Here we are GoJu Nation. And the holidays are right around the corner. This means we’re gonna have to ramp up da movie charts over here at GothamJungle. I was literally at the movies yesterday which sparked this thought process. We haven’t been bombarded yet with the Christmas and animation movies but that will change very quickly here in the next couple weeks. Your also gonna get a strong dose of emotional and award-winning book movies as this is the last of the Oscar push for these film companies. So lets take a look at what transpired this weekend. There is an interesting trend.
Monday, Monday GoJu Nation and we start it off right with da movie charts. We’re starting to get the little gems that end off the summer and swing into Oscar season and some of the numbers bear that out… “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” of course rule movie land for the second week in a row. The last of the summer blockbusters is exactly that by grossing over 100M in those 2 weeks. Which officially makes this a franchise. Look for another “Apes” movie within the coming years (will Mark Wahlberg return??). The charming movie “The Help” which breaks down the scandalous lifestyle of a small town told from the perspective of the maids comes in at number two this week. A solid 25M makes this one of the sleepers of the summer and if can gain some momentum (the in theater marketing was very strong) it may be in the Oscar conversation but it needs bigger box office to make that a possibility.
The chart that gets your week off to a great start is here GoJu Nation. Even if it’s Tuesday lol. And this is interesting GoJu Nation. Although it cheated with a couple of earlier releases around the country, this past week “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” has broken the opening weekend debut mark with over $169M in receipts. The final chapter of this phenomenon is ending on a major high note. Grossing over $6.5B in receipts makes this the most successful movie franchise ever. Especially for a 8 movie stretch. In this age of social network and media being what it is, I’ll be surprised to see if another movie franchise will captivate the world the way the world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft And Wizardry has.
It’s Monday so here you are GoJu Nation. Da Movie charts. Pretty slow weekend GoJu Nation. Not one movie broke the 20M mark. Which is a lil telling but there are a couple of world issues that can make movies and disposable income moot this past weekend (Japan disaster and the US getting militarily involved in Libya for example). But ‘Limitless’ is your winner this weekend. The Bradley Cooper/Robert DeNiro vehicle was the go to movie to begin the spring. Now the great news is that the movie budget is less than 30M. So next weekend puts this one over the top from a recoup place. And it will overall be a success when the on demand and DVD money kicks in.
As only we can GoJu Nation, we start your week off with da Movie charts. It’s a slow crawl but we’re heading toward the summer which means the blockbusters are coming. So for now we’ll deal with the appetizer movies that Hollywood has on deck. The sci-fi action flick ‘Battle: Los Angeles‘ moves 36M in its 1st weekend to take the #1 spot. It recoups about half of it budget which is a great start. It should be in the black after all is said and done (DVD sales non-withstanding). ‘Rango‘ (which is getting a phase 2 marketing push) is in as number two. Now the movie budget says 135M which would explain the marketing push. Because, we’ve got a long way to go before we on the upside $$$ wise. Lastly I’m surprised at the numbers on ‘Red Riding Hood‘. This movie just smelled like a flop. Taking this classic storyline seemed like a recipe for disaster but it seems GoJu Nation gave it a lil love. Fourteen million and the #3 spot is a nice landing spot. I could go through the whole list but that would be insulting the GoJu Nation’s intelligence. So I”m off the soapbox for now and I’ll leave you guys to go over the rest of the charts. If non of these movies motivates you in any way, feel free to click the links throughout this blog & get your consumer game popping. I’m done for now. Enjoy your week GoJu Nation.
Back from hiatus GoJu Nation. And we have the movie charts to start with. All of the new releases charted in the top 3 this week. Lead again by the animation genre. ‘Rango’ voiced by Johnny Depp holds the #1 spot grossing 38M in it’s 1st weekend. It has a way to go to recoup that 135M budget but off to a good start. The Matt Damon vehicle ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ with 20M comes in at #2. There isn’t much to report post Oscar in the movie industry GoJu Nation. Only that the pace of movies will start to pick up dramatically in the next couple months. I’m gonna get off the soapbox early on this one and let you peruse the movie charts. Deuces.
Another Monday, another “This Week on Da Charts” GoJu Nation. And just as the leaves are starting to fall this week, the charts are starting to settling in for the fall movie rush. And fitting perfectly is Ben Affleck’s “The Town” landing at the #1 spot. This crime-drama is a nice fit for this time of the year. And Affleck re-establishing his directing chops is a decent career move at this point. He’s not the a-list leading man that he used to be (although still strong) and he’s chosen some nice vehicles to attach his directing skills. I applaud him in that sense. He is a hollywood triple threat. He acts, directs & writes. So if he’s on his A-game, he’s self-contained which is a skill set that every industry values.
Another week and the summer movies are winding down GoJu Nation. We’re at the point we’re the movie studios are hoping for a late summer gem to add to their bottom line and show the industry how smart they are. This is a slot where a “Superbad” type movie slides in and becomes the movie of the season. Now I don’t know if “The Other Guys” falls in that category but, it is the #1 movie this weekend and did very respectable. It could be the star power (Eva Mendes, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Will Ferrell & Mark Wahlberg) or it could be that the team behind Will Ferrell biggest hits was at the helm. Either way there’s a lil ways to go to recoup the movie budget but a solid 1st week nonetheless.