Studio Estimates for July 17-19:
1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – $79.5 million
2. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – $17.7 million
3. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – $13.8 million
4. Bruno – $8.4 million
5. The Hangover – $8.3 million
Well well well… this weekend came as a bit of a shocker (slightly). We all had the same Top 5 predictions, and therefore none of us predicted all of the movies correctly. We had Public Enemies in the #5 slot and the sleeper hit of the summer, The Hangover, somehow managed to squeak past Public Enemies and The Proposal for the fifth spot.
What else? Well, Bruno had a horrendous second weekend, grossing only $8.4 million (almost falling out of the Top 5). Oh yeah, and then there was Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that had the all-time highest midnight gross… yet failed to keep up the momentum through the weekend. Harry Potter grossed (only?) $79.5 million, which was below all of our predictions.
We promise to do a better job next weekend, though that’s going to be tricky. There are three new releases: The family adventure, G-Force; the horror film, The Orphan; and the romantic comedy, The Ugly Truth.