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article image'Oogieloves' has worst opening as Batman bolts over $1 billion

By Tim O'Brien     Sep 2, 2012 in Entertainment
When a movie opens in more than 2,000 theaters and it only hauls in a paltry $448,000, it needs a story on its own. So, here it goes. To be fair, it did open on Aug. 29, so the number is for the weekend only.
"Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure" now enters the conversation as having one of the worst openings ever. In 2,160 theaters, its average per screen was a dismal $206 and its total take is at $674,000. The film synopsis, according to IMDB is: "The Oogieloves" -- Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie -- set out to find five magical balloons that will make their good friend Schluufy's surprise birthday party extra-special.
Now, let's take a look at how it ranked with other films that opened in more than 2,000 screens. One doesn't have to look past No. 1 on the list now to see "Oogieloves."
Wost openings, 2,000 screens or more
1. "Oogieloves In The BIG Balloon Adventure" - $448,000 in 2,160 theaters for a per screen average of $207. It opened on August 29, so its total is $674,000.
2 . "Delgo" - $511,920 in 2,160 theaters for a $237 per screen average.
3. "P2" - $2,083,398 in 2,131 theaters for a $977 per screen average.
4. "Major League: Back to the Minors" - $2,087,011 on 2,322 for a $899 per screen average.
5. "The Real Cancun" - $2,108,796 in 2,261 theaters for a $932 per screen average.
No, onto some good news to balance out that effort. "The Dark Knight Rises" has officially past the $1 billion mark worldwide. It surpassed its predecessor, "The Dark Knight," and is now right behind "Alice in Wonderland (2010)." These rankings, of course, differ from the domestic list, but the top three films are the same. They are "Avatar," "Titanic" and "The Avengers."
In all, there are now 13 films that have broken the $1 billion mark. Only the top two have cracked the $2 billion mark. Of course, when figuring in inflation, those numbers are drastically different. On that note, "Gone With the Wind" is the top film, plus it has the distinction of being the film that has been seen by more people as well. When one adjusts for inflation, only six films rise about $1 billion. For that list, go here.
Tracking Batman worldwide
9. "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" - $1,043.9
10. "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" - $1,027.0
11. "Alice in Wonderland 2010" - $1,024.2
12. "The Dark Knight Rises" - $1,007.1
13. "The Dark Knight" - $1,003.0
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