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‘Unstoppable’ Forced to Stop: ‘Megamind’ Takes Over

Eric Balfour, Skyline
Eric Balfour in Greg Strause and Colin Strause’s Skyline

Nov. 18, ’10, update: The North American box office was down across the board on Wednesday, Nov. 17. The top ten movies were down nearly 21 percent from (a healthy) Tuesday and 37.6 percent from the previous week according to Box Office Mojo.

With the exception of Randall Wallace’s Secretariat (-6.8 percent), every single one of the top twelve movies posted double-digit drop-off rates compared to Tuesday.

Tony Scott’s Unstoppable, starring Chris Pine and Denzel Washington, was no. 1 on the box office chart for the third consecutive day – even though it was down 22 percent – collecting $1.44 million.

Up one spot at no. 2, Todd Phillips’ comedy Due Date, starring Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis, brought in $1.1 million (down 17.4 percent). One more such slip and Due Date will fall below the $1m-per-day mark. If that doesn’t happen today, it’ll inevitably happen Monday or Tuesday next week.

Down one spot, Megamind, featuring the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Brad Pitt, earned $1.04 million (down 22.3 percent). This is another movie that is bound to fall below the $1m-per-day mark either today or early next week.

Roger Michell’s Morning Glory, starring Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Patrick Wilson, earned $680k in fourth place.

Greg Strause and Colin Strause’s low-budget sci-fier Skyline took in $561,000 at no. 5, followed by Bruce Willis-Helen Mirren-Morgan Freeman’s Red with $352,000 at no. 6.

Next in line were For Colored Girls, featuring Janet Jackson, Kerry Washington, Thandie Newton, and Whoopi Goldberg, with $327,000 at no. 7 and Tobin Bell’s horror flick Saw 3D with $204k at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Johnny Knoxville’s Jackass 3D with $179,000, Tod Williams’ Paranormal Activity 2 with $167,000, Diane Lane’s Secretariat with $165,000, David Fincher-Jesse Eisenberg-Justin Timberlake’s The Social Network with $126,000.

Among the top-twelve movies, Unstoppable had the highest per-theater average, $451. Paranormal Activity 2 had the lowest, $70.

Also among the top twelve, Secretariat posted the lowest Tuesday-to-Wednesday drop-off rate, the aforementioned down 6.8 percent. Skyline posted the highest, down 26.4 percent.

Photo: Skyline (Rogue Network).

Nov. 17

Diane Keaton ballerinas Morning Glory
Diane Keaton in Roger Michell’s Morning Glory

Tony Scott’s Unstoppable, starring Chris Pine and Denzel Washington, once again topped the North American box office on Tuesday, Nov. 16, bringing in $1.85 million.

Surprisingly up one spot, Megamind, featuring the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Brad Pitt, earned $1.35 million after gaining 22 percent from the day before.

Most top-twelve movies, in fact, posted sizable attendance gains on Tuesday. The sole exception was Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, which was a down a mere down 0.1 percent. (Enough to put it behind Red.)

Down one spot at no. 3, Todd Phillips’ comedy Due Date, starring Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis, took in $1.34 million.

Up one spot at no. 4, Roger Michell’s Morning Glory, starring Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Patrick Wilson, drew $871,000.

Down one spot at no. 5, Greg Strause and Colin Strause’s low-budget sci-fier Skyline scored $762,000.

Bruce Willis-Helen Mirren’s Red collected $415,000 at no. 6.

Next in line were For Colored Girls, featuring Janet Jackson, Kerry Washington, Thandie Newton, and Whoopi Goldberg, with $407,000 at no. 7 and Tobin Bell’s Saw 3D with $265k at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Johnny Knoxville’s Jackass 3D with $205,000, Tod Williams’ Paranormal Activity 2 with $204,000, Diane Lane’s Secretariat with $177,000, David Fincher-Jesse Eisenberg-Justin Timberlake’s The Social Network with $141,000.

Among the top-twelve movies, Unstoppable had the highest per-theater average, $578. Paranormal Activity 2 had the lowest, $85.

Also among the top twelve, as mentioned above For Colored Girls was the only movie to be down on Tuesday. Morning Glory posted the highest Monday-to-Tuesday attendance increase, up 35.9 percent.

Photo: Morning Glory (Macall Polay / Paramount Pictures)

Nov. 16

Skyline spaceship alien invasion war
Greg Strause, Colin Strause’s Skyline

As predicted, the Nov. 12-14 weekend in North America belonged to DreamWorks’ animated 3D feature Megamind, starring the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Brad Pitt, which grossed $29.12 million according to actuals.

