40, 80, 1, 2, 3

40, 80, 1, 2, 3

It’s always kind of fun to watch the movie box office.  Of course, some movies cost more to make than others…much, much more.  There’s also a complicating factor this year, since people pay a few dollars more for 3-D movies.  It would be nice to have actual admissions shown, but we don’t get that.

Also, of course, movies do make more the longer they’ve been in release (especially if there is a re-release, but that’s a different story).

I used to figure that it took twenty million dollars to get on the radar, but I’ve updated that.  I now figure the break point is forty million dollars.  I hit the points after that as eighty million, one hundred million, two hundred million, and three hundred million (almost nothing gets past four).

This is how it is looking right now for the 2010 releases. 

Forty Million

Date Night
The Bounty Hunter
The Wolfman
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Tooth Fairy
Why Did I Get Married Too?
The Last Song
Hot Tub Time Machine
Cop Out
Edge of Darkness

80 million

The Book of Eli
Perry Jackson & The Olympians
Dear John

100 million

How to Train Your Dragon
Clash of the Titans
Shutter Island
Valentine’s Day

200 million


300 million

Alice in Wonderland

Within the categories, these are also in order.

Any surprises for you?

How about Dear John being higher than Date Night?  Surprised The Book of Eli is that far up there?

By the way, How to Train Your Dragon is likely to make it to $200 million, I’d say…it’s sustaining quite well.

Of course, there are a lot of heavy hitters yet to come this year…

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.


One Response to “40, 80, 1, 2, 3”

  1. 40, 80, 1, 2, 3 (June 20 2010) « The Measured Circle Says:

    […] May 2, in this earlier post, I talked about breaking the movie box office down into money categories: 40 million, 80 million, […]

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