Draft Recap

Welcome to the Official Summer Movie Fantasy League blog!

Sumo Fale? Sum of Ale? What?  SUmmer MOvie FAntasy LEague.  I tried to get smfl.wordpress.com, but that was aparently taken. summermoviefantasyleague.wordpress.com seemed too long. So I went with sumofale.wordpress.com. Whatever.

Here are the Teams:

Liz Reeves
Prometheus (June 8th)
What to Expect When You’re Expecting (May 18th)
Dark Shadows (May 11th)
Step Up Revolutions (July 27th)
Ted (July 13th)
The Magic of Belle Isle (July 6th)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (June 27th)

Danielle Pakradooni
The Avengers (May 4th)
Rock of Ages (June 15th)
GI Joe: Retaliation(June 29th)
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (June 29th)
Piranha 3DD (June 1st)
People Like Us (June 29th)
Easy Money (July 11th)

Anna Davitt
The Dark Knight Rises (July 20th)
Magic Mike (June 29th)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (May 4th)
The Campaign (August 10th)
Paranorman (August 17th)
Chernobyl Diaries (May 25th)
High School (June 1st)

Sean Crowley
Brave (th)
The Dictator (June 22nd)
The Expendables 2 (August 17th)
That’s My Boy (June 15th)
Seeking a Friend For The End of The World (June 22th)
Something for Nothing: The Art of Rap (June 15th)
360 (August 3rd)

Andy Trueheart
Men In Black III (May 25th)
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (June 8th)
Sparkle (August 17th)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Dog Days (August 3rd)
Moonrise Kingdom (May 25th)
To Rome with Love (June 22nd)
Safety Not Guaranteed (June 8th)

Rhys Warburton
The Amazing Spiderman (July 3rd)
Battleship (May 18th)
Ice Age: Continental Drift (July 13th)
Savages (July 6th)
Hope Springs (August 10th)
Katy Pery: Part of Me (July 5th)
God Bless America (May 11th)

Tanya Trueheart
Snow White and the Huntsman (June 1st)
Borne Legacy (August 3rd)
Total Recall (August 3rd)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (June 22th)
Neighborhood Watch (July 27th)
The Odd Life of Timothy Green (August 15th)
Apartment 143 (June 1st)

So I’m going to attempt to update the league through this blog. Its way more classy than a mass email. Right? Plus, its a good way for me to practice HTML for work. We’ll see…

New Box Office Totals for Week 1 coming on Tuesday!

Summer Movie Fantasy League – Week 1

I wonder what they’re all looking at.

Sumofale my friends!

NY Post Headline: ‘The Avengers’ Assembles Box Office Record*

NY Daily News Headline: Hulk Smash Box Office!

My Headline: Danielle ‘Pak’s in the Dough

Oh man, that was fun. Okay, so The Avengers made like Eleventy Billion Dollars this weekend. And since none of us really had any movies this week, Danielle is DOMINATING. The standings so far are:

1. Danielle ($207,438,708)

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2. Anna ($737,057)

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3-7. Everyone else ($0)

*I made these up. The real Post Headline was: “Box-office $uperheroes.” I never think to use symbols or punctuation in my puns!

Here’s another way we can break this down:

Looks like we’re all in a $200 million hole.

If you notice, Anna’s got a little bar on the graph as well. That’s because The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opened this weekend to the tune of $737,057. I don’t know why this movie didn’t make any money, its basically the old, british Avengers. Can’t you see it? Dame Judi Dench is Captain America, Tom Wilkinson is Iron Man, Bill Nighy is Thor, and Maggie Smith is the Hulk. Too bad The Avengers made more than two hundred times that.

Other interesting facts:

  •  The Hunger Games, which has been out for 7 weeks, was third this weekend. To date, it has made $380,614,659.
  •  Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story came out this week. It made $7,882.
  •  This apparently is has been a big weekend for comic book movies. There were 6 other comic book movies that opened this weekend in previous years:
  1. 2011 – Thor ($166,748,986)
  2. 2009 – X-Men Origins-Wolverine ($158,300,469)
  3. 2008 – Iron Man ($159,000,645)
  4. 2007 – Spiderman 3 ($189,847,413)
  5. 2003 – X2: X-Men United ($153,839,042)
  6. 2002 – Spiderman ($163,548,652)

Other past Box Office winners of this weekend include: Mean Girls, Gladiator, Indecent Proposal, Basic Instinct, Pretty Woman, Flashdance, and Porky’s. Here’s the complete list if you’re interested.

