When exactly did having an opinion about a movie become such an awful thing? At what point, exactly, did audiences and fanboys decide that if your opinion doesn’t match that of the critical populace then it must be wrong? That if your opinion is anything different than, say, what Rotten Tomatoes say about a movie then you must be a total f**king idiot that wouldn’t know a good movie if you saw one.
I’ve been wondering about this for quite some time now. Actually, I’ve been wondering about it since I saw SKYLINE in theaters last November and wrote a positive review of it. Come to think of it, this question has been plaguing me since THE LAST AIRBENDER. In case you don’t remember, I wrote a positive review and, believe it or not, really enjoyed it. And no, I’m not kidding. I wrote a positive review of THE LAST AIRBENDER and I’m sticking to it.
That review, that single review, landed me some fairly harsh criticisms and really made me rethink having a comment section on the site. Nothing like having homophobic slurs and multiple obscenities tossed my way for not agreeing with the critical mass (AIRBENDER currently has a 6% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I gave it five out of six bullets). Nothing like being told that I have no taste, no class and no idea what a good movie is.
You know what, I know what I like and that’s all I need to know. I don’t need people to tell what is a good movie and what is a bad one. Yeah, that statement is a little counter-productive to my online activities because I run a movie site that regularly reviews movies and posts my opinions onto the internet for the entire world to read. But, you know what, I don’t care. My opinions are mine.
If you like them, then I hope that they led you towards a good movie or veered you away from a bad one. If you don’t like them, then okay. That’s fine. I’m not going to get offended if you don’t agree that the 1980 film version of FLASH GORDON is one of the greatest sci-fi epics of all-time. I’m not going to get offended if you don’t agree that SCARFACE is horribly overrated and one of Brian DePalma’s worst films. And I’m not going to be upset if you don’t like COP OUT, THE LAST AIRBENDER, KNIGHT AND DAY or SKYLINE. Your opinion is your own and I really dig that you have one. Hell, I love it so much that I’d love to sit and chat movies with you some time in a nice, laid back and respectful manner.
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Was it really any shock that BATTLE: LOS ANGELES was going to open at #1 this weekend? I mean, seriously, Sony promoted the hell out of this flick and has been consistently ramming it down our throats since the Super Bowl. What the hell else was it going to do? Flop? I don’t think so.
So pass around the lozenges because BATTLE grossed 36mil this weekend and took the top spot as expected. Solid numbers especially considering it only cost around 70mil to produce. Too bad Sony couldn’t rope in some good critical word to go along with all that cash. Rotten Tomatoes has BATTLE pegged with a 36% freshness rating. Roger Ebert called it “crap” and gave it a half a star rating. Ouch.
It should also be noted that while the numbers for BATTLE are respectable, they are far from franchise-worthy. Guess we won’t be seeing a sequel that wraps up this one’s open ending anytime soon.
RANGO held strong at #2 by earning an extra 23mil. The overseas numbers are really helping this one earn back that 135mil production budget. While the grand total stateside is only 68mil, overseas the flick pulled in an extra 46mil bringing the grand total to 115mil. Not bad for a flick that’s only been in theaters for two weeks.
Most expected Disney’s MARS NEEDS MOMS to take some of the heat off RANGO and they couldn’t have been more wrong. Not sure what went wrong with this one, but MOMS only grossed around 7mil this weekend and opened at #5. What hurts most here is that MOMS cost 150mil to produce and that doesn’t include marketing costs. So unless this flick makes it big in Asia or something, MOMS looks to be not only one of the biggest animated flops of all-time but also the biggest flop of the year. I doubt highly that any other movie this year is going to tank this hard.
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As expected, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER opened in the top spot. However, a 24mil opening weekend for a movie that reportedly cost 155mil to produce isn’t exactly something to cheer about. The first NARNIA flick made 65mil in it’s opening weekend and the second grossed 55mil first weekend out. That’s some serious drop-off in returns there and almost a guarantee that this will be the last trip to Narnia.
Almost being the key word here. You see, TREADER looks to continue the trend set by PRINCE CASPIAN, which means that it may be a dud domestically but it will turn a profit overseas. CASPIAN only made 141mil in the States during it’s theatrical run (that’s off a 225mil budget), but it grossed nearly 278mil overseas. Same thing seems to apply to TREADER.
