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MONSTERS Win for DreamWorks

Get your summer predictions ready!

By Jarrod Sarafin     March 29, 2009

Attack of the 49-foot Ginormica in DreamWorks' MONSTERS VS. ALIENS(2009).
© DreamWorks Animation


It was clear that Monsters vs. Aliens would be the #1 film for this weekend’s box office report, with the film catering to the family audience, hitting 4,104 theaters and clocking in at only 1 hour & 34 minutes long. Nothing else by way of competition could withstand those factors. The only question that remained going into today was “How Much?”
DreamWorks Animation has some of the biggest blockbusters of all-time in their library but most of their previous animations are usually reserved for the summer season or late fall. In fact, they have only one film that they released in March and that was their first animated production, The Road to El Dorado, which debuted on March 31, 2000 to the tune of only $12.8 million.
Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, Bee Movie, Chicken Run and the rest of their library were set for summer or fall holiday season debuts.
So how did Monsters vs. Aliens fare after bowing in March?
Not bad at all.
DreamWorks Animation’s latest adventure grabbed an estimated $58.2 million this weekend on 4,102 theaters across the nation. With that theatrical count, the average per showing comes out to a respectable $14,181 with audiences.
The opening tally also makes it the 5th best opening for the studio behind Shrek the Third ($121.6 mil), Shrek 2 ($108.0 mil), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa ($63.1 mil) and Kung Fu Panda ($60.2 mil).
Opening early in select foreign countries, the film also has $6.1 mil from last week. (This weekend’s foreign numbers are not yet in.) At the current moment, the film has a worldwide gross of $64.3 million.
Horror genre fans fared pretty good this weekend as well with Lionsgate’s The Haunting in Connecticut taking a sizeable slice of the box office pie from the above winner. The film debuted this weekend in a moderate 2,732 theaters but still managed to pull in $23.0 million in its first three days. With that kind of debut, the film had an average of $8,422 per showing. That’s some respectable numbers for Lionsgate’s latest release.
Following in the 3rd place spot is last weekend’s winner Knowing. The Alex Proyas-directed thriller grabbed another $14.7 million in its second box office report. Summit Entertainment hasn’t given us a budget so we don’t know if its domestic tally of $46.2 million has it in good shape for a profitable release but it will definitely be Proyas’ second-best feature when it’s all said and done. The film probably won’t reach his sci-fi adaptation of I, Robot ($144.8 mil) but it should be passing his second best The Crow ($50.6 mil) by next weekend.
Paramount and DreamWorks comedy I Love You, Man has the 4th spot with an estimated $12.6 mil in its second weekend of release. With last weekend’s debut, the film’s domestic tally comes to $37.7 million.
Universal Pictures follows in 5th with their Clive Owen-Julia Roberts team effort Duplicity, which pulled in another $7.5 mil in its second weekend. When you include last weekend’s debut of $13.9, the film has a domestic total of $25.6 million. No budget has been listed.
Walt Disney’s reimagining Race to Witch Mountain dropped two slots for the 6th place spot by scoring $5.6 million. With the adventure’s first three weekends now in the bag, the Dwayne Johnson-led vehicle has an overall $53.2 million in domestic receipts.
The final debut for this report is 20th Century Fox’s action film 12 Rounds, which pulled in an estimated $5.3 mil in its first three days for director Renny Harlin and leading star John Cena. The film debuted on 2,331 theaters so this comes out to an average of only $2,274 per showing.  
Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder’s Watchmen found itself dropping three places to 8th place by pulling in only $2.7 million this weekend. It should be noted that theaters are moving it out of their chains as well with the film having 1,500 less prints across the nation this weekend. The current count is now only 2,010 theaters and with only $2.7 million to show for it, the average rate comes out to only $1,371 per showing. After four weekends at the box office, the comic adaptation has a domestic tally of $103.2 million. With the film’s previous foreign numbers, Snyder’s production has a worldwide gross of $163.9 million. The budget is set at $150 million.  
20th Century Fox added some more dough to their successful Liam Neeson feature Taken this weekend with the film again finding the top ten in its 9th weekend of release. It grabbed another $2.7 mil to boost its overall domestic gross to $137.0 mil. If you include the $74.3 mil from the film’s foreign release, Fox has a worldwide showing of $211.3 million.
And the 10th place spot goes to Universal Pictures’ horror remake The Last House on the Left, which pulled in another $2.6 mil in its third weekend of release. To date, the film has grabbed $28.4 million here in the states since its debut on March, 13, 2009.

