The first official weekend estimates reflect a slow, leisurely Labor Day weekend. Kind of numbers that put Hollywood on edge.
Media By Numbers has the estimated tallies for the weekend, Friday-Saturday-Sunday, not yet including tomorrow’s moviegoing: So far, "Tropic Thunder" has taken in $11.5 million, for a weak $3,311 per theater average. "Babylon A.D." has taken in $9.7 million; "The Dark Knight" $8.75 million; and "The House Bunny" $8.3 million.
With each of these films, the per theater average hovered around $3,000, which is hardly an enthusiastic audience. Like most families, I weeded my garden this weekend and shopped for back to school supplies. There was nothing that made it worth driving all the way to the cineplex. And no one is headed to the movies down in Louisiana.