Totals Recall – 1/31/11

Your thrifty shopping guide to the American movie box office.

Cal Kempby Cal Kemp

Totals Recall - 1/31/11

 Welcome to Totals Recall, CraveOnline’s weekly look at what Americans spent at the movie theater over the weekend and a handy comparison to what else those box office totals could have been applied to.

1. THE RITE

 

HOW MUCH DID IT MAKE?

$14,789,000

WHAT COULD WE HAVE BOUGHT INSTEAD?

A Haunted Mansion

Here’s your chance to practice those exorcism skills! Located in Chicago’s North Shore, the Schweppe Mansion dates back to 1917 and is infamously (allegedly) haunted by the ghost of Charles Schweppe, the former owner whose torment at the loss of his wife led to his suicide. Instead of getting scared in the theater, America could have bought-out the property and had a bonafide supernatural experience.

2. NO STRINGS ATTACHED

HOW MUCH DID IT MAKE?

$13,410,000

WHAT COULD WE HAVE BOUGHT INSTEAD?

Sex.com

Who needs a film about sex when you can buy a website with sex in the URL? Sold just last October, this week’s "No Strings Attached" take matches the amount paid for that particular address, now the home to… nothing in particular

3. THE MECHANIC


HOW MUCH DID IT MAKE?

$11,422,000

WHAT COULD WE HAVE BOUGHT INSTEAD?

 

A dead shark

In the new film, Jason Statham plays a upscale hitman with a penchant for classical music. He also kills things. Those seem like two tastes that would go together perfectly when it comes to buying modern art in the form of a preserved shark carcass. Why, I’ll bet that the producers of "The Mechanic" are gearing up to cash in their chips on some fine dead shark art right now! 

Thanks to Box Office Mojo for the financial statistics.