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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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KEYWORDS: boxoffice; crap; entertainment; flop; kingkong; kong; movies
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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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To: HairOfTheDog

I'd have to drive 40 miles to NOT see it.


61 posted on 12/16/2005 6:35:55 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: fedupjohn

Nah!!

That's to cover costs! It's a flop if it doesn't do exponential profits!

Banana-fueled monkey flop.

(BTW-Why weren't they excited about the T-REX? I'd have thought that a couple of eggs or some DNA would be a much better story than... Oh, wait! That's that Pliestocene Park thingie, isn't it?)


62 posted on 12/16/2005 6:36:16 PM PST by heldmyw
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To: fedupjohn

How do you know that?


63 posted on 12/16/2005 6:37:02 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: birbear

>>But still "interesting" (or disturbing) that it's doing relatively well in the theaters that it is being shown at.<<

You also said DIE,KONG,DIE.

You really hate this movie you haven't seen, don't you?


64 posted on 12/16/2005 6:37:11 PM PST by SerpentDove (Kentucky Fried Tookie.)
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To: heldmyw

This is a movie with no hidden agenda or celebration of wickedness. So naturally, the usual subjects are going to trash it.


65 posted on 12/16/2005 6:37:32 PM PST by Tax Government (Support the Ann Coulter Act of 2006. No free speech at colleges ==> no fed funds.)
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To: birbear

"Bareback" is being shown so far only in a few selected markets... and since they're the only ones getting it, the artsy crowd flocks to it.

I haven't talked to one normal person who wants to go see it (and I'm not just basing that on FR... I live in a liberal town)


66 posted on 12/16/2005 6:37:37 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

Its been forcasted to make 58 mil this weekend. Combine that with Wed and Thurs... that totals what 70 mil? in what five days... it'll be fine.


67 posted on 12/16/2005 6:38:22 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: HairOfTheDog
If Jackson remade it, I could say I didn't see it twice.
68 posted on 12/16/2005 6:39:46 PM PST by Rocko (this post kills fascists...and communists)
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To: marajade
Its been forcasted to make 58 mil this weekend.

By the same people who said it would do as well as Titanic?

69 posted on 12/16/2005 6:41:57 PM PST by Rocko (this post kills fascists...and communists)
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To: SerpentDove
You also said DIE,KONG,DIE. You really hate this movie you haven't seen, don't you?

hehehehe... yup. And as is being discussed, I'd have to go 40 miles out of my way to see it, so it's not likely I will. (Unless some friends outside the area invite me to go see it with them.)

And, I admit, I'd probably even enjoy the movie. I just don't care for Peter Jackson movies. The couple I've seen have bored the life out of me. So I hope for him to fail.

Also, last week, this was touted as the best movie since Titanic (Which i also thought sucked). Critics and "those in the know" were predicting it to hit $400 million easily. I love to see people who throw such praise around to be wrong.

Basically, I delight in other people's misfortune.
70 posted on 12/16/2005 6:43:13 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: Rocko

No, an independent.

http://boxofficemojo.com


71 posted on 12/16/2005 6:43:20 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: birbear
Solid actors? Maybe I'm out of it, a little, but I have no clue who Adrien Brody is, I thought Naomi Watts was a black model, and I can't picture Jack Black in anything other than a comedy.

Adrien Brody got Oscar in 2003 for The Pianist. I think you mixed up Naomi Watts with Naomi Campbell. Watt played in the Ring, and was nominated for Oscar in 2004 for 21 grams. Not that I trust Oscar, but they are new generation of movie stars that don't rely on look alone.

72 posted on 12/16/2005 6:44:01 PM PST by paudio (Is it OK to say Merry Christmas to you...?)
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To: birbear

Well, I have a lot of affection for Peter Jackson (as do a lot of others) for doing so beautifully those same LoTR movies you hated...

So you really do look like a fly in the butt balm. :~D


73 posted on 12/16/2005 6:45:56 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: paudio
I think you mixed up Naomi Watts with Naomi Campbell.

