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« Reply #100 on: January 11, 2009, 01:52:03 PM »

Box Office Mojo has Gran Torino as the winner of the weekend of Jan. 9-11 shootout:

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TW   LW   Title (click to view)   Studio   Weekend Gross   % Change   Theater Count / Change   Average   Total Gross   Budget*   Week #
1    14    Gran Torino    WB    $29,025,000    +888.4%    2,808    +2,724    $10,337    $40,065,000    $33    5
2    N    Bride Wars    Fox    $21,500,000    -    3,226    -    $6,665    $21,500,000    $30    1
3    N    The Unborn (2009)    Uni.    $21,095,000    -    2,357    -    $8,950    $21,095,000    -    1
4    1    Marley and Me    Fox    $11,350,000    -53.2%    3,478    -27    $3,263    $123,710,000    -    3
5    3    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button    Par.    $9,450,000    -49.4%    2,947    -41    $3,207    $94,330,000    $150    3

(Sorry I'm too lazy to go through that and format it as a table. ;) )
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« Reply #101 on: January 11, 2009, 02:36:06 PM »

Warning - Do not read while ingesting food or fluids. This could be hazzardous to you, your PC and your monitor.

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No. 1 Box Office Winner Clint Eastwood At BAFTA/LA Tea Party
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Wouldn't you just love to see Clint Eastwood, daintily lifting up his cup of tea to his lips with his pink crooked just as slightly as his Dirty Harry sneer?

The director attended the British Academy of Film and Television Arts pre-awards tea party for the nominees, many of whom will be attending tonight's Golden Globes.

Eastwood, who has award nominations for his film Changeling is riding high on the number one box office spot when his latest film Gran Torino was widely released. Dude should be feeling lucky right about now.
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« Reply #102 on: January 11, 2009, 02:55:11 PM »

This should be a bit easier to read.

January 9–11, 2009 Weekend Studio Estimates link

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TWLWTitle (click to view)StudioWeekend Gross% ChangeTheater Count / ChangeAverageTotal GrossBudget*Week #
114Gran TorinoWB290250008.884280827241033740065000335
2NBride WarsFox21500000-3226-666521500000301
3NThe Unborn (2009)Uni.21095000-2357-895021095000-1
41Marley and MeFox11350000-0.5323478-273263123710000-3
53The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonPar.9450000-0.4942947-413207943300001503
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« Reply #103 on: January 11, 2009, 05:14:17 PM »

 :)  " Clint Eastwood's `Gran Torino' tops box office "       O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0   :D

         http://www.star-telegram.com/190/story/1136044.html

NEW YORK -- Make my weekend. Clint Eastwood has had the best movie opening of his long and esteemed career. His "Gran Torino" revved up the winter box office with $29 million in ticket sales in its first weekend of wide release, according to studio estimates Sunday.

It's Eastwood's best opening ever, topping the $18 million his "Space Cowboys" made in 2000.

In what Eastwood, 78, has said may be his last starring performance, he plays a disgruntled war veteran who reluctantly comes to the aid of his neighbors.

The National Board of Review dubbed Eastwood's performance the best for an actor in 2008, and his song "Gran Torino" was nominated for a Golden Globe at Sunday's awards ceremony.

"Gran Torino," which Eastwood also directed, was previously in limited release for four weeks. It jumped from 84 theaters to 2,808 this weekend after boasting very high theater averages.

"At this stage of his career, I think it's remarkable," said Dan Fellman, head of distribution at Warner Bros., which released "Gran Torino." "There are a lot of younger people that can identify with him in a role like this that maybe haven't seen him a role like this since 'Dirty Harry.'"

Eastwood stole the box-office bouquet from Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson. Their wedding comedy "Bride Wars," released by 20th Century Fox, came in second with $21.5 million. The horror film "The Unborn" from Universal Pictures followed with $21.1 million in its debut.

"Marley & Me," the Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson's family dog tale that topped the box office the last two weekends, fell to fourth with $11.4 million and a cumulative total of $124 million for the 20th Century Fox film.

While awards season was heating up, most of the major contenders had solid numbers, though mostly in limited release.

Paramount Vantage's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" took in $9.4 million in its third week of release, bringing its total closer to the century mark with $94 million.

Focus Features' "Milk," Paramount Vantage's "Revolutionary Road" and Fox Searchlight's "The Wrestler" - all with awards hopes at the Globes and beyond - were among the best performers in screen average. Each hopes to continue to build momentum as the Oscars near.

"Defiance," in its second week of limited release, led with a robust $33,000 screen average. "Defiance" stars Daniel Craig in the story of Jewish brothers who form a band of freedom fighters against the Nazis in Eastern Europe.

Fox Searchlight's underdog hit "Slumdog Millionaire" added $3.7 million to its total of $34 million.

The success of "Gran Torino" could boost Eastwood's awards chances. The film was largely overlooked by the Globes, but the Oscars have long supported Eastwood's directorial efforts and awarded his "Million Dollar Baby" best picture in 2005.

"This will raise its profile in a very profound way," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media by Numbers. "Certainly 'Gran Torino' is in an excellent position. It's a textbook case of releasing a film in limited, nurturing it for about a month and unleashing it upon the world in a wide release and really capitalizing on that."

That audiences remain so eager to see Eastwood on the screen suggests to Fellman that he should rethink any acting retirement.

"Clint has said this is the last time he's going to be in front of the lens. I hope he reconsiders after this," Fellman said.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. "Gran Torino," $29 million.

2. "Bride Wars," $21.5 million.

3. "The Unborn," $21.1 million.

4. "Marley & Me," $11.4 million.

5. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," $9.4 million.

6. "Bedtime Stories," $8.6 million.

7. "Valkyrie," $6.7 million.

