Monday, May 02, 2005

Monday Morning Recap

Every Monday come to The Jedi Scribe to get our take on box office performances by the sci-fi in our midst.

As everyone on Earth (and off) predicted, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy clobbered XXX: State of the Union at the box office, raking in 21.1 million over its opening weekend. What many didn't see coming was just how much better it did than its competition, though this was due much more to XXX's failure than Hitchhiker's success. Some analysts predicted a much bigger weekend for theaters overall, but the numbers still indicate continued sagging attendance compared to this time last year. This shouldn't be dwelled on too much - April 2004 saw Passion of the Christ putting up constantly strong numbers far past its opening, and that alone can explain much of the discrepansy.

Hitchhiker will be an interesting movie to track when it comes to staying power, as sci-fi comedies rarely do as well as they deserve to in the theaters. (Of course, sometimes they do exactly as they deserve to - See Pluto Nash.) Its competition next week includes Elisha Cuthbert's sophmore film release House of Wax and Orlando "Can't make a movie without a sword" Bloom pretending to be a knight in Kingdom of Heaven. Don Cheadle's Crash is getting the best reviews of next week's openers, but is only opening in 1700 theaters and doesn't figure to have a shot at the top spot. Kingdom is looking to suffer the same fate as other Medieval action movies of late and tank without a second thought... the nail in the coffin of a genre that hasn't done well since Gladiator.

No more sci-fi films on the slate until Revenge of the Sith... which has become a tradition in the industry when a Star Wars prequel is raring to explode on to the scene. It figures to become the biggest opener of the year so far, but how long it lingers isn't an easy number to guess until we start seeing critics reactions.

Stay tuned for more...


Anonymous Kori said...

I think that Orlando "I can't make a movie without a sword" Bloom has a large enough fan base that the movie will do alright in it's first week but then promptly tank in the weeks to come.

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Anonymous Kori (again) said...

The comment I just left is bad grammar, and as a teacher I feel obligied to correct myself, it should read as follows:
"I think that Orlando "I can't make a movie without a sword" Bloom has a large enough fan base that the movie will do alright in its first week but then promptly tank in the weeks that follow."

Okay, I think that's all for now ;-)

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