That would be it. Thanks.
74 posted on 12/16/2005 6:46:13 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

Maybe all that advertising in the mainstream media doesn't work anymore?


75 posted on 12/16/2005 6:46:26 PM PST by MikeHu
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To: indcons
"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....

It should be off 35.5%, I think.

76 posted on 12/16/2005 6:46:43 PM PST by paudio (Is it OK to say Merry Christmas to you...?)
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To: birbear
Check this out!! They have been hiding the fact that it is a homo movie:


77 posted on 12/16/2005 6:46:59 PM PST by indcons
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To: paudio

Yep, you're right


78 posted on 12/16/2005 6:47:37 PM PST by indcons
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To: MikeHu
Maybe all that advertising in the mainstream media doesn't work anymore?

Or Universal is trying to launch a lead zeppelin.

79 posted on 12/16/2005 6:49:40 PM PST by Rocko (this post kills fascists...and communists)
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To: indcons
Doesn't surprise me. I really don't know of too many people who would willingly go see an overtly gay movie. Most Americans just don't swing that way.

I will say, what I saw on Ebert and Roeper, it looked like a nicely filmed movie. (good cineatography and all that.) The subject matter sounds boring to me. (Most love stories are to me.)

And the few gay people I know. (And I only know two or so "outted" gays), aren't interested in "westerns". They're more apt to enjoy something like King Kong. (The two that I know are big time techies and they love CGI stuff.)

I just don't see who "Bareback" is supposed to cater to.
80 posted on 12/16/2005 6:51:49 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: birbear

>>Basically, I delight in other people's misfortune.<<

You must be a real joy to be around.


81 posted on 12/16/2005 6:52:26 PM PST by SerpentDove (Kentucky Fried Tookie.)
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To: ecurbh

Oh I hope he can slip in Bombadill, one of my favorite characters in the LOTR books. He was written out of the LOTR movies.

I have a dvd of the early animated version of " The Hobbit". I too am looking forward to an LOTR treatment of it.


82 posted on 12/16/2005 6:57:04 PM PST by rock58seg (It's time for Islam to actually become a religion of peace or a religion of the past.)
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To: SerpentDove
You must be a real joy to be around.

Most of my vict... er friends, seem to think so.

:-)
83 posted on 12/16/2005 6:57:28 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: Rocko

I'm pretty sure all the mainstream media critics were calling this movie "brilliant" and the "best they've ever seen," but that's also what their political analysts were calling John Kerry in the last election.

Hmmmmmm? You don't suppose they have a credibility problem, do you?


84 posted on 12/16/2005 6:59:17 PM PST by MikeHu
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To: Rocko
Fortunately, I won't be around in 2077 to see the Lord of the Rings remake.

But, I am sure we will all be alive for "Son of Rocky".

85 posted on 12/16/2005 6:59:34 PM PST by rock58seg (It's time for Islam to actually become a religion of peace or a religion of the past.)
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To: indcons

Fewer screens and in selected areas of LA, NYC, and SF, only, as I understand it.


86 posted on 12/16/2005 7:02:41 PM PST by rock58seg (It's time for Islam to actually become a religion of peace or a religion of the past.)
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To: birbear

Bareback Mountain was only in like 15 theatres. The people who really wanted to see it probably had to search for a screen and packed them (oops!).


87 posted on 12/16/2005 7:04:47 PM PST by hattend (Dang, it's cold up here.)
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To: birbear

Bareback Mountain was only in like 15 theatres. The people who really wanted to see it probably had to search for a screen and packed them (oops!).


88 posted on 12/16/2005 7:05:02 PM PST by hattend (Dang, it's cold up here.)
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To: satchmodog9

 


89 posted on 12/16/2005 7:06:45 PM PST by Fintan (Suppose there were no hypothectical questions?)
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To: birbear

It's a "chick flick". They are the only ones "sensitive" enough to sit through it without going EEEEWWWWWW!!!!


