Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Weekend Box Office

Numbers, numbers.

Well lookie there! Something finally knocks Avatar from the top spot, and it's a romantic drama. Dear John, based on a Nicolas Sparks novel, brings in $30 mil. No doubt it benefitted from its status as the best alternative to Superbowl mania. (Side note: I was acting in a play on Sunday afternoon, and I correctly predicted that the audience would be almost entirely old women. Bingo! Women because they wanted to avoid all the testosterone-fueled screaming at home, and old because it's a Sunday matinee at the theatre.)

More romance in the form of From Paris With Love. It comes in at #3 with a distant $8 million, behind Avatar's $23 million.

At the other end of the scale, we have Departures (Okuribito), last year's best foreign film now relegated to a single theatre and making $114. Just goes to show... if you're Japanese and you want to make a picture about the dead, you damn well better include jealous ghosts.

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