There’s good news for smarmy cynics and picky purists – the studio fluff predicted to tear the box office in two over the Christmas weekend hasn’t. The abysmal Frankenstienien effort “Little Fockers”, though headed towards profit, looks to have put a much welcome focking stop to that tired franchise. In addition, the unappealing “Gulliver’s Travels” with it’s second-rate 3D afterthought and only meekly amusing lead has shot straight to the… bottom of the charts. Industry is blaming bad buzz on both films (see, even ‘common folk’ read the internet!). On the other end of the scale, the Coen Bros’ top-rate “True Grit”, starring Jeff Bridges in the ol’ John Wayne role, did great business, while other quality productions like “Black Swan” and “The Fighter” also doing respectable business – considering they’re only playing in a limited number of cinemas. “True Grit”, pocketing $36M on just 3047 screens (as opposed to “Fockers” 3536), is Jeff Bridges’ biggest hit in over ten years.
The studio had predicted “Little Fockers” would make at least $60 million over its first week of release – it made just $48M. By comparison, 2004’s “Meet the Fockers” made around $70m.
“Gulliver’s Travels”, starring Jack Black and Emily Blunt, as well as “Yogi Bear”, “How do You Know?” and “The Tourist” are all considered duds. “Travels”, a Fox release, opened at number 7 and has barely made over $7m.
Still doing respectable business are “Tangled” ($143 m), “TRON Legacy” ($88m), and “Chronicles of Narnia” ($63 m).
Highly-marketed sequels and gimmicky 3D fluff flopping at the box office? I think it’s clear that even audiences are sick of being fed crap. I think it’s also clear that they are reading what the critics and online buzz is leading up to the release of these films. It’s also likely that the audiences have just been burnt one time too many by these types of popcorn piss. It’ll be an interesting year ahead – will we see audiences return in droves to quality critically-acclaimed films with a ‘plot’? Might the big studios see red again when some of their other big hacky hopefuls go thump!? Hopefully. May mean we will start seeing better movies.
You can view the top ten box office chart here
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.