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03.27.2011

Wimpy Kid beats hot chicks with guns

And there I was, looking for a cool-ass unique picture of SUCKER PUNCH to use for this article, when I realized that a sequel to a family film that I frankly had barely heard about, had actually beat Zack Snyder's latest to the #1 spot...and by quite a bit as well! Wow. I suppose the mostly-negative reviews for SUCKER didn't help the film's cause, but DIARY OF A WIMPY KID...really?!? Sigh. I guess the marketplace is looking for more family films these days and less action-packed films featuring hot chicks with guns. Sigh again.

The DIARY OF A WIMPY KID sequel even bettered the opening of its predecessor from last year, which had opened with $22M and ended up with $64M when all was said and done. This year's film opens with close to $25M, so it'll be interesting to see where it ends up and if we can all look forward to seeing DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: MORE MONEY PLEASE opening wide in 2012. It's to note that despite SUCKER scoring only a 20% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, DIARY didn't fare all that much better with only 40% of critics recommending it to their followers.

For Zack Snyder, the "so-so" opening for SUCKER PUNCH represents his 2nd-lowest launch of all-time, a little above LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS, which opened with $16M last year. His greatest opening had been 300 with $70M, followed by WATCHMEN at $55M and DAWN OF THE DEAD with $26M. Something tells me that his SUPERMAN REBOOT flick will beat all those openings and then some! (if you haven't read the news yet, Amy Adams was cast as Lois Lane today)

Some of the films in the rest of the top 10 didn't lose too much of their audience from last weekend, including last week's #1 movie, LIMITLESS, which lost only 20% from last weekend, and remained a steady gainer in 3rd place. It has earned $41M in the first 10 days of release. THE LINCOLN LAWYER also seems to be gaining an audience with superb word-of-mouth, as it too only lost 16% of its audience from last weekend, and remained in 4th place, just like last week. RANGO finally dropped to 5th place, but also surpassed the $100M mark in only its 4th weekend of release. Another $100M-grosser for Johnny Depp! 

The biggest loser of the weekend (and the month, actually) was MARS NEEDS MOMS, which lost 59% of its audience from last weekend, and has only earned $19M in its 3 weeks of release, despite costing a staggering $150M to produce. The two films to get knocked from the top 10 this weekend were BEASTLY ($25M) and HALL PASS ($42M), which continued the Farrelly Brothers streak of sub-$50M grossing comedies going all the way back to SHALLOW HALL in 2001, which had made $70M. Since then, they've made STUCK ON YOU ($33M), FEVER PITCH ($42M) and THE HEARTBREAK KID ($36M).

Next weekend sees the release of three more big flicks including the well-reviewed INSIDIOUS, directed by the man who helmed the best SAW movie from the entire franchise (in my humble opinion), James Wan, as well the latest animated film for kids called HOP and the film that's got me pretty stoked starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Duncan Jones -- the man behind the underrated MOON -- called SOURCE CODE. So which movie do you think will be in the #1 spot next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules $24.4 M
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2. Sucker Punch $19 M
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3. Limitless $15.2 M $41.3 M
4. The Lincoln Lawyer $11 M $28.9 M
5. Rango $9.8 M $106.4 M
6. Battle: Los Angeles $7.6 M $72.6 M
7. Paul $7.5 M $24.6 M
8. Red Riding Hood $4.3 M $32.5 M
9. The Adjustment Bureau $4.2 M $54.9 M
10. Mars Needs Moms $2.2 M $19.2 M

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12:05PM on 03/29/2011

well no one else liked it

You might have liked it, but based on the numbers no one else did and its gonna be a huge loser overall, which will stop other projects from getting made that might be similiar. So it does matter, imagine what someone like Duncan Jones would do with 100+ million budget. I bet he doesnt put out crap like this with no target audience and it wont have actresses saying dumb crap like "we make teh action in 300 look boring". This movie was boring and bad.
You might have liked it, but based on the numbers no one else did and its gonna be a huge loser overall, which will stop other projects from getting made that might be similiar. So it does matter, imagine what someone like Duncan Jones would do with 100+ million budget. I bet he doesnt put out crap like this with no target audience and it wont have actresses saying dumb crap like "we make teh action in 300 look boring". This movie was boring and bad.
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11:15AM on 03/28/2011

