Posts Tagged ‘For Colored Girls’

Megamind leads a Big Box Office Weekend

November 8, 2010

On the first big box office weekend of the fall, three new films all met expectations with good openings that could foreshadow a strong holiday season. Opening on top was the latest 3D cartoon from Paramount/Dreamworks, Megamind, which took in $ 47.6 million (on par with this spring’s brilliant P/DW toon How to Train Your Dragon). Boasting big star power with Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill, this one should be the big family choice for several weeks til Harry Potter comes to town. Opening in second was the new comedy from The Hangover director Todd Phillips, Due Date, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifinakis which netted $33.5 million. While that’s a nice start, it will be interesting to see how it plays out in the coming weeks as word of mouth isn’t so good on this one. Tyler Perry’s latest, For Colored Girls, was next in line grabbing a standard $20 million opening. The film starring a bevy of talented African-American actresses including Oscar nominee Janet Jackson, Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose didn’t cross over to audience outside of Perry’s usual core group. However, the film is hoping to be an awards player (especially for its performances, most notably Kimberly Elise) which could help it reach a bigger audience in the future. Two other big awards contenders opened strongly in limited release as well. Fair Game with Naomi Watts and Sean Penn grabbed $700,000 in only 46 theatres while James Franco’s star turn in 127 Hours grabbed a huge $66,500 per screen average in just four theatres. (That was the second biggest per screen average for a limited release this year following Oscar bait The Kids are Alright). And still showing good legs were Red and Secretariat while last week’s chart topper Saw 3D plummeted the expected 64%. For all your box office needs, head to Box Office Mojo here. And check out the weekend top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Megamind P/DW $47,650,000 – 3,944 – $12,082 $47,650,000 $130 1
2 N Due Date WB $33,500,000 – 3,355 – $9,985 $33,500,000 $65 1
3 N For Colored Girls LGF $20,100,000 – 2,127 – $9,450 $20,100,000 $21 1
4 3 Red Sum. $8,858,000 -17.4% 3,229 -120 $2,743 $71,871,000 $58 4
5 1 Saw 3D LGF $8,200,000 -63.6% 2,808 – $2,920 $38,801,000 $20 2
6 2 Paranormal Activity 2 Par. $7,298,000 -55.8% 3,168 -71 $2,304 $77,224,000 $3 3
7 4 Jackass 3-D Par. $5,097,000 -40.1% 2,165 -974 $2,354 $110,814,000 $20 4
8 5 Hereafter WB $4,020,000 -37.4% 2,365 -59 $1,700 $28,730,000 $50 4
9 6 Secretariat BV $4,002,000 -20.1% 2,614 -494 $1,531 $50,965,000 $35 5
10 7 The Social Network Sony $3,600,000 -20.3% 1,860 -907 $1,935 $85,047,000 $50 6

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Could Whoopi and Janet bring Tyler Perry to the Oscars?

September 15, 2010

Tyler Perry is a massively successful filmmaker (the Madea series, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, etc), TV producer (House of Payne), film producer (Precious) and an acclaimed theatre star (the Madea series as well) who has built his own industry in Atlanta with his entertainment projects. With all of that clout, you’d think he’d have it all. However, one thing he rarely gets is critical acclaim. But, with his latest project, that all could change. His new film, For Colored Girls, is an adaptation of the revered play ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf’ by Ntozake Shange. For once, Perry will be working with someone else’s source material and is directing a host of talented women in this story of 20 African-American women with interlocking stories that looks like it could be full of Oscar bait performances. Among his cast are Oscar nominee and Grammy winner Janet Jackson, Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (Caroline or Change, Dreamgirls), Tony winner and Emmy nominee Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show), Grammy nominee Macy Gray, SAG Award winner Thandie Newton, Loretta Devine,  Kimberly Elise, SAG nominee Kerry Washington and Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony winner Whoopi Goldberg to name a few. By going outside of his comfort zone, taking on an outside acclaimed source material and working with some top-tier talent, Perry may just land in the kudos derby for the first time. Check out the trailer below and let me know your thoughts and see the film in theatres on Nov. 5.

For Colored Girls