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Weekend Box-Office: June 4-6, 2010

06.06.2010


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

Shrek #1 for 3rd week in a row. Yawn.

No offense to Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal, who when asked about this summer's "slumping" revenues replied, "Everybody is talking to me about that, and I don't have an answer." but.....Huh?!?!?! Didn't you notice that most of the "big movies" this summer are shitty quality and being dissed by film critics and audiences alike? Only 1 of the top 6 movies this week have a positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes (GET HIM TO THE GREEK) while 7 of the top 10 have negative ratings (i.e. not recommended!). In fact, even IRON MAN 2, one of the three films in the top 10 with a positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes received mostly lukewarm reviews from fans, who were expecting a lot more in the sequel, yet received much of the same as the original.

Now I'm not saying that whatever critics say goes, but they are usually a pretty decent barometer and so far, it seems like most of their negative reviews of films such as SEX AND THE CITY 2, PRINCE OF PERSIA, KILLERS, MARMADUKE, ROBIN HOOD, etc..., are being echoed by audiences as well. I'm also pretty sure that audiences are sick of seeing their ticket prices always going higher and higher, while the studios continue to find different ways of making money from their movies.

All this is currently being discussed because May figures were sluggish at best, while the Memorial Day weekend numbers were the lowest in 17 years! Hulllllo! And you don't have an answer? I have 2 answers: shit movies and high ticket prices. Voila. See, that wasn't so difficult, was it?

As for this week's top 10, despite 4 new movies entering the fray, SHREK FOREVER AFTER remained in the top spot for the 3rd weekend in a row, even though it will likely be the SHREK movie that finishes with the least amount at the box-office (SHREK: $267M, SHREK 2: $441M, SHREK 3: $323M). GET HIM TO THE GREEK finished in 2nd place with about $17M, and was the only film in the top 6 with positive reviews. Whether that will translate into ongoing box-office success is yet to be determined, but last year THE HANGOVER opened with $45M during this exact same weekend.

KILLERS also made a surprising $16M, despite not being shown to critics, but did receive plenty of negative reviews once it was released (check out our very own JimmyO's 2.5/10 review HERE). But most of all, I think we should all thank our lucky stars that MARMAFUCKINDUDE only managed $11M and a 6th place opening and didn't pull a "Chipmunks" on us, otherwise we'd have to look forward to many MARMADUKE sequels including one in which he certainly would pair up with the Chipmunks to mess up those CATS & DOGS.

SPLICE was the worst opener of the 4 new films, in 8th place and only $7M in receipts, but the film only cost $30M, so hopefully their losses (if any) won't be too substantial. IRON MAN 2 continued to add dollars to its bank account, but is still about $42M behind ALICE IN WONDERLAND as the #1 movie of 2010 so far. The biggest drop of the weekend was for SEX AND THE CITY 2, which lost 60% of its audience from last week, which tells us that women as just as smart as men when it comes to deciphering and ignoring bad quality product. The 4 films to get knocked from the top 10 this week included DATE NIGHT ($95M), JUST WRIGHT ($20M), HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON ($214M) and MACGRUBER ($8M).

Next week sees the release of two more "major summer movies" including the remake/re-imagining/unoriginality of THE KARATE KID starring Will Smith's son and Jackie Chan, as well as the cinematic reincarnation of TV's THE A-TEAM starring a bunch of macho guys and...Jessica Biel (although you wouldn't know it by the film's trailers). Since we assume that THE A-TEAM will be the #1 movie next weekend (then again, you never know!), the poll question to you this week is: How much $$$ do you think THE A-TEAM will open with next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

1. Shrek Forever After $ 25.3 Million $ 183 Million
2. Get Him to the Greek $ 17.4 Million
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3. Killers $ 16.1 Million
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4. Prince of Persia:... $ 13.9 Million $ 59.5 Million
5. Sex and the City 2 $ 12.7 Million $ 73.4 Million
6. Marmaduke $ 11.3 Million
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7. Iron Man 2 $ 7.8 Million $ 291.3 Million
8. Splice $ 7.5 Million
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9. Robin Hood $ 5.1 Million $ 94.2 Million
10. Letters to Juliet $ 3 Million $ 43.3 Million

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1:09PM on 06/07/2010

Robin Hood...

