies 1, 4, 7)
Mmmmm mint chocolate chip…

So what happened?

Well, the Pak Attack didn’t move much this week, but they’re still winning by $275 million. After that, though, things are starting to get really interesting. There’s less than $133 million separating 2nd and 6th place.

Riggins Wrecks added roughly $80 million and jumped another two spots into second place. The view is really nice from up here, why didn’t anyone tell me?

An $11 million weekend for Andy PoopyPants means he’s sitting in the middle lane doing the speed limit, watching the Rigginses fly by. Make sure to check your rear view Andy, here comes Prometheus Looks Too Scary, just $6 million back.

And coming off the weekend she’s been waiting for, Anna’s Team jumped The Obossum* and Tanya Tabouleh to land in 5th place. With only Step Up: Revolutions (exciting as it is, its not exactly a cash cow) and The Watch (again, not looking like a cash cow. More like a cash calf. But, it’ll be nice for Tanya to have something to look forward to) coming out this weekend, expect another big The Dark Knight Rises weekend, and expect Anna to be looking in her … front view?

*I now read Obossum and think of some weird hybrid Obama-opossum (I really wanted to make a photoshop image of this, but the 30-day free trial ran out at work, maybe on Friday).

That’s it for now.


Coming Attractions – July 27th

Here’s what’s new this weekend…

The Watch (Tanya Turquoise)

So I don’t know if you noticed, but this movie changed names a month or two ago from “Neighborhood Watch” to “The Watch”. I don’t understand this. I personally think “Neighborhood Watch” is a better title and gives you more of an indication of what the movie’s about. I’m sure “The Watch” sounds more ‘badass’, which then is supposed to lead you to think “Oh, I get it. They’re suburban dudes who think they’re badasses but they’re not, that’s why its funny.” Meh.

(Update: So um, the movie’s title was actually changed due to the controversy where someone in a neighborhood watch unjustly killed a kid. Oh. Read more here.)

It’s not looking very good for The Watch. Reviews are terriblé. RottenTomatoes has only 13% of critics liking it. Even the positive reviews are pretty tepid; take Rafer Guzman of Newsday: “For hang time with the guys, you could do worse than ‘The Watch.'” Not exactly glowing. And, even though our old sourpuss friend MetaCritic is actually higher on the movie than RT, it still only gives it a score of 38 out of 100. And, none of those were positive. Oops!

Step Up: Revolutions (Prometheus Looks Too Scary)

I just wanna dance, dance, dance.

So the Step Up movies have done okay at the box office, with each one doing a little worse than the last. Starting with the first Step Up, the movies have made $65, $58 and $42 million. They have done pretty well in their opening weekend averaging $18 million. Of course, none of them have won their opening weekend losing to Ricky Bobby (Step Up), Jumper (Step Up 2 The Streets), and The Other Guys (Step Up 3D). Not exactly a murderers row of movies to lose to. So, I think its fair to say that its going to lose to The Dark Knight Rises.

Reviews aren’t really helping it out either. RottenTomatoes has it at 29%. MetaCritic has it 43 out of 100. I think it doesn’t reach the $18 millon average, and unfortunately, I also think it continues its downward trend and struggles to make $40 million.


I don’t think either of these beat The Dark Knight Rises. I actually don’t think they come close. Remember how Dark Shadows got killed by The Avengers” in its second week? I think The Dark Knight Rises should have a really strong weekend due to a couple factors:

  1. Well, its The Dark Knight Rises
  2. The Pop Culture/You Want To Know What Everyone’s Talking About factor
  3. A number of people who were convinced it would be sold out and didn’t even waste their time trying to go to the theater, now feel free to go and will (This theory is half-baked and I’m not even sure it makes sense in terms of box office draw, but whatever, its my blog, I can write what I want)
  4. What I call “The I Was Too Scared To Go Last Weekend And After A Week I Realized I Overreacted And Will Totally See It This Weekend Factor” (or TTIWTSTGLWAAAWIRIOAWTSITWF, for short)

Here’s how I think the weekend shakes out

  1. The Dark Knight Rises
  2. The Watch
  3. Ice Age: Continental Drift
  4. Step Up: Revolution
  5. The Amazing Spider-Man

Oh, and as promised…


Sumofale the 13th

Hola! ¿Cómo estás? Estados Unidos! Biblioteca! Vamanos!

Sit Down, Watch Out. The Dark Knight Rises Higher.

