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Adam T
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posted 10 January 2005 07:25 PM      Profile for Adam T     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Box office totals up to yesterday

When you have an indie film like Passion of the Christ getting released into over 3,000 theatres in its opening week, I give up on trying to decide what is a big studio film and what is an indie release. I've broken it up into wide release and limited release films instead.

Not included here are Imax films. U.S and Canada box office

A '*' by the film means it could end up higher.

Biggest wide release films
1.Shrek 2, $441,226,447
2.Spiderman 2, 373,585,825
3.The Passion of the Christ 370,274,604
4.The Incredibles 254,738,382
5.Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 249,541,069
6.Meet the Fockers 204,297,870
7.The Day After Tomorrow 186,740,799
8.The Bourne Supremacy 176,236,842
9.Shark Tale 160,861,908
10.National Treasure 160,521,536 *
11.The Polar Express 158,656,180 *
12.I,Robot 144,801,023
13.Troy 133,378,256
14.50 First Dates 120,908,074
15.Van Helsing 120,177,084
16.Fahrenheit 9/11, 119,194,771
17.Ocean's Twelve 115,312,023 *
18.Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 114,326,736
19.The Village 114,197,520
20.The Grudge 110,175,871
21.Lemony Snickett... 105,568,980 *
22.Collateral 101,005,703
23.The Princes Diaries 2, 95,170,481
24.Starsky and Hutch 88,237,754
25.Along Came Polly 88,097,164
26.Mean Girls 86,050,784
27.Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 85,224,248
28.Scooby Doo 2: Monster's Unleashed 84,198,209
29.Sponge Bob Square Pants Movie 83,126,525 *
30.The Notebook 81,001,787

Biggest Limited Release films
1.Napoleon Dynamite $44,478,018
2.Finding Neverland 27,893,366
3.Garden State 26,770,913
4.Sideways 25,123,613 *
5.The Motorcycle Diaries 16,025,595
6.Shaun of the Dead 13,472,272
7.De-Lovely 13,456,633
8.I Heart Huckabees 12,654,923
9.Super Size Me 11,536,423
10.What the #$*! Do We Know 10,230,192
11.Saved 8,940,582
12.Kinsey 7,833,174 *
13.Woman, Thou Art Loosed 6,879,730
14.Maria Full of Grace 6,529,624
15.Before Sunset 5,820,649
16.The Clearing 5,763,875
17.House of Flying Daggers 5,035,000 *
18.Birth 5,005,883
19.Touching the Void 4,593,598
20.A Day Without a Mexican 4,179,890
21.Good Bye, Lenin! 4,064,200
22.The Door in the Floor 3,842,119
23.Camping Sauvage 3,809,665
24.Being Julia 3,628,523
25.A Very Long Engagement 3,615,445 *
26.The Corporation 3,493,516
27.Beyond the Sea 3,421,575 *
28.Clifford's Really Big Movie 2,922,354
29.Veer-Zaara 2,880,108 *
30.Monsieur Ibrahim 2,824,365

Wide release flops
1.National Lampoon's Gold Diggers $527,000 (indie studio film)
2.Bobby Jones: Strokes of Genius 2,694,071 (indie studio)
3.Benji: Off the Leash 3,817,362 (indie studio)
4.Spartan 4,373,418 (semi wide release)
5.Broken Lizard's Club Dread 5,001,708
6.Never Die Alone 5,645,298
7.Against the Ropes 5,884,190
8.The Big Bounce 6,489,476
9.Teacher's Pet 6,491,969
10.Thunderbirds 6,810,050
11.Connie and Carla 8,063,415
12.Suspect Zero 8,725,813
13.First Daughter 9,055,921
14.Superbabies: Babies Geniuses 9,109,322
15.Sleepover 9,436,390
16.The Perfect Score 10,391,003
17.Raise Your Voice 10,411,980
18.Surviving Christmas 11,217,186
19.The Cookout 11,771,616
20.Chasing Liberty 12,195,626
21.Breakin' All The Rules 12,232,382
22.Wicker Park 13,001,257
23.Alfie 13,395,939
24.Envy 13,562,325
25.New York Minute 14,045,006
26.Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights 14,149,869
27.Soul Plane 14,190,750
28.Godsend 14,361,361
29.Welcome to Mooseport 14,470,947
30.The Girl Next Door 14,589,444

[ 10 January 2005: Message edited by: Adam T ]


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posted 10 January 2005 09:05 PM      Profile for Reality. Bites.        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
A '*' by the film means it could end up higher.

You accidently left one off the Fockers.

Wide release flops are no fun without their budget next to the gross.


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posted 10 January 2005 09:20 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Au contraire - it is a great consolation to see that Alfie didn't even cover Jude Law's probable fee.
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posted 10 January 2005 11:23 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I rented Benji: Off the Leash.

It was quite the radical rehash of the first two movies, and something that kids need desperately these days. They need more movies about Benji and less movies about Yu-Gi-Oh.

Jude Law is not Micheal Caine.