Has actually got alot of positive feedback from viewers, critics are too uptight these days and expect every damn movie to be oscar worthy...what happened to the time where we went to see movies and have fun and not think!?
Has actually got alot of positive feedback from viewers, critics are too uptight these days and expect every damn movie to be oscar worthy...what happened to the time where we went to see movies and have fun and not think!?
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9:52AM on 06/07/2010

SPLICE

do not go see Splice!
do not go see Splice!
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7:21AM on 06/07/2010
REALLY weak movie year so far. Nothing has met my expectations. Kick Ass and Iron Man 2 were especially disappointments even if they weren't the worst movies ever made.

I'm going to have to look really hard for my Top 10 of 2010 at the end of the year, that's for sure.

Worst summer movie season in a long time.
REALLY weak movie year so far. Nothing has met my expectations. Kick Ass and Iron Man 2 were especially disappointments even if they weren't the worst movies ever made.

I'm going to have to look really hard for my Top 10 of 2010 at the end of the year, that's for sure.

Worst summer movie season in a long time.
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5:19AM on 06/07/2010
This is a pretty thin movie year! My last stop at the big screen was Robin Hood, which I liked, and the next will be Inception!
This is a pretty thin movie year! My last stop at the big screen was Robin Hood, which I liked, and the next will be Inception!
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2:09AM on 06/07/2010
I'm personally glad Prince Of Persia is hurting. Maybe disney will learn that when a character is supposed to be a tall, black haired, olive skinned, brown eyed PERSIAN you shouldn't cast a 5'5 brown haired blue eyed white guy to play him. I'm also hoping Karate Kid fails simply because of how stupid it is that it's in China, the kid's learning kung fu, the teacher is Jackie Chan who's chinese, and yet they still call it the karate kid. Also it would be nice for Jaden to know that it takes
I'm personally glad Prince Of Persia is hurting. Maybe disney will learn that when a character is supposed to be a tall, black haired, olive skinned, brown eyed PERSIAN you shouldn't cast a 5'5 brown haired blue eyed white guy to play him. I'm also hoping Karate Kid fails simply because of how stupid it is that it's in China, the kid's learning kung fu, the teacher is Jackie Chan who's chinese, and yet they still call it the karate kid. Also it would be nice for Jaden to know that it takes more than mommy and daddy to make it as an actor. And if you're really not happy with what's at the box office, you gotta see Undisputed III. Even though it's a straight to dvd flick. It's better than most of what's in theaters right now. Scott Adkins is uber badass, and Hollywood better wise up and give director Isaac Florentine a big movie because the guy can shoot action.
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10:00AM on 06/07/2010
Jake G. was actually one of the only good parts of Persia. Yeah they could've gotten someone better, but he pulled it off.
Jake G. was actually one of the only good parts of Persia. Yeah they could've gotten someone better, but he pulled it off.
8:34PM on 06/07/2010
The title doesn't bother me. I'm just glad they didn't make Jackie Chan Japanese. Asians would have been offended by that. And Asians wouldn't be offended by the title because karate is a form of kung fu. Can anybody tell from the trailers just what brand of kung fu Jackie's character is teaching Jaden's? Maybe it is karate. (Traditional Chinese kung fu is the shaolin style but nowadays the trend is towards mixed martial arts - shaolin, akido, taekwondo, judo, karate, maui thai, etc.)
The title doesn't bother me. I'm just glad they didn't make Jackie Chan Japanese. Asians would have been offended by that. And Asians wouldn't be offended by the title because karate is a form of kung fu. Can anybody tell from the trailers just what brand of kung fu Jackie's character is teaching Jaden's? Maybe it is karate. (Traditional Chinese kung fu is the shaolin style but nowadays the trend is towards mixed martial arts - shaolin, akido, taekwondo, judo, karate, maui thai, etc.)
8:38PM on 06/07/2010
Oh and by the way, the Japanese word "karate" literally translates as "empty hand" meaning that it is a form of unarmed combat. The title's fine. I'll be interested to see how they translate it into Chinese but "Unarmed Combat Kid" seems a perfectly good description so they'll probably just translate the title and ignore the fact that karate is a Japanese style of martial arts.
Oh and by the way, the Japanese word "karate" literally translates as "empty hand" meaning that it is a form of unarmed combat. The title's fine. I'll be interested to see how they translate it into Chinese but "Unarmed Combat Kid" seems a perfectly good description so they'll probably just translate the title and ignore the fact that karate is a Japanese style of martial arts.
1:44AM on 06/07/2010
A-Team looks bad. I'll prolly spend thursday $3.50 and go check out splice. Get him to the Greek was pretty damn funnny and i enjoyed it, wish it would have done a little better.
A-Team looks bad. I'll prolly spend thursday $3.50 and go check out splice. Get him to the Greek was pretty damn funnny and i enjoyed it, wish it would have done a little better.
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1:37AM on 06/07/2010

