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Wow: Surprises In Weekend Box Office

Superbad
Man, did The Invasion flop or what?  According to Box Office Mojo, the Nicole Kidman film make less than $6 million this weekend.  Do you think the badder than bad showing will hurt Nicole’s career?  In the short term, it can’t help, right?

The big winner was the Greg Mottola-directed Superbad, which made $33 million.  Kudos to Mottola, one of the nice guys in the industry who badly needed a big film to re-ignite his career. 

As I peruse the chart, what really surprises me is the staying power of Transformers.  Making $306 million on a budget of $150 million, and still in the Top 15, it’s beaten Depp’s At World’s End and is on track to clobber Spider-Man III ($336 million).  You know Transformers 2 isn’t far behind.

The video game documentary, The King of Kong hit five screens and brought in $51,000+, and DiCaprio’s eco-saga The 11th Hour brought in $60K on four screens — both respectable.  We’ll see how they fare when they go wide.

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