New Moon Breaks Records, But When Will Fanboys Strike Back?
by Alex Billington
November 22, 2009
Uh oh. The Twilight Saga: New Moon finally hit theaters this weekend to an estimated $140.7 million total, putting it in 3rd place behind The Dark Knight ($158.4 million) and Spider-Man 3 ($151.1 million) on the opening weekend box office chart. But it did break other records. First it set the midnight record earning some $26.3 million on Thursday night and it also set the biggest Friday one-day box office record, raking in some $72.7 million on that day alone. But then all the Twihards decided to get some sleep and it died off to settle in 3rd place just below two other big blockbusters for the weekend overall. Phew! But what's next?
Of course, we've got one more (or maybe two, counting Breaking Dawn) big Twilight openings still coming up. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is already set to hit theaters next June 30th. And if the Twilight franchise can do this well in November, just imagine how well it'll do in the summer. But that's not what I'm talking about. I'm wondering how or when the fanboys are going to strike back. As a die-hard fanboy myself, I'm a little bit more than pissed off by this. I'm thankful that it didn't break all of The Dark Knight's records, but its broken enough to get under my skin. So what movie can we fight back with? What is waiting out there?
I might as well start with Spider-Man 4, but that's so far out (scheduled for release on May 5th, 2011) that it's not really the best movie to rely on as our savior. Plus, we don't know anything about it (villains, etc.) and considering the bad taste Spider-Man 3 left in everyone's mouth, they've got a lot of work to do to make sure it breaks records again, but it has potential. And of course I could also mention James Cameron's Avatar, but that movie is in the same boat right now. It's just too damn hard to predict how well it'll do, which is a whole discussion for another article, not this one. While those two have potential, they're not what I'm looking for.
So how about next summer? Well, we've got Iron Man 2 hitting on May 7th. And then there's Ridley Scott's Robin Hood (which could do well if the trailers look good) and Disney's Prince of Persia movie hitting in May as well. Then in June, we've got Pixar's Toy Story 3, which may just have the best chance (that's a helluva franchise to bring back some 11 years after the last sequel). In July, there's The Last Airbender (which has a very strong following), Predators (which could well because it's a popular franchise and everyone wants to see a good Predator movie), and Christopher Nolan's follow-up to The Dark Knight, titled Inception (which could be a huge sleeper hit).
While all of those might do well, I'm betting that it's either going to be Iron Man 2 or Toy Story 3 that break records next year. Why? Well, first off, they're both sequels to highly successful and well-loved franchises, and we all know sequels usually kick ass at the box office. Secondly, they both have great buzz so far, and all the footage we've seen from both has been very well received. Both of those movies have the potential to break records if things go well. And if anything, this means I'm more the likely to keep hyping up those two in particular, in hopes that at least one of them will boot New Moon out of the #1 spot once again.
Lastly, there are a few others that could hit big that aren't opening in the summer. The first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hits next November. And if that movie is as epic as it seems, well, it could break a lot of big records. I mean, that's the seventh movie in a franchise based on a book series that has been making more money every time a new movie comes out. Twilight is only on its second movie. The other one I want to mention is Tron Legacy. I've got a feeling that movie could open huge. We haven't really seen too much from it yet, but I've got a feeling it'll connect with fanboys in a big way when it opens on December 17th, 2010. It may be late in the year, but fans will line up for it, especially to catch it in 3D (which may be in more theaters by then).
You may be wondering why the heck I'm even writing about this. I don't know about the rest of you, but I've felt a sense of pride knowing that the movies at the top of the biggest opening weekends chart have all been superhero movies or fanboys movies that deserve that spot. Before Spider-Man 3 broke records, it was other movies like Pirates of the Caribbean and Spider-Man (the first one) and Transformers and Star Wars and X-Men that topped the charts. Plus there's already been a little battle, as Shrek the Third (a franchise I hate) nearly took a top spot in 2007 when it came out. But thankfully it was knocked out by these other movies.
So if you're a fanboy like me and upset that the wretched Twilight franchise has reared its ugly head on the box office charts, what movie are you going to get behind and support in hopes that it'll knock New Moon down a few notches when it hits theaters? Is it Iron Man 2 or Toy Story 3 or Tron Legacy or even Avatar? Or will we have to wait until 2011 to see another movie that could break records? What do you think?