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August 6th, 2002
Shyamalan's latest supernatural fest, Signs, scored big business for
Disney (effective marketing campaigns do help) with a major
60.1 gross over the weekend. This is surely great news for
Disney and Shyamalan, who 3 years ago around this time broke
box office records with "The Sixth Sense." His 2000
follow-up (and wonderful cinematic experience IMHO)
"Unbreakable" failed to break 100 million (only grossing 95
mil), so "Signs" may not do "Sixth Sense" numbers, but it's
sure to do high 100s to low 200s in the very least.
In second and
taking a major plunge was last week's big winner,
Powers In Goldmember, bringing in another 31.1 million.
Of Disguise, after being jumped around release
dates, also did fairly well despite piss-poor reviews,
taking in 12.6 million. The concert film Martin Lawerence Live:
did a respectable 7.4 while Road To Perdition made 77.2 million. That may
have trouble cracking 100 million, it seems...
embarassingly disappointing for what seems like the
invincible studios at Sony with 6.1 million, while
Men In Black
in 4.8 million. The Country Bears took in another 3.1, while
My Big Fat
Greek Wedding keeps doing wonderfully well, taking
in another 3 million and rising a spot. Finally, the
Harrison Ford dud K-19: The Widowmaker cracked 30 million, taking
in a partly 2.9 this weekend. A disappointment indeed...
same goes for Steven Soderbergh's latest, him going back to
his indie roots in the "Sex, Lies & Videotape" compaion
opening in 19th with a mere $700,000...
Next week... look
for three Xs to take the top spot. And on another note,
today is staff member Anthony D.'s birthday! Yay! Everyone
e-mail him wishing him a good one :-) I certainly do, so a
happy day of birth to him!