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02.06.2011


The Roommate tops a lame weekend

Super Bowl weekend is always slower at the box-office, but this year took the cake as it generated the smallest box-office total gross in 15 years. In fact, when you compare this year's numbers to last year, this would make the 13th straight weekend that overall business was down, in comparison. Granted, last year's numbers may have been a little skewed due to the ongoing success of AVATAR, but when overall revenues are down 25% compared the previous year...it's worrying.

This weekend's #1 hit wasn't a major surprise, considering that 2/3 of its audience were women under the age of 21 (generally not the typical audience to watch the Super Bowl), so kudos to Sony for the good timing of THE ROOMMATE release. On the other hand, not sure about SANCTUM which could only garner about $9M and a 2nd place finish. By the way, this seems to have become standard for me to mention every other weekend, but THE ROOMMATE was #1 despite horrible reviews from the critics, with only 9% considering it "worthy of seeing" on Rotten Tomatoes. SANCTUM didn't fare much better with only 29% recommending the film.

The only major move in the rest of the top 10 came courtesy of last week's #1 movie, THE RITE, which not surprisingly dropped from 1st to 6th place in one week and lost about 62% of its audience from last weekend, which is pretty standard for most "genre flicks". THE MECHANIC also dropped from 3rd to 7th place, although it only lost about 53% of its audience from the same time last weekend. The two films to get booted from the top 10 this weekend were THE FIGHTER ($82M) and YOGI F*CKIN' BEAR ($95M). 

Next week sees the release of 4 new movies including the one film I've been looking forward to more than any other movie since FIGHT CLUB was released and that, of course is JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER!! Sure to be a classic in the same vein. Adam Sandler also continues to be "going through the motions" of late with his latest film entitled JUST GO WITH IT (how about I don't?), while something called THE EAGLE is also being released, starring pretty-boy Channing Tatum. The kids will also be getting another animated flick next week, this one focusing on garden gnomes and romance entitled GNOMEO & JULIET. That said, since it's Superbowl Weekend, we figured that it might be okay to ask a non-movie related question in our poll this week and that is: who will win the Superbowl tonight? VOTE NOW!!! PS: Since it's a slow weekend, check out our two recently revamped sections below....

UPDATED RELEASE DATES SECTION

UPDATED BOX-OFFICE SECTION

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Roommate $15.6 M
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2. Sanctum $9.2 M
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3. No Strings Attached $8.4 M $51.8 M
4. The King's Speech $8.3 M $84.1 M
5. The Green Hornet $6.1 M $87.2 M
6. The Rite $5.6 M $23.7 M
7. The Mechanic $5.4 M $20.1 M
8. True Grit $4.8 M $155 M
9. The Dilemma $3.4 M $45.7 M
10. Black Swan $3.4 M $95.9 M

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12:22AM on 02/07/2011
Yeah, Sanctum didn't do too well, which is a shame, it's a much better film than reviews suggest. I guess Camerons name on it lifts the bar for what was expected. Then again, the subject matter is hardly commonplace.
Some of those 3D shots in the cave were pretty freaky though.
Yeah, Sanctum didn't do too well, which is a shame, it's a much better film than reviews suggest. I guess Camerons name on it lifts the bar for what was expected. Then again, the subject matter is hardly commonplace.
Some of those 3D shots in the cave were pretty freaky though.
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10:14PM on 02/06/2011

Box Office Forecast

Spider-Man, Superman, The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Bond 23, The Hobbit, The Wolverine, John Carter of Mars, Men in Black 3, Star Trek 2, Prometheus, Ice Age 4, Monsters Inc 2, The Bourne Legacy. I've got a sneaking suspicion that 2012 Box-Office is going to break all sorts of records. Fast forward already !
Spider-Man, Superman, The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Bond 23, The Hobbit, The Wolverine, John Carter of Mars, Men in Black 3, Star Trek 2, Prometheus, Ice Age 4, Monsters Inc 2, The Bourne Legacy. I've got a sneaking suspicion that 2012 Box-Office is going to break all sorts of records. Fast forward already !
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6:26PM on 02/06/2011
Finally saw Black Swan this weekend. Great film. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out instead of the dreck at the top of this list.
Finally saw Black Swan this weekend. Great film. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out instead of the dreck at the top of this list.
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5:25PM on 02/06/2011

You know it!