not entirely true

"most of their negative reviews of films ... are being echoed by audiences as well"
I believe this isn't really true about Prince of Persia... although getting many negative critic reviews, it seems like those who did take a chance to see it really enjoyed it. That has been the case with all my friends, other people I've bumped into and even the strike back section on Joblo.
It was surprisingly good (that seems to be the consensus...perhaps because we had low expectations? who knows) but I
"most of their negative reviews of films ... are being echoed by audiences as well"
I believe this isn't really true about Prince of Persia... although getting many negative critic reviews, it seems like those who did take a chance to see it really enjoyed it. That has been the case with all my friends, other people I've bumped into and even the strike back section on Joblo.
It was surprisingly good (that seems to be the consensus...perhaps because we had low expectations? who knows) but I would gladly see a sequel if they make it a franchise...
it was an exciting action adventure with a lead couple that was enjoyable!
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12:29AM on 06/07/2010

KILLERS, MARMADUKE, SPLICE

... all straight-to-dvd titles ...
... all straight-to-dvd titles ...
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11:57PM on 06/06/2010
LMFAO, the movie going public has spoken hollywood, stop releasing shitty movies, unnecessary sequels & remakes. I've said it before & I will say it again, this summers lineup is very weak, there are maybe 5 or 6 movies even I'm interested in. A-Team, Toy Story 3, Inception, The Expendables, Knight & Day, The Last Airbender & Predators, oh ya & Scott Pilgrim Vs The World so dats 7 now. Get your shit together hollywood ASAP
LMFAO, the movie going public has spoken hollywood, stop releasing shitty movies, unnecessary sequels & remakes. I've said it before & I will say it again, this summers lineup is very weak, there are maybe 5 or 6 movies even I'm interested in. A-Team, Toy Story 3, Inception, The Expendables, Knight & Day, The Last Airbender & Predators, oh ya & Scott Pilgrim Vs The World so dats 7 now. Get your shit together hollywood ASAP
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12:00AM on 06/07/2010
Ok so I don't get any flack, I just named 8 films.
Ok so I don't get any flack, I just named 8 films.
9:35PM on 06/06/2010
I'm looking forward to seeing The Karate Kid....and maybe even Jonah Hex. (Last movie I saw was 'Kick-Ass')...

A friend gave me free tickets as a gift, so if either of those films suck...I didn't pay for it.

Good article by the way, and I agree that the high ticket prices and lack of quality in films makes going to the movies something you can't do on a regular basis.
I'm looking forward to seeing The Karate Kid....and maybe even Jonah Hex. (Last movie I saw was 'Kick-Ass')...

