Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: Aug. 2001
||Posted: Nov. 22, 2003 2:51 am/pm
Haunted Mansion opens in wide-release in the U.S. Wednesday, November 26, 2003. Let's compare it's opening day, first 5 days Wednesday-Sunday and first Friday-Saturday-Sunday at the US domestic box office with "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl". I'm copying and pasting this information from the "Pirates" thread and the source is Box Office Mojo:
Pirates opened on a Wednesday (July 9, 2003) on 3,023 movie screens in the U.S. On opening day it grossed $13,509,262. On Pirates' first Friday-Saturday-Sunday after opening it played on 3,269 screens and grossed $46,630,690. It's production budget was $140,000,000 and marketing costs are estimated to be $40,000,000. As of November 13, 2003 Pirates has grossed in the U.S. $302,977,271 (and yes it's still playing in US theatres somewhere! ) and has been in domestic theatres for 128 days. It's rated PG-13. After Pirates' opening weekend it was ranked #1 at the US domestic box office. Pirates' first 5 days of wide release (Wednesday through Sunday July 9-13, 2003) it grossed $70,625,971. It took just ten days after opening to wide US domestic release for Pirates to reach $100,000,000, that was reached and exceeded on July 18, 2003.
So, again, we're going to compare Pirates of the Caribbean at the box office it's first week or so with how Haunted Mansion does Wednesday through Sunday November 26-30, 2003. Haunted Mansion is rated PG. Both are based on Disney theme park attractions, but they do not share the same producer, director or production personnel or stars.
After you see the movie, post your thoughts, reviews, opinions here. Disguise spoilers. After all the hype, is Haunted Mansion worth it or not? Do you plan to see it? Or skip it? What did you think after your saw it, what did others in your family or movie party think? Would you see it again? Would you rent or buy it on home video later on? Does it inspire you to go on the Disney attraction again? Does it appeal to non-Disney fans or those who've never been to a Disney theme park? Are the theme park attraction references captured well and are they fun, or too few and far between, or too many and they're distracting or annoying? Should kids see it? If so at about what age or maturity or life experience level? Were your kids scared, or did you notice any scared kids in the showing you attended? How full was the theatre or how hard was it to get tickets? Early online chit-chat was mixed on whether the combination of Disney and star Eddie Murphy could pull off having HM be a box office hit, citing Eddie Murphy's mixed recent past successes as a doubting point. Now that you've seen the movie (when you do) how is Eddie Murphy in it, does he carry it off and is his career on an upswing now because he appeared in this movie? Please post your thoughts, etc. here.
Oh one last little question here: Do you think real estate agents would enjoy this movie (I'm seriously asking! ) ?