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Friday, January 25, 2008

Weekend Box Office #68

There has been some freaky weather out in the LA area this week. I was walking down the street in Studio City yesterday when it started hailing.

Last night there were tornado warnings for the Malibu area.

There's also going to be some action at movie theaters this weekend:

RAMBO (2751 theaters). Though recent (downbeat) war movies haven't been doing that well, there's probably an audience to see someone kicking ass in a foreign land. Even if they are using a walker. It should do about $20.2 million, and battle CLOVERFIELD for the top spot.

MEET THE SPARTANS (2605 theaters). This looks really, really stupid, but sometimes that's what people are looking for. $10.7 million.

UNTRACEABLE (2368 theaters). I've only seen the trailer, but I think I already know who the bad guy is. Still, films like this often do well. $9.8 million.

HOW SHE MOVE (1531 theaters). This was an Sundance last year, and is supposed to be solid of its type. $8.9 million.

THERE WILL BE BLOOD more than doubles its screen count to 885, while NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and ATONEMENT continue to expand, and MICHAEL CLAYTON reopens on over 1000 screens.


At 9:53 AM, Blogger Carlo Conda said...

Haha, you pulled a Television News on us.

Headline: Hectic weather in LA.
Could this be because of global warming? Analysts say that ocean-bred storms have increased in both volume and quantity during the past decade.

Headline: Rambo's Back!
Rambo's Back!!!


At 11:16 AM, Blogger LHOOQtius ov Borg said...

Certainly much ass will be kicked in foreign lands with this new Rambo. It's too bad serious war films aren't doing so well, because I think people need that dose of reality about the current distant, seemingly abstract war -- but I think the reason is that Redacted was so unbearably terrible that it set the bar low enough that the buzz is that current serious war films all suck. Hopefully there will be a Jarhead or Blackhawk Down coming down the transom soon to turn that situation around.

At 1:15 PM, Blogger Tavis said...

Besides Diane Lane, the only other reason I want to see Untraceable is because it was shot in Portland-- though it doesn't look like it will beat the recent "Portland curse" (i.e. Feast of Love, The Hunted)

At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will be there for Rambo. If it's bad, I'll revel in it. If it's actually any good at all, I'll revel in it.

It's Rambo.


At 6:11 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

New movie entrees for this week all look like shit, BUT I'm VERY interested in seeing "No Country for Old Men," "Atonement, AND I'm starting to warm up to "There Will be Blood" -- but I think I'll wait for that one till it comes out on DVD.

Looks like a GREAT weekend to get into the new writing projects I'm working on, as MaryAn's last post reminds, the Nicholls deadline will come round sooner then most are ready for.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 9:25 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Yo, Henry: There Will Be Blood should be seen in a theater to appreciate it if you can.

My guesses:

Rambo - 15
Meet The Spartans - 11
How She Move - 10
Unwatchable - 6

At 10:58 PM, Blogger LHOOQtius ov Borg said...

If you haven't seen There Will Be Blood in a theater, do. The cinematography is fantastic (and DDL's character is so much larger than life it's worth seeing him ten feet tall).
The shooting in TWBB is so good it almost makes me not want to pull for Roger Deakins to win the Oscar this year. Atonement looked good, too. We looked at an Atonement shot during VES judging, and even the uncorrected source plates looked pretty good.

At 12:59 PM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

I don't want to say anything because I'm always wrong and I don't want to be wrong on this, but I don't think Meet The Spartans will do well. My teenagers are the primary audience for that and even they think it looks stupid.

They'll probably go see How She Move or Rambo instead.

At 11:12 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Apparently, according to one source, Meet the Spartans won the weekend box office. And people get offended when I say audiences are stupid and dumb themselves down when they choose the movies they go to see. This is proof. You have the options of No Country, There Will Be Blood, Michael Clayton, Atonement, among others. Surely, if you weren't a moron, you would seek out one of those.

Surely not.

At 11:52 AM, Blogger Tavis said...

People like an easy laugh. And when most of the humor is lowbrow it-- ouch!

I just tripped and knocked myself in the groin.

At 12:16 PM, Blogger LHOOQtius ov Borg said...

boxofficemojo also claims Meet The Spartans is #1, but only by $575,000, so it didn't exactly slaughter Rambo.

The weather and economy are bad, so I guess people were in the mood to see something utterly stupid.

As far as it being an easy laugh, the problem I have with that analysis is that it isn't funny. It's not that I don't like silly comedies, but I've seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I'm a fan of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Meet The Spartans, you're no Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

At 9:35 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Just got back from the movies. Would have loved to have seen "Atonement" and "No Country for Old Men" with Patrick Rodio.

"Atonement" had a couple scenes in it that LOOKED like something from "Saving Private Ryan" -- but ZERO Germans get it in this one. Interesting story, but "Atonement" is AWEFULLY dull in chunks. AND as spec. writer if I ever wrote as slow in devoloping as "Atonement" starts out, I fear the powers that be (Scott Mullen) would put my script down after 10 pages. That said, at the end of the movie I did see a little old lady crying.

"No Country for Old Men," on the other, is VERY excting -- excpet when Tommie Lee Jones jaws for extended sessions with old timers. Javier B. plays the best bad guy I can remember in some time -- yeah, give him the Oscar! LOVED Josh Brolin too. "No Country for Old Men" has some great chase and shoot 'em up scenes -- if you're into that.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 10:13 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

EC - I'm honored that you'd want to go to the movies with me. Confused, but honored.

Yeah, it was a wacky weekend. I was off on my guesses. Oh, well.

No Country had great stuff in it, and Bardem was terrific, but I would not give him the Oscar. He's creepy & brutal as hell, sure, but it's a pretty one-note performance.

I agree he should be nominated but I wouldn't give him the statue. I'd go with Casey Affleck as Robert Ford - he was a revelation.

At 11:12 PM, Blogger Matt said...

I haven't seen Affleck's film just yet, but as of now I'd like to see it go to either Bardem or Hal Holbrook.


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