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Friday, August 15, 2008

Weekend Box Office #97

We're back to the time of year where more than two movies come out a week in wide and fairly-wide release.

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (3452 theaters). I'm burned out on the Star Wars series; I never even saw the third one. And the animation here looks really cheesy. So this is hard to predict, though I don't think a lot of people are going to be that excited about it. Prediction: $14.8 million for the weekend.

TROPIC THUNDER (3319 theaters). This is getting some good reviews, and a lot of protests against its offensiveness; it opened on Wednesday to okay numbers. I don't think it'll be huge this weekend, though it might have legs. $18.1 million.

MIRRORS (2664 theaters). As horror-thrillers go, this looks trippy and high-concept enough to contend for the number one slot. $16.9 million.

VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA (692 theaters). On the plus side, it's getting good reviews. On the downside, a lot of people don't want to see a Woody Allen movie until word of mouth really kicks in. $5.2 million.

HENRY POOLE IS HERE (527 theaters). I've seen commercials for this, and I have no idea what it's about. Which is never good. $1.6 million.

FLY ME TO THE MOON (3D) (452 theaters). I'm not sure why this is getting such a limited release. $2.9 million.


At 6:56 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Scott, the Seattle Times didn't have a review ready for "Mirrors." Usually that means the movie sucks.

Wish they were making NEW "Star Wars" movies that take place timewise after "Return of the Jedi." Much of the buzz of a new "Star Wars" movie is lost to me becase it's sandwiched in between two movies that have established realities. So much of the mystery of the end is gone. I think this "Star Wars" movie is going be forgotten VERY QUICKLY.

Spot-on with "Here is Henry Poole." Even after reading a review of the film it seams very odd.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

clone wars is as much a fan-service as the television series. it's definitely being seen at the theatre i work at, though.

At 11:10 PM, Blogger Luzid said...

"Poole" is a jesus-happy be-snarky-toward-nobelievers flick starring Luke Wilson.

Dead within two weeks, I'm guessing (and that's being generous).

At 1:03 AM, Blogger ALLEN said...

go see tropic thunder. funny. very funny.

At 5:51 PM, Blogger Chuck said...

"Much of the buzz of a new "Star Wars" movie is lost to me becase it's sandwiched in between two movies that have established realities."

I think the perceived crap execution is more likely to be the problem. This film isn't just going to kill Star Wars, it is going to be the death of fanboy satirists as well.

At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Star Wars. It's aimed at pre-teens. The action is kinda fun at times, but the story and dialogue are like a non-disney straight-to-dvd animated crapfest.

My 6-yr-old loved it, tho.

At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I expect Tropic Thunder to drop alot in week 2. Not as good as it should be. -jefe

At 9:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that's it's good at all is startling in my book.

At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tropic Thunder has a hilarious beginning and ending, but the middle really isn't funny at all. And it drags. Don't know why that wasn't fixed. But Cruise and Downey are fabulous.


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