Monsters vs. Aliens
$58.2 mil
$58.2 mil
The Haunting in Connecticut
$23.0 mil
$23.0 mil
$14.7 mil
$46.2 mil
I Love You, Man
$12.6 mil
$37.7 mil
$7.5 mil
$25.6 mil
Race to Witch Mountain
$5.6 mil
$53.2 mil
12 Rounds
$5.3 mil
$5.3 mil
$2.7 mil
$103.2 mil
$2.7 mil
$137.0 mil
The Last House on the Left
$2.6 mil
$28.4 mil

While most schools don’t officially end their sessions until June these days, it’s almost time for the summer box office season to kick off, Maniacs. And much like the last two years of this box office report, we’re going to be adding up the results of every summer release to see how they compare with each other and to see who wins the summer blockbuster season for overall ticket sales.
For those new to the realm of Mania, you’ll see what I’m referring to by clicking here. Pan down to the bottom and you’ll see the numbers. Each weekend, they’re updated.
It’s also almost time for you to guess which films will flourish and which films will fail. We’ll give you a few weeks to decide and predict your top 10 films of the 2009 Summer Season.
Here’s some notables from this summer to choose from...
May 1, 2009:
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
May 8, 2009:
Star Trek
May 15, 2009:
Angels & Demons
May 21, 2009:
Terminator Salvation
Night at the Museum II: Escape from the Smithsonian
May 29, 2009:
Drag Me to Hell
June 5, 2009:
Land of the Lost
June 12, 2009:
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
June 19, 2009:
Year One
June 24-26, 2009:
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
July 1, 2009:
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Public Enemies
July 10, 2009:
July 17, 2009:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
July 24, 2009:
The Orphan
July 31, 2009:
They Came from Upstairs
August 7, 2009:
G.I. Joe
August 14, 2009:
District 9
The Time Traveler’s Wife
August 21, 2009:
Inglourious Basterds
August 28, 2009:
Final Destination: Death Trip 3D
Halloween 2
Bypassing a sleeper hit coming out nowhere (and I’m sure there’s going to be at least one), the above list will likely be the films to choose from for your top 10 films of the summer. Think it over, Maniacs.
As for next weekend...
Friday April 3, 2009:
Fast and Furious (3,400+)
Adventureland (1,800)
C Me Dance
Alien Trespass
The Escapist


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StarlightGuard 3/29/2009 1:49:45 PM

stand back, my prediction is:

Hanso will be annoyed when I referenced Batman! The Musical! and that I reworked his catchphrase to read Batman The Musical Owns, Son!

wessmith1966 3/29/2009 3:29:50 PM

 Monsters vs. Aliens in 3D was so much fun. I wouldn't put it on any list of greatest animated movies, but it was good family entertainment and the 3D effects were terrific. I didn't go see anything else. I'm looking forward to Fast & Furious. I liked the first movie and I'm glad to see the original cast back for this addition to the franchise.

My top 10 for the summer:

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Night at the Museum II

Angels and Demons

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Star Trek

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Terminator Salvation

G.I. Joe

Public Enemies

Drag Me to Hell


Biggest Flops of the year: Land of the Lost and Year One

almostunbiased 3/29/2009 3:34:58 PM

I was finally going to go see Watchmen this weekend and now it isn't playing in town.  Didn't stick around long.  No wonder it's not making money, though perhaps it wasn't making money and that's why they dropped it like yesterday's newspaper.

These: are the movies I plan on seeing this summer, not ready to make any prodictions yet, but Wolvie, Trans, and Terminator will make huge dollars.  Trek will do well also.  I'm actually looking really forward to Harry Potter and Joe and of course the kid movies will kick butt as always.  Angels will make cash just because of Tom alone.  This is going to be a good summer for movies.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Star Trek
Angels & Demons
Terminator Salvation
Night at the Museum II: Escape from the Smithsonian
Land of the Lost
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
Year One
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Public Enemies
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
G.I. Joe
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Inglourious Basterds

almostunbiased 3/29/2009 3:44:23 PM

Ok after at least two minutes of thought here it is:

1. Transformers - good or not it will take the prize, just because of the draw from last time and its star power.

2. Up - kid friendly

3. Wolverine - maybe wishful thinking

4. Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs - kid friendly

5. Harry Potter -kid friendly

6. Terminator Salvation -assuming it's PG-13

7. Night at the Museum - kid friendly

8. Star Trek - geeks and kids alike

9. Angels and Demons - this will do better over seas, but my list is for here.

10. GI JOE - I hope this kicks butt

hanso 3/29/2009 3:45:11 PM

Starlight watchu talkin about Willis?

Almost, did you just put up the same list Jarrod did?

I'm gonna tell ya cats something, best movie of 2009 is gonna be BRUNO!


Jarrod, why did you leave out Funny People from your list? 

almostunbiased 3/29/2009 3:46:08 PM

What I want to see the most:

Wolvie, Harry, Joe, Trek, Trans, and basically in that order.

hanso 3/29/2009 3:46:36 PM

GI JOE?  Dd you guys see the toy picture of Cobra Commander?  Looks weak, just like the movie.

almostunbiased 3/29/2009 3:48:00 PM

No Hanso, I left out some, but I am a movie junkie in the summer so I'll probably see ones not on my list.  Let's hear your top ten.  You're the man with the vision.

almostunbiased 3/29/2009 3:49:45 PM

Hanso, I love that picture it just makes me want to laugh everytime I see it.  And No I haven't seen teh toy, where can I get a glimpse?

hanso 3/29/2009 4:02:41 PM

Vision? I just ramble until something sticks :)

Haven't decided on a top ten yet and most of the stuff doesn't have me really excited even though I'm sure I'll end up seeing most of the list Jarrod put up. I'm mostly looking forward to the comedies this summer: Bruno, Funny People, Year One, Land of the Lost.


I posted the link on your comment page so you can check it there.

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