I'm not surprised

I knew Sucker Punch wouldn't hit big at the box office. Who cares, though? I still enjoyed the hell out of it. That's all that matters.
I knew Sucker Punch wouldn't hit big at the box office. Who cares, though? I still enjoyed the hell out of it. That's all that matters.
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10:04AM on 03/28/2011
1. Quite frankly, "Sucker Punch" performed better than I thought it would. I thought it was going to be a monumentally huge flop.
2. Why are you guys so surprised at "Wimpy kid" being #1? It's based on a HUGELY popular kids' book series and is rated PG which means all ages could buy tickets.
1. Quite frankly, "Sucker Punch" performed better than I thought it would. I thought it was going to be a monumentally huge flop.
2. Why are you guys so surprised at "Wimpy kid" being #1? It's based on a HUGELY popular kids' book series and is rated PG which means all ages could buy tickets.
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9:27AM on 03/28/2011
I also enjoyed Sucker Punch and it's a shame it didn't do much better. Granted the film isnt for everyone but was still a hell of a good time
I also enjoyed Sucker Punch and it's a shame it didn't do much better. Granted the film isnt for everyone but was still a hell of a good time
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2:42AM on 03/28/2011

Yay

Joblo mobile coming soon!!!
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2:04AM on 03/28/2011

SUCKER PUNCH

was badass. but that's just my opinion.
was badass. but that's just my opinion.
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1:18AM on 03/28/2011

HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN!

Rally up the boys....grab a case of beer....and go see Hobo with a Shotgun if it's playing in your city. What a fun flick!
Rally up the boys....grab a case of beer....and go see Hobo with a Shotgun if it's playing in your city. What a fun flick!
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12:26AM on 03/28/2011
I'll take a 100 Sucker Punch movies instead of a damn sequel to a lackluster kid's movie which resorts to shit jokes.
I'll take a 100 Sucker Punch movies instead of a damn sequel to a lackluster kid's movie which resorts to shit jokes.
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11:28PM on 03/27/2011
Sucker Punch was definitely a disappointment, but I think it may turn out to be a cult film that gains respect later down the road.
Sucker Punch was definitely a disappointment, but I think it may turn out to be a cult film that gains respect later down the road.
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10:42PM on 03/27/2011
All I can say is that even though I saw Sucker Punch at a sneak preview, I still feel as though I was robbed of an hour and 45 minutes of life that I'll never get back. Start the thumbs down barrage on my opinion in...3..2..1..
All I can say is that even though I saw Sucker Punch at a sneak preview, I still feel as though I was robbed of an hour and 45 minutes of life that I'll never get back. Start the thumbs down barrage on my opinion in...3..2..1..
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10:32PM on 03/27/2011
I may get many thumbs down for thos post but oh well, no real surprise Sucker Punch didnt finish #1 & i seriously doubt Snyder gives a damn. This was his pet project & how many directors even get a chance to do that nowadays. Now he will be directing a Superman movie & i see it progressing much better with smarter casting than the very disapointing last Superman film. Good luck to you Mr. Snyder.

Also IndyDan is totally spot on with his strike back about this site now. It's lost alot of its
I may get many thumbs down for thos post but oh well, no real surprise Sucker Punch didnt finish #1 & i seriously doubt Snyder gives a damn. This was his pet project & how many directors even get a chance to do that nowadays. Now he will be directing a Superman movie & i see it progressing much better with smarter casting than the very disapointing last Superman film. Good luck to you Mr. Snyder.

Also IndyDan is totally spot on with his strike back about this site now. It's lost alot of its edginess but i will continue to support it to the end
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10:31PM on 03/27/2011
What the fuck is "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"?
What the fuck is "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"?
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9:57PM on 03/27/2011
I loved Sucker Punch, but even before the bad reviews started coming in I knew it was gonna flop. It's not the kind of movie that's going to appeal to everybody. But we who enjoyed it can be happy that we found another movie to like, and those who didn't enjoy it are welcome to their opinions too.

