Monday, May 31, 2010

Box Office Update: Memorial Day Edition

Now that the dust has settled on May – my yearly mensis horriblus, due to work issues – it’s time to refocus on important things: the weekly summer box office report.

A lot has happened since we last checked in. “Iron Man 2” opened to solid results, if a bit less than expected, but has held up OK, fighting its way to a total of $275 million to date for John.

Stu’s big ticket, “Shrek Forever After,” opened far below DreamWorks’ expectations, and now has $133 million in the bank after 10 days, according to estimates from Box Office Mojo.

Dave’s second pick, “Sex and the City 2,” sashayed its way to a $45 million four-day opening, off $12 million from the three-day opening weekend of the original. But the results are still sold for Mr. Shaw, New Line and Warner Bros.

“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” opened with $30 million for John this weekend, putting his hopes of winning the contest in serious jeopardy.

“Robin Hood” has hunted down $83 million to date for Dave, while John’s “Letters to Juliet” got lost in the mail, with a cume so far of $37 million, which isn’t awful for an eighth pick. John’s seventh choice, “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” has scared up $62 million so far.

Next week brings “Killers” for Dave, while three of my movies square off in what I hope will not be a zero-sum death match: “Get Him to the Greek,” Marmaduke” and “Splice.”

Here are the totals through May 31:

John (four films): $403.3 million
Dave (two films): $128.4 million
Stu (one film): $133.2 million
Robert (N/A): N/A