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Winner Of The "Guess 'Colombiana' Opening Box Office" Contest Announced!

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 29, 2011 9:00 AM
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The actuals are in, and Colombiana made $10,408,176, according to Box Office Mojo. And so, the winner of the Guess "Colombiana" Opening Box Office contest is... Mecca who guessed $10.1 million.

So, Mecca, email me at with the preferred email address you want me to send your $50 gift certificate to.

Thanks to everyone who played!

If you missed the initial write-up announcing the competition, feel free to read it all below.


As the conversation heats up in the comments section of my review of the film, posted earlier this morning (HERE), I thought I'd maybe lighten things up a bit with a contest!

It's obvious that this is a film many of us have been looking forward to seeing, since it was first announced; we've certainly been pushing it quite a bit on S&A, posting almost every single piece of related media. I'd say that there's quite a bit of interest in how Colombiana performs at the box office on its opening weekend - this weekend! I'm certainly curious. I don't think it's as obvious a guess as some might think.

Is it strictly a fanboy affair, drawn to the idea of the film's star, in action, in her skivvies; or, as some have suggested, might women also see this as an opportunity to demonstrate to studios heads and financiers that there is an audience for films of this caliber with tough female lead characters? And will those women bring their boyfriends and/or husbands along?

Plus it's rated PG-13, so while it's not what I'd call a family movie, teen boys and girls may also be attracted to it.

I should also mention the fact that its star is a black Latino woman, who also has a Caucasian fan base (or at least an awareness), given some of the high-profile work she's done in the recent past. So, might her appeal stretch across race and ethnic boundaries, which further helps box office?

Things that may you go hmmm... How will the film perform this opening weekend?

It's only real competition this weekend (other than films already in theaters, like The Help and Planet Of The Apes, which were #1 and #2 last weekend) is Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror movie, which stars Katie Holmes.

So, we've got 2 films opening wide this weekend that feature women in lead roles; how might this affect audience decisions in general? Or might the family comedy Our Idiot Brother play spoiler and leap to the top spot?

Box Office Mojo says that Colombiana will open on 2,614 screens, while Don't Be Afraid of the Dark will open on 2,760 screens, and Our Idiot Brother on 2,555 screens. Not a significant difference between the three, so it's anyone's race to win right?

But I'd say one of these 3 films should open at #1; at least you'd think so. Unless The Help or Planet Of The Apes somehow manages to remain strong at the top.

Of the 3 new films, Our Idiot Brother is leading in the critical reception category, with a 69% Fresh rating thus far according to Rotten Tomatoes. Colombiana is at 57% Rotten, and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is at 55% Rotten. But there are still a lot more reviews to come, so these numbers could swing very quickly in any direction. I'm just telling you what they say as of the time of this post.

So, we're less than 24 hours away from opening day for Colombiana, and I thought we'd have a little contest fun we've played before (although it's been awhile) called Guess The Box Office. In short, you take a stab at what you think the opening box office total will be for a film - in this case Colombiana - and, on Monday, when the final adjusted tally is published, whomever guessed the number closest to the actual take, WITHOUT GOING OVER, wins the prize!

The prize is a $50 gift certificate to

So, in the comment section, enter your guesses on how much you think Colombiana will make during its opening weekend, and whomever comes closest to the actual number, without going over, wins the gift cert.

You have until TOMORROW, FRIDAY, August 26th, AT NOON EST to submit your guesses! If more than one person guesses the exact same figure, and that figure wins the contest, a supplementary drawing will happen, in which one winner will be chosen at random from the all the winning entries.

Again, tomorrow, Friday, August 26th, at noon, I will close the comments section on this post! So, get your guesses in while you can... starting..................................... Now! :)

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  • Dankwa Brooks | September 1, 2011 11:49 AMReply

    Congratulations Mecca!

    I blame Irene for me not getting it :( I think the east coast would have added 2 Mil. LOL.

  • Mecca | August 30, 2011 6:32 AMReply

    Yay! I never win anything! I am so happy!

    Thanks S&A!

  • Vanessa Martinez | August 29, 2011 9:17 AMReply

    Congratulations Mecca!! Woohoooooo!! :)

  • KT | August 26, 2011 11:19 AMReply

    $17.4 million - this could be intriguing. A "chick" flick where the heroine kicks ass, guns ablazing and stuff get blown up.

