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Friday, June 22, 2007

Weekend Boxoffice #37

Still busy, so another light-posting week. Someday I'll pick up the pace. Anyone want to bring up a topic of conversation, feel free.

As part of my DVD-reviewing gig, I also spent the last 10 days or so (late at night, unwinding around midnight) watching the first season of Picket Fences on DVD. It's on odd show, a weird mix of humor and serious drama, tackling an amazing amount of issues in 1992-1993 that are still very much in play today (including using fetal tissue to try and cure diseases like Parkinson's).

And Lauren Holly is/was very cute.

This week in theaters:

EVAN ALMIGHTY (3602 theaters) -- This is the most expensive comedy ever made, at a reported $175 million, and reviews haven't been very good. I think it'll do okay, because it's going to appeal to grownups and children, and it apparently has a light, amiable tone that will save it from bombing, but it's hard to see this ending up in the black. Call it $44.4 million opening weekend, and then dropping off heavily in week 2.

1408 (2678 theaters) -- Reviews have been generally solid for this, Cusack is always a pretty good reason to go see a movie, and I read several early drafts that were pretty solid. It's PG-13, so don't expect much gore, but sometimes that's a good thing. $23.2 million.

A MIGHTY HEART (1355 theaters) -- I don't know. The movie's getting decent reviews, but does anyone want to go through the Daniel Pearl story during a night out on the town? Call it $6.3 million.

Also keep a look out for BLACK SHEEP, which is opening in limited release.


At 11:23 AM, Blogger Dante Kleinberg said...

I was thinking about seeing Evan Almighty but the critical average is in the mid-30s, which is just ridiculous. It's the same average score that DOA: Dead or Alive got. Plus they show the ending in the trailer. Feh.

Might see A Mighty Heart and/or 1408 though, those both look good and have metacritic averages in the green. A good idea might be a double-feature with A Mighty Heart first so you can get over your depression before bed time.

At 11:35 AM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

LOVE Steve Carell, but I'm gunna skip, "Evan Almighty." The biblical story of Noah and the flood was all about God seeing that the wickedness of man was so great on earth, that He was grieved in heart and wanted to wipe man out. But in Noah, God found someone who was blameless (Genesis 6:9) and through him God save a REMENANT of people The story of Noah and the arc is percusor to Jesus' arrival and God's New Coventant / way of saving man from sin and bringing him into right relationship with his Creator.

To cool you got to see early drafts of "1408," Scott. Did you get to give notes on it? If so can we expect to see any of your idea/suggestions on the silver screen?

Can't stand Angelina Jolie's accent on the commercials for "A Mighty Heart." Guess she didn't learn her lesson from "Alexander."

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 12:10 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Probably not, because the company that made it isn't the company I read it for.

At 11:38 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Evan Almighty made a lowish $32 million; it may struggle to break $100 million.

1408 did $20 million, which isn't bad, and it should hold well. A Mighty Heart only did $4 million.

Knocked Up did almost $11 million, and broke the $100 million barrier. If you make funny comedies, people will come...


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