Megamind should be crossing the $100 million milestone by next Friday or Saturday.

Directed by Tony Scott, and starring Chris Pine and Denzel Washington, the thrill ride Unstoppable opened with a barely passable $22.68 million – an amount especially unimpressive for a movie that cost a reported $100 million.

Recently, an influential magazine posted a list of Hollywood’s most overpaid actors. I’m not sure if Denzel Washington was included, but perhaps he should have been.

But then again, Unstoppable will likely do better business overseas – not because of Washington, but because action movies usually do. In case that doesn’t happen this time around, Fox will have an expensive flop in its hands.

At no. 3, Todd Phillips’ comedy Due Date, starring Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis, drew $15.41 million (down 52.8 percent). Of course, there’s no way Due Date will match The Hangover‘s take; what’s still up in the air is whether it’ll reach $100 million domestically. Cume after 10 days: $58.89 million.

New entry Skyline, about an alien invasion, earned $11.69 million in fourth place. Good thing Greg Strause and Colin Strause’s sci-fier cost only $10 million.

At no. 5, Roger Michell’s Morning Glory, starring Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Patrick Wilson, and Jeff Goldblum, collected $9.2 million. Total after five days: a very disappointing $11.8 million. Too bad it cost about $40m, not to mention marketing and distribution expenses.

Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, featuring Janet Jackson, Kerry Washington, Thandie Newton, and Whoopi Goldberg, collected $6.51 million, down a huge down 66.6 percent, at no. 6.

Perry’s drama was followed by Robert Schwentke’s Red, starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, and Morgan Freeman, with $4.97 million (its biggest drop, yet, down 42.5 percent) at no. 7.

Next in line was Tod Williams’ Paranormal Activity 2 with $2.98 million at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Tobin Bell’s Saw 3D with $2.86 million, Johnny Knoxville’s Jackass 3D with $2.23 million, Diane Lane’s Secretariat with $2.2 million, David Fincher-Jesse Eisenberg-Justin Timberlake’s The Social Network with $1.77 million.

Gone from the top twelve: Clint Eastwood-Matt Damon’s Hereafter, Katherine Heigl-Josh Duhamel-Josh Lucas’ Life As We Know It.

Among the top-twelve movies, Megamind (with the assistance of 3D surcharges) had the highest per-theater average, $7,374. It was followed by Unstoppable‘s $7,075. Secretariat had the lowest, $1,092.

Also among the top twelve (barring new entries Unstoppable, Skyline, and Morning Glory), Megamind posted the lowest weekend-to-weekend drop-off rate, down 36.7 percent. For Colored Girls posted the highest, the aforementioned down 66.6 percent.

Photo: Skyline (Rogue Network)

Unstoppable, Chris Pine, Tony Scott
Chris Pine in Tony Scott’s Unstoppable

After falling behind Megamind over the weekend, Tony Scott’s Unstoppable, starring Chris Pine and Denzel Washington, collected $1.53 million in the U.S. and Canada on Monday, Nov. 15, topping the box office chart.

Up one spot at no. 2, Todd Phillips’ comedy Due Date, starring Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis, pulled in $1.12 million.

In third place, Megamind, starring the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Brad Pitt, earned $1.1 million. Megamind, like most animated movies, will remain a weekend performer.

At no. 4, Greg Strause and Colin Strause’s sci-fier Skyline drew $719,000, already below the $1m-per-day mark on Day 4.

At no. 5, Roger Michell’s Morning Glory, starring Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Patrick Wilson, also way below the $1m-per-day mark, brought in $641,000.

Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, featuring Janet Jackson, Kerry Washington, Thandie Newton, and Whoopi Goldberg, collected $407,000 at no. 6.

Next in line were Bruce Willis-Helen Mirren’s Red with $325k at no. 7 and Tobin Bell’s Saw 3D with $216k at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Tod Williams’ Paranormal Activity 2 with $178,000, Johnny Knoxville’s Jackass 3D with $176,000, Diane Lane’s Secretariat with $151,000, David Fincher-Jesse Eisenberg-Justin Timberlake’s The Social Network with $110k.

Among the top-twelve movies, Unstoppable had the highest per-theater average, $478. Paranormal Activity 2 had the lowest, $74.

