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Box Office News, December 22

Box Office: Audiences Say Yes. . . Man


It seems the dismal weather plaguing parts of the nation proved detrimental to box office earnings this weekend. Of the less-than-robust numbers, however, the Jim Carrey-Zooey Deschanel comedy Yes Man ended up taking the most in ticket sales with a little over $18 million. Will Smith's Seven Pounds did almost as well, though still worse than expected with $16 million.

Variety claims both movies "were expected to come in at least $5 million higher" and blames inclement weather for the quiet opening weekend:

Friday’s crippling storm in the Northeast dragged down grosses dramatically in a menacing start to the Christmas holiday. Weekend was down by as much as 44% over last year. In Boston, Friday’s B.O. dropped a whopping 81% from the previous Friday, while it fell 45% in Gotham.

Yeesh. After Seven Pounds, The Tale of Despereaux came in third place, followed by The Day the Earth Stood Still and Four Christmases respectively. In less bah-humbuggy news, the indie film market is doing quite well these days: The Mickey Rourke movie The Wrestler had an excellent weekend, as did Slumdog Millionaire.

This upcoming holiday weekend promises a whole slew of fresh blood at theaters: Marley & Me, Valkyrie, Bedtime Stories, The Spirit, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button all open in wide release on Christmas Day this Thursday.

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I didn't like Yes Man that much...kinda boring at times. And the scene with the old lady creeped me out. Zooey was the best part of the film.
kmckay kmckay 7 years
zooey is so amazing in this.... such a perfect role for her! jim is alright... typical him (more like ace ventura & mask) . very cute & uplifting movie :)
kmckay kmckay 7 years
zooey is so amazing in this.... such a perfect role for her! jim is alright... typical him (more like ace ventura & mask) .very cute & uplifting movie :)
teagirl teagirl 7 years
I am saving my money for all the movies coming out on Christmas day! I'm really ecited to see all of them except for The Spirit.
Mammapato Mammapato 7 years
OK. So to start out telling you just how much I LOVED this movie... During the credits, I sent out 25 text messages to friends and family demanding they go see the movie. It was AWESOME! Not only was it funny, it was realistic. I wish that I had enough discipline to do half of the stuff he did (as a character and as an actor). Jim Carrey at his finest, people. He was great. And Zoey did a phenominal job too. If you want a great laugh from start to finish, go watch Yes Man. Totally buying it when it is released!
Mammapato Mammapato 7 years
OK. So to start out telling you just how much I LOVED this movie... During the credits, I sent out 25 text messages to friends and family demanding they go see the movie. It was AWESOME! Not only was it funny, it was realistic. I wish that I had enough discipline to do half of the stuff he did (as a character and as an actor). Jim Carrey at his finest, people. He was great. And Zoey did a phenominal job too. If you want a great laugh from start to finish, go watch Yes Man. Totally buying it when it is released!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Looking forward to the holiday releases and to The Wrestler and Slumdog Millionaire opening in a nearby theater.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
you know, i went to see yes man and i was really surprised at how funny it was seeing as how i didn't really care to see it at all :) it's a shame that will's movie didn't do any better though :(
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