Funny People box office was expected to be high this weekend, as the Funny People box office should still be number 1 when the weekend end. But the Funny People box office victory will probably come by default, as some low Funny People box office numbers for Friday indicate that it may not have very strong staying people. Though Funny People should have close to $25 million for the opening weekend box office, that is still average by Judd Apatow standards. Previous Judd Apatow films got big box office from word of mouth and staying power, but Funny People might have a harder time achieving that at the box office.
Friday projections gave Funny People only $8.6 million at the box office for opening day. However, although that was good enough to top the box office, Funny People was expected to do a lot more. Even worse projections have the Funny People box office dropping to over $7 million for Saturday, and a projected weekend total of $23.4 million, according to Deadline Hollywood.
Still, Funny People will win the box office for this weekend, but anything beyond that doesn’t look that good. Since box office numbers are lower than expected for opening weekend, and since Funny People is a two and a half hour long serious comedy, it may not have the staying power to make a lot in future weeks.
Judd Apatow kept 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up on top of the box office for weeks. But Funny People does not have the same kind of enthusiastic word-of-mouth, as these box office returns and mixed critical reviews indicate. With G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra opening next weekend, Funny People box office should decline even further.
This has not been a good summer for Universal Studios produced comedies. Bruno opened at number one weeks ago, but bad word-of-mouth caused it to drop severely at the box office the next several weeks, and now it is considered a bomb.
Funny Peoplemay not drop off so steeply in the weeks ahead, but the results may still be disappointing, and a step back for Judd Apatow.
Meanwhile, G-Force, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and The Ugly Truth trail behind Funny People, as they begin to drop off from their own opening weekends.
Deadline Hollywood- “Funny People No Laughing Matter” www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/apatows-funny-people-no-laughing-matter-dramedy-opens-to-soft-8m-friday-and-disappointing-22m-weekend/
MTV Movies- “Audiences Are Laughing With ‘Funny People’ In The Saturday Box Office” moviesblog.mtv.com/2009/08/02/audiences-are-laughing-with-funny-people-in-the-saturday-box-office-report/