You just know Hollywood is running out of ideas for movie titles, when 6 out of the top ten movies start with the word "The". Not to mention that 4 of those movies only have one word after the word "The". The other two, yeah, only two words after the word "The".

Creative thinking going on down there I tell ya....
You just know Hollywood is running out of ideas for movie titles, when 6 out of the top ten movies start with the word "The". Not to mention that 4 of those movies only have one word after the word "The". The other two, yeah, only two words after the word "The".

Creative thinking going on down there I tell ya....
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6:27PM on 02/06/2011
Yeah, because there are no classic films that start with "the". It's not like there's The Godfather, The Exorcist, or The Graduate or anything. Yeah, those movies are trash too.
Yeah, because there are no classic films that start with "the". It's not like there's The Godfather, The Exorcist, or The Graduate or anything. Yeah, those movies are trash too.
9:12AM on 02/07/2011
I can't understand why people are giving you the "thumb down"... Can't they see a joke (I hope... hehehe) when they read it ?
I can't understand why people are giving you the "thumb down"... Can't they see a joke (I hope... hehehe) when they read it ?
5:17PM on 02/06/2011

3D losing it's grip on films?

I mean, even with James Cameron's name on this flick it lost to a piece of shit rehash? I think even The King's Speech beat it today. Maybe we're finally gonna get our movies back.
I mean, even with James Cameron's name on this flick it lost to a piece of shit rehash? I think even The King's Speech beat it today. Maybe we're finally gonna get our movies back.
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6:00PM on 02/06/2011
No, the 3D in the film was phenomenal. The film itself was very mediocre. However the biggest reason for the downfall of the movie is it being Superbowl weekend. It's not just that the games on sunday, it's the preparation that goes on for a couple of days and the anticipation for the game... nobodies thinking about going to see a movie.
No, the 3D in the film was phenomenal. The film itself was very mediocre. However the biggest reason for the downfall of the movie is it being Superbowl weekend. It's not just that the games on sunday, it's the preparation that goes on for a couple of days and the anticipation for the game... nobodies thinking about going to see a movie.
5:13PM on 02/06/2011
I saw The Fighter this weekend and it was brilliant. Great story and great performances all around. Bale was mesmerizing. Hope he takes hom the Oscar.

I might actually go see it again next weekend. Either that or The King's Speech.
I saw The Fighter this weekend and it was brilliant. Great story and great performances all around. Bale was mesmerizing. Hope he takes hom the Oscar.

I might actually go see it again next weekend. Either that or The King's Speech.
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4:50PM on 02/06/2011
Please don't let the Justin Beiber movie be number 1 at the box-office next weekend. Not that any of the movies deserve to beat it (Eagle doesn't look horrible, Jamie Bell is usually solid in his roles), but this kid is already over-hyped, let's not add to it.
Please don't let the Justin Beiber movie be number 1 at the box-office next weekend. Not that any of the movies deserve to beat it (Eagle doesn't look horrible, Jamie Bell is usually solid in his roles), but this kid is already over-hyped, let's not add to it.
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9:46AM on 02/07/2011
Beiber or Channing Tatum? You've put me in a terrible lose-lose scenario.
Beiber or Channing Tatum? You've put me in a terrible lose-lose scenario.
4:44PM on 02/06/2011
Green Hornet, Meet the Fockers, and now this at the top ten? America really have no grasp of the word standards.
Green Hornet, Meet the Fockers, and now this at the top ten? America really have no grasp of the word standards.
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4:35PM on 02/06/2011

Predictable

As teenage girls have awful movie taste. I had to work last night and while exit greeting The Roommate, I heard a girl say, "Oh my God. I'm gonna have nightmares." Yeesh.

And to be honest, the new Sandler flick doesn't look too bad. Still looks average, but definitely better than most of his tripe the past few years.
As teenage girls have awful movie taste. I had to work last night and while exit greeting The Roommate, I heard a girl say, "Oh my God. I'm gonna have nightmares." Yeesh.

And to be honest, the new Sandler flick doesn't look too bad. Still looks average, but definitely better than most of his tripe the past few years.
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