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Wall-E & Wanted Combine For Wah Hoo - Week 9

Iron Man
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
WALL-E
Kung Fu Panda
Sex and the City
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
The Incredible Hulk
Wanted
Get Smart
Two films delivered a huge boost to the box-office and for the first time in history two films opened with more than $50 million. Apparently those same people on TV who talk about how drastically their lives have changed since gas prices have shot-up found the intestinal fortitude to walk to a movie theater and plop down $12 for a ticket. Why should Exxon get their cash when synthetic butter and Jujubes deserve their support so much more?

Wall-E buzzed, whirled, and clicked his way to $63.1 million, which was under the peak $70 million openings for Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, yet way above the $47 million Ratatooie debuted with a year ago. Time will tell whether the animated 2001: A Space Odyssey vibe will work with repeat viewings or if a generation raised on talking heads can accept a film that says more by saying less.

Wanted was wanted by a lot more theatergoers than anyone expected. A $50.9 opening weekend for a film most analysts thought would open in the mid-30's was about as shocking as finding out only one of the Pussycat Dolls actually sings. Just last year Live Free or Die Hard, which seemed to be a comparable film, didn't even make that much in its first five days. You're telling me Angelina Jolie wearing vinyl is bigger sell than Bruce Willis not wearing a toupee? I dunno, I'd call that a toss-up.

Get Smart got a 48% drop going into its second weekend with $20.2 million, which was pretty good considering the competition. With $77.5 million in Control, the film should cross the $100 million plateau with ease. Whether or not that's enough to warrant a sequel to the film, it looks like they missed it… by that much.

Even the Kung-Fu Panda had no defense against the robotic onslaught of Wall-E. Dropping by 47%, the film featured a panda named Po has been anything but po with $179.3 million so far and will likely cross the $200 million mark.

Talk about not being able to win for losing, The Incredible Hulk was smashed again with a hefty 57% decline and is now 1% behind what the first Hulk movie accomplished in 2002. Somewhere in the world Tim Blake Nelson is in a bar going "But I was going to be The Leader in the next film… The Leader!" Meanwhile, Ed Norton's cut of the film is going to come out on DVD in black and white to highlight the inner rage of Bruce Banner and include the lost side-story where he tries to save his brother from joining a skinhead cult. American History Hulk, now that would be a movie that would keep people's interest!

As the Love Guru kerplopped 62% in its second weekend for a 10-day total of $25.2 million, I'm giddy anticipating the marketing for the DVD release. I'm hoping they go with a quote like "It's Mike Myers greatest comic creation since Austin Powers" since it's Mike Myers only comic creation since Austin Powers. My favorite to this day though, has to be the back of the Battlefield Earth DVD box having the quote: "Great scene transitions!"

Onto the all important watching-paint-dry race for #1, Indy is now $9.1 million behind Iron Man with just two months to go… The anticipation is making me sleepy!

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:

#1. Iron Man - $309.2 million
#2. Indiana Jones - $300.1 million
#3. Kung Fu Panda - $179.3 million
#4. Sex and the City - $140.2 million
#5. Prince Caspian - $137.7 million

This Week
With only one new movie this holiday week, Wanted and Wall-E should continue to do great. The well-being of Hancock, on the other hand, is a much more interesting topic. I thought the first trailer I saw in January was a leaked version because there's no way a major studio has released a worst first trailer… Yes, even worse than the first Love Guru trailer. Still, when we're talking about Will Smith, the 4th of July weekend, and apparently a country that has no problem going to movies even though there's a new Great Lake covering the entire Mid-West, logic seems to have little to do with it. Maybe they found a way to salvage the film. Maybe it's genius and we're just to dumb to realize it. Either way, the only shocking thing would be if this film didn't clear $100 million by next week's pool update.

by Matt Neuenburg on 06/30/2008

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Get Smart, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man, Kung Fu Panda, Sex and the City, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Incredible Hulk, WALL-E, Wanted
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