“Megamind” Holds Top Box Office Spot “Megamind” Holds Top Box Office Spot
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“Megamind” Holds Top Box Office Spot


For the second weekend in a row, DreamWorks Animation’s Megamind finished atop the North American box office with a final take of $29.1 million. Its total gross now stands at $88.8 million. The drop from last weekend was a respectable 36.7%; comparatively, How to Train Your Dragon had a second weekend decline of 33.7% and Shrek Forever After declined 38.9% in its second frame.

On the other end of the animation spectrum, Paul and Sandra Fierlinger’s My Dog Tulip earned $4,250 from three theaters. The film has grossed $113,000 after eleven weekends, pushing it past many recent limited animation releases like Fear(s) of the Dark, $9.99, and Tales from Earthsea. Also, Nine Nation Animation, a collection of indie shorts that we wrote about earlier, earned $3,489 from two theaters, raising its total earnings to $12,973.

  • Where could I find the stats on last year’s Mary and Max? I will be a little depressed if it didn’t earn a little ofr than the other indie features mentioned.

    • amid

      Rob – According to Wikipedia:

      Mary and Max was the first Australian film of 2009 to gross over a million dollars. The film received no general theatrical release in the United States, though it was showcased at several American film festivals, and was briefly shown at one of the Laemmle Theatres in the Los Angeles area. The film’s U.S. distributor (IFC Films) made the film available through video on demand. The film was released in France by Gaumont and in Germany by MFA to significant critical and box office success.

      • It’s out on DVD now (which is kind of pointing out what Amid mentioned with its distribution through IFC)! I bought it at best buy for 10 bucks. Best ten bucks I’ve spent, and even includes “Harvey Krumpet!”

    • Chris

      Mary and Max is currently available to ‘watch instantly’ to those with Netflix accounts, but if you have $10 get the DVD!

  • jtOuimet1913

    Yep, I was convinced that the general movie-going audience are sheep who are attracted to see anything with the brightest colors and actors they wouldn’t know why are famous to begin with (AKA Katzenberg’s philosophy to selling a movie).

    But the money “My Dog Tulip” made makes me have hope in humanity once again!

    • I’m wondering if a comment like this should be allowed.

      • jtOuimet1913

        Hey… I don’t usually do this on open blogs but I couldn’t find a way to email you through my school computer. I want to apologize for offending you and your colleagues work. I didn’t think I would’ve offended you since I didn’t think I referred to the animators as the guys who make the “brightest colors” (silly of me, right?). All I know about Katzenberg is from what I read in books, articles and interviews. What I said about him was meant to be a joke, but it’s on me when a majority of the readers on this site are Dreamworks animators… :P

        In all honesty, I don’t think all you’re films are glitz and kitsch with no substance. “kung fu panda” had a very great story and “Prince of Egypt” is an easter classic for me and my family. With that said, I was generalizing “Megamind” with “Shark Tale”… which I HATED!!!! I could go all day with the things that piss me off about that film, but I won’t cause that’s besides the point.

        I haven’t seen Megamind yet, though from what the trailers and the 5 minute introduction showed I didn’t think it was worth something seeing on screen like “The Social Network.” My point is that I generalized a movie I haven’t seen for a get-rich scheme disregarding animation as an art and more as a money cow that executives milk. It was crass, unfunny, and the more I write the more I feel disgusted at myself. Again… I’m sorry. If it makes you feel better, flagging the post is fine with me.

      • jtOuimet1913 – I don’t think you have anything to apologize about.

      • Dave

        Except for not seeing the film. Go see it, then form an opinion.

      • well, maybe for presuming to review a film he hadn’t seen and insulting the audience that has?

      • Yes.
        It’s an insidious crime.
        The fellow should be clapped in irons and fed to the weasels.

        Assuming a film is going to be shitty is a perfectly reasonable reaction, surely.
        I haven’t seen it and think it looks like shit.
        You got a problem with that?

        As for insulting his audience.
        Well I for one am glad there are stand up guys like you around to protect the innocent.

  • Scarabim

    Well, what else is there out there for families to see right now? Scheduling does make a big difference on how well movies open. Of course Mega’s doing okay. I have no intention of seeing it, but I’m glad Dreamwork’s doing well.

    • Doug

      I see this sort of comment alot, “what else is out there for families to see right now”. My goodness, are we so starved for visual titillation that we’ll pile in the family minivan to see just anything? Apparently people have much more disposable income than I. I see very few movies in the theaters anymore because 1) it is way too expensive to bring all the kids and 2) there just isn’t that much that I’d take the them to see that is worth the trip and the money.

