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Pau Brunet


2009/09/13 at 12:00am

Monday Box Office: "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" is #1!

Monday Box Office: "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" is #1!

Incandescent filmmaker Tyler Perry’s latest family comedy “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” opened in the top place in North America’s ticket booths this weekend, with an estimated 24 million dollars in ticket sales during three days beginning Friday, preliminary estimates provided by North American boxoffice authorities Sunday show.

The PG-13 rated Lionsgate film was Perry’s second number one debut of the year, and the fifth among his eight movies released in just 4 1/2 years. It leads a pack of weak contenders during the traditionally one of the most sluggish weekends. Adopted from one of Perry’s plays, the film tells the story about an alcoholic singer who finds healing in church and family. Madea, a pistol-packing granny, has become a phenomenon with the screening of Perry’s latest two films, with the first being “Madea Goes to Jail,” which opened to a personal best of 41 million dollars in February. His low-budget films have been especially popular among black women moviegoers. He was rated one of Hollywood’s top ten money makers in 2009. With the debut of this hilarious flick, he is destined to continue with his golden trail.

“9 (Animated)” debuted in second place, with an estimated 10.9 million dollars in sales. The film, an animated sci-fi/action film from Focus, is a post-apocalyptic tale of some creepy-looking rag dolls. It got an early start on the competition by opening on Wednesday, and its total stands at 15.3 million dollars. Based on Shane Acker’s Academy Award-nominated short film of the same name, it is directed by Acker and produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov, and stars Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly and Jennifer Connelly.

The WWII saga “Inglourious Basterds” from Weinstein Co. and featuring Hollywood’s top headliner Brad Pitt, slipped one place to third standing. It has fetched 6.5 million dollars this weekend and grossed a total revenue of 104.3 million dollars over four weeks.

Rounding out the top five films in North America over the weekend are: “All about Steve,” a comedy produced by Sandra Bullock from Fox debuting with 5.8 million dollars, and 21.8 million dollars over two week; “The Final Destination,” a horror flick from Warner Bros., with 5.5 million dollars this weekend and58.3 million dollars over three weeks after standing two weekends in a row as number one.


# TITULO Recaudación Descenso # Salas Prom/Salas Acmdo.
1 I Can Do All Bad by Myself $24M 2,255 $10.654 $24M
2 9 $10,8M 1,661 $6,530 $15,2M
3 Inglourious Basterds $6,5M -44% 3,215 $2,028 $103,2M
4 All About Steve $5,8M -49% 2,265 $2,558 $21,8M
5 The Final Destination: 3D $5,4M -56% 2,732 $1,976 $58,2M
6 Sorority Row $5,2M 2,665 $1,951 $5,2M
Pau Brunet


2009/07/12 at 12:00am

‘Bruno’ astonishingly is #1 at the box office

'Bruno' astonishingly is #1 at the box office

Bruno,” British satirist Sacha Baron Cohen‘s latest subversive outing, narrowly claimed the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office in North America, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday.

The “mockumentary,” in which Baron Cohen plays a gay Austrian fashion model seeking fame in the United States, sold $30.4 million worth of tickets during the three days beginning July 10, distributor Universal Pictures said.

But the film lost 39 percent of its audience from Friday to Saturday, a hefty drop given that movies usually see an uptick in that period.

Rival studios pounced on the slide, forecasting “Bruno” would have a short run in theaters. But Universal distribution president Nikki Rocco said such a dip “was not unusual in summer.”

“Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” held steady at No. 2 with $28.5 million, taking the 12-day haul for 20th Century Fox’s prehistoric cartoon to $120.6 million. The film was the top draw internationally over the weekend, with $98 million from 102 markets. Its total foreign haul stands at $327 million.

Last weekend’s North American champion, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” slipped to No. 3 with $24.2 million. After 19 days, Paramount Pictures’ robot sequel has earned $339.2 million in North America, easily the biggest movie of the year. Its international haul rose to $364.5 million.

The one other new entry was Fox’s teen romantic comedy “I Love You, Beth Cooper,” starring Hayden Panettiere in the title role. It came in at No. 7 with $5 million, in line with the studio’s modest expectations.

The opening for “Bruno” was also in line with the forecasts of Universal Pictures, a General Electric Co (GE.N) unit, which paid independent producer Media Rights Capital $42.5 million for distribution rights in North America and eight foreign territories. Media Rights declined to disclose the budget.

Baron Cohen’s previous release, the similarly outrageous “Borat,” opened with $26.5 million in November 2006. But that was from about 800 theaters, while “Bruno” played in 2,756 theaters. “Borat” ended up with $128.5 million in North America and an additional $133 million internationally.

Universal said “Bruno” earned $20 million from the eight international markets, led by No. 1 bows in Britain ($8.1 million) and Australia ($6.1 million).

“Bruno” faced a similar storm of controversy as “Borat.”

In the new film, Baron Cohen’s character sashays across the American landscape, piling on the homosexual activity for unsuspecting co-stars and a squeamish audience. Critics mostly liked the movie, while gay-rights groups were mixed in their reactions.

Both films were directed by Larry Charles, a former writer/producer on “Seinfeld.”

Exit data provided by Universal indicated that men made up 56 percent of the “Bruno” audience in North America, in line with the turnout for “Borat.”

But this time, 54 percent of moviegoers were aged 25 and older, while 53 percent of the “Borat” crowd was aged under 25. Both films were rated “R” in the United States, requiring moviegoers under 17 to be accompanied by an adult.

Universal’s Rocco said the film would be “very profitable” for the studio, which picked up the rights before “Borat” was released.

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