ALLIGATORS IN A HELICOPTER

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Weekend Box Office #102

It's nice to have a computer that actually works fast. It's a revelation.

Not much reason to leave the house this weekend:

MY BEST FRIEND'S GIRL (2604 theaters). I've seen commercials for this on TV, and I'm still not sure what the premise is. They didn't screen it for critics, and I have a feeling audiences won't be flocking. $7.3 million.

LAKEVIEW TERRACE (2464 theaters). The movie's not supposed to be very good, and I feel like the coming attraction gives away the whole first half. Still, somehow it's the the most interesting of an underhwlming lot. $13.7 million.

IGOR (2339 theaters). Reviews are unenthused. $8.7 million.

GHOST TOWN (1505 theaters). They've been advertising the hell out of it, but it looks like lightweight Ricky Gervais. $4.5 million.

7 Comments:

At 6:17 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Kinda interested in "My Best Friend's Girl" 'cuz I'm such a nut for the rom-com genre in genral. Though in the preview it looks like Dane Cook gets overly raunchy. Hopefully, Dane Cook is more "Dan in Real Life" as opposed to "Good Luck Chuck."

Glad the computer's working good Scott. Hopefully your progress on that thriller is going well... Love how you include your wife in the creative process. You're a real role model. Stay strong. Represent.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

 
At 1:15 AM, Blogger Steve Peterson said...

IGOR seemed like a really fun concept to me -- nice comic reversal on the old monster movies. There's also a roleplaying game put out a while back based on that -- I wonder if it was part of the inspiration.

Personally though I think it might've worked better as live-action for grown-ups. You need to have been around long enough to see the old movies for the jokes to play.

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger LHOOQtius ov Borg said...

Igor shouldn't have been live action for grown-ups, the American animation industry (and audiences) should grow up and accept animation for adults (and older kids). If Japan and France can do it, so can we.

Both Monster House and Igor would have been better if they'd focused on the story and eschewed the "necessary" moments for standard American animation fare (particularly anything designed to be "hip").

But, both were more amusing than a lot of what else is out there (another "domesticated animals escape into the wild" film, anyone?).

 
At 3:32 PM, Blogger wcmartell said...

UNLAWFUL ENTRY - (minus) suspense - (minus) characters that make sense + race = LAKEVIEW.

- Bill

 
At 6:23 PM, Blogger James said...

Haha, exactly what I was thinking Bill.

My g/f and I actually did a test market screening for one of the preliminary trailers...

The trailer did NOT include the fact that Samuel L. was a cop. It basically, just showed him straight up harassing the neighbors for no real apparent reason -- other than this was a "THRILLER."

There were snip-its of a scene where Samuel L. is using a power saw on what looks like green steel rebar between the two properties and it's sparking. It was cut so over the top to be frightening (OH MY GOD, he's going to kill us with a power saw) -- but the saw isn't doing shit except sparking and can't cut through the bars anyway. I actually laughed.

I really fail to understand marketing sometimes. Why make a trailer that tones down your hook?

It's about a neighbor, that's a cop, that doesn't like inter-racial relationships.

Not about some nutjob with powertools.

 
At 6:44 AM, Blogger Deaf Brown Trash Punk said...

all of these movies (I dont know Igor, though) look like total crap. and I've been hearing they suck, too.

 
At 12:39 PM, Blogger heathtom said...

My husband and I saw "Ghosttown" this weekend. It's one of the funniest movies I've every seen. As we drove home, I said, "I want to see that movie again!" My husband said, "So do I!" I recommend it to everyone.

 

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