I'd rather see a movie like Sucker Punch make more money than Wimpy Kid, though. At least Sucker Punch, despite a lack of emphasis on story or characters, is slickly directed, and visually
I loved Sucker Punch, but even before the bad reviews started coming in I knew it was gonna flop. It's not the kind of movie that's going to appeal to everybody. But we who enjoyed it can be happy that we found another movie to like, and those who didn't enjoy it are welcome to their opinions too.

I'd rather see a movie like Sucker Punch make more money than Wimpy Kid, though. At least Sucker Punch, despite a lack of emphasis on story or characters, is slickly directed, and visually interesting. Now studios again are reassured that audiences would prefer a mediocre family friendly sequel.

Ugh.
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9:29PM on 03/27/2011

I have not seen Sucker Punch

But I maintain hope it can satisfy according to my impressions - which are by no means lofty. The thing is, though, that it CAN fail to satisfy them; there is no type of movie that cannot fail on its own terms - even one with samurai cyborg whathaveyous. There are bad "cheesburgers" in this world, and last I checked, no one on here was calling you stupid for enjoying them...

So please, if you like it, don't be offended the "negativity" of those who did not and don't automatically assume
But I maintain hope it can satisfy according to my impressions - which are by no means lofty. The thing is, though, that it CAN fail to satisfy them; there is no type of movie that cannot fail on its own terms - even one with samurai cyborg whathaveyous. There are bad "cheesburgers" in this world, and last I checked, no one on here was calling you stupid for enjoying them...

So please, if you like it, don't be offended the "negativity" of those who did not and don't automatically assume they were expecting a different flick. They have a right to their opinion. I really want to enjoy SP for what it is, but I reserve the right to dislike it for what it may fail imo to be.
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8:01PM on 03/27/2011
While I haven't seen the new "Wimpy Kid", I did see the first, and thought while it was well acted and directed, the main kid is such a little asshat that he ruins everything. It's entirely possible to make a movie about awful characters and make it well (ie- "The Informers"), the problem is that we are suppose to like and sympathize wiht him, and that's impossible.

Too damn bad about "Sucker Punch"- I loved the hell out of it!
While I haven't seen the new "Wimpy Kid", I did see the first, and thought while it was well acted and directed, the main kid is such a little asshat that he ruins everything. It's entirely possible to make a movie about awful characters and make it well (ie- "The Informers"), the problem is that we are suppose to like and sympathize wiht him, and that's impossible.

Too damn bad about "Sucker Punch"- I loved the hell out of it!
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7:47PM on 03/27/2011
I'm not trying to sound like an asshole but I saw this coming a mile away. Hell, Watchmen had a tough enough time at the box office and it was one of the best comic adaptations I've seen.

back to back under performing pieces for Snyder.. he better hope Superman doesn't bomb.
I'm not trying to sound like an asshole but I saw this coming a mile away. Hell, Watchmen had a tough enough time at the box office and it was one of the best comic adaptations I've seen.

back to back under performing pieces for Snyder.. he better hope Superman doesn't bomb.
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7:01PM on 03/27/2011
Thank-you Indydan13. I feel the same way.
Thank-you Indydan13. I feel the same way.
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6:44PM on 03/27/2011
I don't pay attention to reviews (unless it's for a movie I've been "rooting for") and I saw Sucker Punch.

I don't see where the negativity is coming from. It was no masterpiece of cinema by any means, with a fairly basic plot just told in a very visual way and decent, but cliched dialogue, but it was damn fun.

It was like a cheeseburger. Bad for your health, it isn't high cuisine, and anyone can make it, but Snyder served up one hell of a tasty burger. Movies like this exist to just go
I don't pay attention to reviews (unless it's for a movie I've been "rooting for") and I saw Sucker Punch.

