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||Posted: July 17, 2011, 12:11 pm
"Harry Potter 8" aka "HP/Deathly Hallows Pt. 2" is on a record-breaking juggernaut. It's so #1 this opening weekend it's melting everything else down. This Topic is about "Winnie the Pooh" movie, but HP is a factor in how "Pooh" is doing.
Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood is not reporting much about "Pooh", but this is her latest estimate on how "Pooh" will fare this weekend. Still out of the Top 5 in the US, and lower numbers than I posted earlier for total weekend.
6. Winnie The Pooh (Disney) NEW [2,405 Theaters]
Friday $2.9M, Saturday $2.6M, Weekend $7.5M
Box Office Mojo webpage for "Winnie the Pooh":
Opened at just 2,405 US theaters.
Foreign box office chart:
According to BoxOfficeMojo.com the production budget for "Winnie the Pooh", despite parts of it being hand-drawn/traditionally drawn, is $30 million. It opened first in Belgium on April 6, 2011 and has played around the world already, in fact the US is one of the last countries to see the movie open. In some countries of the world it's already finished it's run in theaters.
Less than $15 million worldwide since April 6, 2011 and a production budget of $30 million... not a pretty sight. (Do the math.)
And that "Pooh" opened in the US the same weekend as "Harry Potter 8" juggernaut... also not a pretty sight.
One wonders "What was Disney thinking by scheduling "Winnie the Pooh" to open last worldwide in the US on the same weekend as the final "Harry Potter" sequel?
Disney has, since CEO Robert Iger either fired or he quit, a "quit-fire", longtime Disney Studio head Dick Cook a couple of years ago, and installed as Disney Studios President Richard Rich, formerly of Disney Channel, who in turn hired movie promotion staff with more experience promoting, literally, Coca-Cola than major motion pictures, Disney has had major hit and miss box office success. Blockbusters like "Alice in Wonderland" and "Toy Story 3" and "Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides" earn mega-bucks worldwide. Other movies, including several by Jerry Bruckheimer, do medium or even poorly. Marketing soda is not the same as marketing movies, even though it's all "marketing". Scheduling movies to open on certain dates can mean opening against more or less serious competition from other studios, too.
All movie making is a gamble.
But what a potential disappointment that subject matter such as a new "Winnie the Pooh" movie that may mean a new story, not a remake of the 1960s one by Walt Disney and "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" compilation into a feature film in 1977, but still told, and drawn, in traditional "old-school" ways, is ending up not even making, since April 6, 2011 in Belgium, enough to cover it's costs.
As for Rotten Tomatoes reviews : The score now for "Winnie the Pooh" has ascended remarkably well.... no longer in the 70s or even 80s Fresh.... it's 91% Fresh ! Yes, it's true!
Also....for the year 2011 to date, of all the movies Disney has released this year, "Winnie the Pooh" is only one of two scored "Fresh" by Rotten Tomatoes, and is the best reviewed Disney movie of the year!
Winnie the Pooh 91% Fresh
African Cats 66% Fresh
Gnomeo and Juliet 55% Rotten
Mars Needs Moms 35% Rotten
Cars 2 34% Rotten
Prom 34% Rotten
POTC 4 33% Rotten
I Am Number Four 30% Rotten