A friend gave me free tickets as a gift, so if either of those films suck...I didn't pay for it.

Good article by the way, and I agree that the high ticket prices and lack of quality in films makes going to the movies something you can't do on a regular basis.
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7:56PM on 06/06/2010

the numbers will always speak louder

You can't judge how well a movie will do based on how many people on the internet are talking about it. Everyone knows that the majority of people who talk about movies on the internet are only bitching about them, everybody else is seeing them. If we were to predict how well a movie would do based on a rotten tomatoes rating then Transformers 2 wouldn't have made shit for money but it actually made lots.
You can't judge how well a movie will do based on how many people on the internet are talking about it. Everyone knows that the majority of people who talk about movies on the internet are only bitching about them, everybody else is seeing them. If we were to predict how well a movie would do based on a rotten tomatoes rating then Transformers 2 wouldn't have made shit for money but it actually made lots.
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8:24PM on 06/06/2010
Same with film critic's, If they had any say in a movies success all the blockbusters would bomb and all the boring little artsy film's would make 100 mill opening weekend. I alway's wondered why people who get paid to watch movies hate them so much.
Same with film critic's, If they had any say in a movies success all the blockbusters would bomb and all the boring little artsy film's would make 100 mill opening weekend. I alway's wondered why people who get paid to watch movies hate them so much.
9:46AM on 06/07/2010
it's for exactly this reason that Expendables will just do 'ok' and Karate Kid will make a killing.

want to know what movies will do well? Just ask a 12 year old.
it's for exactly this reason that Expendables will just do 'ok' and Karate Kid will make a killing.

want to know what movies will do well? Just ask a 12 year old.
7:39PM on 06/06/2010
Pixar smash Dreamworks...
Pixar smash Dreamworks...
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8:32PM on 06/06/2010
Monsters Vs. Aliens > Wall*E
Monsters Vs. Aliens > Wall*E
7:38PM on 06/06/2010
I agree with JoBlo, the slate for this summer just seems weaker than the past few. Aside from Toy Story 3, Predators, and Inception I'm not really that hyped about the movies for the summer. I am surprised the Get Him to the Greek got positive ratings, I didn't find any of the trailers funny. Then again, I don't find Brand funny and Hill can be hit or miss. I'm guessing it'll probably drop big next week anyway.
I agree with JoBlo, the slate for this summer just seems weaker than the past few. Aside from Toy Story 3, Predators, and Inception I'm not really that hyped about the movies for the summer. I am surprised the Get Him to the Greek got positive ratings, I didn't find any of the trailers funny. Then again, I don't find Brand funny and Hill can be hit or miss. I'm guessing it'll probably drop big next week anyway.
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7:31PM on 06/06/2010
Wow Joblo, a lucid article. Whooda thunkit?
Wow Joblo, a lucid article. Whooda thunkit?
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7:03PM on 06/06/2010

Enough about ticket prices!

I'm so tired of this overblown "high ticket price" argument. The average ticket price for a movie has gone up at virtually the exact rate as inflation. How much do these people complaining spend on eating out, a night at a bar, a concert ticket, or on cable every month? Film remains one of the more affordable entertainment options out there. The real issue: mediocre product.
I'm so tired of this overblown "high ticket price" argument. The average ticket price for a movie has gone up at virtually the exact rate as inflation. How much do these people complaining spend on eating out, a night at a bar, a concert ticket, or on cable every month? Film remains one of the more affordable entertainment options out there. The real issue: mediocre product.
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8:15PM on 06/06/2010
Eating out gives you numerous options, higher prices or lower prices. Cable is a shit load of channels with endless entertainment depending on how often you watch, you can select an appropriate package. A bar, that is true, depending on your drinking habits. Concert tickets again, if i only go to one or 2 concerts, im willing to drop 80$ on a ticket for a great band. But ticket prices are now reaching $20 a ticket, a family of 4 or 5 is dropping over 100$ for what is around 90 minutes of
Eating out gives you numerous options, higher prices or lower prices. Cable is a shit load of channels with endless entertainment depending on how often you watch, you can select an appropriate package. A bar, that is true, depending on your drinking habits. Concert tickets again, if i only go to one or 2 concerts, im willing to drop 80$ on a ticket for a great band. But ticket prices are now reaching $20 a ticket, a family of 4 or 5 is dropping over 100$ for what is around 90 minutes of entertainment... soon it just wont be worth it. Thats my argument... if a movie is 3 hours and REALLY gives a great experience, I'll drop extra cash on it, but a 90 minute flick that doesn't provide a benchmark of entertainment for that type of money is ludicrous.
12:16AM on 06/07/2010
@ SkyNet Fair points regarding bang-per-buck but outside of 3D where are you paying $20 a ticket? I live in LA and rarely pay more than $14.