Coming Attractions – May 11th

Sümofalé once again friends! Here’s what we can expect as we move into Week 2 of our Summer Movie Fantasy League…

Dark Shadows is the big opening this weekend, showing nationwide in 3755 theaters. Liz is banking on big things from her 3rd Round pick. Will moviegoers flock to see the Tim Burton-Johnny Depp-vampire camp-silliness? Who knows? The last Tim Burton-Johnny Depp project was… do you remember? Cause I had a hard time remembering it. That’s right, it’s Alice in Wonderland. And that made a cool $334 million! I forgot that movie existed, nevermind made a third of a billion dollars. (I found that out by reading this interesting piece on Grantland) So maybe Danielle needs to watch her back. Maybe tweens are tired of watching the Hunger Games and will go to quench their thirst for sexy vampires*, while they wait for this crap to come out. Right now, the reviews are mixed. Rotten Tomatoes rates it 42% and Metacritic rates it 56 out of 100. Which means this movie is somewhere between okay and bad.

*Does Johnny Depp dressed as a vampire classify as “sexy vampire”?

Or… tons and tons of people will go to see The Avengers. Again. And again. People even want to eat like The Avengers.

God Bless America also comes out this weekend. Its a small, independent movie, playing in 12 theaters (Hahaha, really?), about a guy with cancer who decides to kill society’s annoying people (reality stars, guys who take up two spots in the parking lot, people who talk in movies, etc) with a sixteen year old as his accomplice. It’s written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. It could be good. It could be funny. It’s probably not going to make money. Here’s the redband* trailer:
*A warning if you’re at work.

Also of note, A Bag of Hammers comes out this week! Its billed as “A Comedy About Good Times and Grand Theft”. Opening to ‘I can’t find out how many’ theaters. Here’s the trailer…

Personally, I can’t really figure out what its about and don’t know if it looks good. It seems to have accumulated lots of SXSW buzz, which means I don’t think I’m cool enough to go see it. I don’t see it making tons of money, but, I’ll keep my eye on it for you guys, just for the title alone.

Here’s the full lineup for this week’s releases:

  • Dark Shadows (Liz)
  • The Road
  • Stash House
  • I Wish
  • Hick
  • God Bless America (Rhys)
  • Girl in Progress
  • A Bag of Hammers
  • The Cup
  • Where Do We Go Now?

Good luck to me and Liz. Boo to Danielle! Everyone have a nice weekend!! Sumfoale!

SuMoFaLe – Week 2

Danielle Over’Shadow’s Liz with Another Big Avengers Weekend.

Dark Shdows
“I want to be number 1! Alas, I have no shot.”

Another awesome headline, right? The Avengers took in another $103.1 million this weekend, giving it the best second weekend ever, beating Avatar at $75.6 million. It’s already 18th all time on the domestic box office list. And, if that’s not enough, it passed $1 billion dollars this weekend worldwide. That’s good, because those Avengers have a big bill to pay for destroying Midtown.

So how did Dark Shadows do? Not so good. $29.7 million. Nowhere near those Alice in Wonderland numbers, and only about half of what Charlie and the Chocolate Factory pulled in when it opened. But, it puts Liz on the board and catapults her to second place.

In other news, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel expanded into 151 more theaters making its total reach 178 theaters. The result was it pulled in $2.6 million. Not bad Maggie Smith, not bad. BEMH* might just be the type of movie that stays in independent movie theaters because it takes my mom 4 weeks to go see it, all the while making a couple million here, a couple million there. It has made $75.7 million worldwide, and 82% of audiences like it.

*Seriously, I’m not typing the whole thing out every time.

Meanwhile, God Bless America came out this week. It made $27,308. Sigh, moving on.

Finally, A Bag of Hammers came out this week… That’s all I got guys. I can’t find any numbers about it anywhere. All I could figure out was that its playing at the Village East.

Scoreboard

  1. Danielle $373,071,647
  2. Liz $29,685,274
  3. Anna $3,744,656
  4. Rhys $27,308
  5. Andy $0
  6. Sean $0
  7. Tanya $0*

*Sorry Tanya it was strictly alphabetical, nothing against you.

As you can see, we’re all apparently playing for second. And, even though I am on the board, I get no bar because the graph must be scaled up in order to contain Danielle’s epicness.

