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Box Office Power Rankings: Slow and Steady PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 10 September 2008 02:33

Julie Walters, Meryl Streep, and Christine Baranski in Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! isn't a massive hit, but it has staying power. With $136 million in domestic receipts since its release on July 18, it's at ninth place in the summer's box-office race, yet it's been a steady earner. This marks the movie's eighth week in the box-office top 10 (and hence the Box Office Power Rankings), equal to Iron Man and The Dark Knight and one more than WALL•E, Kung Fu Panda, and Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. That's pretty impressive however you cut it, but especially in the absence of a huge opening weekend.

 
Box Office Power Rankings: A Question of Scale PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 03 September 2008 04:55

new-thunder-small.jpgIf Tropic Thunder repeats as Box Office Power Rankings champion this weekend, it will match The Dark Knight with titles in four consecutive weeks. (Iron Man topped the charts for five straight weeks earlier this summer.)

This points out one of the flaws of our system: Box Office Power Rankings have no sense of scale. After 20 days, Ben Stiller's comedy earned $87 million domestically to Batman's $411 million. Christopher Nolan's movie received better reviews. Yet in the eyes of the Box Office Power Rankings, they could soon be equals. It just isn't fair, is it?

 
Box Office Power Rankings: Death to "Star Wars"? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 02:15

Star Wars: The Clone WarsHow badly has George Lucas damaged the Star Wars franchise? At BoxOfficeMojo.com, The Clone Wars' revenues are being compared to Final Fantasy and TMNT - and after two weekends, it's losing to both.

 
Box Office Power Rankings: When 10th Place Is Pretty Darn Good PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 02:47

vickycristina.jpgIt’s not a surprise that Tropic Thunder unseated The Dark Knight last weekend after four-week reigns atop the box-office charts and the Box Office Power Rankings. Good reviews, some protests, Ben Stiller, and a white-hot Robert Downey Jr. will do that, although its $40-million six-day take has to be considered something of a disappointment in light of its $92-million production budget.

What isn’t a disappointment is Woody Allen, who sneaked into the box-off top 10 and landed in third place in our rankings. With Vicky Cristina Barcelona showing in just 692 locations — earning the second-best per-theater average of the weekend — Woody rode good reviews to a great showing. A weekend gross of $3.8 million isn’t much, but that’s the beauty of the Box Office Power Rankings: Three out of four ain’t bad at all.

 
Box Office Power Rankings: "The Dark Knight" in Perspective PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 13 August 2008 02:24

Gone with the WindBecause nobody has pushed The Dark Knight off its perch (either in the weekly box-office-receipts charts or in the Box Office Power Rankings) ... .

When Batman ($445 million through August 11) knocks Star Wars ($461 million) off as the second-highest-grossing movie in domestic-box-office history — which should happen this weekend — please keep the accomplishment in perspective.

Adjusted for ticket-price inflation, The Dark Knight at that point will still need nearly $130 million in additional gross before it even cracks the top 20. And it will need roughly $800 million more to catch Star Wars in inflation-adjusted revenues ($1.26 billion).

 
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