Summer in Review: August
By BOP Staff
November 3, 2008
Kim Hollis: August's releases were:
Swing Vote: $16.3 million domestic, $20 million budget
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor: $102.3 million domestic, $391.6
million worldwide, $175 million budget
Pineapple Express: $87.3 million domestic, $97.0 worldwide, $26 million budget
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2: $44.0 million domestic, $27 million budget
Tropic Thunder: $110.1 million domestic, $176.7 million worldwide,
$105 million budget
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: $35.1 million domestic, $67.2 million
worldwide, $8.5 million budget
Mirrors: $30.6 million domestic, $63.8 million worldwide, $35 million budget
Vicky Cristina Barcelona: $22.0 million domestic, $38.7 million worldwide, $20
Fly Me to the Moon: $12.1 million domestic, $20.6 million worldwide,
$25 million budget
The House Bunny: $48.2 million domestic, $65.1 million worldwide, $25 million budget
Death Race: $36.1 million domestic, $61.8 million worldwide, $65 million budget
The Longshots: $11.4 million domestic, no budget info available
The Rocker: $6.4 million, $8.5 million worldwide, $16 million budget
Babylon A.D.: $22.5 million domestic, $65.2 million worldwide, $55
Disaster Movie: $14.2 million domestic, $27.0 million worldwide, $20
College: $4.7 million domestic, $5.6 million worldwide, $7 million budget
Traitor: $23.3 million, $22 million budget
In a few sentences, please offer your final thoughts on each of these box office performances.
Swing Vote - I know that you folks at Disney run the happiest place on earth, but that still does not excuse you from dumping this film on us.
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor - Considering that the first Mummy movie came out nine (gulp!) years ago, I still think that this is a solid success.
Pineapple Express - An Oscar-worthy director made a commercially viable comedy about stoners. Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 - $43.1 mil can buy you a whole lot of pants. Especially at Target.
Tropic Thunder - It's nice to finally see a comedy that pokes fun at Hollywood make some money. Genre / parody movies can be tough sells, even with Iron Man and the Kung Fu Panda on your team.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - There is no way a film with "Star Wars" in its title should make this little money. What a travesty.
Mirrors - Forgettable remake of a better horror film. How many times have we heard this before?
Vicky Cristina Barcelona - Woody's back! His best and biggest film since Match Point. Good for him!
Fly Me to the Moon - Fly me to a planet where this movie doesn't exist. Please.
The House Bunny - Anna Faris finally proves that she's a box-office draw.
Death Race - While Statham doesn't win his late August weekend, he proves that he's still a force to be reckoned with.
The Longshots - Who knew that Fred Durst could make such a quiet, sensitive sports movie? Who knew so many people would ignore it?
The Rocker - All I'll say is that I did NOT need to see Rainn Wilson in his tighty-whities.
Babylon A.D. - Don't go see this movie. I heard that it sucks . . . from a very reliable source.
Disaster Movie - Dear Hollywood, please stop making these types of movies. They are not funny anymore. They ceased to be funny four movies ago. Sincerely, everyone.
College - Once upon a time, they tried to make a funny, successful teen comedy about college. They decided to not spend a lot of money so that they would reach profitability more quickly. It succeeded and they made $25 million. This is not that movie.
Traitor - Frankly, I think this is a nice win for fledgling studio, Overture Films.