90 posted on 12/16/2005 7:12:16 PM PST by rock58seg (It's time for Islam to actually become a religion of peace or a religion of the past.)
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To: Fintan

Well... It seems to me that it's just wrong.

All this talk about ButtCrack Mountain and Cowboys and pudding and such...

I mean. It's Christmas, for pity's sake!



http://www.funnyjunk.com/p/0378-jpg.html


91 posted on 12/16/2005 7:13:53 PM PST by heldmyw
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To: rock58seg

Makes more sense now....thanks.


92 posted on 12/16/2005 7:14:07 PM PST by indcons
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To: rock58seg

Not sure why we're talking about Bareback on a King Kong thread... maybe that's why King Kong isn't doing as good as everyone hoped.

Bareback's not a chick flick, it's a liberal progressive flick... It's appeal will be strictly political, by people who want to be seen as accepting of gays (even if they don't really want to see it, they want to be seen having seen it). Other than for squishy political reasons, chicks don't want to watch two guys together either.... not even lesbians... particularly lesbians.


93 posted on 12/16/2005 7:17:51 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: birbear
Doesn't surprise me. I really don't know of too many people who would willingly go see an overtly gay movie.

Agreed, but one overtly gay movie that was really good was Saving Face - it's about two good looking Asian American women that start a relationship.

It's kind of a comedy but not overtly. The funny part is that there is no "gay" message being preached.

94 posted on 12/16/2005 7:24:12 PM PST by JeffAtlanta
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To: heldmyw

I saw King Kong yesterday afternoon with my 16 and 13 year olds. When it was over, I just sat there for a minute in stunned silence. The movie was SOOOOO good. The quality of the writing, the acting, the production was stunning. And, yes, at $8 a ticket (in my area) I will see it again, maybe this weekend. It is a dark movie and is very intense and violent at times. I would not and did not take my 9 year old to see it. There is a scene called the "spider pit" that makes you want to crawl out of your chair.

I know people are turned off because "I've seen King Kong before." But you have NOT seen this KK before !!! It is definietly a must see.

And no... I don't know Peter Jackson or work for Universal Studios... etc... I just thought it was the best movie that I have seen in a while. (Better than Narnia, which I saw last week).


95 posted on 12/16/2005 8:09:53 PM PST by A Mississippian (Proud 7th generaion Mississippian)
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To: A Mississippian
There is a scene called the "spider" pit that makes you want to crawl out of your chair.

there was a 'spider scene' in the original... it was cut because many people were throwing up/getting sick because of it

96 posted on 12/16/2005 8:53:10 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (The search for someone to blame is always successful. - Robert Half)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

When it comes down to it, people are just plain dumb and gullible. Hollywood knows they'll fall for anything. That's why I have no interest in going to see this movie, except for two questions that have stumped. One is, how the heck did they find a gorilla that big?! And how did they teach him to act?!


97 posted on 12/16/2005 9:09:46 PM PST by Main Street (Stuck in traffic)
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To: marajade
How would LOTR have a holiday feel to it?

LOTR had elves, and so does Santa.

98 posted on 12/16/2005 9:23:20 PM PST by holymoly (Merry Christmas!)
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To: heldmyw

Just got back from Kong. The biggest problem is it opened a week too early. Next Wednesday most colleges are out for Christmas as opposed to students cramming for finals. Not to mention they are having to compete with Narnia. I'm sure it will come around as the weekend is here and people will have time to watch a 3 and half hour movie. It is very good, but it is also very long.


99 posted on 12/16/2005 9:35:39 PM PST by Mr. Blonde (You know, Happy Time Harry, just being around you kinda makes me want to die.)
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To: Mr. Blonde

--- It is very good, but it is also very long.---

I'm just not in the mood to watch a King Kong movie at Christmas, but I wouldn't mind seeing Band of Brothers again.


100 posted on 12/16/2005 10:48:34 PM PST by claudiustg (Go Bush! Go Sharon!)
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