Oogieloves Sets Dubious Record; Summer Ticket Sales Down from Last Year
The Oogieloves' BIG adventure turned out to be a BIG flop.
The interactive kids film The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure set a dubious record over the weekend by earning just 448 thousand dollars from Friday, August 31st, through Sunday, September 2nd, in more than two thousand theaters. It averaged 207 dollars per theater -- the worst performance by a wide release in box office history.
If you include Labor Day, Oogieloves collected a shade over 601 thousand dollars. The film opened last Wednesday, August 29th, along with the Prohibition-era drama Lawless.
The horror film The Possession owned the top spot at the box office, with a 21.3-million-dollar debut.
Lawless bowed in the runner-up spot, with 13 million.
After two weekends on top, The Expendables 2 fell to third place, raising 11.2 million bucks.
The weekend marked the end of what some might consider to be a disappointing summer movie season. Estimates indicate that 533.5 million tickets were sold this summer, a drop of four percent from last year and the lowest total since 1993. In addition, box office revenue slipped to 4.278 billion from last summer's record total of 4.4 billion.
Box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian says the popularity of the Summer Olympics hurt the box office, but not by much, since the event lasted less than three weeks. He also doesn't believe the shootings at a Dark Knight Rises screening in Aurora, Colorado, in July is responsible for the decline in attendance. He says, "I think movies that came out the weekend after may have been hurt a little bit but I still don't think those movie would have been blockbusters anyway. And I think people very quickly got back into the habit of going to the movie theater."
The summer's biggest hits were two superhero films: Marvel's The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, which made over 1.5 billion and 1 billion at the global box office, respectively. Only 11 movies, including those two, have reached the one-billion mark.
Dergarabedian says there were some disappointing performances, too, by films like Rock of Ages and Adam Sandler's That's My Boy.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday, August 31st, through Monday, September 3rd, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:
1. The Possession, $21.3 million.
2. Lawless, $13 million.
3. The Expendables 2, $11.2 million.
4. The Bourne Legacy, $9.4 million.
5. ParaNorman, $8.8 million.
6. The Odd Life of Timothy Green, $8.5 million.
7. The Dark Knight Rises, $7.9 million.
8. 2016: Obama's America, $7.1 million.
9. The Campaign, $7 million.
10. Hope Springs, $6 million.
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