Monday, February 05, 2007

Box Office Bombings: Box Office Breakdown 2/5/07

The Oscars are approaching, but did the moviegoing public notice? It's the weekend box office, released today, Monday 2/5/07

1. The Messengers
Last Week Rank: N/A
Weekend Gross: $14.5 million
Total Gross: $14.5 million
Weeks Out: 1
Musings: Well I'm glad to see Epic Movie didn't manage an impossible two week run at the top. This week's #1 is none other than The Grudge 3. I mean The Messengers. In this original horror/thriller, children are the only ones who can see evil ghosts in a spooky house in the country. The ghosts themselves look nothing like the Grudge ghosts. Also, scary movies come out during this time so some people can forget about Valentine's Day and complain about movies.

2. Because I Said So
Last Week Rank: N/A
Weekend Gross: $13 million
Total Gross: $13 million
Weeks Out: 1
Musings: Finally, I've waited since my childhood for this one. I remember asking why I had to clean up my room or make my bed or take out the trash. I was told "Because I Said So", and I'm sure this film will finally clear up the meaning behind that phrase and delve deep into the psyche of the parent-child relationship. What's that? It's a Diane Keaton movie with Mandy Moore in it? Crap.

3. Epic Movie
Last Week Rank: 1st (hah I know right?)
Weekend Gross: $8.2 million
Total Gross: $29.4 million
Weeks Out: 2
Musings: Not so epic now, are we? Ok it's still way too high as in, how is this on the top ten at all? But I digress. Epic Movie is ironically a Fox movie, which while it does take a dig at X-Men, it also digs at Superman Returns. You hear that Mr. Singer? Fox is still not happy with you, in fact they even made Brett Ratner finish off your franchise just to spite you.

4. Night At The Museum
Last Week Rank: 3rd
Weekend Gross: $6.8 million
Total Gross: $225.4 million
Weeks Out: 7
Musings: Why...won't...you...die?! Seriously though, I can't believe how long this one is sticking around, not just that but I mean it's still in the top 5! How bad of a series of movie releases does it have to be that in February, a movie from December that is not even of a special quality is still around? Hannibal Rising, Ghost Rider, somebody put a stop to this madness!

5. Smokin' Aces
Last Week Rank: 2nd
Weekend Gross: $6.3 million
Total Gross: $25 million
Weeks Out: 3
Musings: I'm trying to figure out why this movie hasn't done as well as I might have thought. I mean it reminds me of films like Snatch, which was a lot of fun. Oh, wait it has Ben Affleck in it. Nevermind, case closed.

6. Stomp The Yard
Last Week Rank: 4th
Weekend Gross: $4.2 million
Total Gross: $56 million
Weeks Out: 4
Musings: Stomping is a good reason why you should try to live on the top floor of an apartment complex, believe me I know. I also realized that the title can be related to the Bears' defense, who put their foot down, but forgot to actually keep moving those feet to stop the yard gainage by the Colts. Oh, burn.

7. Dreamgirls
Last Week Rank: 6th
Weekend Gross: $4 million
Total Gross: $92.8 million
Weeks Out: 8
Musings: I know it's been out for many weeks, but with the Oscar noms, is this film more of a distraction so no one notices Norbit? The more I see commercials for that thing, the more I cringe. Did everyone seem to forget that unless Murphy is a talking CGI donkey, he hasn't had a good film in 10 years? He already came to America and traded places, I think we're done with the attempts at "comedy". It's pretty bad when his brother's stories on Chappelle's Show were more entertaining.

8. Pan's Labyrinth
Last Week Rank: 8th
Weekend Gross: $3.6 million
Total Gross: $21.7 million
Weeks Out: 6
Musings: When you think of this title, do you not instantly remember The Labyrinth from your childhood? Who can forget David Bowie or the phenomenon of contact juggling? Jim freakin' Henson people, that's where it was at. Ok, so I like a lot of the CGI stuff better anyway. What can I say, new technology rules.

9. Pursuit Of Happyness
Last Week Rank: 7th
Weekend Gross: $3.1 million
Total Gross: $157.4 million
Weeks Out: 8
Musings: We're winding down our Will Smith time, so let's have a good one, shall we? This week, I am thankful that Will Smith managed to become a summer blockbuster superstar. Why you ask? Well let's be fair, he's not a bad actor and has been in some of the more interesting summer films. Sure Independence Day was foolishly dumb at times, but he made it more watchable. Men In Black was a blast, too. Since then he's winded down, but soon, he'll be the last man alive fighting vampires in I Am Legend. And he'll be a washed up super-hero in Tonight, He Comes. The future could be bright again, Mr. Smith.

10. The Queen
Last Week Rank: 9th
Weekend Gross: $2.7 million
Total Gross: $45.5 million
Weeks Out: 19
Musings: Not to be confused with ...of the Damned, or a King of Spades or the Ace of Hearts. It's a British-y film and it's Miramax, so they basically get to pick where they want to sit for the Oscars before the nominations even came out. But this is the American cinema. We don't have time or room for classy English films. I mean, if there's no explosions or tense music or classic one-liners, how am I supposed to know when to clap/yell mindlessly at the screen?

-Gonch

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