2. Django Unchained - $20M - $106.3M
3. The Hobbit - $17.5M - $263.8M
4. Les Miserables - $16.1M - $103.6M
5. Parental Guidance -$10.1M - $52.7M
6. Jack Reacher - $9.3M - $64.8M
7. This Is Forty - $8.6M - $54.5M
8. Lincoln - $5.2M - $143.9M
9. The Guilt Trip - $4.5M - $31.2M
10. Promised Land - $4.3M - $4.6M
Well this is farewell my friends, at least for the box office report. A combination of farewell party for my daughter and her friends, along with being under the weather (and still having so much to do) means there's no box office report this weekend. My computer goes to the shippers on Thursday and we leave a week or so later.
I can't even quite remember how I started writing them. I know I used to post the Yahoo numbers on a Sunday on the Edge Forums, and I recall getting into an argument with Despin about the 8 Miles opening weekend numbers - so that's at least ten years ago. I think it slowly evolved from there, through thick and thin, marriage, kids and the rest.
I've no idea where the future will take the box office report or if it even has one, but I'd like to hope it does. My computer won't get to Australia for at least two months, and there's a lot to sort out on that side of the world before I'd get chance to sit and write. The time difference will mean that my report would be about 12 or so hours later than all the other ones too, unless I was to stay up until 4am to do it.
It's a weird feeling. It's not like I'm dying but the box office report has been a Sunday staple for at least seven years (at least in a major capacity), and aside from a few times, I've turned in a report on every one of those weekends. It was nice to reach the point were people knew I'd written 100% of it, and that it wasn't cut and pasted from another site. I will miss doing it. In the last two years the reports had grown considerably, mainly due to work slowing right down, giving me more time to write during the day. Even these last few weeks, when the reports have been quick to put together, it still felt odd to not add more and more side details.
I'm not really sure what I hoped for Box Office Voodoo when I set it up. I had grand ideas of some one being interested in taking me on to write weekly for them or their site, perhaps leading to full time job. Sadly it never happened, but it did lead to other avenues, including contributing to Scott Mendelson's site, and dabbling with Den of Geek. When I see the amount of work people like Garth Franklin turns in on Dark Horizons, as a one man band, it does seem a bit silly to think one person would get hired to do one weekly column. But you've got to start somewhere. The site will remain live as an archive of all the box office reports so far, and in future.
I'd like to thank everyone who has stuck with the reports over the years, those who've read them every week or just occasionally. All the feedback has always been appreciated - that was part of the reason I kept going even when I came close to quitting. This forum has been the primary reason for writing each week and I swore I'd never take a project on with another site if it meant not being able to post the report on here.
I'll still be around, maybe not as much as before, (especially after Thursday) but still here in some capacity.
Thanks again to you all, and all the very best,