This Weekend in Box Office History:

  • Remember how last weekend was a big weekend for comic book movie openings? Well, this weekend is the weekend where they all repeat. Thor, Iron Man 2, Iron Man, Spider-Man 3, X2, and Spider-Man all won the second weekend in May, after coming out in the first weekend.
  • Movies that surprisingly won the weekend: Monster in Law, Van Helsing, The Mummy Returns. I guess The Mummy Returns makes sense because The Mummy was fun and lots of people went to go see it. Van Helsing looked like a decent action movie. But Monster in Law? Really? People were lining up to see this?

By the way, every time I look at that picture of Johnny Depp and think about the fact that Liz owns that movie, I get reminded of this.

Special Edition of Coming Attractions coming Wednesday!

Coming Attractions – Special Wednesday Edition

It’s the ROC in the building!!

It’s Sean in the building! Getting an early jump on the weekend is The Dictator. Do we know why this movie is coming out on a Wednesday? Is it a holiday? No? So, no brunch on Thursday? Dammit! This does mean that Sean will get an extra two day bump in his scores for this upcoming weekend. (Which, I assume is why they the studios release a movie early like this.)

How is the movie going to fare? Its getting mixed to decent reviews, so far. Rotten Tomatoes scores it at 66%, and Metacritic scores it at 60 out of 100. Nothing like just okay reviews to kill my ability to make a joke. The real question is: Is it going to be Borat or is it going to be Bruno? We’ll find out next week.


Sumofale my friends.

Coming Attractions – May 18th

Sumofåle once again friends. Here’s what’s coming out this weekend…

Has anyone else noticed that all the movie ads and posters for Battleship look like this? Are you really getting people to go see your movie by showing a boat and… ummmm something else? Don’t you think the movie posters should be featuring this dude? And this guy? And her? And her? Or even him?

Whew, let’s take a breather, it just got a little too steamy in here.

Okay. So this movie isn’t looking very good. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a score of 36%. Metacritic gave it a score of 41. But so what? It’s got lots of shit blowing up, and who doesn’t love that? Maybe people will go for the nostalgia factor*. (By the way, Rotten Tomatoes’ general review calls it “too loud, poorly written… and a lot less fun than its source material.” Source material? This isn’t Great Expectations. This is a game where you take turns picking letters and numbers. Seeing a movie is less fun than calling out “H9” and “D5”?) Ugh, I know I probably shouldn’t have picked Battleship, but I got emotionally invested because of this:

Yup that’s my brother’s name in the credits for Battleship

And this.

So I’m all in on the movie. I own it. My brother worked on it. I love Peter Berg. I’m going to see it. But, if you’re not as ‘all in’ as me but are joining us at Kips Bay (which is hopefully not on fire) here’s some unofficial gambling propositions to make things more interesting:

  • Who says “You sunk my Battleship!”
    1:1 Nobody
    2:1 Liam Neeson
    4:1 Taylor Kitch
    8:1 Alexander Skarsgård
    10:1 Rihanna
    100:1 Landry Clarke
  • 4:1 Brooklyn Decker remembers all her lines
  • Over/Under (4.5) number of times someone says “Hit!”
  • Over/Under (0.5) number of times someone says “Miss!”
  • Over/Under (3.5) number of times Rihanna says “Oh Hell No!”
  • Over/Under (1.5) number of times someone says “Blow them out of the water!”
  • 75:1 Odds they divide the ocean into quadrants and start randomly picking sections to fire upon
  • Over/Under (0.5) number of times Taylor Kitch drinks a beer and says “Texas Forever”
  • 850:1 Jesse Plemons’ character murders Alexander Skarsgård while trying to protect Brooklyn Decker, then dumps him in a river

I can’t believe that Anna will be the only one who gets those last two jokes. Just go watch Friday Night Lights already!

This is what it looks like, go find it and watch it!

But at least its not as bad as What to Expect When You’re Expecting. This movie does not look good. And critics agree; Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 21% (yikes!) and Metacritic scored it 43. It’s not much worse, but its still worse. Here’s the trailer if you feel like banging your head against the wall:

Did anyone notice that they also put out this trailer to go after the men’s demographic:

Its okay if you didn’t notice. That just means you had to watch it one less time than I did.

Oh by the way, you know who’s in this movie? (Smash cut to Anna and Liz simultaneously yelling) Alcide! Joe Manganiello and Alexander Skarsgård in the same weekend. That calls for this:

Here’s the full slate for this week:

May 16th

May 18th

Until next week, good luck to me, Liz and Sean. In that order. Clear Eyes. Full Hearts………. Nothing? Come on! I’m serious, go watch Friday Night Lights. Right now! Put it in your Netflix queue! Do it!


Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. SUMOFALE!!

*I used that picture instead of this one because that little boy looks like me as a little kid, and thought Anna might enjoy making fun of it and me.

Summer Movie Fantasy League – Week 3

Danielle sunk my Battleship

“Hello? Is your refrigerator running?”

The Avengers wins again. This must be what its like for the guys on SportCenter to talk about Tim Tebow. It was down 46% from last weekend. But, 46% of a lot is still a lot. Trust me, I’m good with numbers. It’s now become the 6th movie all-time domestically (let’s pause and pour out a little of our 40’s for Star Wars) and 4th all-time worldwide.

All three of the movies opening this weekend did spectacularly bad. Battleship made $25.5 million, which is not good when compared to now infamous, Tim Riggins starring, lead to the boss of Disney stepping down, flopasaurus John Carter (which made $30.1 million its opening weekend). The Dictator did even worse at $17.4 million, but it did make an additional $8 million by opening two days early. What to Expect When You’re Expecting made a sterile $10.5 million. Dark Shadows didn’t fare very well in its second week, only making $12.6 million ($50.7 million total)

Oh and BEMH made a nice little lump of cash this weekend. It expanded into another 176 theaters (354 total) and made $3.2 million bumping its total up to $8.2 million.

Now that we got that out of the way, there is other news from this weekend. At brunch on Saturday… Andy and Tanya, here’s an artist’s rendition since you were at the Great Googly Moogly:

As I was saying, on Saturday, Danielle threw down the gauntlet. She declared that she would win regardless of The Avengers.
Here’s what transpired:

Danielle: “My team’s the shit. You’re all chumps.”
Liz: “Awwwww shit.”
Anna: Throwing her Bloody Mary at the wall, “It’s on!!!”
Sean: Cocking his eyebrow, “Interesting.”
Rhys: “Chicken and waffles is good.” nom nom nom
Scene

I honestly don’t know what to make of this. I feel like this kind of smack-talk is unprecedented. The Avengers’ success is out of this world. It could end up being the 3rd most successful movie ever. It could make $600 million, maybe even more. I personally think you should be able to ride your first pick all the way to the championship, and Liz did have first pick. But I will be an equal and just ruler commissioner and toss it up to the discussion boards. We need to start using the discussion boards, I’m pretty sure I turned off the approval BS, though you still may have to make a WordPress account.

Other housekeeping:

  • We have to decide on a prize for the winner. Everyone try to come up with ideas.
  • Also try to come up with a name for you team. I feel like it will make the posts more fun it it says a silly team name versus your plain, old, regular name. You can even add a picture. I already took care of Sean’s team picture. If you don’t want to do that though, that’s fine too.

SCOREBOARD

  • Danielle – $457,665,517 (1 movie)
  • Liz – $61,268,827 (2 movies)
  • Rhys – $25,590,484 (2 movies)
  • Sean – $24,476,173 (1 movie)
  • Anna – $8,228,025 (1 movie)
  • Andy – $0
  • Tanya – $0
I do have to admit this chart might be more aesthetically pleasing without having to stare at that giant freaking bar every week.

