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'King Kong' Bombing Big Time at Box Office
FoxNews ^ | December 16,2005 | Roger Friedman

Posted on 12/16/2005 6:02:01 PM PST by heldmyw

'King Kong' Bombing Big Time at Box Office Friday, December 16, 2005 By Roger Friedman

What's happened? Peter Jackson's "King Kong" — a three-hour, $300 million extravaganza that wowed advance screening audiences — is a catastrophe in the making.

On Thursday, Kong's take was a measly $6,295,755 — off $35.5 from Wednesday's weak $9,755,745 opening day. Kong ranks now as the 21st best Wednesday opening ever — a dubious distinction.

Something is certainly wrong. It could be the movie's daunting length, or even a slow middle section that would have benefited from cutting. The leads are all solid actors — Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Jack Black — but none of them is a star attraction. That might be the trouble, but I doubt it.

In fact, Kong seems like a no-brainer. Great special effects, and a main character — the ape — that is more three-dimensional than a lot of humans in movies this winter.

But there's some kind of snafu, and if Universal doesn't figure it out shortly, "King Kong" could turn into a king-sized headache.

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TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: boxoffice; crap; entertainment; flop; kingkong; kong; movies
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To: heldmyw
Jackson struck me as a man of Western Civ in the LOTR trilogy "Men of the West etc..."

I won't see Kong because I am an animal lover and can't stand the thought of Kong geting killed in the end. If my wife sees my 6'3" a$$ man cry one more time she will leave me for a younger, improved, version.

41 posted on 12/16/2005 6:24:03 PM PST by MattinNJ (Allen/Pawlenty in 08-play the map.)
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To: heldmyw

My wife and I saw it; yes we went to a matinee.

It is over 3 hours long; the special effects are spectacular; but I found it rather dull.

How many times can you do King Kong? This is #4, if you count Mighty Joe Young I and II. And, the story ends in a depressing manner.

It's too intense for young children, so there goes the weekend family movie experience. It's too long for small children, and the movie is generally a bummer. A really expensive, over-hyped, over digitized bummer.


42 posted on 12/16/2005 6:24:06 PM PST by Hodar (With Rights, come Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
It is dumb to release a long weekend/Christmas vacation type movie on a weekday in the middle of December.

The box office will pick up over the holidays, there is no real competition and all the kids want to see it.

43 posted on 12/16/2005 6:24:23 PM PST by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Rocko

I don't he has the rights to Hobbit yet. I've heard he's working on it still.


44 posted on 12/16/2005 6:24:23 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: Rocko

Might be... it didn't float my boat either... It won't be one we see in the theaters... it'll be a DVDer.


45 posted on 12/16/2005 6:24:48 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: marajade
oh, and I understand it to be my problem. :)

I tend to go to movies where I'm familier with the "stars".

Also, I hated LOTR. I'm probably the only person in the world to feel that way. I hated the books and I sat through the first movie, bored to tears. So I have no interest in giving "PJ" any of my money.
46 posted on 12/16/2005 6:24:49 PM PST by birbear (Admit it. you clicked on the "I have already previewed" button without actually previewing the post.)
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To: heldmyw
I think it's a little early to call it a bomb, but I had been surprised that it had been declared a box office winner before it was released. The original King Kong was a brilliant piece of film making, far surpassing anything that had ever been done before. However, like Casablanca or Jaws, it was done about as well as it could be done the first time.

A $207 mil production budget is an incredible risk. This has to be a BIG hit just to break even.

47 posted on 12/16/2005 6:25:31 PM PST by Richard Kimball (Tenure is the enemy of excellence.)
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To: birbear

Well maybe you just haven't had a lot of EXPOSURE to a lot of stars.

My favorite right now hasn't had a role in a movie... mainly TV. Sam Witwer of the new BSG.


48 posted on 12/16/2005 6:26:20 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: birbear

I love it when grouchy people who have no interest in the subject are among the first replies on a thread about the subject :~D


49 posted on 12/16/2005 6:26:23 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: Rocko

Yeah, I'm not sure why he decided to spend all his Oscar capital on a re-remake.

I still hope he does The Hobbit sooner rather than later.


50 posted on 12/16/2005 6:26:38 PM PST by ecurbh ()()A Festivus for the rest of us!()()
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To: ecurbh

At least while Ian McKellen is still alive :~D


51 posted on 12/16/2005 6:27:44 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: HairOfTheDog
Fortunately, I won't be around in 2077 to see the Lord of the Rings remake.
52 posted on 12/16/2005 6:27:56 PM PST by Rocko (this post kills fascists...and communists)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Just part of the club! Love me or hate me, here I am. :)


53 posted on 12/16/2005 6:28:51 PM PST by birbear (Admit it. you clicked on the "I have already previewed" button without actually previewing the post.)
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To: heldmyw
"On Thursday, Kong's take was a measly $6,295,755 — off $35.5 from Wednesday's weak $9,755,745 opening day."

Something wrong with these statistics....
54 posted on 12/16/2005 6:28:57 PM PST by indcons
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To: Petronski
Check here.

Wednesday was $2700/screen and Thursday was $1700/screen.

Harry Potter opened at $10000/screen and Narnia at $6000/screen, but those were both on Fridays.

55 posted on 12/16/2005 6:29:32 PM PST by Boss_Jim_Gettys (Willing to compromise...NOT)
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To: birbear

"Bareback Mountain averaged $14,112 and $12886 on the same days."

WTF?? Must be all those ads that tout it as a "wholesome family movie"


56 posted on 12/16/2005 6:32:03 PM PST by indcons
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To: marajade
Plus I heard the picture cost 200 mil to make... not 300. It'll easily make that. How much more than that, who knows?

Approx 50% of the gross goes to the theater, so if Kong costs 200M then it needs to gross 400M.

57 posted on 12/16/2005 6:32:27 PM PST by fedupjohn (Kennedy Lied when MaryJo Kopechne died)
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To: HairOfTheDog
maybe I'm just grouchy because Kong isn't playing in my home town:

http://www.fandango.com/TheaterListings.aspx?location=Yuba%20City,%20CA&source=cityzipsearch
58 posted on 12/16/2005 6:33:40 PM PST by birbear (Admit it. you clicked on the "I have already previewed" button without actually previewing the post.)
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To: birbear

So you can't even deliberately NOT go? Bummer!


59 posted on 12/16/2005 6:34:50 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: indcons

Actually I haven't seen a single ad for it. I doubt it'll keep it's averages like that when it hits wide release this weekend. But still "interesting" (or disturbing) that it's doing relatively well in the theaters that it is being shown at.


60 posted on 12/16/2005 6:35:17 PM PST by birbear (Admit it. you clicked on the "I have already previewed" button without actually previewing the post.)
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