Also among the top twelve, Jackass 3D posted the lowest Sunday-to-Monday drop-off rate, down 64.5 percent. Megamind posted the highest, the aforementioned down 86.4 percent.

Photo: Unstoppable (Robert Zuckerman / 20th Century Fox)

Nov. 13 afternoon

Chris Pine, Unstoppable
Chris Pine in Tony Scott’s Unstoppable

Unstoppable, directed by Tony Scott, and starring Chris Pine and Denzel Washington, opened in North America with a good – though hardly edge-of-your-seat – $8.1 million ($2,526 average at 3,207 locations) on Friday, Nov. 12, according to studio estimates.

In fact, the Nov. 12-14 weekend may ultimately belong to DreamWorks’ animated 3D feature Megamind, starring the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Brad Pitt, which took in $7.88 million at no. 2 on Friday.

At no. 3, Todd Phillips’ comedy Due Date, starring Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis, drew $5.54 million. Due Date has surely already crossed the $50 million milestone earlier today. Its Friday cume was $49.01 million.

New entry Skyline, about another alien invasion on Planet Earth, grossed $4.74 million at 2,880 theaters. Skyline‘s per-theater average was an acceptable $1,646.

At no. 5, Roger Michell’s Morning Glory, starring Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Patrick Wilson, and Jeff Goldblum, brought in $3.07 million.

Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, featuring Janet Jackson, Kerry Washington, Thandie Newton, and Whoopi Goldberg, collected $2.05 million at no. 6.

Perry’s drama was followed by Robert Schwentke’s Red, starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, and Morgan Freeman, which grossed $1.61 million at no. 7.

Next in line was Tod Williams’ Paranormal Activity 2 with $1.03 million at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Tobin Bell’s Saw 3D with $930,000, Johnny Knoxville’s Jackass 3D with $774,000, Diane Lane’s Secretariat with $670,000, David Fincher-Jesse Eisenberg-Justin Timberlake’s The Social Network with $560k.

Gone from the top twelve: Clint Eastwood-Matt Damon’s Hereafter, Katherine Heigl-Josh Duhamel-Josh Lucas’ Life As We Know It – which should be crossing the $50 million milestone sometime today.

Among the top-twelve movies, Unstoppable had the highest per-theater average, $2,526. Secretariat had the lowest, $332.

Also among the top twelve (barring new entries Unstoppable and Skyline), Morning Glory posted the highest Thursday-to-Friday attendance gains, up 100 percent. Megamind posted the lowest, up 3.2 percent (following a gigantic up 230 percent jump on Thursday).

Photo: Unstoppable (Robert Zuckerman / 20th Century Fox)

Nov. 13 early morning

Chris Pine, Denzel Washington, Unstoppable
Chris Pine, Denzel Washington, Unstoppable

Directed by Tony Scott, and starring Chris Pine and Denzel Washington, Unstoppable topped the North American box office on Friday with $8.5 million according to early, rough estimates found at Deadline.com. Those are hardly what one would call blockbuster figures.

In fact, for now Unstoppable is expected to finish the weekend with a relatively modest (for an action flick) $24.5 million, behind DreamWorks’ animated 3D feature Megamind ($25.5 million), which took in approximately $6.9 million on Friday.

Despite tweets asking for the exact location of Isle Esme so nasty alien spaceships could pulverize Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, Universal’s Skyline drew only $5.5 million on Friday and is expected to reach at most $14 million for the weekend.

Next in line on Friday were Todd Phillips’ comedy Due Date with $5.3 million ($16.5 million for the weekend) and Morning Glory, the Harrison Ford-Diane Keaton-Rachel McAdams vehicle that has failed to catch on at the box office.

Morning Glory collected an estimated $3 million on Friday and should reach $9.2 million for the weekend.

Horror story of the weekend: no, not Saw 3D, Paranormal Activity 2, or Jackass 3D, but Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls down an estimated down 72 percent on Friday.

Remember, those are early, rough estimates. Studio estimates for Friday will come out Saturday morning. Weekend estimates will be released on Sunday.

Photo: Unstoppable (Robert Zuckerman / 20th Century Fox)

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auntant -

Someone should have stopped Unstoppable. Chris Pine is such a handsome likeable actor. Why isn’t he making better movies? Why wasn’t he cast in Inside Llewyn Davis? Was Chris Pine even considered? He should have been. I’ve heard he plays the harmonica.

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raymond -

two tumbs up!!! the best..

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