Box Office Power Rankings: July 10-August 2, 2009

hangover.jpgIn nine weekends of release, The Hangover has finished in second place seven times in the Box Office Power Rankings. This past weekend, The Hangover passed Star Trek’s $254 million — which means it’s playing with the big boys.

It will gross less domestically than Transformers, Up, and Harry Potter, and its reviews were not as strong as Up, Potter, Trek, or Drag Me to Hell. But it’s the movie of the summer because it’s had great legs over a long period of time.

In their ninth weekends, Up and Star Trek were out of the box-office top 10. The Hangover was in eighth place with $5.2 million.

This past weekend, its third, Harry Potter grossed $17.9 million. The Hangover in its third: $26.8 million.

Compare The Hangover hanging around to the moment of Brüno, whose buzz lasted weeks longer than the post-release cultural conversation.

As for Harry Potter, it’s telling that with relatively weak late-summer competition, the boy wizard only managed a tie for first in his third weekend. The movie will likely end up the second-highest-grossing Potter flick (behind Sorcerer’s Stone), but I don’t sense much enthusiasm.

Box Office Power Rankings: July 10-12, 2009
Box Office RanksCritics’ Ranks
RankMovieLast WeekGrossPer TheaterRotten TomatoesMetacriticTotal
1Bruno-10 ($30.6M)10 ($11.1K)8 (68)6 (54)34
2Public Enemies17 ($13.8M)7 ($4.1K)7 (67)8 (70)29
3The Hangover25 ($9.9M)5 ($3.3K)9 (79)9 (73)28
4Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs29 ($27.6M)9 ($6.7K)4 (45)4 (50)26
4Up23 ($4.7M)3 ($2.1K)10 (97)10 (88)26
6Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen68 ($24.2M)8 ($5.6K)2 (20)2 (35)20
7The Proposal56 ($10.6M)6 ($3.4K)3 (44)3 (48)18
8The Taking of Pelham 1 2 371 ($1.5M)1 ($1.4K)6 (52)7 (55)15
9My Sister’s Keeper82 ($4.3M)2 ($1.8K)5 (47)5 (51)14
10I Love You, Beth Cooper-4 ($4.9M)4 ($2.6K)1 (14)1 (32)10
Box Office Power Rankings: July 17-19, 2009
Box Office RanksCritics’ Ranks
RankMovieLast WeekGrossPer TheaterRotten TomatoesMetacriticTotal
1Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince-10 ($77.8M)10 ($18K)9 (83)9 (78)38
2The Hangover35 ($8.2M)7 ($3.1K)8 (79)8 (73)28
3Bruno17 ($8.3M)6 ($3K)7 (68)6 (54)26
3Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs49 ($17.6M)9 ($4.6K)4 (45)4 (50)26
3Up43 ($3.2M)3 ($1.9K)10 (97)10 (88)26
6Public Enemies24 ($7.7M)4 ($2.5K)6 (67)7 (70)21
7Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen68 ($13.7M)8 ($3.5K)2 (20)2 (35)20
8The Proposal76 ($8.3M)5 ($2.7K)3 (44)3 (48)17
9My Sister’s Keeper92 ($2.8M)1 ($1.4K)5 (47)5 (51)13
10I Love You, Beth Cooper101 ($2.8M)2 ($1.5K)1 (14)1 (32)5
Box Office Power Rankings: July 24-26, 2009
Box Office RanksCritics’ Ranks
RankMovieLast WeekGrossPer TheaterRotten TomatoesMetacriticTotal
1Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince19 ($29.5M)8 ($6.8K)10 (83)10 (78)37
2The Hangover24 ($6.5M)6 ($2.8K)9 (79)9 (73)28
3G-Force-10 ($31.7M)9 ($8.6K)3 (26)4 (41)26
4Orphan-7 ($12.9M)7 ($4.7K)6 (45)4 (41)24
5Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs36 ($8.4M)5 ($2.5K)6 (45)6 (50)23
6The Ugly Truth-8 ($27.6M)10 ($9.6K)1 (14)1 (27)20
7Public Enemies62 ($4.4M)2 ($1.9K)7 (67)8 (70)19
8Bruno31 ($2.8M)1 ($1.5K)8 (68)7 (54)17
9The Proposal83 ($6.4M)3 ($2.3K)4 (44)5 (48)15
10Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen75 ($8.1M)4 ($2.5K)2 (20)2 (35)13
Box Office Power Rankings: July 31-August 2, 2009
Box Office RanksCritics’ Ranks
RankMovieLast WeekGrossPer TheaterRotten TomatoesMetacriticTotal
1Funny People-10 ($22.7M)10 ($7.5K)8 (65)8 (60)36
1Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince19 ($17.9M)7 ($4.1K)10 (83)10 (78)36
3G-Force38 ($17.5M)9 ($4.7K)4 (26)4 (41)25
3The Hangover23 ($5.2M)4 ($2.5K)9 (79)9 (73)25
5Orphan45 ($7.5M)6 ($2.7K)7 (45)4 (41)22
6Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs54 ($5.5M)2 ($2K)7 (45)7 (50)20
6Aliens in the Attic-6 ($8M)5 ($2.6K)4 (26)5 (42)20
8The Ugly Truth67 ($13.2M)8 ($4.6K)1 (14)1 (27)17
9The Proposal92 ($4.9M)3 ($2K)5 (44)6 (48)16
10Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen101 ($4.7M)1 ($1.8K)2 (20)2 (35)6

Methodology

Culture Snob’s Box Office Power Rankings balance box office and critical reception to create a better measure of a movie’s overall performance against its peers than gross receipts alone.

The weekly rankings cover the 10 top-grossing movies in the United States for the previous weekend. We assign equal weight to box office and critical opinion, with each having two components. The measures are: box-office gross, per-theater average, Rotten Tomatoes score, and Metacritic score.

Why those four? Box-office gross basically measures the number of people who saw a movie in a given weekend. Per-theater average corrects for blockbuster-wannabes that flood the market with prints, and gives limited-release movies a fighting chance. Rotten Tomatoes measures critical opinion in a binary way. And Metacritic gives a better sense of critics’ enthusiasm (or bile) for a movie.

For each of the four measures, the movies are ranked and assigned points (10 for the best performer, one for the worst). Finally, those points are added up, with a maximum score of 40 and a minimum score of four.

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