A family of 4 or 5 is going to spend a considerable amount of money regardless of what activity they are doing. I imagine the majority of regular movie goers are paying only for themselves or a date at most.
@ SkyNet Fair points regarding bang-per-buck but outside of 3D where are you paying $20 a ticket? I live in LA and rarely pay more than $14.

A family of 4 or 5 is going to spend a considerable amount of money regardless of what activity they are doing. I imagine the majority of regular movie goers are paying only for themselves or a date at most.
6:35PM on 06/06/2010

Man Prince of Persia's diein' out there.

How did The Killers make 16.1 even that's too much are people really that careless with there money and time, I'd rather set my money on fire and rub shit in my eye's than watch Kuthcher & Heigl play Mr. & Mrs. Smith for 2hrs.
How did The Killers make 16.1 even that's too much are people really that careless with there money and time, I'd rather set my money on fire and rub shit in my eye's than watch Kuthcher & Heigl play Mr. & Mrs. Smith for 2hrs.
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5:39PM on 06/06/2010
Um...did all of you forget about Scott Pilgrim?
Um...did all of you forget about Scott Pilgrim?
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5:24PM on 06/06/2010

The best is yet to come!!!

While I am looking forward to the finale of Shrek and splice, I have seen Iron man 2, satc 2, prince of persia and robin hood and while they were all very good knowing what is coming up sounds so much better The Expendables, Predators, Toy Story 3, Machete, A Team, Tron 2, Eclipse, Inception, Resident Evil 4 and more and i think that some of these will be sleeper hits and i think that a team will do rather well next weekend cos it was made by the guy who did smokin aces (brilliant) and narc
While I am looking forward to the finale of Shrek and splice, I have seen Iron man 2, satc 2, prince of persia and robin hood and while they were all very good knowing what is coming up sounds so much better The Expendables, Predators, Toy Story 3, Machete, A Team, Tron 2, Eclipse, Inception, Resident Evil 4 and more and i think that some of these will be sleeper hits and i think that a team will do rather well next weekend cos it was made by the guy who did smokin aces (brilliant) and narc (masterpiece) and also stars Liam motherf***ing neeson and Bradley Cooper i wont go on much about the douche from the god awful district 9 but if it does what the trailer promises a fast and exctiting action film then i will be happy
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8:30PM on 06/06/2010
No way you just called District 9 godawful, but you think RE4 look good...


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
No way you just called District 9 godawful, but you think RE4 look good...


