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Weekend Box-Office: March 4-6, 2011

03.06.2011

Johnny Depp reigns supreme...

Despite the fact that this year's box-office has been down considerably compared to last year (there has only been one weekend this year that topped the same time-period from last year), Johnny Depp was out chewing a ton of bubble-gum this weekend while kicking ass, as RANGO easily topped all other films with $38M in the first three days of release. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt didn't fare too badly either with THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, the sci-fi romance which opened with a respectable $21M in 2nd place, while the very cute Vanessa Hudgens and her starring role in the latest Beauty and the Beast re-imagining, entitled BEASTLY, opened with a decent $10M in third place.

But where did TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT open, you may be asking? The teen comedy starring Topher Grace ('member that dude from "That '70s Show" whose career never went anywhere afterwards?) and Anna Faris (I didn't even realize she was in the film until this afternoon) opened in 11th place in the first weekend of its release, with only $3.5M, despite opening in over 2,000 theaters. This, my friends...is what they call a "bomb". And speaking of bombs, let's all rejoice as BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON, dropped from 7th to 12th place in only its 3rd week of release, hopefully signifying the end of that memorable comedic era in film (go hang out with those FOCKERS and the fat suits from previous Eddie Murphy films!).

Last week's #1 movie, HALL PASS, managed to hang on to a good percentage of its audience from last weekend, losing only 33% of its take from last week, but dropping to 4th place because of the new releases. GNOMEO & JULIET also dropped from 2nd to 5th place because of the new "animated" film on the block, RANGO, which BTW, was Industrial Light & Magic's (ILM) first animated feature release -- the studio founded by one George Lucas back in 1975. Cha-ching.

As for last weekend's big Oscar winner, THE KING'S SPEECH, it managed to hang around the top 10 despite being released 15 weeks ago, but dropped from 7th to 8th place, and didn't seem to have any specific upswing because of the victories last Sunday night (at $124M total gross, methinks most everyone who wanted to see this film, has seen it at this point). The 4 films to get booted from the top 10 this week include the aforementioned BIG MOMMAS 3 ($33M), DRIVE ANGRY ($9M) in only its 2nd week of release (yipes!) and TRUE GRIT, which finally dropped out of the top 10 after 11 weeks of release and $168M smackers. Congrats to the Coen bros for their biggest box-office hit ever! (2nd best is NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN with $74M).

Next week sees the release of 3 more new releases, each of which has a shot at the #1 spot, including MARS NEEDS MOMS, the latest animated family film to hit theaters, RED RIDING HOOD, the latest from TWILIGHT director Catherine Hardwicke featuring Amanda Seyfried as the lead "girl in distress" and the great Gary Oldman in a classic "bad guy" role. Finally, the film that we've been curious about since last year's Comic Con, BATTLE: LOS ANGELES, starring Michelle Rodriguez, Aaron Eckhart and....yup, aliens! Will the latter film turn into another SKYLINE or something closer to DISTRICT 9? Only time will tell. This week's poll asks you what film you believe will hold the #1 spot next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Rango $38 M
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2. The Adjustment Bureau $20.9 M
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3. Beastly $10.1 M
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4. Hall Pass $9 M $27 M
5. Gnomeo & Juliet $6.9 M $83.7 M
6. Unknown $6.6 M $53.1 M
7. The King's Speech $6.5 M $123.8 M
8. Just Go With It $6.5 M $88.2 M
9. I Am Number Four $5.7 M $46.4 M
10. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never $4.3 M $68.9 M

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3:59AM on 03/07/2011
Saw it yesterday! Loved it, go see it! It's different, fresh, and very funny! :D
Saw it yesterday! Loved it, go see it! It's different, fresh, and very funny! :D
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12:16AM on 03/07/2011
Does anyone not remember that Topher was in Predators last year? I don't think his career is dead by any means.
Does anyone not remember that Topher was in Predators last year? I don't think his career is dead by any means.
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9:52PM on 03/06/2011

On the fence this week.

I'm happy that Rango did well but it sucks that Take Me Home Tonight didn't do better. It may be unoriginal but it is still a hard R comedy and these results (as well as Hall Pass only making 30 million in two weeks) do not bode well for the genre.

But hey, at least Adam Sandler is still making profitable pieces of shit.
I'm happy that Rango did well but it sucks that Take Me Home Tonight didn't do better. It may be unoriginal but it is still a hard R comedy and these results (as well as Hall Pass only making 30 million in two weeks) do not bode well for the genre.

But hey, at least Adam Sandler is still making profitable pieces of shit.
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9:37PM on 03/06/2011

Go Rango!

