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Friday, July 24, 2009

Weekend Box Office #144

An underwhelming weekend, at least for wide-release movies:

G-FORCE (3697 theaters). This looks like it is skewing very young, and I'm not sure how much adult appeal there is to it at all. Call it $24.5 million for the weekend, though it could do a lot more or less.

THE UGLY TRUTH (2882 theaters). Reviews don't seem to be very solid, while the film doesn't seem to have much of a hook, and the leads aren't really draws in a vacuum. Call it $9.5 million.

ORPHAN (2750 theaters). I heard what the twist is, and it made me roll my eyes (no spoilers for those who might actually drag their butts out to see it). It'll probably do well enough. $15.5 million.

*****

Last weekend, HARRY POTTER 6 did $77.8 million, for $158 million in its first 5 days. Not bad, but not huge huge huge.

7 Comments:

At 5:42 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Just got back from watching "The Ugly Truth." The "truth": Katherine Heigl's performance is effervescent. In the absence of a Sprite, watching her is sure to refresh. The "ugly": the dialog is a little too crass for too long of periods of time. This MIGHT be found offensive to people with more conservative tastes.

"G-Force" is appealing to me just because of Tracy Morgan. Dudes I think I'm in love with a black man! Right now no one gets me to laugh like Tracy Morgan. Just watching him or hearing him speak just a little gets me to giggle. What is that? I can't quite put my finger on it, but he does it for me. It's like he's got the comedic master pill. He pulls my funny bone strings without much effort. I can't get enough of him!! I HOPE to see him in a lot more movies in the future, and the next time I'm at the Bonney Lake Hollywood Video I think I'm gunna see if I can a tape of him doing stand-up, or maybe his best of SNL tape.

"Orphan?" Good look with that. I guess if you're a die hard mystery horror type this MIGHT fit the bill just because there's no other competion out in theatres in that genre. But really, "Orphan!?"

Coming home from the movies it got me thinkin', I can't wait to see a Katherine Heigl/Ryan Reynolds pairing in a rom-com. Best-o in the genre right now. If I was studio head I'd so pull the trigger on that.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

 
At 7:53 PM, Blogger LHOOQtius ov Borg said...

All that mediocrity (and worse) ought to leave everyone time to go see Moon, which is still playing in many of its limited release theaters.

It's really quite good.

 
At 9:03 PM, Blogger James Patrick Joyce said...

---"Last weekend, HARRY POTTER 6 did $77.8 million, for $158 million in its first 5 days. Not bad, but not huge huge huge"


There is something VERY frickin' wrong with the fact that you can make that statement... and be right.

 
At 10:06 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Total crap this week. The Ugly Truth looks more painful than a nut punch. I'm surprised such talented actors signed up for Orphan. Did Vera Farmiga (sp?) sign up thinking it was a sequel to Joshua? Weird. This week I'll be indulging in a little Sam Peckinpah movie marathon. Nobody has ever done macho violence better, not even Tarantino or Walter Hill.

 
At 10:19 AM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

A little late, but I'm guessing Harry Potter will stay at #1. The question is, will the guinea pig get any of the kids' money, or will Harry Potter render it impotent?

The Ugly Truth looks like a movie teenage girls would like except that it's R rated.

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

Okay I just checked DHD.

Well I still suck at this game.

 
At 11:34 AM, OpenID highmaintenanceimaginarygirlfriend said...

Saw Orphan, and have to say, I thought it was excellent. I think the subject matter has a lot of people pre-judging it out of fear that it crosses a line with kids. Or that someone else will feel it crosses a line with kids, and judge whoever likes it harshly.
But I thought it played with one's fears near-perfectly. It had a great slow-boil. I didn't see the twist coming. And in the end, no lines for me were crossed. Can't ask for more from a horror/thriller. Boy, do I feel sorry for anyone who has the twist spoiled for them. Any twist might roll the eyes if you don't have the context.

 

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