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Topic: Comparing CB, POTC and HM Movies, Country Bears, Pirates, Haunted Mansion< Next Oldest | Next Newest >

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Posted: Nov. 29, 2003 12:06 am/pm Quote

The Country Bears:  On Rotten Tomatoes movie review site this movie received a total of 75 reviews, of which 20 were "fresh" (mostly positive) and 55 were "rotten" (mostly negative), for a score in the Rotten range of 27%.  On Box Office Mojo this movie is said to have a production budget of $35 million, estimated marketing costs of $20 million, total US domestic box office gross of $16,990,825 (that's right, that's all the money this movie made while it was playing in US movie theatres it's entire run! ).  Opening day was July 26, 2002.  On its opening Friday-Saturday-Sunday it made in US gross domestic box office $5,309,675 and was #6 at the box office that weekend in 2,553 theatres.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl:  On Rotten Tomatoes movie review site this movie received a total of 174 reviews, of which 136 were "fresh" (mostly positive) and 38 were "rotten" (mostly negative), for a score in the Fresh range of 78%.  On Box Office Mojo this movie is said to have a production budget of $140 million, estimated marketing costs of $40 million, total US domestic box office gross of $304,175,582 as of November 23, 2003 and overseas box office of $344.2 million.  PotC opened Wednesday, July 9, 2003.  On opening day in 3,023 theatres it made $13,509,262 to be #1 at the box office.  It's first Friday-Saturday-Sunday it played in 3,269 theatres and made just those three days $46,630,690, and in it's opening five days made $70,625,971.
It was #1 at the box office that weekend.  In it's US box office run it's played approximately 128 days as of  November 13, 2003.

Since I'm posting this on Thanksgiving weekend there are no concrete box office results available on Box Office Mojo for Haunted Mansion and the weekend isn't over yet.  Concrete and final box office numbers for the period Wednesday-Sunday November 26-30, 2003 will be posted on Box Office Mojo on Monday afternoon, December 1, 2003.  But here are the estimates so far.

The Haunted Mansion:  On Rotten Tomatoes movie review site this movie received a total (as of Saturday morning 11/29/03) of 86 reviews, of which 14 were "fresh" (mostly positive) and 72 were "rotten" (mostly negative), for a score in the Rotten range of 16%.  On Box Office Mojo, the estimates for it's first two days are:  Opened Wednesday, November 26, 2003.  Made $4,390,000 on opening day to be #2 at the box office ("Elf" was #1, "Cat in the Hat was #3).  Second day HM made an estimated $5,059,000 to be #2 at the box office, same other movies were #1 and #3.  Nothing is posted yet on Box Office Mojo as to the production costs or estimated marketing costs of this movie, until perhaps on Monday December 1.  UPDATE:  Box Office Mojo.com estimates on Friday HM made $9,777,000, new total estimated box office since wide release Wednesday November 26, 2003 is now $19,226,000.  HM as of Friday still #2 at the box office, on Friday Cat in the Hat took over being #1 and Elf slipped to #3.

It's interesting to compare these since they are all based on Disney theme park attractions and premiered within a year and a half of each other and were made by entirely different film crews with entirely different approaches to their subjects.  

The one Disney theme park attraction movie left out of this mix is "Tower of Terror".  It was a made-for-TV movie on then Sunday night's "Wonderful World of Disney" on ABC-TV.  That movie since went to home video.  It went to home video in 1997.  It's based on the attraction at WDW's Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park, opening in 2004 at Disney's California Adventure theme park.

Any thoughts, opinions, comments?  Should Disney keep it up (making live action movie versions of its theme park attraction's storylines and characters), or give it a rest now?


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