Isn’t it ironic that no one wanted to ‘watch’ this movie? Doncha think?

The Dark Knight Rises dominated its second weekend in a row, in what was a relatively quiet weekend at the movie theaters. The Dark Knight Rises made $62.1 million this weekend, in what was still a very good showing for its second weekend in theaters. The movie did so well, in fact, that there were reports that prime center seats were hotly contested at a 3pm show on Saturday. The movie had a 60% decline, but remember it made $160 million last weekend, so of course its going to have a serious-looking decline. Its still averaging $14k per theater. It has now made $287 million in 2 weeks, and has already became the second highest grossing movie of the summer. That 10-day total of $287 million is slightly off of the 10-day total of The Dark Knight‘s $313 million (it went on to make $533 million total), but is way off The Avengers‘s 10-day mark of $373 million (now at $616 million total). That said, those two movies are the two highest 10-day totals ever, and The Dark Knight Rises has just become the 3rd ever behind those two movies (also the 3rd highest 8 and 9-day totals ever). It has also just become the 3rd fastest movie to $250 million and is soon to become the 3rd fastest to $300 million.

Apparently, people were too busy watching creepy bedtime stories (40.7 million viewers), Ryan Lochte cream Micheal Phelps (28.7 million viewers) and the US relay team lose to France (Of all the teams to lose to. Motion to bring back “Freedom Doors”?) this weekend to be bothered to go see any other movie besides The Dark Knight Rises. (Speaking of the Olympics, (1) Fencing is awesome (2) The Bossum joked/asked if there was a Red Zone channel for the Olypmpics, well there is, welcome to the Gold Zone.) If last week was scraps, this week is crumbs…

Coming in second this weekend, was Ice Age, with only $13.3 million. That puts the quadrequel’s 3 week total at $114 million.

Weekend newbies The Watch and Step Up: Revolutions, barely brought in anything, with $12.8 million and $11.7 million, respectively. Not a good start. Well, its actually a really bad start.

Rounding out the top 5, is Ted. This movie is going to break $200 million, as it made another $7.3 million this weekend.

There aren’t really any other things to report since this weekend was so horrible for the box office. How bad? The Dark Knight Rises‘s total beat all the other top 10 movies combined.

RIP: That’s My Boy (The Bossum) and Chernobyl Diaries (Anna’s Team).

In case you forgot, Already Resting in Peace: Piranha 3DD (Pak Attack), High School (Anna’s Team), SFEW (The Bossum), Art of Rap (The Bossum), Apartment 143 (Tanya Touché), and God Bless America (Riggins Wrecks). Oh and how could you forget that these movies died? You insensitive jerk.


  1. Pak Attack – $729,524,246 (ALL 6 movies 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  2. Riggins Wrecks – $490,269,150 (6 movies 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7)
  3. Anna’s Team – $457,469,073 (5 movies 1, 2, 3, 6, 7)
  4. Prometheus Looks Too Scary – $455,597,586 (ALL 7 movies 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  5. Andy PoopyPants – $440,167,108 (5 movies 1, 2, 5, 6, 7)
  6. The Boss Possum – $321,244,879 (5 movies 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)
  7. Lucky Number Slevin – $202,790,579 (4 movies 1, 4, 5, 7)

So the Pak Attack‘s still in first.

Things are heating up as 2nd through 5th are divided by only $50 million. Anna’s Team has jumped from 5th to 3rd place this week and is now only $33 million behind Riggins Wrecks. This could get ugly. Cats and dogs could get caught up in a custody battle. Awww that’s not funny. Sorry. Anna’s got two more movies coming out and a good deal of money still left to come from The Dark Knight Rises, but will it be enough to catch Danielle? She’ll need somewhere around $300 million.

Prometheus Looks Scary leap-frogged Andy PoopyPants and now leads him by $15 million.

While The Bossum owns the 4th highest grossing movie this summer, in Brave, he’s reeling from That’s My Boy and The Dictator. He’s now counting on Expendables 2 to bring him back in the game. I’m personally okay with this because a bitter Sean could send his commenting to another level.

Then there’s poor Tanya Trompement. She got enough of a bump from The Watch to send her over the $200 million mark. It’s going to be an interesting 3 weeks for her though, with 3 movies coming out back-to-back-to-back: Total Recall (Aug 3), The Bourne Legacy (Aug 10) and The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Aug 17).



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