November 11th, 2003
Every beginning has its
No shocker here,
the final installment of the popular Matrix saga topped the
weekend box office as The Matrix Revolutions took in
a nice 50.1 million. This is an amazing opening, as the film
has made nearly 90 million since last Wednesday's opening,
but given the hype dying down after last summer's
disappointing "The Matrix Reloaded" and harsh critical
reviews, it had to be expected that this couldn't top
"Reloaded"'s opening. But the real question now is that if
the grosses will hold up, or if they'll take major dips.
With fan reaction mixed, we'll just have to wait and see.
And if any of you are curious, I did enjoy
Maybe even more
exciting that "The Matrix" was what came in second place.
Opening to some impressive reviews was the Will Ferrell
family comedy Elf. Taking in a very strong 32.1
million, expect this one to cross well over 100 million as
the Christmas season actually comes closer and word of mouth
Also impressive was
Disney's 2-D animated film Brother Bear. The film
barely dropped at all, this time taking in another 18.6
million. This news is sure to make traditional animated fans
happy (such as myself), as the film stands a chance at doing
some good business (it's already bypassed the final domestic
gross of "Treasure Planet"). However, even if "Elf"
dominated the movie this weekend, it faces stiff competiton
in the weeks ahead as "Looney Tunes: Back In Action," "The
Cat In The Hat" and Disney's own "The Haunted Mansion"
About to cross 100
million is Scary Movie 3 with 11.1 million, and
Radio took in another 7.4 million. The new British
romantic comedy Love Actually had a decent opening of
6.6 million - not bad considering it's only playing in about
200 theaters (it expands over the weekend to more).
Mystic River, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and
Runaway Jury tied with 4.8 million and The School
Of Rock took in another 3.1 million for
"Matrix" survive another of their prime franchises, Looney
Tunes, next weekend? Stay tuned DVD fans!