  • Tya Seymour | August 26, 2011 10:04 AMReply

    25.6 Million

  • Dankwa Brooks | August 26, 2011 9:46 AMReply

    $12.2 MILLION

  • Huewilly | August 26, 2011 8:54 AMReply

    $28 million

  • L. Michael Gipson | August 26, 2011 8:50 AMReply

    20.8 million (I'm a believer)

  • CocoaCritic | August 26, 2011 4:31 AMReply

    11 million

  • djp | August 26, 2011 4:08 AMReply

    $7.5 million

  • SayNay | August 26, 2011 3:19 AMReply

    $19 million

  • Scottyc | August 26, 2011 3:15 AMReply

    I predict $26 million.

  • Beantown Hero | August 26, 2011 3:08 AMReply

    I predict $9.4 million.

  • elainetimeselaine | August 26, 2011 2:47 AMReply

    17 milli

  • paulah | August 26, 2011 2:45 AMReply

    My guess is 20.5M.

  • Cherish | August 26, 2011 2:34 AMReply

    Hurricane this weekend on East Coast - it may hurt box office.

    16.2 million.

  • Johnnie MD | August 26, 2011 2:29 AMReply

    My guess is 13 million.

  • t.c. | August 26, 2011 2:29 AMReply


  • camille | August 26, 2011 2:19 AMReply

    15.5 million

  • Tiffany | August 26, 2011 2:18 AMReply

    14.3 million

  • jt | August 26, 2011 2:11 AMReply

    I'm going to say "Colombiana" at least makes top 3, given the additional, albeit, devastating news of Showers' death. (sorry to be the Debbie Downer.)

    On a lighter note: I can NOT understand the attraction to "Idiot Brother"! Pull the trigger, please!

  • Eric D | August 26, 2011 2:02 AMReply

    13.6 mil

  • Ghost | August 26, 2011 2:01 AMReply

    $6 million

    We have high school football starting up in most states (like Texas)
    College football
    The fact that you have a black female lead that doesn't appeal to certain factions of blacks
    And most comic geek that would be attradcted to this film are not-that might change after the Friday showings.

    So I think that might hurt it a little bit. I want to see it but my weekend is now booked with stuff. I might not get to see it until Labor Day.

  • Mecca | August 26, 2011 1:58 AMReply

    I am gonna guess 10.1 Million

  • Sara | August 26, 2011 1:57 AMReply

    17 million

  • Chinedu | August 26, 2011 1:54 AMReply


  • Liz M. | August 26, 2011 1:48 AMReply


  • Carla | August 26, 2011 1:46 AMReply

    My guess is $27.5M

  • soma | August 26, 2011 1:30 AMReply

    11.5 million

  • Orville | August 25, 2011 12:43 PMReply

    $14 million

  • D Kay | August 25, 2011 12:24 PMReply

    $11 Million
    (closer to $8.5 million adjusted for Hurricane Irene)

  • Antoine | August 25, 2011 12:13 PMReply

    15 million

  • Shanea | August 25, 2011 12:10 PMReply

    18 million.

  • JMac | August 25, 2011 12:07 PMReply

    I'm gonna guess $25 million. Probably too much but I think guys would prefer an action packed shoot-out movie with an almost naked woman over that lame looking Our Idiot Brother.

  • Amilcar | August 25, 2011 12:05 PMReply

    $15.6 mil.

  • MidSouth Mouth | August 25, 2011 12:02 PMReply

    $9.9 million

  • JS | August 25, 2011 11:57 AMReply

    Predicting $12.8 million

  • blaqbird | August 25, 2011 11:55 AMReply

    $21.3 million (hey why not?)

  • TK Mercer | August 25, 2011 11:53 AMReply

    Predicting. $12 million

  • KP | August 25, 2011 11:51 AMReply

    I think the opening will be 16 million

  • Stacy Taylor | August 25, 2011 11:50 AMReply

    I'm going to guess $22 million. I'd actually like to go higher, but I'm afraid of going over!

  • mlm | August 25, 2011 11:47 AMReply


  • Tasasha Henderson | August 25, 2011 11:44 AMReply

    I predict that the opening box office will be $10 million

  • tysani | August 25, 2011 11:41 AMReply

    10 million

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