8. "Yes Man," $6.2 million.

9. "Not Easily Broken," $5.6 million.

10. "Seven Pounds," $3.9 million.

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« Reply #104 on: January 11, 2009, 05:27:56 PM »

I'm not sure if this is the right place to report it, but I saw an ad for The Late Show that said Eastwood is slated to be on the show sometime this week. I haven't checked the specific night yet, but will do so soon unless someone else checks and posts it first.
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« Reply #105 on: January 11, 2009, 06:07:14 PM »

On the Letterman website, it says he's going to be on Wednesday. http://lateshow.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/show_info/pants/
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« Reply #106 on: January 11, 2009, 08:14:23 PM »

This should be a bit easier to read.

January 9–11, 2009 Weekend Studio Estimates link


Thanks for the table formatting, Dan!
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« Reply #107 on: January 11, 2009, 09:37:42 PM »

I'm not sure if this is the right place to report it, but I saw an ad for The Late Show that said Eastwood is slated to be on the show sometime this week. I haven't checked the specific night yet, but will do so soon unless someone else checks and posts it first.

Maybe this will happen next week.  :(

According to http://www.cbs.com/late_late_show/

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« Reply #108 on: January 11, 2009, 09:58:33 PM »

Dan, that's the LATE late show.

AKA seems to have it right ... from the link he posted above:

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« Reply #109 on: January 12, 2009, 12:14:09 AM »

I'm on the Box Office Mojo e-mail list, and the following just dropped into my inbox:

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Brandon Gray Reports:

'Gran Torino' Muscles In:
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=2535&p=l.htm

Holdovers Crumble Under 'Gran Torino:'
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=2536&p=l.htm

From the first of those links:

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Playing on approximately 3,200 screens at 2,808 theaters, Gran Torino scored the highest-grossing nationwide launch of Eastwood's career as an actor or director, shooting past his previous high, Space Cowboys at $18.1 million. Adjusted for ticket price inflation, the action drama's start slots in second behind Every Which Way But Loose, which is also Eastwood's most attended movie overall, and was around ten percent bigger than In the Line of Fire and Unforgiven. Aside from a few hiccups, Eastwood has been among the few consistently bankable actors over the years, and the marketing for Gran Torino cashed in on his tough guy persona, recalling Dirty Harry with its vigilante storyline. It was the type of picture audiences wanted to see Eastwood in after years of waiting.

Gran Torino's success was portended by its stellar performance in limited release. It was the standout over the past four weeks, earning $11 million with escalating per theater averages and significantly out-pacing Eastwood's last acting vehicle, Million Dollar Baby, which also had a December platform release back in 2004. Distributor Warner Bros. had a hit targeting older audiences on this weekend last year when The Bucket List played to the strengths of its stars (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman). With $40.1 million grossed since its Dec. 12 opening, Gran Torino has already topped Eastwood's last three directorial efforts: Changeling, Letters to Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers.
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« Reply #110 on: January 12, 2009, 06:23:04 AM »

Dan, that's the LATE late show.

AKA seems to have it right ... from the link he posted above:


It was probably too late when I read late late instead of late.  :-[  ::)
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« Reply #111 on: January 12, 2009, 02:42:59 PM »

 :)  A Grand Weekend for Clint Eastwood  "

     http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/12/movies/12arts-AGRANDWEEKEN_BRF.html

     
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One day before Oscar nomination ballots are due, Clint Eastwood strode to the top of the weekend box office with “Gran Torino,” which earned $29 million for Warner Brothers in its fifth week in theaters. The weekend haul represents the biggest opening of Mr. Eastwood’s career. The film, directed by and starring Mr. Eastwood, above, as a curmudgeonly retired auto worker living in a decaying Detroit suburb, spent its first four weeks playing in fewer than 100 theaters but expanded to more than 2,800 locations this weekend. The film has made $40.1 million overall, according to figures released by Media by Numbers. “Bride Wars” (Fox), the comedy starring Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson, came in second, earning $21.5 million in its first week of release. The No. 3 movie was also a debut: “The Unborn,” the thriller from Rogue Pictures and Universal, which earned $21.1 million. Last week’s box office winner, the Jennifer Aniston-Owen Wilson comedy “Marley & Me” (Fox), fell to fourth place with a weekend take of $11.4 million, for a total of $123.7 million in three weeks.

 
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« Reply #112 on: January 12, 2009, 04:02:38 PM »

I'm on the Box Office Mojo e-mail list, and the following just dropped into my inbox:

From the first of those links:


I'm really glad that it's doing so well.  I hope it keeps it up.
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« Reply #114 on: January 12, 2009, 07:31:18 PM »

So I hear Gran Torino finished at number one at the box office this past weekend. Not sure where I read it so I could be wrong....


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« Reply #115 on: January 12, 2009, 07:49:06 PM »

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« Reply #116 on: January 13, 2009, 01:02:32 AM »

Does anyone know when Gran Torino is released in the UK?

The anticipation is driving me crazy.

I hope it can repeat that box office result in the UK, does it seem to be word of mouth that is bolstering ticket sales?

The movie does not seem to have been heavily promoted in the US - it is roundly ignored so far over here, with only Empire's website having shown much interest.

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« Reply #117 on: January 13, 2009, 02:36:31 AM »

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1205489/releaseinfo

February 20 according to imdb.com

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« Reply #118 on: January 13, 2009, 09:46:08 AM »

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1205489/releaseinfo

February 20 according to imdb.com



Many thanks Kid

I suppose I could have searched imbd myself :-[

The release date over here would be why there isn't much interest in the film yet.
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« Reply #119 on: January 13, 2009, 09:51:12 AM »

"The Numbers, Box Office Data" site is showing it up to over $40 million today.
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