History 307Decoding the Past: Movie Box Office Totals 1982 – Present

  • Big weekend for Religious Conspiracy Theorists/Tom Hanks Hairpiece Enthusiasts: The Da Vinci code (2006) and Angels and Demons (2009) opened and won this weekend, making $77 and $46.2 million respectively.
  • It was also a big weekend for “not as bad as the other one, but still REALLY bad sequels/prequels”: The Matrix:Reloaded ($91.7 million), Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones ($80 million) and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith ($108.4 million) all opened and won this weekend. If you don’t mind, I’m going to pour out some more of my 40.
  • Apparently, Dinosaur opened and won this weekend in 2000. I don’t remember this movie at all. IMDb’s plot summary says:”An orphaned dinosaur raised by lemurs joins an arduous trek to a sancturary after a meteorite shower destroys his family home.” Of course, Finding Nemo with Dinosaurs won the weekend. It beat out Gladiator in its third week and Road Trip. I guess that makes sense. It made $38.9 million that weekend and $137.7 million total.
  • Speaking of movies, you’ve never heard of: In the year of our birth, (well, Andy’s an old man, and Tanya was born on New Year’s Eve so I’m just gonna round up) a movie called, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone opened and made $7 million. Are you ready for the plot summary? Oh man.”Three women made an emergency landing on a planet plagued with a fatal disease, but are captured by dictator Overdog. Adventurer Wolff goes there to rescue them and meets Niki, the only earthling left from a medical expedition. Combining their talents, they try to rescue the women.” Starring Peter Strauss, Molly Ringwald, and Winston from Ghostbusters! Overdog the Dictator!? Adventurer Wolff?! Is this on Watch Instantly? Sumofale party!
Awesome.
Look how ruggedly hansom Peter Strauss is. And look at that gun, its so futuristic.
  • 26 years ago, Tom Cruise was on his way to becoming a SUPERDUPERMEGASTAR when Top Gun opened and made… $8 million. That’s it? Even after using Box Office Mojo’s Movie Ticket Price Adjuster it only made $17.5 million after inflation. (By the way Box Office Mojo, how is the average ticket price in 2012 $7.92? Where the fuck are movie tickets seven dollars and ninety two cents? Yes, I’m that shocked that I spelled the whole thing out. I’m pretty sure I paid $18 dollars for The Avengers. $7.92?!? Really?!?) Its domestic total gross is $176.8 million and that’s not including all those VHS sales! So, it didn’t make tons of money (by our current standards) in its opening weekend, but it made at least a million dollars in theaters for 29 straight weeks! To put that in perspective, Shrek the Third, which opened this weekend in 2007 and has made almost twice what Top Gun has pulled in, had its first under a million dollar weekend after 9 weeks, and was only in theaters for 12. Imagine a movie being in theaters for 29 weeks! And people still seeing it! You could’ve easily have seen this movie on Memorial Day and on Labor Day. And then on Halloween! And again on Thanksgiving!!!

Oh and then there’s this:
Hey Girl

And this one’s for Tanya:

Until Friday… May the Sumofale be with you, always.

Coming Attractions – May 25th

Early Thursday edition of this week’s Coming Attractions since Anna and I are off on Friday for the Holiday Weekend. So, instead of finishing up a post on Friday, I’ll be driving with 2 cats, one of whom will be throwing up, a dog and Anna, who may or may not be asleep. Note: since this is coming out a day early, the Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic scores will not be accurate, but they’ll be close enough. Here’s what’s coming out this weekend…

Chernobyl Diaries (Anna)

So, I can’t find any early reviews for this movie. It may just be that its too early and they’ll all come out tomorrow. Or, the studio’s pulling the old “let’s not let critics see the movie early because all their reviews are going to say it sucks” trick. Which does not bode well. Then again, I think the people who go see a horror movie are going to go see it regardless of what the New York Times says. The movie comes from the writer/director of Paranormal Activity which made a lot of money ($107 million) especially compared to how much it cost to make ($15,000) and that it opened in only 12 theaters. The sequel, however, did not do as well, only bringing in $84 million. The third movie did surprisingly well, making ($104 million). I guess all those people wanted to see how the trilogy ends. So, the guy knows how to make a scary movie that people will go see. Although, he’s also made a couple scary movies that absolutely no one wants to go see. I’m looking at you Apollo 18.

Speaking of third movies that are (apparently) better* than the second one…

*Andy, stop it. Ocean’s Twelve sucked. We all know it. Just admit it.

Men In Black III (Andy)

The reviews have been pretty decent for this one. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 66% and Metacritic gives it a score of 58 out of 100. They all seem have a similar “Oh hey! This movie’s not that bad. No seriously, go see it. I know the second one wasn’t good and you probably can’t even remember one thing about it besides Johnny Knoxville, but this one is actually pretty good. All that stuff about them not having a script? Doesn’t matter. Will Smith not having done a movie since Seven Pounds? Or the fact that you probably had to think really hard about what he was in before that (Yes, I had to look up his IMDb)? Forget all that.” theme to them.

Next up…

Moonrise Kingdom (Andy)

Andy has two movies coming out this weekend! Can we expect a big jump up the standings from him? Well, we can expect a jump regardless, he’s sitting at zero right now. Zing!

This movie is being very well received. Rotten Tomatoes says 96% of critics like it, though apparently there’s “no consensus yet.” I’m pretty sure if you asked 53 people if they liked something, and 51 of them did, you would be pretty confident in saying its good. Metacritic gives it a score of 81, but at least they have the balls to call that “universal acclaim.” So, its good. Will people see it? Well, according to Box Office Mojo, its opening in 4 theaters. So, no. On top of that, sorry Andy, but people don’t go to see Wes Anderson movies: Fantastic Mr. Fox only made $21 million, despite getting a score on Rotten Tomatoes of 93%. The movie about tea made only $11.7 million. The live-action version of Yellow Submarine made $24 million. His biggest commercial success was The Royal Tenenbaums, and still, that only made $52.4 million.

