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Monday, September 3, 2012

Oogieloves? Box Office Disaster; Worst Opening Weekend Ever


Have you ever heard of this film called The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure? Well, apparently it opened in over 2100 theaters this weekend-- and man did it ever tank.

From Entertainment Weekly.com:

"After its inauspicious opening Wednesday, when the bizarre kiddie flick The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure earned a shockingly low $47 average at each theater, it looked like it could be headed for the worst opening weekend of all time for a film playing in over 2,000 theaters.
Well, it happened.

"According to studio estimates, the colorful toddler-targeting entry, which is being distributed by Kenn Viselman Presents (Viselman formerly found massive success as producer of The Teletubbies), earned a truly awful $448,131 from 2,160 theaters in its debut three-day weekend.

"That gross yielded a per theater average of $207. Yes, you’re reading that correctly: $207!

"Just how low is that? Let’s pretend that the average ticket price for each customer was about $7 this weekend. That would mean that only 30 people saw Oogieloves at each theater — across all its showings — over the past three days."

This film's box office is worse than 2003's Marci X's had been (ultimately earning a $1,675,706 worldwide after a 4 week release)... a film that one Yahoo reviewer described back in the day thusly: "This film was so bad that it killed my friend."

In fact, going all the way back to 1986, the legendary Solarbabies-- the post-apocalyptic rollerskating film--  averaged a $1018 per screen take during an initial release of just 692 theaters. It dwarfed Oogielove's earnings. Ow ow ow!

After watching the preview available at EW.com, it's hard to understand why the Oogielove film flopped. I guess Toni Braxton and Jamie Pressly just aren't the box office gold that they used to be.

Well, there's always next weekend...

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