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Box Office Power Rankings: First and (Almost) Last PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 23 December 2008 04:59
slumdog-millionaire-small.jpgEarlier this month, I noted that no 10th-place-gross movie has ever won the Box Office Power Rankings title.

That’s still true.

But Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire — which expanded to 589 sites this past weekend and landed in eighth place in overall box office — could have finished in last place and still won this week’s crown.

With 31 points (out of a maximum 40) and a three-point edge over The Tale of Despereaux, Slumdog could afford to lose two points — the difference between eighth and 10th place in gross. But it would need to retain all its other points, including for per-theater box office.

 
Box Office Power Rankings: A Milk-Carton Movie PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 04:20
delgo-small.jpgIf you’ve heard of the animated Delgo, it’s most likely for its infamy. Opening this past weekend in 2,160 theaters, it barely grossed $500,000. Its per-theater revenue was $237, meaning that with an average ticket price of $7 and five screenings per day, a little more than two people showed up each time the movie was exhibited.

Needless to say, Delgo does not show up in this week’s Box Office Power Rankings, won once again by Bolt, which is feasting on weak competition such as The Day the Earth Stood Still, a bomb that looks like The Dark Knight compared to Delgo.

 
Box Office Power Rankings: Caught in the Middle PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 02:23

Adrian Brody and Jeffrey Wright in Cadillac RecordsCadillac Records opened this past weekend with a respectable $5,023 per theatre, and got good reviews. It came in second place in this week's Box Office Power Rankings behind only Bolt, the unstoppable force that nobody cares about.

But because it was only in 686 theatres, it couldn't make a box-office splash, earning $3.4 million overall and landing in ninth place. And because it was in 686 threatres, it was too big to be one-of-those only-in-major-cities movies that generate buzz and huge per-theatre numbers. (Think Milk.)

 
Box Office Power Rankings: A Little Help from Its Friends? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:44
milk.jpgNo movie has ever won the Box Office Power Rankings with a 10th-place finish in overall ticket sales. It’s certainly possible, but a film has to be perfect or nearly so in every other category to pull it off.

In just 36 venues, Gus Van Sant’s Milk actually was perfect in every other category — tops in per-theater average and in both critical measures. And the bio-pic about gay-rights icon Harvey Milk still lost.

 
Box Office Power Rankings: Anatomy of a Rout PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:37

bolt-small.jpgAs we all expected, Bolt ran away with this week’s Box Office Power Rankings ... .

Hmmm.

Let’s step back a second. That Disney’s computer-animated dog won isn’t an upset, but its five-point margin is surprising. Even after I began plugging in the numbers, I was anticipating something close to a three-way tie between Bolt, Twilight, and Quantum of Solace. What I didn’t process was the effect of the bunching of critical scores — and the bunching of critical scores higher than we’ve seen for a few months.

 
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