Sunday, June 14, 2009

Box Office Contest Update: NYC Subway Edition

This week brought the release of “The Taking of Pelham 123” for Dave and “Imagine That” for Stu.

The “Pelham” remake, starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta, made off with $25 million in its opening frame for Dave, according to estimates from Box Office Mojo.

Eddie Murphy’s second consecutive disaster, “Imagine That,” opened to $5.7 million for Stu, shades of last summer’s “Meet Dave” fiasco that I endured.

Of the holdovers, “The Hangover” continues to party, dropping only -26% in its second weekend for a 10-day cume of $105.4 million, which is great news for Stu in our contest and for Warner Bros. Pictures in general (and, by extension as a Warner Bros. Entertainment employee, for me!).

“Up” is also holding strong, down only -31% in its third weekend for a rising cume of $187 million, putting it within reach of becoming Pixar’s second-highest domestic grosser ever, behind only “Finding Nemo.” For my sake in this contest, let’s hope so.

“Star Trek” crossed the $230 million mark for Dave.

John’s only movie in theaters, “Dance Flick,” has waltzed slowly to $24 million to date.

Next week, Stu’s hopes ride on the Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds romantic comedy “The Proposal,” while John finally has a second horse to ride: Jack Black and Michael Cera starring in the ultimate origin story, “Year One.” Good luck with that!

Totals to date:

Robert (five films): $457 million
Stu (five films): $412.8 million
David (four films): $371.7 million
John (one film): $24.2 million

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