Monday, May 7, 2007

And the Winner Is...

My wife and I, like most of the world, spent part of our weekend in a dark theater watching Spider Man take on a trio of bad guys to allay his overwhelming guilt and impress his girlfriend. I enjoyed the movie, for what it is, and I'm glad that thousands of people (judging by the long credits) are making a good living making good entertainment.

In today's Los Angeles Times, below the photo of the newly elected French president (Wow, the LA Times covers international news? Who knew?) is a story about Spider Man demolishing box office records. To quote:
"Spider-Man 3" gave new meaning to the term "worldwide web" this weekend, snaring $373 million in ticket sales in a record display of Hollywood's global reach.

Fans in 107 countries lined up for Peter Parker's third outing, which shattered the previous mark by 47% and launched the movie industry's extended summer season in blockbuster style.

"Spider-Man 3" crushed the North American record with an estimated three-day total of $148 million in the U.S. and Canada, topping last summer's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." (Photo from ESPN.com)
I grew up reading the LA Times, so I can't recall a time when Monday's news didn't include a box office tally. I glanced at it before I worked in the entertainment industry, I certainly read it when I did (or picked it up through the garbled diction in Variety), and for some strange reason I still look for the box office top five even though I'm long separated from that strange run through the film business. I gather that there are people outside of LA who are interested in this weekly race, but why should it matter unless you own shares in Sony?

Wouldn't you rather know who won the Kentucky Derby (Street Sense) or the weekend's big boxing match (Floyd Mayweather Jr.)? Or is Scream 5 beating Rocky XXVII more compelling?

1 comment:

El Salvador said...

It is only within the past 6 or 7 years that the LA Times has been able to publish box office results on Monday morning. Prior to that, the results weren't solidified until Monday, and thus were published on Tuesdays. And then they were published only in the Calendar section (usually on page 2).