Manhattan Box Office: Transformers Electric; Herzog Sells Out?

nielsen photo 070907 Manhattan Box Office: Transformers Electric; Herzog Sells Out?Michael Bay, producer of the 2005 sci-fi clunker The Island (no, me either), must feel positively—transformed!—this morning after Transformers grossed over $150 million in 5 days and effectively wiped his past off the map.

What Damascene conversion resulted in his deep knowledge of what Americans—Manhattanites included—want in a big summer flick? (Robots! Tans! Boobs!)

In the city, the movie brought in close to $800,000 over the weekend alone. (And, please, someone make a Ryan Seacrest biopic so that Josh Duhamel can fulfill his destiny.)

Rats! Bruce Willis couldn’t stave off Ratatouille for a second week. The Pixar entry held on to the number two slot, as Live Free or Die Hard dropped to number 3. Michael Moore’s Sicko dropped a rung to number 4.

Robin Williams must have a congenital disease which keeps him from feeling shame. Little else can explain his career, let alone License to Wed, which failed to unseat Knocked Up, currently enjoying its 6th week as the most popular romantic comedy in the city. Someone get Judd Apatow on the phone for Josh Krasinski ("The Office"). He deserves better.

Is this what they mean by selling out? Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn—whose rapturous critical reception makes one think it’s the critics who have been locked up in a Vietnamese prison and this film was the rescue chopper—averaged roughly $19,000 on 3 theaters in Manhattan. It’s a healthy average, but its opening did not put enough distance between it and other films that have failed to stick around this summer. A Mighty Heart, which averaged close to $18,000 in its first weekend, disappeared quicker than a Nathan’s hot dog on July 4th.

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Manhattan Weekend Box Office: How moviegoers in the multiplexes of middle America choose to spend their ten-spot is probably a big deal in Hollywood. But here in Manhattan, the hottest movies aren't always the ones making the big bucks nationwide. Using Nielsen numbers for Manhattan theaters alone and comparing them to the performance of the national weekend box office can tell you a lot about our Blue State sensibilities. Or nothing at all! Each Monday afternoon, we will bring you the results.