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"Pineapple Express" Has Record-Breaking Opening Day

Posted: August 7th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"Pineapple Express" Has Record-Breaking Opening DaySubmit Comment
Sony's R-rated stone comedy "Pineapple Express" opened on Wednesday and is currently doing as well as "Superbad" and better than "Knocked Up," the two other Judd Apatow-produced films that went on to make $170 million and $219 million (respectively) in worldwide ticket sales.

"Express" had a $12.1 million opening on Wednesday, surpassing the record-breaking $8.5 million earned by "The Princess Diaries 2" on its Wednesday August bow in 2004.

That's not the only new release that is doing well. Younger girls turned out in droves for "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2," which opened to equally strong results on Wednesday for its genre. Sequel grossed $5.8 million on Wednesday, while the first "Sisterhood" grossed $9 million over its entire opening weekend.

Both pics opted for a midweek bow to take advantage of kids still being out of school, and, albeit to a lesser extend, to get out of the way of Friday night's telecast of the Olympics Opening Ceremony. The move paid off.

There was still plenty of love for "The Dark Knight," which declined 10% from the previous day to $5 million on Wednesday for a domestic total of $410.7 million. Film is now predicted to end up just north of $500 million in domestic ticket sales, making it the second highest-grossing pic of all time, ahead of the $460 million earned by the first "Star Wars." "Titanic" safely remains the No. 1 domestic title of all time, having grossed $600.8 million.

Click here to read our "Pineapple Express" review.

Source: Variety


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