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PROPOSAL Accepts Victory

The Proposal Victorious Before the Transformers Invade.

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 21, 2009

After two weekends where Warner Bros. ruled the box office with their successful buddy comedy The Hangover, audiences chose a comedy of another sort by flocking to theaters to check out Walt Disney’s romantic comedy, The Proposal. The Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds feature launched into 3,056 theaters across the nation and pulled in an estimated $34.1 million as a result. The film held the only double-digit average rate for audiences with $11,163 per showing. With Disney holding the budget down to only $40 million, the film’s debut numbers has already guaranteed a success story in the making for the house that Walt built.

For the third weekend in a row our box office report is being dominated by yet another comedy and this would be the time where we would normally ask: “What happened to the summer genre movies?”
But since we know that Paramount and DreamWorks’ highly-anticipated sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, is poised to invade theaters in a few days and rule the genre landscape for the weeks to come, let’s move forward with this weekend’s numbers.
Dropping into 2nd place after dominating the box office for two weekends is Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Hangover, which found another $26.8 million in its third weekend of theatrical release. The film’s still showing on 3,545 prints so it too had a respectable average rate of $7,575 per showing.
Perhaps the biggest story revolving around this film’s numbers is the profit margin that WB executives are seeing here. They produced the film for only $35 million but have earned an estimated $152.9 million after only seventeen days of release. Not only is it the surprise hit of the summer but it will likely finish out on top of this summer’s most profitable when looking at domestic numbers versus cost of production.
Walt Disney and Pixar’s latest animated feature, Up, follows in 3rd place with the film inching ever closer to the top domestic earner of 2009. The adventure earned another $21.3 million this weekend on its 3,832 theaters and has its domestic box office within shouting distance of the year’s top earner, Star Trek. At the moment, Disney is just $15 million shy with a domestic cume of $224.1 million. Give it another weekend and the studio will likely find their film on top of the list.
Sony Pictures has landed in 4th with Year One, with the Jack Black-Michael Cera comedy debuting this weekend into 3,022 theaters and finding only $20.2 million for the fourth spot. Not a terrible debut when considering the studio kept the budget down to a moderate $60 million price tag.
Sony’s remake of The Taking of Pelham 123 dropped two places to 5th by earning an estimated $11.3 million in its second weekend of release. The film’s performance its first two weekends isn’t doing the studio any favors with a budget of $100 million. With this weekend’s numbers in the bag the studio has a domestic gross of $43.3 million.
20th Century Fox continues pulling in decent numbers with their Stiller-led sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. The next installment earned another $7.3 million over the weekend to increase their domestic cume to $155.9 million. With the film pulling in another $175.9 million from foreign territories their fantasy adventure has the fourth highest worldwide gross of the summer with $331.8 million in ticket receipts.
Paramount Pictures has also found tremendous success with their reboot of Star Trek. Despite all the box office competition since early May, the latest Enterprise adventure has maintained steady legs at the box office and found the 7th place spot for the second weekend in a row by earning another $4.7 million across the nation. This weekend’s numbers has its domestic gross currently at $239.4 million, which is the best tally of the year until Disney’s Up takes over within the next two weeks.

The Proposal
$34.1 mil
$34.1 mil
The Hangover
$26.8 mil
$152.9 mil
$21.3 mil
$224.1 mil
Year One
$20.2 mil
$20.2 mil
The Taking of Pelham 123
$11.3 mil
$43.3 mil
Night at the Museum 2
$7.3 mil
$155.9 mil
Star Trek
$4.7 mil
$239.4 mil
Land of the Lost
$3.9 mil
$43.6 mil
Imagine That
$3.1 mil
$11.3 mil
Terminator Salvation
$3.0 mil
$119.5 mil

Paramount has moved into the 2nd place spot with Star Trek passing Fox’s worldwide numbers from X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
But how long will all of these films maintain their current places once Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen enters into the equation? The sequel has already earned an estimated $20 million overseas before the film launches into domestic theaters next week. So how long will it take before it takes control of the list below? That seems to be the question.
Angels & Demons Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $48.0 mil

Domestic: $128.1 mil
Foreign: $316.4 mil
Worldwide: $444.6 mil
Star Trek Numbers:
Budget: $165 mil
Opening: $72.5 mil

Domestic: $239.4 mil
Foreign: $118.6 mil
Worldwide: $358.0 mil
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $85.0 mil

Domestic: $177.2 mil
Foreign: $179.5 mil
Worldwide: $356.8 mil
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Numbers
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $53.5 mil

Domestic: $155.9 mil
Foreign: $175.9 mil
Worldwide: $331.8 mil
Terminator Salvation Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $43.0 mil

Domestic: $119.5 mil
Foreign: $164.8 mil
Worldwide: $284.3 mil
Up Numbers:
Budget: $175 mil
Opening: $68.2 mil

Domestic: $224.3 mil
Foreign: $24.8 mil
Worldwide: $248.9 mil
The Hangover Numbers:
Budget: $35 mil
Opening: $44.9 mil

Domestic: $159.9 mil
Foreign: $11.9 mil
Worldwide: $164.8 mil
Land of the Lost Numbers:
Budget: $100 mil
Opening: $19.5 mil

Domestic: $43.6 mil
Foreign: $3.2 mil
Worldwide: $46.8 mil
The Taking of Pelham 123 Numbers:
Budget: $100 mil
Opening: $23.3 mil

Domestic: $43.3 mil
Foreign: $2.4 mil
Worldwide: $45.7 mil
Wednesday June 24, 2009 Release
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (4,000+)
Friday June 26, 2009 Releases
My Sister’s Keeper (2,600+)
New York
The Stoning of Soraya M.
Quiet Chaos
The Hurt Locker
Girl from Monaco


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hanso 6/21/2009 3:08:50 PM

What happened to this summer genre movies?

