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Friday, January 08, 2010

Weekend Box Office #167

Saw I saw Avatar, in Real-3D, and yeah the story is just a rehash of the whole Pocahontas/Dances With Wolves thing.

But visually, it's so amazing that it would be worth the money if it was just a tour of this planet. So the fact that there is any kind of plot just adds to it. Plus the blue girl is cute.

See it.

This weekend is a bland mixed bag of items, while there's still plenty of holdover stuff to see. Look for Avatar to hold in the top slot, by a wide margin:

DAYBREAKERS (2523 theaters). I haven't seen enough on this to make me want to see it, while Ethan Hawke's getting top billing doesn't have much cache. Prediction: an underperforming $7.2 million for the weekend.

LEAP YEAR (2511 theaters). Pluses: Amy Adams is likable, and probably has romcom appeal. Minuses: reviews are fairly dire, and it isn't a leap year. Call it $6.5 million for the weekend.

YOUTH IN REVOLT (1873 theaters). This has been sitting on the shelf for a few years, while Michael Cera doesn't seem to be stretching. Reviews are okay, but it's hard to see this doing all that much. $4.2 million.


At 5:41 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

"Youth in Revolt" looks like fun. Ethan Hawk no longer go booma with Uma, will skip "Daybreakers" -- though I just rented a DVD from from Blockbusters which stars the forementioned Uma.

Huge fan of the rom-com genre, but "Leap Year" looks like "P.S. I Love You" a year later (both feature Ireland as a main draw in a romantic setting). HUGE fan of Amy Adams, but is a DVD rental.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 8:19 AM, Blogger Jenny said...

The first few tv spots for LEAP YEAR didn't go into the real plot, just showed the romcom goldmine that is American girl tries to get to her boyfriend via a journey with and cute Irish guy. They did this final shot after her boyfriend asks her to marry him...she looks over at the dreamy Irish guy and he closes his eyes for a split second...and then LEAP YEAR comes up on screen. I turned to my husband and that's going to be huge.

The more I found out about the actual story the less impressed I was. But we'll see. It might still do really well.


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