Fandango sent out an alert today that said the following:
Fandango reports that the Channing Tatum male stripper movie, “Magic Mike”, is #1 in today’s ticket sales, representing 53% of all sales on Fandango on Wednesday. In a survey conducted Tuesday on the site with more than 1,000 respondents, Fandango found the following:
· 87% are planning to see it with a group of women;
· 81% are 25-49 years old;
· 82% plan to see it opening weekend
· 78% said that “Magic Mike” is the summer movie they’re most excited to see on the big screen;
· 77% feel that female-skewing movies have been lacking in Hollywood;
· 68% are planning to attend some kind of get-together before or after the movie.
This sounds very "Sex and the City" to me, which managed $57,038,404 in its first weekend followed by a massive drop the next. Mind you, "Magic Mike" does not have the obsessive built in fan base of "SATC," so expecting that number is extraordinarily optimistic.
But a $40 million+ opening seems very likely, and for a film about male strippers that cost $5 million to make... That would be astounding. I for one will be there opening night, which is something I pretty much have only done in the summer for "Prometheus" or films about Batman directed by Christopher Nolan... or, yes, "Sex and the City."
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