They sucked balls like Shirley Manson in Sarah Connor.  Wolverine & Terminator Salvation makes people poke their own eyes out so they won't subject themselves to that trash anymore.

I finally saw The Hangover.  That movie owns everything that has come out this year!  If you haven't seen it, stop what you are doing right now and go SEE IT!!!

The Hangover FTW!!

Riddick316 6/21/2009 3:49:41 PM

I liked both Wolverine and Salvation,but my expectations were very high(as I now see).It could have been the best summer for movies in years,at least for me,and the only BIG movie left is Transformers 2.My last hope..........I know,I know don't hold my breath!

wessmith1966 6/21/2009 4:35:29 PM

hanso...did you really thing Hangover was THAT good? I thought it was funny, and definitely worth a full-admission price, but I did think you wrote...owns everything that has come out this year. It's, without a doubt, the best comedy to come out so far this year.

It hasn't been a banner summer for genre movies, although I think Star Trek was terrific, but I haven't been disappointed. As a McG movie, I didn't expect much from Terminator Salvation. Fox likes the XMen as a cash cow, but doesn't really care much about the movies so I had low hopes for Wolverine, too. I think I enjoyed them both simply because I wasn't expecting much from them.

The Proposal was a good date movie, and it's always nice to have a few of those during the summer. My girlfriend would kill me if all we saw was genre movies. Romantic comedies give us a chance to throw a little extra romance into a night out, although it's tougher on the wallet. Genre movies are usually followed by pizza and a beer or two. Romantic comedies mean date night with dinner at a nice restaurant. ha ha!

I'm surpirsed to see Year One made $20 million. You can thank the two leads for that, because the movies clips I've seen are awful. I thought it would do maybe $12 million.

Transformers is going to destroy the competition this weekend. I'm thinking it's going to break the previous 5-day record. Genre fans have been chomping at the bit not only for this, but for any genre movie and are going to hit the theaters in droves starting Wednesday. I don't know how good the movie's going to be, but for the first weekend at least it won't matter.

hanso 6/21/2009 4:52:48 PM

Wess - I thought The Hangover owned!  I hadn't laughed in a movie so much so constantly in awhile.  That shit was hilarious start to finish. 

I thought Bruno was gonna own all this summer but I don't think it will be able to tops Hangover.  Bruno looks hilarious though.

I also saw a preview for a film called The Goods, which I think I had heard of it but had no idea what it was about.  Looks funny.

I feel you on the date thing.  I've already been informed I will be going to see The Proposal and the Ugly Truth sometime this summer.



scoxocs 6/21/2009 5:05:46 PM

I have absolutely no desire for Transformers.  They are nothing like the cartoons I grew up with.  I very mush hate the way they transform.  It's as if the turn into a bunch of fractals and then become a robot.  More fractals and now they are a tank.  Half of them do not even look like the robots I knew and loved as a kid.  So after Wolverine, Star Trek, and Terminator...  this one I'll catch on HBO if I catch it at all.

On top of that I hate Shea LaBoof.

I'll wait for Sherlock Holmes and Inglorious Basterds.

Hobbs 6/21/2009 5:09:54 PM

I was forced to see the Proposal this wasn't that bad. I was entertained.  It's not like the Mrs forcing you to see Twlight hanso, I think you might enjoy it as well. 

This summer has sucked Shirley Manson balls for genre movies.  I'll even go out on a limb and say Star Trek wasn't as good as most of you are making it out to be though it was the best genre movie this summer...and that's not saying a whole hell of a lot.

hanso 6/21/2009 5:36:21 PM

Dear lord, Twilight sucks ass Hobbs!  Don't bring it up again please, I beg ya.  I don't mind checking out The Proposal, I dig Ryan Reynolds so it's all good.  Plus I read they showed Sandra Bullock's ass so that's a plus.

almostunbiased 6/21/2009 5:42:11 PM

I wanted to see The Proposal with my wife for some reason, but I'm ok with missing it too.

Hobbs, Star Trek was great. Best movie of the year. Now sure there haven't been too many great movies, but I thought ST was an A movie. Not quite A PLUS , but there are very few of those

almostunbiased 6/21/2009 5:42:51 PM

Why can't we make the plus sign?  It doesn't show up.

Wiseguy 6/21/2009 5:50:21 PM

I loved or liked Star Trek, Wolverine and Terminator in that order. None were truly great but I enjoyed them all at different levels. If it wasn't for Bale I might've liked Terminator more but I hate him like some here hate Shia.

Ditto wessmith on Transformers except for the record opening unless you qualify it with opening on a Wed. Transformers would have to open with over 200mil for the actual 5 day opening, I just don't see that happening. But it might get the record for biggest 5 day opening starting on a Wed. 


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