      Besides, we are so inundated with visual and aural stimulation that we seek quality over quantity. *this is not some sort of comment on the quality of Megamind. I haven’t seen it, but must admit I haven’t been motivated to do so either.

  • Simon

    Scarabim: you sound desperate to disparage Megamind. It’s hardly doing “okay”… 46 million opening is a hit.

    Please keep us updated on other films you haven’t seen… its really interesting and noteworthy!

    • Scarabim

      I also said that I’m glad Dreamworks is doing well. Feel free to dump on me for being happy that animators are working…it’s really interesting and noteworthy!

  • Specs

    “Well, what else is there out there for families to see right now? Scheduling does make a big difference on how well movies open.”

    Exactly. If you’re looking for a family film, Megamind is the only option right now. Any time there’s more than one option, the money is going to be split. When you’re the only game in town, you get ALL the money!

    An example of that happened this very weekend…Unstoppable had a weaker opening than predicted, and it was probably because Skyline pulled away some of its audience.

    I’m afraid that Tangled might end up suffering from this too. Harry Potter will be new, and will pull in a lot of the younger crowd, and Megamind will still be in the top ten as well. Three options, and a finite amount of moviegoers.

  • optimist

    Not surprised Megamind dropped off so little from its opening. I saw it last night.

    It’s a good movie-has HEART and sincerity in addition to gags. Character-based story. Surprising handling of the characters. Some great action and some excellent character animation. Leagues better on every level than the lousy trailer(s) and ads would suggest.

    The word of mouth has to be positive based on what I saw and my audience’s reaction.

  • Ed Thompson

    Although not an Oscar movie, Megamind was much better than I expected it to be. On a large scale, the plot was predictable, but on a personal character scale it wasn’t. HOW the character got to the end of the movie was well thought out, snimated and written. The animation was good CGI, I noticed no errors (but I’m not an animator so things others may notice I miss) and the voice work was above average. Dreamworks has been on a upturn lately, with KungFu Panda, How to Train your Dragon and now Megamind, and I think that’s a good thing.

    Like optimist said, the audience at the theater when I saw the movie seemed to enjoy the movie quite a bit, and I’m sure it’s getting good word of mouth.

  • James E. Parten

    Unlike one of the louder commentators above, I went to see “Megamind”. I’d have to agree that, while not of Oscar caliber, it is a decent entertainment. CGI animation had no obvious flaws (not that I’ve seen any film that had lousy CGI, mind you!), and voice work showed spunk, done by folks who seemed to be enjoying themselves doing it.

    As for the sort of art-house orchids favored by some commentators above, let’s see how the Great American Public would respond to them if they were on as many screens as “Megamind” or many another film from a Major Studio.

    Of course, we know what would happen. Remember “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”?? The critics went “ooooh!” and the critics went “ahhhh!”–and the public went “huh?”, and stayed away in droves.

    It is rare that a film that pleases the public also pleases the citics–and vice versa. Accept it!

    • Gobo

      I’d say it’s also rare that a smart animated movie is marketed well. Dreamworks is savvy: they market their movies to the right audiences in the right ways, and they did a great job selling Megamind. They got the audience they wanted, and the positive reviews pulled others in.

      “Mr Fox” was terribly marketed. The public predictably went “huh?” to a movie marketed as a stop-motion version of Oceans 11 with foxes in suits. Folks who saw it loved it, and it stayed in theatres for a very long time due to word of mouth, but it’s a classic example of how NOT to sell a film.

  • if anyone remembered the first comments on the teaser for Megamind?

  • The Gee

    I have a comment/question about the framegrab shown above. And, I want to preface this by saying I normally will write puns, as I just did, and don’t normally quibble about faces in CG features.

    The eyebrows in that framegrab aren’t affecting the characters’ eyes at all.

    Is that normal in CG? Or is this some exception? I guess it is cool if they can get away with it but there should be more to their facial expressions than that. The eyes, cheeks and mouths should reflect what those eyebrows have caused.

    Again, if that framegrab is an aberration, sorry for bringing it up. If it is normal (enough) how do they get a way with that? I’m leaning toward it being a fluke….

  • Ridd

    Dreamworks has come a long way. Megamind was fantastic. Great action sequences reminiscent of The Incredibles were the highlight for me, but the story was engaging and the laughs were abundant. Didn’t roll my eyes once.

  • Josh

    From a financial point of view for the company I’m glad Megamind is doing well. From the standpoint of those character designs staying around in future DW movies I’d be disappointed to see that as they are butt ugly.

  • the style of 3d movies is really equal the same smooth surface the same light

    personally i hate when no exist artistic liberty
    i prefer the preproduction of french shorts and movies