Totals Recall – 1/24/11

Your thrifty shopping guide to the American movie box office.

Cal Kempby Cal Kemp

Totals Recall - 1/24/11

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. NO STRINGS ATTACHED

 

HOW MUCH DID IT MAKE?

$19,652,000

WHAT COULD WE HAVE BOUGHT INSTEAD?

Black Swan and a half

With a budget of just $13 million, Natalie Portman’s latest foray into comedic sexual exploits could have fully funded her previous foray into psychosexual exploits (and then some). The good news is this: America now has the opportunity to build an economic perpetual motion machine, and it’s powered by people having sex with Natalie Portman.

 

2. THE GREEN HORNET

HOW MUCH DID IT MAKE?

$17,667,000

WHAT COULD WE HAVE BOUGHT INSTEAD?

Chris Paul

The New Orleans Hornet star player is expected to make a salary of $17.7 for the 2012-2013 season. This week’s Green Hornet take could pay for that and, instead of playing basketball, maybe we could send him out to fight crime or something. A sidekick, though, no doubt costs extra.

HOW MUCH DID IT MAKE?

$9,108,000

WHAT COULD WE HAVE DONE INSTEAD?

Paid off our homewrecking.

In the film, Winona Ryder’s character gets caught cheating on Kevin James with Channing Tatum. If only James had taken the legal action, he could have successfully sued Tatum for exactly the same amount that The Dilemma pulled in this week. The catch is that, as established by this court case last year, the cheating would have had to have transpired in North Carolina. Understandably, you get extra pity for having to live in North Carolina. 

Thanks to Box Office Mojo for the financial statistics.