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"Poseidon" sinks at North American box office

"Poseidon" sinks at North American box office

Sunday May 14 2:11 PM ET

The $160 million disaster film "Poseidon" capsized on its maiden voyage in North America, allowing Tom Cruise's struggling sequel "Mission: Impossible III" to retain the weekend box office crown.

According to studio estimates issued on Sunday, "Poseidon" opened at No. 2 after selling just $20.3 million worth of tickets for the three days beginning May 12. The third installment in Cruise's action franchise earned $24.5 million.

The soggy opening for German director Wolfgang Petersen's costly remake of the 1972 epic "The Poseidon Adventure" was not unexpected. Surveys of moviegoers in the weeks before its release had indicated a distinct lack of enthusiasm.

"While we had hoped for a slightly stronger opening, it's a little premature to assess the financial viability of the movie," said Dan Fellman, president of domestic theatrical distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures, a unit of Time Warner Inc.

"Poseidon" also earned $4.4 million after opening in six Asian markets, No. 1 in four of them -- Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines.

After 10 days, the total for "Mission: Impossible III" stands at $84.6 million. Its drop from last weekend was a modest 49 percent. Most big films usually drop between 50 percent and 60 percent in their second weekends.

The spy thriller also held up well overseas, where the total rose to $129.2 million.

Those were some rare pieces of good news for Cruise, whose bizarre antics in the past year were blamed for the movie's underwhelming $47 million bow in North America last weekend.

The film is clearly trailing its predecessors, although exact comparisons are difficult because they both opened on the Wednesday before the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend at the end of May, while the latest one opened on a regular Friday. After 12 days, 1996's "Mission: Impossible" had earned $107.2 million, and the 2000 sequel $130.7 million.

Industry observers expect the new film to finish up somewhere between $150 million and $185 million. The first one made $181 million and the second one $215 million.

The movies were released by Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc.

It has been a rough start to the summer for effects-laden Hollywood extravaganzas. But hopes are high for Sony Corp .'s adaptation of the controversial Vatican bestseller "The Da Vinci Code," which opens worldwide next weekend.

Also new this weekend was the Lindsay Lohan teen romance "Just My Luck," which opened at No. 4 with a modest $5.5 million. Not surprisingly, 80 percent of the audience was female and 70 percent aged under 25, said distributor Twentieth Century Fox, a unit of News Corp.

The No. 3 slot went to former chart-topper "RV," which earned $9.5 million in its third weekend -- a drop of just 14 percent, the lowest in the top 10. Sony's Robin Williams comedy has earned $42.8 million to date, and is playing strongest in the U.S. heartland and suburban markets, the studio said.

1. Mission: Impossible III -- $24,514,000
2. Poseidon -- $20,325,000
3. R.V. -- $9,500,000
4. Just My Luck -- $5,500,000
5. An American Haunting -- $3,689,000
6. United 93 -- $3,583,000
7. Stick It -- $3,239,000
8. Ice Age: The Meltdown -- $2,975,000
9. Silent Hill -- $2,200,000
10. Hoot -- $2,125,000
11. Scary Movie 4 -- $2,080,000
12. Goal! The Dream Begins -- $2,003,000

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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YEEEAAH!!!! M:I-3 still holds the #1 position
to all you who didn't believe it would.
M:I-3 will also gross a profit by it's 4th week (maybe before).

It'll have to do it before The Da Vinci Code and X-Men 3 are released though.

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I am planning to see Poseidon...M3 makes more money abroad ..so far US$ 120 million versus US$ 85 million ( USA)
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I am planning to see Poseidon...M3 makes more money abroad ..so far US$ 120 million versus US$ 85 million ( USA)
Did you see the original? I was young, but even then, it was not very engaging. I asked wifie what she thought of the original [since she's ...um...several years older than I] and she thought it was boring. SO hopefully, the remake will be better. Though I doubt it.
Please come back and post what your critique after seeing it.

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Oh I the original Poseidon Adventure So many memories ... I obviously saw it long after it was originally released, even though I did see it a while ago but yes I am a fan

I want to see the new one aswell, I've heard though it isn't too great but I really don't care, I'll reserve judgement for myself

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just saw it tonight...well..put it this way....for remake..it was more fun as it is helped by computer effect eventhough I read the news that they did it without computer effect...but it seems that remake one moves faster than original one...it is more action on remake than original one....so if you need entertainment..remake is not bad...pls note it is not a best story but it is fun to watch...
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Oh I the original Poseidon Adventure So many memories ... I obviously saw it long after it was originally released, even though I did see it a while ago but yes I am a fan

I want to see the new one aswell, I've heard though it isn't too great but I really don't care, I'll reserve judgement for myself
I may just go see this during a matinee. Since it's an update, I suppose I could give it another chance.
What did you enjoy about the original?

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just saw it tonight...well..put it this way....for remake..it was more fun as it is helped by computer effect eventhough I read the news that they did it without computer effect...but it seems that remake one moves faster than original one...it is more action on remake than original one....so if you need entertainment..remake is not bad...pls note it is not a best story but it is fun to watch...
Thanks firehorse.
I think I'll wait until after Da Vinci Code and X-Men3 to see this.
I am so anxious to see those two.

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I may just go see this during a matinee. Since it's an update, I suppose I could give it another chance.
What did you enjoy about the original?
To be honest I'm not exactly sure what I liked so much about the original. Perhaps just the concept of the adventure escape film (that being said, I HATE HATE HATE the Towering Inferno) I found the idea of them climbing up to the bottom of the ship pretty neat for my age lol, The characters were also good, I like casts with large ensembles like that because you can always pick a favourite etc.

Maybe I wouldn't like it if I saw it first as an adult, I dunno but yes I saw it as a kid and loved it, so it is now one of those childhood memory films

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To be honest I'm not exactly sure what I liked so much about the original. Perhaps just the concept of the adventure escape film (that being said, I HATE HATE HATE the Towering Inferno) I found the idea of them climbing up to the bottom of the ship pretty neat for my age lol, The characters were also good, I like casts with large ensembles like that because you can always pick a favourite etc.

Maybe I wouldn't like it if I saw it first as an adult, I dunno but yes I saw it as a kid and loved it, so it is now one of those childhood memory films
I don't know of anyone who liked the 'Towering Inferno'. Even as kid I thought the acting was horribly embarrassing. But if it were a contest between the two, I'd rewatch Poseidon.
Remember that movie "Earthquake"? That was even worse than TI.

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My mom loves Towering Inferno for some reason.

I saw the new Poseidon, but nearly fell asleep in the process.

Can't wait for X-Men.
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i cannot wait for Xmen3 think ill go and watch the second one now to get in the mood - i hear early reviews say its great!

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Oh I the original Poseidon Adventure
Is that the one where they're all in the ship and the water breaks in and they're all frantically climbing the Xmas tree to escape ?

Gave me nightmares as a kid.
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Is that the one where they're all in the ship and the water breaks in and they're all frantically climbing the Xmas tree to escape ?

Gave me nightmares as a kid.
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Wow... the movie was kinda good and exciting... except for one thing...

(prepares for massive rush of bad reps and comments)

... how come the gay character (Richard Dreyfuss, I think) SURVIVED in the end when in the beginning of the film, he wanted to commit suicide by jumping into the sea? Even funnier, during the lift scene, if he really wants to die, why don't he just RELEASE his hands and fall to his death (with the waiter)? Or maybe, wait in the ballroom until the glass broke and fills the room with water?

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