Sunday, November 21, 2010

Top 5 movie opening earnings

List by Tosca

"Life is a B Movie: it's stupid and it's strange, it's a directionless story, the dialogue is lame, but in the 'he said she said' sometimes there's some poetry, if you turn your back long enough and let it happen naturally."
- Ani Difranco

Sometimes, life is a B movie but, you know, sometimes B movies are B movies, too. I'm guessing, though, that films that earn oodles of money in their first opening day are not B movies. Or are they...? 'Harry Potter and the deathly hallows : part 1' opened worldwide at cinemas last week and, when I last checked, had earned something like $61.2 million for its opening day (including midnight screenings)...which got me thinking, what are the top 5 movie opening day earnings? After some serious Google-Fu, I now know the answer. And so do you :)

Spiderman 3 starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco (Rated M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. NOTE: Strong fantasy violence)
Movie tagline: One man will fight to find the hero within
Opening day earnings: $59.8 million
Peter Parker has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. But there is a storm brewing on the horizon. When his suit suddenly changes, turning jet black and enhancing his powers, it transforms Peter as well, bringing out the dark, vengeful side of his personality that he struggles to control. Under the influence of the suit, Peter becomes overconfident and starts to neglect the people who care about him most. Forced to choose between the seductive power of the new suit and the compassionate hero he used to be, Peter must overcome his personal demons as two of the most feared villains yet, Sandman and Venom, gather unparalleled power and a thirst for retribution to threaten Peter and everyone he loves.

Tosca's note: Nope, the movie lost me with Kirsten Dunst way back in one and, in personal protest, I skipped sequels two and three. And I don't regret it at all.

Tranformers : Revenge of the fallen starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro (M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. NOTE: Contains violence)
Movie tagline: The battle for Earth begins in theatres and IMAX 6.24.09
Opening day earnings: $62 million
College-bound Sam Witwicky learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers. He will have to accept his destiny and join Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in their epic battle against the Decepticons. The Decepticon forces, who have returned stronger than ever, have come to Earth on a mission to take Sam prisoner and destroy the world.

Tosca's note: Guilty confession - I enjoyed the Transformers movies *shamefaced look* So sue me. Gratuitous violence and awesome autobot fight scenes (that uhh did give me slight motion sickness). And Josh Duhamel. In an army uniform. SQUEE! Although that tagline? Dumb!

Dark knight starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman (Rated M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note: contains medium level violence)
Movie tagline: Why so serious?
Opening day earnings: $67.1 million
With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman raises the stakes on his war on crime and sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker. The Joker, whose eerie grin, laughter, and inhuman morality makes him dangerous. Batman seeks to stop the mysterious Joker at all costs. He has no method at all and seeks to see the world plunge into the fire he has yet to light. But, Batman has come to represents the symbol of hope.

Tosca's note: I'm a fan of Batman movies in all their greatness (Bale) and trashiness (Clooney) and everything else in between. Although I do have to say that this particular film is more grittily dark than any I've seen before. And awesome.

The twilight saga: Eclipse starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner (Rating: PG-13; for intense sequences of action and violence, and some sensuality)
Movie tagline: It all begins...with a choice
Opening day earnings: $68.5 million
It all begins with a choice. In the third chapter of Stephenie Meyer's phenomenal Twilight series, Bella Swan is surrounded by danger as Seattle is hit by a string of murders and an evil vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, Bella is forced to choose between her love, Edward Cullen, and her friend, Jacob Black, knowing that her decision may ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf.

Tosca's note: I am so not a twilight fan. Ugh. All that co-dependency - what is it teaching our young girls?

The twilight saga: New moon starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner (M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. NOTE: Supernatural themes and violence)
Movie tagline: The next chapter begins
Opening day earnings: $72.7 million
Bella is still very much in love with Edward. The rest of the vampire coven who call themselves the Cullens, especially Alice, decide to throw Bella a private party for her eighteenth birthday. Things go wrong when Bella cuts her finger and thirst overcomes the vampires. As a result of the danger Bella was put through, the Cullen family decide to leave Forks, Washington. Bella becomes so depressed that she exempts herself from all social activities. But, she realizes she can coexist with childhood friend, Jacob. As usual for Bella, things aren't what they seem. Something is happening to Jacob that he can't explain to Bella, and their friendship starts to deteriorate. But when Alice returns to tell her that Edward thinks she is dead, Bella must go on a journey to save Edward from wanting to die himself.

Tosca's note: You might note that I've only listed 3 actors as starring in this movie. Why? Because you and I both know that Twihards don't care about anyone else in this series!

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