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The Muppets is now the top-grossing Muppet movie

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Speed Tracer, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. Borples

    Borples Well-Known Member

    As far as creating interest in the franchise with younger viewers, I think a lot more of that is going to come with the DVD release. I know several families who were excited about The Muppets but who haven't seen it yet, either because of the cost of taking the family to the movies, or because they have a child who is too young to go to the theater. Plus, parents may not want to drag kids to a movie that the kid is not already super-interested in (I would, but many might not. ;) ). But those parents, esp. if they want to see The Muppets themselves, will buy the DVD. And once the DVD is in the house, the l'il rugrats are OURS. ;) The music in the movie is catchy, and the Muppets are colorful and lovable. Repeated viewings will make fans of many kids, I am sure. I think a second movie, or tv show or special, will be very successful for that reason.

    All I know is, my five year old and three year old LOVE the Muppets. And I can attribute that to one thing: constant exposure! :D
  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Other than the horrid Twilight franchise where I'm convinced 60% of the audience was either dragged in unwillingly or watching it ironically, none of those movies released at that period did all that well domestically. Even then, there was a sharp drop off for that movie's second week as well. For an almost historically low box office, the Muppets managed to make the most of it... and even then, it beat the competition it was really up against. Though that many kids films came out in a single week kinda hurt the film's potential, it still managed to do some good. It was the number one Family movie for 3 weeks in a row, it made back its budget, and it brought back interest... and I'm sure those other kids movies made what they did because they were 3-D and therefore had higher ticket costs.

    Still, for it to be a complete failure, the thing would have had to have opened much lower and disappeared within a week. Like I said, the budget's the thing. Some movies have a huge budget that never make it back until they hit DVD and are considered good enough. Why do we have a fourth Underworld movie when they were all critical and commercial flops?
  3. zoebell

    zoebell Well-Known Member

    that's very true. and that's why the movie is undoubtedly a success overall, i just wonder if this is enough for disney to want to do more

    because i sort of doubt jason segel will be as involved in another one (maybe producer or something), and he even said his goal was to relaunch them so they could then do whatever they wanted. so without someone like him as a driving force, pushing for it and everything, they'll have to make it on their own- and i wonder if this is enough to go off of

    i think they were probably hoping for that 100 million mark, or to do as well as something like Enchanted did a few years ago
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It does seem like enough. Like I said, films that flop randomly get sequels all the time. I wouldn't doubt Jason would be involved in the next one, but it's too soon to tell then. Muppet movies have always did their best as DVD sales anyway. Disney movies too, in fact. Only thing that held this movie back was a sluggish box office during a time when people were buying more than last year. I guess they rather went shopping instead of seeing movies. Still, Chipmunks would have creamed them (or at least held the film's potential back) if they released it just a bit later. If it wasn't for Crappy Feet, I'm sure they could have opened it up the week before and it would have made just a bit more.

    Yeah, it's a shame that the film didn't reach 100 mil, but only The Muppet Movie really broke that one. Even GMC only had 89 Mil... this film's not going to surpass it unless it has a really good next week, but the kids are back in school so I doubt it.

    I think Disney realizes this film did just good enough, and we will see more stuff on the horizon. And that would include another movie because, like I said, MCC only made about 52 mil... it was deemed enough to follow it up with MTI which did 11 mil better. Heck, it looked like this movie was going to end at 75 at best... but we're up over 82 by now, and that's barely a week ago.
  5. zoebell

    zoebell Well-Known Member

    it's at 83.5 million now...does anyone know when it's getting pulled from theaters?

    i'm just wondering, realistically, how much more it could take in at this point. if it's still in theaters the rest of this month, it could still do a few more million
  6. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    At least until right after the Blu-ray release, so early April is probably likely.
  7. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    It could be in this economy, a lot of families are waiting for the home release.
    It's already january, when will they announce what extras are on the home release?
  8. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Probably by the end of the month, or at least in February.
  9. goldenstate5

    goldenstate5 Well-Known Member

    I would think that its theater count will drop to three digits on Friday, but I could be wrong. One thing I know for sure is that the film has finished making big money. I see it topping now at 86 to 87 million. It'll get pulled fully just prior to its DVD/Blu-Ray release in March.
  10. zoebell

    zoebell Well-Known Member

    is the movie going to open soon in european countries? will the muppets be making press appearances in the uk and stuff?
  11. goldenstate5

    goldenstate5 Well-Known Member

    February? I'm not entirely certain since BOM doesn't release all international dates prior anymore.
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    If by sheer will, amazement and tenacity it just makes 5 million more, it will just slightly edge out Great Muppet Caper. I'm not sure that would happen, but then again, I was sure this wasn't even going to make it to 75 mil.
  13. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Hmm. The local AMC had been running it twice a day, but as of this week it's back to showing all day. Hope that means they're selling more tickets. I would be re-seeing it right now, in fact, if Atlanta's public transportation was even slightly reliable and buses that only run once an hour didn't no-show. Oh well, maybe tomorrow.
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    There must've been a bump in showings for Christmas vacation, maybe a couple bumps in theaters after Arthur Christmas left some of the theaters. It took me until February to see MCC when it first came out, sure... but who wants to see a Christmas movie after Christmas?

    Seriously, the past couple weeks have been surprisingly kind to the film... it looked like it wouldn't get much further than the upper 60's, and now we're like 83 Mil.
  15. zoebell

    zoebell Well-Known Member

    yeah, it's currently at 84. i was looking back to see what Enchanted did at this point in its run, and it actually made about 7-8 million more before it was pulled from theaters in march

    that might be too much to ask from muppets i suppose, but who knows? most of that would have to come from weekends, because as expected, the dailies have pretty much collapsed. it's only doing 200,000 or less now per weekday. but we'll have to see what it does on weekends from now on. if it could make a million per weekend for a while it may pull off surpassing GMC
  16. goldenstate5

    goldenstate5 Well-Known Member

    Probably a fluke. The movie was dropped out of over 300 theaters this weekend.

    To be fair, that was the early 90's, and movies stayed in theaters much longer than they do today. Nowadays it's all very frontloaded and the idea of "legs" has been lessened.

    It's certainly possible but I wouldn't count on it. Thankfully Disney has nothing right now to replace it with, but the movie is barely going to make a million this weekend. I'm just unsure if it can sustain itself to get to 90 mil. 86 million is probably more likely.
  17. zoebell

    zoebell Well-Known Member

    well, it just made 1.2 million over the weekend, so now it's at 85. it could hang around, if it it continues to squeak out million dollar weekends. i'm positive it's going to get at least two oscar nominations for song, so it may do all right for the rest of its run
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I think it's done as well as its going to do here. Shame it didn't get that much closer to GMC... it's only about 4 mil behind it... not a lot. Hopefully it can squeeze a little more out of second run theaters by the time it completely disappears.​
  19. zoebell

    zoebell Well-Known Member

    i think it may be able to. it's still got the rest of the month and february, and if it pulls out a million per weekend for just a few more weeks it could happen. i think this weekend was some evidence that it could because even though its weekdays collapsed, the weekend still turned out a million. so that's decent
  20. goldenstate5

    goldenstate5 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but the movie is going to lose more and more theaters as the weekends go on, and believe it or not, but new movies do come out during January, which will start to eliminate these one million dollar weekends pretty quickly. Expect maybe one more.

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