June 28, 2011

ShowBuzzDaily SUMMER MOVIE DRAFT: June 27 Update

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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>As Dandy Don Meredith used to sing on ABC’s Monday Night Football, “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”  It’s looking grim for Team Metcalf as Team Salem’s lead remains a hefty $239 million.  The gap between Cars 2 and Bad Teacher was simply too narrow for Metcalf to pick up any significant ground this week.  The good news for Metcalf: he has four movies opening before Salem’s next film (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Larry Crowne, Zookeeper and Horrible Bosses).  The bad news: Salem’s next film is a little arthouse piece called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.  Even if Metcalf runs the table with those four films and comes close to catching Salem by July 14, all those gains will be wiped out by Harry.

Also, be sure to read the International Box Office Numbers post and our look at how Long Holiday Weekends Impact Box Office.  

About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.