Weekend Box Office Sept 23 - 25 ("The Lion King" Is #1, While Singleton's "Abduction" Hangs On)

by Sergio
September 25, 2011 5:26 AM
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WHAT AGAIN? The 3D reformatted version of Disney's The Lion King was No. 1 again this weekend. Hey folks, didn't you hear me last week? It's coming out on standard and 3D blu-ray next Tuesday October 4. The DVD is hell of lot cheaper than spending $100 to take the family to see the damn movie in the theaters. Oh well... no one listens to me.

Moneyball was No. 2, which, for me, is this year's The Social Network. In other words an O.K. movie that EVERYONE is going to be raving about, but I don't get it. For Moneyball, I couldn't really get into it, I guess because I'm in complete agreement with what Bill Cosby said about baseball years ago, that it's "just nine guys standing out in a field doing nothing." I mean watching cloud formations is more exciting; so dull that half the time the announcers are talking about something else other than the game.

John Singleton's Abduction starring that funny looking shirtless guy from those Twilight movies didn't do as well as hoped. Though insiders pretty much hit it on the head about what the film would pull over the weekend, citing that shirtless guy's limited appeal, mainly to squealing 14 year old tween girls.

The week's list:

1) Lion King 3D (Disney) Weekend $22.1M Cume $61.6M
2) Moneyball (Sony) Weekend $20.7M Weekend
3) Dolphin Tale (Warner Bros) Weekend $20.2M
4) Abduction (Lionsgate) Weekend $11.1M
5) Killer Elite (Open Road) Weekend $9.5M
6. Contagion (Participant/Warner Bros) Weekend $8.5M, Cume $57.1M
7. Drive (FilmDistrict) Weekend $6M, Cume $21.6M
8. The Help (Participant/DreamWorks/Disney] Weekend $4.4M, Cume $154.4M
9. Straw Dogs (Sony) Weekend $2.1M Cume $8.8M
10. I Don’t Know How She Does It (Weinstein Co) Weekend $2M, Cume $8M

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5 Comments

  • CareyCarey | September 27, 2011 8:10 AMReply

    “A lot of people relished the chance to see it again on the big screen. Moreover, I noticed a lot of people I know who now have kids were excited about taking their children to see it on the big screen. (I know someone who planned a week in advance to take her kids AND the neighbor’s kids.) On top of that, the 3D thing offered something new”

    BINGO! There it is! I am reminded of a 2009 movie, "Local Color," in which a fictional artist character, Nicoli Seroff, says, "a journey shared is more deeply moving an experience than a journey taken alone."

    Those words echoed theyounglion’s thoughts and forced me to reflect on my own life experiences.

    As a kid, my family didn’t have a lot of money... okay, we were poor. However, there was this neighbor, a black man who had a large family of 5 sons and four daughters. Well, once a week he would set up a movie screen in his back yard and show all sort movies. It was a great time and I have great memories. As I began to raise my own family, I wanted to share those same feeling of excitement and anticipation, not only with my children but with other children in the neighborhood. I’d pack up the little league team - my son played on - or members of the track team that my daughter ran with, and we were off to the movies. I think I was the most excited person in the whole bunch because the very thought of the whole experience was giving me pleasurable shared feelings and emotions, taking me waaaay back to my childhood. Damn, if we could only live with a child’s heart... forever and forever and forever.

    With a child’s heart, no need to worry, no need to fear, just being alive, makes it all so very clear. That's with a child's heart nothing can ever get you down. Love, love is welcome as a sunny, the whole world smiles with you as you go your own merry way
    'Cause with a child's heart nothing can ever get you down. With a child's heart we've got no reason to frown. ~ Stevie Wonder

    “Sometimes going to the movies to see a beloved film—sitting in the dark and watching it on the big screen—can still be a special thing. ~ theyounglion on September 26, 2011

    Yep, it sure can... in so many ways.

  • theyounglion | September 27, 2011 1:54 AMReply

    I don't see why the success of "The Lion King" is such a mystery. It makes total sense to me. It's one of the most beloved films of the last 30 years, and one of the most popular films of all time. (Adjusted for inflation it's one of the biggest money makers in movie history. And doesn't it still hold the record for biggest-selling DVD of all time?)

    A lot of people relished the chance to see it again on the big screen. Moreover, I noticed a lot of people I know who now have kids were excited about taking their children to see it on the big screen. (I know someone who planned a week in advance to take her kids AND the neighbor's kids.) On top of that, the 3D thing offered something new.

    This has happened before. I remember back in the late 1990's when the special edition of "Star Wars" was re-released in movie theaters for its 20th anniversary (even though the original had long been available on home video). The re-release was a phenomenal success, earning more than $100 million and staying the #1 movie for several weeks (if I recall correctly). People were really excited about seeing it on the big screen again, and were excited about the energy of seeing it in packed theaters with other Star Wars fans. (I admit I went on opening night of the re-release with a bunch of friends.) The so-called special edition (which didn't really amount to much) was just an added incentive.

    Sometimes going to the movies to see a beloved film -- sitting in the dark and watching it on the big screen -- can still be a special thing. If it's the right movie and the marketing is handled right, people will turn out...whether that movie is coming out on a reformatted DVD and Blu-ray shortly thereafter or not.

  • incrediblejeff | September 26, 2011 7:29 AMReply

    I usually don't agree with most of your posts Sergio,but I have to say this Lion King shit is ridiculous to me.

  • BondGirl | September 26, 2011 1:02 AMReply

    I just came back from watching Moneyball...and you'll appreciate this Sergio....after reading the script. lol

    The script was much better.

    Btw, glad to see The Help still in the Top 10:)

  • AccidentalVisitor | September 25, 2011 7:38 AMReply

    Hey, what about "Dolphin Tale"? Anyone check out that masterpiece starring Morgan Freeman?

    The movie I was looking forward to seeing the most this weekend was, easily, "Drive". But of the two films I saw this weekend it was "The Interrupters" that impressed me the most. By far. Tambay spoke of recently how black viewers should prove that they are interested in supporting black cinema by checking out "The Black Power Mixtape". I disagreed to an extent because it is a documentary and most Americans don't watch docs, not even for free on cable. But I understood where tambay was coming from. However after watching "The Interrupters" I feel I'm not likely to see another movie with such a strong black narrative as that. It is terrific. I'd give it a 9 out of 10.

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