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Friday, April 25, 2008

Notes From The Swamp, and Weekend Box Office #81

This is the longest I've ever gone without posting. I've just been beyond-swamped with work this week, and certain areas suffer because of that.

Not that I'm complaining, because I need the money.

Still, hopefully in the next few days I'll put up a nice big post about the summer movies coming out.

Until then, new releases:

BABY MAMA (2543 theaters). Early reviews for this have been good, while they've done a smart thing by having a bunch of different trailers with a bunch of different jokes, leaving the impression that there's a big well of funniness to draw from. Will lose a lot of young males to HAROLD AND KUMAR, but should do a solid $14.6 million.

HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUATANAMO BAY (2510 theaters). I think the plot was a major misstep here; I think any other storyline would have drawn a bigger audience than tossing them into Guatanamo Bay, which isn't inherently funny. At all. Still, it'll do okay. $12.7 million.

DECEPTION (2001 theaters). Generic title, no real story hook, and a cast (Ewan McGregor, Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams) that doesn't have much drawing power isn't going to add up to much of an audience. $3.9 million.


At 5:50 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Scott, glad to hear you're gettin' the work. You desirve it. You have a lot to offer.

Very interested in to hear what you have to say about the summer moives. Is this where we feel the writer's strike? No movies have that "buzz" about them. Is there anything worth getting geeked about?

LOTS of writing and rewriting to do. Wish I could go to the movies more. Mabye this Sunday after church.

Have a great weekend, Scott. And thanks for the great coverage you gave me on "Indians of the Ancient Plains." I'm really taking to heart what you had to say. Got the story shrunk down to 143 pages (from 157 when you read it last) Anyway, to anyone out there listening. Scott's $60 coverage service is WELL worth the money. And now that the Bush administration is kicking back so of your hard $$, why not float some of your windfall Scott's way...

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 8:12 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

I agree with EC (a scary thought) about Scott's notes. Always on the money.

At 6:19 AM, Blogger Far Away said...

Scott - please drop by and do my (scriptwriter blog) survey - takes less than a minute. Ta

At 9:48 AM, Blogger LHOOQtius ov Borg said...

Glad to hear about you getting lots of work again, Scott.

At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Mel Kiper, Jr said...

C'mon Scott, no chance Baby Mama beats H&K.

At 9:09 AM, Blogger i write with pictures said...

I don't know - Baby Mama looks genuinely funny, and I didn't even know H&K was coming out.

But then again I don't have enough money to go to the normal movies, so I usually know everything via what advertising gets thrown my way. I'm working on that.

I'm a little surprised that you think the cast of Deception has little drawing power. I had a dream with Ewan McGregor in it the other night, and all that happened was that I got to compliment his eyes and his choice in roles, but heck that man could draw *me* to a movie. ; )


At 4:31 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Baby Mama did $17.4
Harold and Kumar did $14.9
Deception did $2.3

At 7:07 PM, Blogger Laura Reyna said...

So glad to hear BABY MAMA did well. We need more female driven comedies-- *non-Rom Com* comedies.

I have a couple of female buddy comedie ideas & people keep saying they don't make them.

Maybe a couple more like BABY MAMA will jump start the demand. There are plenty of talented actresses out there.

At 6:46 AM, Blogger annabel said...

I went and saw Baby Mama Saturday. It wasn't quite as good as I had hoped, but it was funny and enjoyable.

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