Saw Take Me Home Tonight this weekend and thought it was pretty good. At some points it had me laughing pretty damn hard and i like the late 80's cheesiness. Also I'll enjoy anything Teresa Palmer is in.
Saw Take Me Home Tonight this weekend and thought it was pretty good. At some points it had me laughing pretty damn hard and i like the late 80's cheesiness. Also I'll enjoy anything Teresa Palmer is in.
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8:41PM on 03/06/2011
I'm one of "those" that are adding to The King's Speeches total now. I had to see what all the fuss was about. Quality movie. Not the best picture of the year, though. Can't wait to take my little girl to Rango!
I'm one of "those" that are adding to The King's Speeches total now. I had to see what all the fuss was about. Quality movie. Not the best picture of the year, though. Can't wait to take my little girl to Rango!
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8:35PM on 03/06/2011

Rango

Saw Rango Friday and loved it - any movie that features a snake-cowboy with a gatling gun for a tail voiced by Bill Nighy is doing something right. On top of that, the writing was excellent and the visual effects were stunning. Pixar had better watch out if this is at all indicative of ILM's future projects
Saw Rango Friday and loved it - any movie that features a snake-cowboy with a gatling gun for a tail voiced by Bill Nighy is doing something right. On top of that, the writing was excellent and the visual effects were stunning. Pixar had better watch out if this is at all indicative of ILM's future projects
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7:42PM on 03/06/2011

You know what...

It's weird reading an article on a film site, where the writer seems to get enjoyment from films bombing.
It's weird reading an article on a film site, where the writer seems to get enjoyment from films bombing.
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11:41PM on 03/06/2011
When it's regurgitated remake crap, we're MORE THAN HAPPY to be happy when they bomb. We appreciate good movies, original ideas. If you want to see BIG MOMMAS 4, you and I differ in our tastes in film, good sir.
When it's regurgitated remake crap, we're MORE THAN HAPPY to be happy when they bomb. We appreciate good movies, original ideas. If you want to see BIG MOMMAS 4, you and I differ in our tastes in film, good sir.
7:31PM on 03/06/2011

Sucks for Take Me Home Tonight

It was a fairly decent movie. I thought it would do way better than it did.

I'm glad to see that Hall Pass only dropped about 30%. Hopefully it continues to have these legs.
It was a fairly decent movie. I thought it would do way better than it did.

I'm glad to see that Hall Pass only dropped about 30%. Hopefully it continues to have these legs.
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6:43PM on 03/06/2011

Take Me Home Tonight

Ouch, for that movie. It's completely unoriginal....but it's one of those movies that do it well. Yes, you have to knock it for not doing an original thing at all, but it's a good enough time and featured quite a few funny bits and had heart.

I thought it was a decent enough flick to catch. Hopefully this doesnt destroy Topher Grace's chances of being in movies, cuz while he's certainly not popular, I'm one of a few who enjoy his schtick. Anna Farris was pretty wasted in this movie
Ouch, for that movie. It's completely unoriginal....but it's one of those movies that do it well. Yes, you have to knock it for not doing an original thing at all, but it's a good enough time and featured quite a few funny bits and had heart.

I thought it was a decent enough flick to catch. Hopefully this doesnt destroy Topher Grace's chances of being in movies, cuz while he's certainly not popular, I'm one of a few who enjoy his schtick. Anna Farris was pretty wasted in this movie though, and I was shocked I didnt loathe Dan Fogler. He did have the funniest parts.
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6:11PM on 03/06/2011

Take me home Tonight Box office figures

Ouch!
Don't know what to say, it certainly had a good vibe about it. Well, it wont be out in Europe till May. I just hope it can recoup some of the American loss. Still Gonna watch it.
Ouch!
Don't know what to say, it certainly had a good vibe about it. Well, it wont be out in Europe till May. I just hope it can recoup some of the American loss. Still Gonna watch it.
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6:01PM on 03/06/2011

The King's Speech isn't done

It only just came out in Taiwan, although some people might have seen it by downloading it already. It's the kind of film where people are going to want to see subtitles though. If they don't speak English I mean. And it will probably continue worldwide in art houses showing movies for $2 a pop, if those places still exist and haven't all closed down. I haven't been back home in a long time.
It only just came out in Taiwan, although some people might have seen it by downloading it already. It's the kind of film where people are going to want to see subtitles though. If they don't speak English I mean. And it will probably continue worldwide in art houses showing movies for $2 a pop, if those places still exist and haven't all closed down. I haven't been back home in a long time.
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11:38PM on 03/06/2011
What's with the thumbs down? Academy award winning movies have legs in the sense that people will pay to see them in the theater a year from now because it won an academy award. Oh and I'm not telling my students to download Hollywood movies: it just so happens that the movie hadn't come out yet when the Oscars were braodcast and, yes, she was able to find a copy with Chinese subtitles. If the movie is still being shown internationally then it is by no means done yet. That's all I'm saying.
What's with the thumbs down? Academy award winning movies have legs in the sense that people will pay to see them in the theater a year from now because it won an academy award. Oh and I'm not telling my students to download Hollywood movies: it just so happens that the movie hadn't come out yet when the Oscars were braodcast and, yes, she was able to find a copy with Chinese subtitles. If the movie is still being shown internationally then it is by no means done yet. That's all I'm saying.
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