Click to read more and find out who won and who lost at during last weekend’s box office battle…
I find it a bit confusing that there are so many big releases hitting theaters this weekend when there was only a single one last weekend (that would be uber-bomb THE WARRIOR’S WAY). You’d think that the studios might have moved one or more of these flicks back a week in order to prevent bombage. After all, would you want to be to the guy who had a spy thriller with Angelina Jolie AND Johnny Depp that was stomped by a new Narnia pic? I sure wouldn’t.
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Wanna know how badly THE WARRIOR’S WAY tanked? You need only compare it to BLACK SWAN to see the true measure of it’s sucktitude. WAY opened in 1622 theaters and grossed a meager 3mil. It was the only major release to open last weekend and it had a massive ad campaign backing it. If you’ve watched a even a second of TV this last week, you’ve probably seen a grizzled Geoffrey Rush muttering the phrase “Ninjas. Damn.” at least once.
BLACK SWAN, on the other hand, did not have a massive ad campaign behind it. Instead, SWAN has opted to go the low key route of releasing a couple of decent trailers, banking on some solid word of mouth and the fact that it is the next film from director Darren Aronofsky. It also opened this weekend and it only grossed 1.4mil…in 18 theaters!
Damn ninjas, indeed.
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Is it just me or is it strange that there is only one major release hitting theaters this weekend? Last weekend (or, to be more specific, the Thanksgiving holiday) was a virtual parade of films with the likes of TANGLED, FASTER and BURLESQUE stomping into cinemas to varying degrees of success. However, all audiences have to look forward to today is THE WARRIOR’S WAY.
Straight up, this flick looks like a steaming pile of horseshit. Sorry, but it does. And I say this as someone who really loves movies with ninjas in them. A movie with a ninja in it should be an instant win, so why does WAY look so craptastic to me?
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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART I grossed 125mil over the weekend in the States. Overseas it pulled in 205mil. That’s brings the worldwide total to a whopping 338mil.
That should be the end of this installment of BOX OFFICE BATTLE, right? I mean, where else do I go from there? Do I talk about how MEGAMIND was at #2 with 16mil? Maybe I could drop a snaky remark about how THE NEXT THREE DAYS (bowed at #5 with 6.4mil) might not last the next three days with those numbers? Haha, right?
I will say that the DEATHLY HALLOWS opening is the biggest of the HARRY POTTER franchise thus far. It’s a solid 23mil higher than GOBLET OF FIRE. However, in the overall scheme of things, the newest Potter pic opening is the 6th biggest of all-time, sitting behind the likes of IRON MAN 2, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST, SPIDER-MAN 3, TWILIGHT: NEW MOON and THE DARK KNIGHT (which is #1 with a 158mil opening back in 2008).
Click on the pic to read more and check out the top nine at the box office last weekend…
Coming as a shock to no one, MEGAMIND held strong for the second week in a row at the box office, bringing in another 29mil. That makes the worldwide total a cool 115mil which is pretty solid, though about 15mil off of the rumored production budget. I have no doubt that it’ll earn that back before Friday even rolls around, but one has to wonder how much Dreamworks spent marketing this one. If it is as much as I think it is, this may be another one of those IRON MAN 2 cases where the movie makes a ton of money but barely breaks even.
However, it can be said MEGAMIND proved that Denzel Washington is, in fact, stoppable. Haha. Okay, I’m kidding. But seriously, UNSTOPPABLE only managed to score 22mil last weekend which is a far cry from it’s rumored 100mil budget. I’d like to say that this flick is going to have legs and play for a bit (I actually dug it), but I’ve got a feeling that HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HOLLOWS PART I and THE NEXT THREE DAYS (which will be vying for the core audience that UNSTOPPABLE is aiming for) might step all over it. It’s too bad really, especially since the flick is actually pretty good.
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Looking to erase the stench of failure left by last year’s installment, SAW 3D opened to decent, though not remarkable, business this weekend. Earning an estimated 22.5mil, the supposed “final installment” of the long-running franchise actually managed to make it’s reported 20mil budget back on the first weekend. Good for them.
Not so good is the fact that the 3D element didn’t really do anything for the series. Click on the pic to read more and find out why the 22mil opening weekend for SAW 3D isn’t all that impressive when stacked against the other sequels in the SAW franchise…
Click on the above pic to check out what is hitting theaters on Friday, October 15th…