By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
2007 year should be labeled 'The Year Critics Couldn't Sway Moviegoers.' Fantastic
Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer represents one of many 2007 blockbuster releases that hit theaters under a curtain of negative reviews and, though word of mouth was negative, still yanked in loads of cash.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Takes Box Office
Rise of the Silver Surfer easily blew away the competition this weekend with $57.4 million at the box office; $1.4 million above the first Fantastic Four's $56 million. Though the sequel only pulled in a tidbit more than the original, Marvel has to be stoked considering that some of their tracking data suggested that the sequel would end up making less during its opening weekend.
$57.4 million might not be impressive considering the big-earning popcorn films coming our way for 2007, it was enough to give Silver Surfer the title of largest Father's Day weekend opener of all time.
Other films did not fare so well. Knocked Up is the only film to continue to hold strong in theaters with only a quarter drop for its third weekend. Though Nancy Drew had an entire book franchise to back it, it looks like no sequels will be put into the works -- the film only made $7.1 million. Ouch!
In what comes as a relief to me, Hostel: Part II's huge drop in ticket sales (over 60%) might convince studios that it is time to give torture horrors a rest for a little while.
Silver Surfer did open big but it shouldn't get any higher than this. With negative word of mouth and new competition coming by the week, Fox has to be emotionally prepped for huge declines in ticket sales.