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Never underestimate the clout of female audience

Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by BAK, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. BAK

    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    'Sex' sells: Women give Carrie & Co. $55.7M debut


    By DAVID GERMAIN – 2 hours ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sarah Jessica Parker and her gal pals have not lost their sex appeal. The big-screen " Sex and the City " — reuniting Parker and TV co-stars Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon — strutted to a $55.7 million opening weekend, far exceeding Hollywood's box office expectations.

    That was nearly twice the forecast by distributor Warner Bros., whose head of distribution, Dan Fellman, said he had hoped the movie might deliver a $30 million debut.

    "Women power," Fellman said. "It was outstanding this weekend."

    Analysts had figured Paramount's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" might stay atop the box office heap, but it slipped to second place with $46 million in its second weekend. "Indiana Jones" raised its 11-day domestic total to $216.9 million.

    "Sex and the City" put up numbers never before seen for a movie aimed mainly at women, who do not tend to rush out in huge numbers for opening weekends the way males do.

    "Sex and the City," released under Warner's New Line Cinema banner, had the best debut ever for an R-rated comedy, topping the $45.1 million opening of "American Pie 2."

    The movie landed at No. 5 on the all-time list among R-rated films, behind "The Matrix Reloaded" ($91.8 million), "The Passion of the Christ" ($83.8 million), "300" ($70.9 million) and "Hannibal" ($58 million).

    "This is a blockbuster for women. This was to women what `Indiana Jones' and `Star Wars,' let's say, are to men," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Media By Numbers.

    The movie picks up four years after the series finale, in which Parker's Carrie Bradshaw and her Manhattan buddies left behind their randy ways to settle into monogamous relationships. In the film, they deal with family and commitment issues while still flaunting their bawdy humor and trendy sense of style.

    Hollywood skeptics had doubted the commercial prospects for a movie adaptation of "Sex and the City," which ended its six-year run in 2004. Originally airing on premium cable channel HBO, the show had a loyal but limited fan base and held little appeal for young males, the backbone of the box office.

    However, "Sex and the City" mania grew as the movie's release approached, with many women organizing girls-night-out parties to see it with friends on opening day Friday.

    "That's why Friday was quite a frenzy," Fellman said. "There were women that came in and bought out entire theaters in advance and invited all their friends."

    Women made up 85 percent of the audience on Friday, Fellman said.

    The movie pulled in $26.9 million on Friday. On Saturday, however, it took a steep drop with ticket sales dwindling to $17.7 million. Most big films take in more money on Saturday than Friday, so the decline was a sign that the audience for "Sex and the City" could dry up quickly.

    Still, the film was on its way to becoming a $100 million hit that could spawn more sequels.

    The weekend's other new wide release, Universal's fright flick "The Strangers," debuted solidly at No. 3 with $20.7 million. It stars Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman as a couple terrorized by masked invaders at their vacation home.

    Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Monday.

    1. "Sex and the City," $55.7 million.

    2. "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," $46 million.

    3. "The Strangers," $20.7 million.

    4. "Iron Man," $14 million.

    5. "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," $13 million.

    6. "What Happens in Vegas," $6.9 million.

    7. "Baby Mama," $2.2 million.

    8. "Speed Racer," $2.1 million.

    9. "Made of Honor," $2 million.

    10. "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," $1 million.
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    Game Theory JF-Expert Member

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    The movie was whack...Surely there's a lot more to life than a gossiping neurosis. It worked even ten years ago, but now the price is too high to pay for a 2 and a half hour TV episode at a theater. How pathetic a society have become when this trash is so popular.
    Women who love the show and now the movie should never wonder why they are not taken more seriously. I will always commend Sarah Jessica Parker for her contribution to sleeze after being bombarded with her interviews , puff pieces, reviews, approving descriptions of the phenomenon, of the "wonderful fashions!" and the "lifestyle" and all the allegedly insightful things it shows about aging women looking for their "mates," &c. &c. &c.

    The truth remains, her character is one of the neediest, whingiest and intermittently most annoying female character ever created in the history of film making.

    Another disappointment..ohh its embarrassing even to admit but maybe because I AM a hopeless romantic I wanted to see the beautiful wedding and wedding vows, instead, they chose to do it in City Hall (BLAH!!!).

    lastly, still dont understand the point of having Jenifer HUdson in the movie at all.

    Ohh my date what under par as well..yaani bora siku imeisha tuu...the chick never saw the TV series but wouldnt stop about going to catch this movie...taabu ya kudate ma demu ya kibongo thank god we didint go to one of those society functions maana angenitia aibu..imagine wangemuuliza kuhusu Jane Austen sijui angejibu nini...mamabo ya kutiana aibu..just ttypical init?

    Eti anafanya kazi ya F.A so what? Faria Alam used to work there as a P.A and now she is in the gutters...bora sikumwambia kuhusu JF !
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    Relax GT!!!! it is just a movie....LOL!
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    Game Theory JF-Expert Member

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    I think what messed my mood ni that TZ chick! out of time out of place and the movie? well,yes i agree the girls lunched,they drunk,they hugged and they shopped and drool over designer labels. But nothing can hide the fact that they are mutton dressed in Prada and to be fair the 2½ hours, near enough – seems like an awful long time to spend with those irritating, self-obsessed women, however much some folks esp (women) may have missed them.
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    Ha ha ustaadhi nini tena mbona umekuwa mkali namna hiyo?
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    Game Theory JF-Expert Member

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    wee acha tuuu

    saa zingine kusoma si kuelimika ndugu yangu..eti "ahhh nina Undergrad ya Witwattersrand in Law na sasa nafanya kazi F.A as P.A huku naendelea na MML"

    KISHA anaendelea "secondary nilisomea Uganda" as if it meant to impress me..wapi!! hakujua kuwa i thought angeniambia alipokuwa mdogo alipelekwa kwenye prep school kule Chester na baadae Kingston grammar School kabla ya kuhamia St Andrews au Edinburgh ...eti baba yangu aliwahi kuwa what?

    namuuliza Trust fund yako una kiasi gani...she didnt have a clue what a trust fund is ..eti anasoma Law huyo

    hopeless kabisa...

    Obviously hajui anataka kuwa barrister au la akishamaliza..ambitions kufanya kazi na IMMA

    Kanitibua kweli kweli ...nikisema naambiwa ohhh "baguzi hilo" but a brother to do is she cant step up?

    Obviously i think i will need to upgrade akina sister rachel ambao walau trust fund imetulia,SATC isnt in their priorities na of course awe graduate wa Classics from university of Bristol

    ahh ngoja nikalale mie...naona hizi rants sitozimaliza leo
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    i just saw the movie but i didnt quite like it.. its coz may be i was expecting too much out of the movie....