I don't see where the negativity is coming from. It was no masterpiece of cinema by any means, with a fairly basic plot just told in a very visual way and decent, but cliched dialogue, but it was damn fun.

It was like a cheeseburger. Bad for your health, it isn't high cuisine, and anyone can make it, but Snyder served up one hell of a tasty burger. Movies like this exist to just go into a theater and enjoy for what it is and not expect anything more. It's just good, clean, visual fun along the lines of 300 and Kick-Ass (both superior films but ones picked for a reason), both of which were adored by this site.

I've noticed a trend that movies that used to get 9s and 10s by Joblo himself in the day are getting shit on by this site. Sure, every reviewer has their own set of likes and dislikes, but I remember this site being more about the "fun" of seeing movies, as opposed to ripping apart Sucker Punch for plot purposes. It was a movie that had robotic samurai carrying miniguns. Taking the plot and dialogue too seriously on that is like ordering a cheeseburger and complaining that it isn't a steak.

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6:53PM on 03/27/2011
Well said!
Well said!
7:36PM on 03/27/2011
Excellent point sir. I went in there expecting and wanting a cheeseburger to use your term and that's exactly what i got. A crazy looking scantily clad cheeseburger and it was awesome!
Excellent point sir. I went in there expecting and wanting a cheeseburger to use your term and that's exactly what i got. A crazy looking scantily clad cheeseburger and it was awesome!
7:54PM on 03/27/2011
Thata boy :D
Thata boy :D
7:59PM on 03/27/2011
I totally agree and Indydan13's sentiments encompass mine as well. In fact I was somewhat shocked to read the review for Sucker punch that was posted on this site. Sucker punch is a film that seems tailor made (in many ways) for the readers of Joblo so it does come as a surprise to read a review posted on here that is pretty much casting the film aside because of plot and story. (much love to Joblo its my fav site) And yet there's all this complaining around awards season because the industry
I totally agree and Indydan13's sentiments encompass mine as well. In fact I was somewhat shocked to read the review for Sucker punch that was posted on this site. Sucker punch is a film that seems tailor made (in many ways) for the readers of Joblo so it does come as a surprise to read a review posted on here that is pretty much casting the film aside because of plot and story. (much love to Joblo its my fav site) And yet there's all this complaining around awards season because the industry doesn't respect "our" tastes (comic/video game/action/hot chick/borderline guilty pleasure b movies). Seems a little off to me. I enjoyed sucker punch "warts and all" and was blown away by the blend of imagination and style. Snyder definitely knows how to make a bad ass cinematic cheeseburger.
10:35PM on 03/27/2011
And now I'm hungry.
And now I'm hungry.
6:36PM on 03/27/2011

Roderick Rules....WOW!

I can't believe this film beat out Sucker Punch for #1. Wow! That's incredible.

Something tells me they should've done this similar manuver with SUCKED-ASS....er, I mean......KICK-ASS.

Coming next year: DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LAST STRAW (instead of the subtitle "More Money Please")
I can't believe this film beat out Sucker Punch for #1. Wow! That's incredible.

Something tells me they should've done this similar manuver with SUCKED-ASS....er, I mean......KICK-ASS.

Coming next year: DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LAST STRAW (instead of the subtitle "More Money Please")
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6:34PM on 03/27/2011
Wow, I can't believe that Wimpy Kid movie beat Sucker Punch. I guess a lot of people were like me and skipped it due to the negative reviews. I bet Snyder dropped the Amy Adams news today on purpose to distract from the news of Sucker Punch bombing.
Wow, I can't believe that Wimpy Kid movie beat Sucker Punch. I guess a lot of people were like me and skipped it due to the negative reviews. I bet Snyder dropped the Amy Adams news today on purpose to distract from the news of Sucker Punch bombing.
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10:44PM on 03/27/2011
Actually, Warner Bros. has been releasing all the Superman casting news on a Sunday. They did the same thing when Henry Cavill was cast, and when Diane Lane was cast.
Actually, Warner Bros. has been releasing all the Superman casting news on a Sunday. They did the same thing when Henry Cavill was cast, and when Diane Lane was cast.
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