… perhaps not shock news but not even Mr Half-Glass-Full man (or lady) saw this coming
If you meet anyone in the street who puffs out their chest and says ‘yeah, I knew Jurassic World was gonna top $200m’ you have my permission to unfriend them on Facebook, stop following them on Twitter etc etc. I say this because THEY’RE LYING. Universal were conservatively saying $100m and the highest estimate I saw was $150m which raised a few eye brows in itself. So fast forward to Sunday night and there is a collective cleaning up of spilled coffee from laptops. The first clue were the astronomical Friday numbers of $80m+ but I still think this is qualifies as a blimey charlie moment. For the record Jurassic World topped the US box office on its opening weekend with $204.6m or if you like percentages 99.99999% of all ticket sales. The worldwide figure is north of $500m so Christmas bonuses are secure and Spielberg is presumably wondering what car to treat himself to next.
There isn’t really much point in carrying on but the over-rated Spy fell a single spot to second place with $16m while San Andreas topped out the podium positions with $11m. Following up on last weeks blog on this topic Entourage saw its box office fall nearly 58% to $4.3m (sixth in the chart) while Aloha tanked another 70% to $0.97m falling out of the top ten altogether … sound of silence as Cameron Crowe waits for the phone to ring with Sony/Columbia begging him to write and direct their next big project.
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