[blockquote] originally posted by Ernest_Rister "Getting the picutre? THE PHANTOM MENACE *eploded!* out of the gate, and then declined steadily week to week until by the end of August, 13 weeks into its run it was pulling down a pallid $120,000 a week!" [/blockquote] Ok, I think you need to look at the charts again. The weekend of 8/27 TPM made 900,000 bucks. The DAY of 8/31 it made 120,000. That's 120,000 a day, not a week. Which means it was making 7 times more than what you stated. Comprende? It didn't make 120,000 week until it showed up unanounced back in the discount theaters on Christmas Eve. (DECEMBER 24). Which is 7 months after it was released. I didn't list TPM's day to day performance because the link I provided has all that info readily available. Titanic was a COMPLETELY unique case. Titanic made almost the same amount week after week for months. It had an amazing run, but NO OTHER moder movie has performed like it. TPM performed like many recent big summer blockbusters, only with a higher opening an lower drops than most of them. There's no point in comparing TPM's performance in June and July to Sixth Senses' in September and October. Harball was the number one movie a few weeks ago, and it only cleared 9 million bucks (2nd week). I'm not arguing that it didn't make most of its money after a few months but that's the same as most big blockbuster movies. Chart the performance of most of the big summer movies from the last 5 years. You'll see that their performance looks a lot like TPM, with TPM making more money.