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posted 11 January 2005 12:13 AM      Profile for peppermint     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've been away from North america for a while, and figured I'd missed all the interesting films- but I knew most of the names and still didn't see that many on the list. What would be babble's list of hit and miss for the past year?
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posted 11 January 2005 12:36 AM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You're in Korea, you have access to far better films that North America!
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posted 11 January 2005 01:34 AM      Profile for Hailey     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This stuff always makes me feel like a loser. I have seen 3 of the top 30 films and that's probably an all time record high for me.
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posted 11 January 2005 01:40 AM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Perhaps this will cheer you up: the last 3 movies I saw at the theatre? The three Lord of the Rings movies. Yup.
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posted 11 January 2005 02:09 AM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Didn't think Shrek 2 was as good as the original, but Spidey 2 was just perfect.

Prisoner of Azkaban was much better than the two Chris Columbus offerings and gives me some hope for the future of the franchise.

I went to see Troy and The Incredibles with low expectations for different reasons and just loved both of them.

My two favorite movies of the year were the breathtaking Hero and the breathtaking squared House of Flying Daggers.

And Van Helsing and Day After Tommorrow demonstrated you need a lot more than dazzling special effects to make a good movie. A writer really does help.

The flop list should include the massive turkey Catwoman which cost 135 million to make and market and only took in about 85 million world wide. How do you screw up a movie with Halle Berry in a shiny skin tight black leather cat suit brandishing a bull whip? I mean how??


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posted 11 January 2005 02:13 AM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Jimmy, I questioned myself about that.

Then I realized that it was simply a crappy testosterone driven piece of crappy crap. I can't think of anything to describe Catwoman, but crap.


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posted 11 January 2005 02:21 AM      Profile for Hailey     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Perhaps this will cheer you up: the last 3 movies I saw at the theatre? The three Lord of the Rings movies. Yup.

I've never seen star wars, star trek, or any science fiction movie unless you count back to the future.


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posted 11 January 2005 03:10 AM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by JimmyBrogan:
Didn't think Shrek 2 was as good as the original
I'd definitely agree, though I welcomed the introduction of Puss 'n Boots.

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posted 11 January 2005 03:22 AM      Profile for Vansterdam Kid   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah I haven't seen too many of those either.

I've seen parts of Shrek 2 on DVD so I can't really comment on it.

As for the ones I have seen [on that list -- I'm surprised Open Water and Arthur didn't make it on there], in and out of theatre.

Hits:
Garden State -- 9.1/10. It's a sappy movie, but it's a very good coming of age and realization movie. Has humour in the right amount, mixed with a strong charachter driven plot.
The Corporation -- 8.8/10. Poignant a tad dry, but factual and interesting thus doing what it sets out to do.
The Bourne Supremacy -- 7.7/10. Entertaining and a decent story -- those things make for a good action movie.
Fahrenheit 9/11 -- 7.4/10. Entertaining, pulls the emotional valves, a bit over the top -- but all in all a good watch.

Okay -- not great -- not bad -- Okay:
The Day After Tomorrow 6/10. Hyperbolic story line, somewhat entertaining but its way to easy to complain about this movie.
Troy 6/10. Meh it's okay -- not a real good sense of time portrayed (the siege of Troy was 10 years not a few months!?!).

Misses:
New York Minute 4/10 (How much can you expect from a Mary-Kate and Ashley movie? -- Then again a better question is why did I see it? And why am I admitting it?!?)
The Grudge 2.7/10. -- When will they make a good horror flick? Guess I'm going to have to wait for Ring 2 and if you haven't seen this yet, I'd suggest you wait too. There were a couple jumps (in theatre), but it was mostly a stupid movie. And not very scary -- a big minus for a horror movie.

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posted 11 January 2005 03:55 AM      Profile for peppermint     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Papal_Bull:
You're in Korea, you have access to far better films that North America!


UMMMM? You probably don't know this, but Korea has never gotten along well with it's Asian neighbors, and so most movies made in Asia aren't really available here except from the black market DVD guys. .

Locally- well, there's been maybe five movies that were watchable this year, and I've still gotta wait for them on DVD to get the subtitles.


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posted 11 January 2005 11:42 AM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Man did I love Garden State.
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posted 11 January 2005 11:47 AM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I can't stop saying "Gosh!" because of Napoleon Dynamite.
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quote:
My two favorite movies of the year were the breathtaking Hero and the breathtaking squared House of Flying Daggers.

I second loving Hero. It's a must see. I could probably catch it another couple times.

Besides two good scenes (echo game & Bamboo forest fight) I was really disappointed by Flying Daggers. People even walked out of the theatre during this one. To say that the plot is thin is a serious understatement. No character should be allowed to die and come back alive as they do in this one.


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No character should be allowed to die and come back alive as they do in this one.

I wish someone had told Mel Gibson.


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The only two I saw last year were Super Size Me and The Corporation. (not that i'm a raging lefty or anything)

Supersize was genuinely hilarious- it's not just watching some poor sap make himself horribly sick while his vegan chef girlfriend looks on in horror, he also wanders around the country interviewing random experts on health, advertising, child psychology etc and crazy people who love Mickey D's.

The last McDonald's I ever went into was in Romania, where the manager's name was Virgil.

