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November 20th, 2018

Welcome To America: A Country That Loves Movies With Junk Punches

Fifty million dollars. The biggest fall opening weekend ever. The biggest October opening weekend ever. Finally, the biggest opening in the “Jackass” movie franchise. That’s right, “Jackass 3-D” made fifty million bucks this weekend.

Is this hard to believe? Absolutely. While I never doubt the lunacy of the movie going public, I didn’t think that fifty million bucks worth of lunacy would happen. I didn’t even think the movie (use that word loosely in this instance) would be number one over the weekend. I assumed the great looking “Red” would fill that slot. Nope. People wanted to see guys with tattoos get smacked in the nuts.

On a related note: I can’t wait to see it. Just like the unwashed masses, I too find the Jackass guys funny.

But, I think I’m going to be seeing “Red” first. In fact, I debated trying to squeeze it in while I visited New York over the weekend. It placed behind “Jackass 3-D” with just a $22 million take. One has to believe they were hoping for a bigger opening than that. Is Bruce Willis the box office action star that he used to be? His last few openings kind of point to a big fat no. Although, he does have this Between Two Ferns interview to hang his hat on.

Even with no clever Zach Galifianakis interview, “The Social Network” keeps chugging along. Frankly, from what I’ve seen, I really can’t believe that people have stopped checking their own Facebook pages to go and see this movie. I was on a plane and at one point, I noticed at least six people all on Facebook at the same time. Of course, I was checking my Twitter timeline (which you can too, @Chiccywood) so I had no patience for Facebooking.

There weren’t really any other movies opening of note, other than “Hereafter”, but in only six theaters. It made a whopping $38,500 average per theater. I’m not sure what that means, but it is probably good. Now if only Clint Eastwood could make a movie that was critically acclaimed and extremely profitable.

Clint’s “Hereafter” opens in wide release this week and will be pitted against the sure-to-suck “Paranormal Activity 2”. Is there any doubt this sequel to a highly overrated movie will make more than “Hereafter”? I’d bet just about anything that it will. I know there are fans of this film genre, but I just can’t get behind a sequel that was made solely due to the fact the original low budget flick made a bazillion dollars. Does everyone forget the car crash of “The Blair Witch Project” sequel? I’ve seen better film on teeth.


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