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Friday, November 06, 2009

Weekend Box Office #159

It's November, so the movies should be getting better. Theoretically.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (3683 theaters). Do we really need yet another version of the same old story, this one with not-particularly-thrilling looking computer animation? It's an awful lot of screens, but I don't think it's going to be huge, especially since Christmas isn't for 8 weeks yet. Figure $18.6 million.

THE BOX (2635 theaters). I read this screenplay once upon a time for someone, and I don't remember much about it, other than it was okay. $12.4 million.

THE FOURTH KIND (2529 theaters). Reviews have not been good. $6.5 million.

THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS (2443 theaters). Interesting title, good cast, decent reviews, could do a little something. $15.6 million.


Last weekend, MICHAEL JACKSON'S THIS IS IT made $23.2 million.


At 3:05 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Scott, I couldn't agree with you more about "A Christmas Carol." How many times are Americans going to get that story shoved down our thoat? O, but now it's a cartoon! Now it's in 3-D!! Ca'mon gimme a break...

Not going to have any problems skipping all these movies. Found myself laughing when Cameron Diaz was interviewed concerning the central plot of "The Box," and she tried to personalize its central moral dilema, and make it sound like it could happen to you. And if it did what would you do?!


This is the set-up for a black parody waiting to happen. Saturday Night Live should run with it. "Push the button, get a million dollars -- but someone will die." Dude, if you're Frank Langella how can you even say that with a straight face?

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 7:43 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

Yeah, that's a rather odd release date for "A Christmas Carol" seems like a perfect fit for a Thanksgiving opening. When I was a kid everyone would finish dinner, and then bored out of our minds would bundle up and head out to the only thing open...the movies...and we'd always see a Christmas movie to get us in the Holiday mood.

Of course it's not as bad as SURVIVING CHRISTMAS which released in it no hope whatsoever.


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