Thursday's box office numbers are in, courtesy of Box Office Mojo. Once again, no real change in the weather. Ponyo has retained its current place, at 9th overall and tied for 4th on the per-screen average. We're now heading into the next weekend, and at this point in the game, anything is possible. Friday and Saturday will be make-or-break time for this movie.
Looking at the other films, District 9 is the runaway success, and it's still riding high. It's always great to see an original movie succeed at the box office. My money's been tight but I might just go see it. I'm also really looking forward to the new Quentin Tarantino movie, Inglorious Basterds. He's my favorite kind of movie director: the kind who's really a film nerd at heart. There's a classic hip-hop quality to his endless sampling and riffing of classic b-movies, and I'm still buzzing about how good Kill Bill was.
Then there is the documentary, Soul Power, a cousin to the Muhammed Ali doc When We Were Kings. And I think The Hurt Locker is still playing in Minneapolis. Hmm..there are a lot of really smart movies playing now. You have no excuse for wasting your time on mindless blockbusters. Garbage in, garbage out, kids.
Anyway, let's see how Ponyo finished its first week:
Daily 8/10: $477,728
A solid finish to a very consistent week. The buzz is definitely lower than this time last week, but there's still a notable interest brewing out there. I do hope this is born out this weekend. I'll most likely go back to Edina on Saturday for my third showing. Most likely that will be enough for me, but who knows? If Ponyo is still around come September, I might just take the plunge one last time. Studio Ghibli on the big screen is so rare, I feel like I have to take advantage of the opportunity while it's there.
Prediction Time: How successful is Ponyo this weekend? What's our "magic number" for Friday and Saturday?