THE OBENSON REPORT

Covering Cinema From All Across The African Diaspora

Box Office May 30 - June 1, 2008

Well... no surprise that Sex and the City was numero uno for the weekend, although I actually expected it to make more money than it did. Given that its budget is listed at $65 million (not including marketing costs), it's made most of it back, and surely will surpass it by next weekend.

Indiana Jones dropped roughly 50% from it's opening weekend gross, and has surpassed the $200 million mark. Keep in mind that it's a $200 million movie, so I don't know if I'd yet say that it's profitable. I saw it last week and was incredibly disappointed! What a tedious experience. Spielberg and Lucas should be ashamed of themselves for producing this miserable excuse of a movie. I've heard rumors that a 5th installment of the series is possible... I certainly hope not, and wouldn't bother seeing it, if it did come to fruition!

Iron Man is still showing iron strength, raking in an additional $14 million, bringing it's cumulative total to $276 million. It's made $500 million worldwide already, making it the highest grossing film of 2008, so far anyway.

Lastly, stick a fork in Speed Racer because it's just about d-o-n-e! This was one gamble that hasn't paid off for Warner Bros, unless it becomes one of those DVD cult hits... but I doubt it. I haven't seen it, and don't plan on it. When it's on cable TV this time next year, maybe I'll make myself sit down and watch it.

Here are the top 10 money-makers for the weekend, with cumulative totals in parentheses:

1 Sex and the City $55,740,000 (NEW)
2 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $46,000,000 ($216,881,000)
3 The Strangers $20,707,000 (NEW)
4 Iron Man Par. $14,000,000 ($276,625,000)
5 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian $13,016,000 ($115,674,000)
6 What Happens in Vegas $6,850,000 ($66,074,000)
7 Baby Mama $2,221,000 ($56,145,000)
8 Speed Racer $2,140,000 ($40,558,000)
9 Made of Honor $2,000,000 ($42,965,000)
10 Forgetting Sarah Marshall $1,044,000 ($60,471,000)

2 comments:

  1. UK Black Chick aka Wendy said...
     

    Now THAT's what I call "P" Power!

    I hope Hollywood is paying attention - there's economic strength to be harnessed from the oft ignored female (and older than 25) market.

  2. The Obenson Report said...
     

    You mean Iron Man and Indiana Jones aren't enough?

    :o)

    But yup, it's certainly a YWM (young white male) market. To hell with the rest of us...

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