Worldwide Wes doesn’t care though. He’s an auteur. He shot this thing on 16mm. He’s chilling in Cannes. You know who also occasionally chills in Cannes? This guy…

Last order of business: G.I. Joe: Retaliation, originally slated to open June 29th, has been pushed back 9 months to March 2013, because they apparently want to redo the entire thing in 3D to make more money. Ted (owned by Liz) has moved up into that weekend’s vacancy. What do we do about Danielle’s team? I like the idea of giving her A Bag of Hammers, but I can’t find box office numbers for it anywhere, so I think it’s out. It looks like our options are:

Have a Mappy Memorial May everyone. (Sorry. Inside joke. I had a friend who drank way too much Memorial Day weekend and couldn’t quite get the words out correctly.) Have an awesome time in the Poconos! Do a puzzle for Anna and eat 17 brownies for me. Andy keep your pants clean. Let’s get Happy Hour some time next week. Sumofale!

SuMoFaLe – Week 4

Watch your thrown Danielle

Danielle, just look at this little thingy real quick. Good. So yeah, you picked Battleship first, then Dark Shadows and A Bag of Hammers. Okay?

Danielle’s dominance continues as the Pak Attack is the first team to break a half million dollars. However, Andy Poopypants is the first weekend winner who’s name isn’t Danielle, since we started this little gameMen In Black III finally knocked The Avengers out of first place for the weekend. The Avengers still made enough to become the 4th most successful movie domestically all time, and is $10 million away from being #3. MIB3 pulled in an decent $69.3 million over the 4 day weekend. It’s not that great compared to Men In Black II which fared much better over it’s first 4 days ($73.4 million).

The rest of us are in the crapper:

  • Battleship = crappy. It only made $13.9 million this weekend ($47.4 million total)
  • The Dictator = crappier. $11.6 million ($43.3 million)
  • Dark Shadows = crappiest. $9.4 million ($64.9 million)

Chernobyl Diaries did very little in its first weekend, making only $9.4 million. And it looks like the studios were justified in holding back the reviews. It ended up with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 25% and only 36% of audiences liked it.

BEMH made $8 million this weekend, expanding into another 879 theaters! It’s total is now $18.6 million.

Moonrise Kingdom made only $686k which is pretty much nothing, but when you look at the fact that it only opened in only 4 theaters, its an average of $171k per theater, which is the highest per theater average opening for any live action movie, ever. So, its looking good assuming it opens in like, you know, more theaters.

SCOREBOARD

  • Pak Attack – $523,907,202 (1 movie)
  • Liz – $88,748,955 (2 movies)
  • Andy PoopyPants – $69,940,896 (2 movies)
  • Riggins Wrecks – $47,522,455 (2 movies)
  • The Boss Possum – $43,313,521 (1 movie)
  • Anna – $27,919,363 (2 movies)
  • Lucky Number Slevin – $0 (0 movies)

Looking Back

  • Memorial Day weekend is apparently the weekend of sequels, even before our current habit of oversequelling and franchisificating every movie. Here’s the list of movie sequels that won this weekend, most of which also opened this weekend: Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Beverly Hills Cop II, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Lethal Weapon 3, The Lost World, Back to the Future Part III, All 3 shitty Star Wars prequels, Mission Impossible II, Shrek 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End, and The Hangover Part II.*

*Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull also came out Memorial Day weekend in 2008, but I left it off this list as a conscious effort to forget this movie ever existed.

  • One of my favorite movies of all time, Willow, opened this weekend* and dominated (well only kinda, it made $8.3 million) beating out the likes of Friday the 13th Part VII (Really. 7. They actually made 8 in 9 years!), Beetlejuice (in its 8th week), Moonstruck (in its 23rd week!) and Salsa – The Movie (the tagline is “ITS HOT!” Awesome!)

*In 1988 this weekend wasn’t Memorial Day weekend, however. That was the next weekend and Willow got beat by Crocodile Dundee II and Rambo III. More Sequels!

That’s it. Ollie is the best swimmer ever. For real. It was amazing. I hope you guys had a good weekend and ate tons of brownies. Oh look!

Until next time… Sumofale, Peck!

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