Monday, October 6, 2008

Monday Movie Box Office Recap - Ok America, we get it you are STUPID Edition!

I am not sure if I can even write the following post without throwing up just a little bit, but shockingly Beverly Hills Chihuahua came in at NUMBER ONE at the Box Office with nearly $30 Million its opening weekend. The Disney film follows Chihuahuas and their uprising in the posh neighborhood of Beverly Hills. Think Look Who’s Talking meets Legally Blonde, with all cute little dogs. Let's put this into perspective here, since the average movie ticket in the United States right now is $7.08, this means that a little over 4 MILLION people saw this movie over the weekend. I get that at least half of that is kids, but you know a small portion were “thinking” adults willingly going to the movies to check this out. This was Disney’s largest opener at an October box office. Eagle Eye, last week’s top dog, came in second this weekend with $18 million and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist turned in a third place performance with $12 million. Nick and Norah, the 00’s version of a John Hughes’ movie, was expected to fare a little bit better, especially after Michael Cera’s recent box office pull (more on that later), but the studio is proud of it’s numbers this weekend. Romantic flick Nights in Rodanth and Western epic Appaloosa rounded out the top five.

This weekend had one thing that liberals and conservatives could get behind – movies that pulled in bank. Both Fireproof, the religious romantic drama and An American Carol, a “satire” from the right on the left, were both in the top ten with strong numbers. And Religulous, an exploration of religion in our time through the eyes of Bill Maher and Larry Charles, grabbed $3.5 million this weekend at only 500 theaters. Is this the October surprise we have been waiting for, politically and religious slanted movies doing overwhelmingly well at the box office?

Here is the rest of the Box Office Top ten, courtesy of Box Office Mojo.
1. Beverly Hills Chihuahua - $29 million
2. Eagle Eye - $18 million
3. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist - $12 million
4. Nights in Rodanthe - $7.4 million
5. Appaloosa - $5 million
6. Lakeview Terrace - $4.5million
7. Burn After Reading - $4.1 million
8. Fireproof - $4.06 million
9. An American Carol - $3.8 million
10. Religulous - $3.5 million