Yet by midnight, the numbers had been revised, both by The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline Hollywood. Now the number is at around $5.57 million for Friday, which means that the 80s remake looks to gross around $16-17 million (of course, official Friday estimates will be out in a couple hours…). So, as expected, Nikki Finke is screaming about how the number is ‘disappointing’, with yet another seemingly-invented quote from a studio executive about how the industry is ‘DOOMED!’. Yes, some of this is just Finke being Finke where every weekend is a failure and every movie is terrible. But we have a situation where a film was ‘doing better than expected’ in the late afternoon, yet was a disappointment despite opening right in line with tracking because the earliest-of-early estimates were a bit over-inflated.
Yes yes, I know I spent the summer guessing the weekend box office grosses for major summer films based on midnight grosses, so perhaps I may be a hypocrite. BUT, I didn’t run around screaming ‘bomb!’ because a film’s opening weekend didn’t open right in line with my purely-for-fun midnight math. As it is, I’d argue it’s good news that an 80s remake that no one wanted and a prequel to an 80s horror film (which is in itself a remake of a 50s horror film) that no one didn’t explode at the box office (The Thing looks to do around $10 million, give or take)Read more