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Friday, October 03, 2008

Weekend Box Office #104

So there's a lot opening this weekend, as October starts ushering in (generally) more-interesting movie fare...

BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA (3215 theaters) ...Which isn't to say there won't be crap as well, and early reviews on this are pretty dire. Still, in the absence of other kids movies, it'll make money. $24.3 million for the weekend.

NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST (2421 theaters). They are doing a lot to make this look funny and romantic, and Michael Cera and Kat Dennings seem like the perfect cast. $17.8 million.

HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND ALIENATE PEOPLE (1750 theaters). This is supposed to be sort of annoying, and I'm not sure there are nearly enough Simon Pegg fans out there. $4.3 million.

BLINDNESS (1690 theaters). This looks interesting, but reviews have been sort of underwhelmed. $8.9 million.

AN AMERICAN CAROL (1639 theaters). Conservatives taking satirical potshots at a Michael Moore-like character. Not screened for critics, and it's hard to believe that this will be high on anyone's radar, though I have seen a lot of ads for it. $3.5 million.

FLASH OF GENIUS (1098 theaters). I've seen a few reviews for this that said it was solid but sort of dull. $3.8 million.

APPALOOSA (expanding to 1045 theaters from 14). Supposed to be pretty good for its type. $4.7 million.

RELIGULOUS (502 theaters). Supposed to be funny but offensive, and this isn't many theaters. $3.1 million.

Opening in limited release in Jonathan Demme's RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, which is supposed to be pretty good.


At 11:27 AM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

I think Blindness might win the weekend.

At 10:27 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

The Seattle Times said, "Blindness" looks like it would be a great sci-fi on the surface, but its plot is a dissapointment. The central workings of blind people getting abused at a hospital doesn't sound like something I wanna watch for one and half to two hours.

Kat Denninigs IS the cat's meow. Her work in "The 40 Year Old Virgin" was AWESOME. Would LOVE to see a movie where Kat Dennings is pitted against Ellen Page.

"Appolosa" with Rene Zellwegger and Viggo Mortenson looks like the pick of the liter. If I go to the movies this weekend it'll be to see that.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 12:53 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Friday's results have Blindness completely tanking, in 11th place.

At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

EC and I are going to see Religulous.

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Eddie M said...

I think Religulous and An American Carol both have promise as rentals.

At 10:30 AM, Blogger Laura Reyna said...

I would have been very surprised if BLINDNESS did well. I tried reading the script & couldn get passed the 1st 10 pages or so. Not very accessible.

The premise makes it sound like a downer, not good for BO. It's more of a DVD rental.

Seems like all the recent realeases could be left to watch on DVD. Hmmm....


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