Ah, finally we have something in common: both New Yorkers and Americans at large take a sick pleasure in seeing our fair city being destroyed, the Statue of Liberty decapitated, our buildings mashed into fine dust, our taxis squashed like aluminum cans—basically ravaged like a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah. We need therapy. (Gabriel Byrne!) On its way to breaking the MLK weekend box office record with a $46 million haul, Cloverfield (No. 1) managed to pick up over $900,000 ($1 million is summer blockbuster territory) here in the city, averaging a tongue-rolling $90,000 per theater. So, what’s next Hollywood, the ten plagues?
Sadly, Americans and New Yorkers have another thing in common this weekend, their complete apathy towards Woody Allen’s new film Cassandra’s Dream (No. 8), which did modest business—$16,000 on six screens. It wasn’t always this way. Come back to us, Woody!
Meanwhile, Katherine Heigl continued her rapid ascension up the profitable leading lady scale with a pretty $27 million take with 27 Dresses (No.2). The rom-com easily took second place in the city with a $45,000 average at nine theaters. I’m convinced, in James-Lipton hyperbolic fashion, that she’s the best actress who ever lived—how else could she convince an audience that she would both sleep with Seth Rogen and that she would be unweddable? Where’s her Oscar nom?
And thankfully, Katie Holmes has a shoulder to cry on in Tom, since her Mad Money (No. 9) didn’t hold up too well over the weekend. Just barely eking out an above-$10,000 average, this comedy is destined for the Netflix Queue.
List of theaters: Paris, Zeigfeld, Oprheum, East 85th St., 86th St. East, 84th St., Lincoln Plaza, 62nd and Broadway, Lincoln Square, Magic Johnson, 72nd St East, Cinemas 1, 2 &3rd Ave, 64th and 2nd , Imaginasian, Manhattan Twin, First and 62nd St., Angelika Film Center, Quad, IFC Center, Film Forum, Village East, Village Seven, Cinema Village, Union Square, Essex, Battery Park 11, Sunshine, 34th Street, Empire, E-Walk, Chelsea, 19th Street East, and Kips Bay.
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.