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
4:41PM on 06/06/2010
Not a fan of the kid flicks -but Marmaduke and Shrek 4 ***1/2 outta 5 stars for both-very good films.
Not a fan of the kid flicks -but Marmaduke and Shrek 4 ***1/2 outta 5 stars for both-very good films.
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6:42PM on 06/06/2010
Hahahahaha! You poor, idiotic sap!
Hahahahaha! You poor, idiotic sap!
6:47PM on 06/06/2010
Hey leave Doc alone were all intitled to are own opinion's, That's what this sites all about personal opinions, He has every right to like it and you guy's have every right to hate it.
Hey leave Doc alone were all intitled to are own opinion's, That's what this sites all about personal opinions, He has every right to like it and you guy's have every right to hate it.
7:03PM on 06/06/2010
look at Nite Owl and Bobby, I mean "Film Guy", living up to their avatars.
The defender of the indefensible vs the judgemental schmuck.
look at Nite Owl and Bobby, I mean "Film Guy", living up to their avatars.
The defender of the indefensible vs the judgemental schmuck.
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4:26PM on 06/06/2010
Wasn't this summer the one that was majorly affected by the Writers Strike??? I believe that is to blame for some of the shit we are seeing this summer and the overall lackluster releases. However, Get Him to the Greek was hilarious and there are some quality flicks still ahead of us (Inception and Salt and Toy Story 3 and Expendables).. so perhaps the best of summer is still to come.
Wasn't this summer the one that was majorly affected by the Writers Strike??? I believe that is to blame for some of the shit we are seeing this summer and the overall lackluster releases. However, Get Him to the Greek was hilarious and there are some quality flicks still ahead of us (Inception and Salt and Toy Story 3 and Expendables).. so perhaps the best of summer is still to come.
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7:34PM on 06/06/2010
Your avatar is the coolest.
Your avatar is the coolest.
7:36PM on 06/06/2010
Cool...
Cool...
4:23PM on 06/06/2010
I don't think the A team will be a hit. The summer however does have some hits that will save it; Toy Story 3, Twilight, Cyrus, Grown Ups, INCEPTION, Eat Pray Love, Expendables, The Killer Inside Me. No saying all those will be good movies but they will make major dough especially toys 3 Inception and Twilight
I don't think the A team will be a hit. The summer however does have some hits that will save it; Toy Story 3, Twilight, Cyrus, Grown Ups, INCEPTION, Eat Pray Love, Expendables, The Killer Inside Me. No saying all those will be good movies but they will make major dough especially toys 3 Inception and Twilight
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4:18PM on 06/06/2010
"Nice Ascot!"
"Nice Ascot!"
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7:33PM on 06/06/2010
you might be the most annoying kid on this site
you might be the most annoying kid on this site
7:43PM on 06/06/2010
Miguelito, ignore JohnLocke. He's jus annoyed that he spent six season watching a show only for it to rape him in the ass...
Miguelito, ignore JohnLocke. He's jus annoyed that he spent six season watching a show only for it to rape him in the ass...
8:27PM on 06/06/2010
Can JoBlo please ban this guy already?
Can JoBlo please ban this guy already?
4:12PM on 06/06/2010
What ever happened to The Brave Little Toaster?
What ever happened to The Brave Little Toaster?
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7:45PM on 06/06/2010
You're my Pixar brother.
You're my Pixar brother.
4:07PM on 06/06/2010
Shrek has done well for itself in this window of time before Toy Story opens. We all know well and good that everyone and their mother will call TS3 the only redeeming movie to come out all year. We shall surely hear that Summer '10 was a complete bust, except of course for our ever-reliable Pixar. Gosh how I love Barbie.
Shrek has done well for itself in this window of time before Toy Story opens. We all know well and good that everyone and their mother will call TS3 the only redeeming movie to come out all year. We shall surely hear that Summer '10 was a complete bust, except of course for our ever-reliable Pixar. Gosh how I love Barbie.
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6:10PM on 06/06/2010
TS3 is the only redeeming movie of summer 2010? Sounds like someone forgot about a little movie called INCEPTION.
TS3 is the only redeeming movie of summer 2010? Sounds like someone forgot about a little movie called INCEPTION.
7:39PM on 06/06/2010
T DUBBS, you really are a "keep in with the Joblo-site-trend'slut, aren't you?
T DUBBS, you really are a "keep in with the Joblo-site-trend'slut, aren't you?
7:52PM on 06/06/2010
Nah, I'm just very excited for Inception, as most people should be.
Nah, I'm just very excited for Inception, as most people should be.
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