This past weekend’s box office was a bit low, no doubt affected by the fact that I did not visit a theater. This happened for a few reasons, some of which being I’m really over the Disney true story-feel good docu-movie and my wife is completely terrified when a commercial for “Let Me In” comes on and we apparently aren’t allowed to see it. Needless to say, there’s been a lot less horror and/or suspense flicks since the marriage. Thankfully, she can’t stand Julia Roberts and others of her ilk so I’m not dragged off to “Eat Pray Love” or whatever other self-indulgent chick flick there is out there.
Where was I? Oh yes. The weekend box office. I am willing to guarantee that anyone at Sony associated with “The Social Network” did not expect it to be number one for two straight weeks. Actually, I know that they are fired up about it because all my friends at Sony clicked on the Like button for the link I posted to this chart. Just kidding, I don’t have any friends…at Sony. I also don’t have a Facebook page so please don’t ask to Facebook me or friend me or whatever the heck you people do with that.
I am, however, on Twitter at Chiccywood. Follow me and ignore that brief moment of shameless self promotion.
The big surprise is the massive failure of “Secretariat”. At this point, it will be lucky to recoup it’s 35 million dollar budget after a weak 12.6 million dollar opening. Yikes. Guess you can say bye -bye to that Best Supporting Actor talk for John Malkovich. That’s okay though, we should all hold out for Malkovich in “Red”. Give me crazy, eccentric Malkovich with a gun over crazy, eccentric Malkovich in plaid pants and a bad hat any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
One of the two biggest disappointments over the weekend is the performance of “Life as We Know It” (the other being the fail of “Let Me In” and I blame myself). Look people, until you stop going to see Katherine Heigl movies they are going to keep making Katherine Heigl movies. It’s just a fact. For someone that seems to be universally despised, people still go see her movies. It’s not like it’s going to be this big runaway blockbuster, but it did just well enough for her to keep going in this ridiculous line of movie making.
There are several other things that are interesting about the box office. For instance, this was the first time that “Inception” didn’t pull in one million bucks. For a movie that has been out for 13 weeks, that is pretty amazing. Of course, I read that interview in which Michael Caine spilled the beans about what really happens at the end. Needless to say, I am really bummed that Keyser Soze not only is Luke’s father, but he also killed Dumbledore. I just didn’t see that one coming.
Another amazing number is the 73 million dollar haul for “The Town”. When R-rated adult dramas perform well, we all win. I can’t lie: I am 100% stoked for Ben Affleck the actor, director, screenwriter, and seemingly cool guy overall. I mean, we all know his best flick still is “Phantoms”, but “The Town” is pretty fantastic in its own right. I’m looking forward to the next time he gets in the directors chair, as long as it isn’t a sequel to “Reindeer Games”.