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But it had a bloody good go

04 June 2007  |  Written by   

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There was a David and Goliath battle at the US box office this weekend. In the giant corner we had the mighty, but mediocre, third in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise; fighting for the little guy (ok, it’s still a studio movie, but it cost about 8p to make, so qualifies as little) was Knocked Up, a superb comedy from the team behind The 40 Year Old Virgin. The battle didn’t quite go Knocked Up’s way, but it can at least claim the moral victory.

Pirates hauled in another $43.2million over the weekend, to bring its total $216.5million in two weeks. Again, these are big numbers but the total is considerably down on Dead Man’s Chest, which was at $258million at the same point last year. Knocked Up’s $29.3million may look a bit puny in comparison to that, but a $29.3million opening weekend for a movie without any real movie stars and a comedy at that, is very good indeed. The movie could boast at least one victory over Pirates. Opening on considerably less screens, Knocked Up boasted the higher screen average. So, in summary: Yay, Knocked Up; slightly oh dear, Pirates; well done US cinemagoers.

The rest of the top ten, where nothing else much of consequence happened, looks like this:




This Week % Last
 1 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
 $43,188,000  -62.4  1
2
Knocked Up
$29,284,000 - -
3
Shrek The Third
$26,704,000 -49.7%
3
4
Mr Brooks
$10,020,000 - -
5
Spider-Man 3
$7,500,000 -47.7% 5
6
Waitress
$2,025,000 -34.2% 5
7
Gracie
$1,363,000 - -
8
Bug
$1,220,000 -62.4% 2
9
28 Weeks Later
$1,200,000 -52.8% 4
10
Disturbia $1,127,000 -41.7% 8




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I went to see Knocked Up last night, the cinema was packed full and it started at 2230! The film starts well enough and made me laugh regularly, but the second half is a real, dull slog, I was bored out of my mind for most of it. I won't spoil things but it is very graphic at the end! Not surprised if it had a higher rating although I didn't check... More

Posted by Lydia_H at 19:44 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

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L: punchdrunk i think Knocked Up was a higher mpaa rating film limiting the audience to grown ups, as opposed to a family friendly rating for P.O.T.C 3. which makes it a better achievement. looking forward to seeing Knocked up...not so much Pirates 3 lso, the budget for Knocked Up is around $25-30 million with no stars, while Pirates 3 is about u] times that, exceeding the $200 million mark and with three big names! It's also on way less screens. I think with good word of mouth, Kn More

Posted by furrybastard at 02:04 on 05 June 2007 | Report This Post

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Now here's a man with a bit of taste! I salute you my friend. Mr Brooks sounds like such a great and intreguing film! I'm right there with you in the cinema queue. Just wish we had a UK release date already! More

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