The Corporation is made by the same people who did that really really REALLY long doc on Noam Chomsky. It's based on a book. The nice thing about books which tell you things you mostly already knew is that they're way easier to skim than movies.


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posted 12 January 2005 01:30 AM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
catje, interestingly, my dog's name is Virgil.

quote:
Originally posted by peppermint:

UMMMM? You probably don't know this, but Korea has never gotten along well with it's Asian neighbors, and so most movies made in Asia aren't really available here except from the black market DVD guys. .

Locally- well, there's been maybe five movies that were watchable this year, and I've still gotta wait for them on DVD to get the subtitles.


Yeah, I know a thing or two about Asian history, mostly servicable due to interest in Chinese culture and Japanese cuisine and the Korean writing system... In grade 10 I had to write a report on the Japanese subjugation of Korea and Manchuria following the Russo-Japanese war.

And I meant that the whole black market DVD over there is absolutely awesome. My friend has bloody Norwegian movies with English/Korean subtitles. I'm positive Korea has nothing comprabable to the NA nerd mecca of Japan, Akihabara (SP???), but it defintely has some rocking piracy.

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quote:
The only two I saw last year were Super Size Me and The Corporation.

Same here, except I went to Monsieur Ibrahim, Les invasions barbares and Divine Intervention too.

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quote:
Originally posted by ronb:

I wish someone had told Mel Gibson.


Oh yeah cause he could've left that out, it wasn't integral.


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Hits:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


well that's about it. Haven't seen Before Sunrise yet (I was hoping a DVD would show up for Christmas but oh well) but if its even half as good as Before Sunset was it will be on the list.

Sideways seems to be getting all the critical buzz.


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Intersting that you guys are saying how you loved Hero. It's on TV here right now, and while it's abolutely breathtaking visually, I don't think it works at all- there's next to no plot. I'm watching it in Chinese with Korean subtitles and it really doesn't matter.

Maybe the whole exotic East thing works better when you don't live there. I'm sure the visuals would be much more effective if I wasn't comparing the sets to places I've been and stuff. That and wondering if my students that are good at Chinese calligraphy are also skilled with swords.


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I caught "Ray" on the weekend and it wildly exceeded my expectations. I would definitely recommend seeing it on the big screen as I would "The Motorcycle Diaries".

I also enjoyed "I (heart) Huckabees" and "I, Robot". Haven't seen Garden State or Hero yet.

I also liked Collateral and the Last Samurai (but I've got this thing for Tom Cruise) and Spiderman 2 had the best ever action movie super-villain that I've ever seen (although the movie overall was too sappy for me).

And of course let's not forget F-9/11 but that's a documentary!

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Final top 30s

Biggest wide release films
1.Shrek 2, $441,226,447
2.Spiderman 2, 373,585,825
3.The Passion of the Christ 370,274,604
4.Meet the Fockers 279,247,766
5.The Incredibles 261,441,092
6.Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 249,541,069
7.The Day After Tomorrow 186,740,799
8.The Bourne Supremacy 176,241,941
9.National Treasure 173,008,894
10.The Polar Express 162,775,358 (not including IMAX 2005 rerelease)
11.Shark Tale 160,861,908
12.I,Robot 144,801,023
13.Troy 133,378,256
14.50 First Dates 120,908,074
15.Van Helsing 120,177,084
16.Fahrenheit 9/11, 119,194,771
17.Ocean's Twelve 115,312,023 *
18.Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 118,634,549
19.Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 114,326,736
20.The Village 114,197,520
21.The Grudge 110,359,362
22.The Aviator 102,610,330
23.Collateral 101,005,703
24.Million Dollar Baby 100,492,203
25.The Princes Diaries 2, 95,170,481
26.Starsky and Hutch 88,237,754
27.Along Came Polly 88,097,164
28.Mean Girls 86,058,055
29.The Sponge Bob Squarepants Movie 85,417,988
30.Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 85,224,248


Biggest Limited Release films
1.Sideways $71,503,593
2.Finding Neverland 51,680,613
3.Napoleon Dynamite $44,540,956
4.Garden State 26,782,316
5.Hotel Rwanda 23,530,892
6.The Motorcycle Diaries 16,781,387
7.Shaun of the Dead 13,542,874
8.De-Lovely 13,456,633
9.I Heart Huckabees 12,785,432
10.Super Size Me 11,536,423
11.House of Flying Daggers 11,050,094
12.What the #$*! Do We Know 10,942,306
13.Kinsey 10,254,979
14.Saved 8,940,582
15.Being Julia 7,739,049
16.Woman, Thou Art Loosed 6,879,730
17.Maria Full of Grace 6,529,624
18.A Very Long Engagement 6,524,389
19.Beyond the Sea 6,318,709
20.Before Sunset 5,820,649
21.The Clearing 5,763,875
22.Bad Education 5,211,842
23.Birth 5,005,883
24.Touching the Void 4,593,598
25.A Day Without a Mexican 4,179,890
26.Good Bye, Lenin! 4,064,200
27.Camping Sauvage 3,894,595
28.The Door in the Floor 3,854,624
29.Vera Drake 3,775,283
30.The Merchant of Venice 3,765,585
31.The Corporation 3,493,516


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