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Weekend Box Office Results 2008-06-02 05:45:14

Box Office: SATC Sticks a Stiletto in the Competition

As the saying goes: If you build it, they will come. Which was indeed the case this weekend for Sarah Jessica Parker and Michael Patrick King's two and a half hour fête gifted to devoted fans who showed up in droves to support Sex and the City's move to the big screen.

The movie smashed every record for an R-rated comedy and proved that women can drive box office sales just like men. SATC earned an estimated $55.7 million prompting Warner president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman to quote in Variety:

This has become a cultural phenomenon. What this shows is that given the right project, you can create a frenzy for the female aud, just like we are used to with boys and men.

The film was "the strongest ever for a movie carried by a female lead," beating the record-holder Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Sarah Jessica Parker told the New York Times, "I am so excited about the possibilities for movies about women.”

Dropping to the No. 2 spot, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull still had a strong second weekend earning an additional $46 million. Even the third spot was a shock to many with the seriously spooky The Strangers taking in an estimated $20.7 million. That's really good if you compare it to the approximate $9 million the movie cost to produce. Iron Man dropped to the fourth spot followed by The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian at No. 5.

Photos courtesy of New Line Cinema

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acyl acyl 9 years
Loved it. It wasn't as sassy as the series, but it had a little bit of everything that made the show great. There's comedy, there's fashion, there's hot men... How can you not love SATC??!!
Alek Alek 9 years
I would like to add, most movies that are supposedly about women & for women, don't make this kind of coin... not because of the "women" part, but because they despise and insult their audience. Any movie where the female lead has to have a pratfall to humble her, shake her booty at the screen, or generally 'learn her lesson' (i.e. be humbled and degraded), I'm looking at you. While SATC and its characters had their flaws over the years, overall they were strong, driven, thoughtful and independent in their life choices. And the show didn't feel the need to punish them every 5 minutes. I hope the studios learn that story & character 'quality' lesson, but I doubt they will. They're all headed by Brett Ratner types who prefer making money off teenage boys than adult women.
Alek Alek 9 years
Where has that Variety schmo been? "Become"? It's been a cultural phenomenon for over a decade. Yikes. I've been a nitpicky fan of the show, and I loved the movie. Expertly done!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
cravinsugar - Yep I've read the books but it was a looooong time ago. It was pretty much a prerequisite at my Christian elementary school. I barely remember the Prince Caspian book though, so maybe I like it so much because I have nothing really to compare it to!
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Make. Them. Go. Away.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
Yay for women! Finally. :)
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years on my way to see SATC again on wed, but I also LOVED PRince Caspian. I went to see it Saturday morning. I hear they are already starting production on Dawn Treader! If you haven't read the books you should...they are quick reads but very good!
mames mames 9 years
LOVED IT!! Can't wait for it to come out on DVD!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I've seen Sex and the City twice in less than a week! It was pretty good the second time around but the second half is really slow and depressing. I've also seen Prince Caspian twice, which I thought was amazing! I'm surprised its not getting great reviews and doing well at the box office.
kaytwo44 kaytwo44 9 years
Am I alone in this??? I absolutely DESPISE sex & the city! I think I'm a freak ;)
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
im waiting for the crowd to die down. i dont really like a packed theater.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
I saw it last night with my gay straight friend (or straight gay friend?) and I'm seeing it next weekend with my boyfriend. He wants to see it, too, but it has to look like I'm dragging him to the theater.
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
hubub hubub 9 years
This movie rocks!!! The theatre was packed with women & some men sprinkled in for good measure. My husband even enjoyed it! I cannot express just how much I LOVED this movie and really want to see it again. I'll probably get the DVD if released. The audience was laughing, ooohing, clapping & crying and I was no different. I couldn't wait to see the Box Office total $$$ for the weekend - and just like ilanac13's comment...I too dislike Angelina and was glad to see this movie crush Lara Crofts opening $$$. And oh my....doesn't Kim Cattrall look like a Million?!?!?! LOVE these ladies and love the way the movie was thorough in covering all the bases about what has been going on in their lives until now. mmmm mmmmm good!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that there was so much promotion and hype that it's a great thing that they made so much on the opening weekend. i wonder how much it cost to produce since there was a lot involved. in any event, since i don't like Angelina, i'm THRILLED that this one crushed her record for Lara Croft, and i wonder what this means for the franchise. will there be more? I'm sure that they can come up with something else for these girls to do in a movie....
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 9 years
i loveddddd it!!!! it was just fabulous!!! and surprise surprise, my husband enjoyed it as well!!!! i'll def rent it over and over again on dvd!
sparkliegirl sparkliegirl 9 years
Loved it! It was way beyond my expectations!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I am going again on Wed. I thought the movie was great, and was suprised by how good it was...i was laughing, crying, and wanting more at the end! Although, I don't thiknk more would be good, see my comment in the next SATC blog entry by buzz.
badhabit badhabit 9 years
I enjoyed the movie, and loved seeing the ladies back together. But it was strange seeing it in a movie format. I would have much rather had the same stories told over another a season on HBO or even a half season-they would have been able to give the minor storylines more time to develop. Oh well, if a movie is all we get than I am still happy to see more of SATC at all!
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 9 years
I'm going to see the movie this coming weekend, can't wait!!!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Meh. I had fun at the movie but the more I think about it, the more I am disappointed.
Lawrah Lawrah 9 years
I was so pleased with the movie. I honestly hope Hollywood starts making adult comedies for women. I am so sick of all these predictable and dumbed down movies for women. I hope SATC changes their minds.
smileyface smileyface 9 years
I LOVED LOVED the movie!! I might even go see it again. I loved the opening and how it was a catch up and refresher to all the ladies and how they got to where they are now. And I loved how it seemed like everyone got their happy ending at the end of the show and how it was still kinda intact in the beginning of the movie and then fell apart for everyone in the middle (except for maybe Charlotte) and then came back together at the end. I was surprised at how good it came out because I had heard some very mixed reviews. And I didn't think it was 2+ hours of product placement. I mean thats who they are, especially Carrie now that she is super successful and they are after all in NYC. I just thought it was fabulous and a great way to have the ladies back for a 7th season in 2 hours! Oh and yes SugarCat I thought the tutu appearance was great. That was a really cute scene! :)
SugarCat SugarCat 9 years
Who else was grinning when the tutu made its appearance? ;)
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I saw it saturday at the 1:00 matinee. There were still alot of people there. I really enjoyed it, i will definately have to watch it again when it comes out on DVD when i can concentrate and pause for a bathroom break!
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