Friday, April 11, 2008

FILM: Box Office Results - 4/11/08

I'm not quite sure why, but Prom Night was #1 this weekend, scaring up a sizable $22 mil, and doing better than the other box office horror The Ruins, which is at #8 with $13 mil. You know not what you do. You're encouraging a sequel. Unfortunately, unless Keanu Reeves is defying gravity in all black his movies tank at the box office. Street Kings only grossed $12 mil, but at least it opened at #2. Sarah Jessica Parker's pre-Sex in the City film and Ellen Page's post-Juno indie, Smart People, came in at #7 with $4 mil in a thousand theater release. As for the other indies: Young@Heart grossed $64,000, the critically acclaimed The Visitor grossed $88,000 (in 4 theaters), and Chaos Theory oddly has no tally yet. That doesn't bode well for Ryan Reynolds' indie, especially since the critics hated it.

10,000 B.C. made a graceful exit of the box office this weekend with a whopping $92 mil, while Tyler Perry's Meet the Brown's leapt from #7 to #11, retiring with a paltry (in comparison to his other flicks) $40 mil. At the moment, Drillbit Taylor ($28 mil) and Superhero Movie ($21 mil) are teetering on the edge. Nim's Island shows no signs of picking up in its second week, only managing to gross $25 mil so far at #4. This isn't a good sign for Abigail Breslin's Kit Kittredge: An American Girl movie out this summer. Nonetheless, Happy Birthday Abby! Leatherheads is also slacking in its second week. Despite the star power of two major actors and cult TV favorite it's only grossed $22 mil at the #5 spot. Breaking the box office, however, is Horton Hears a Who! sliding down to #6 with $140 mil in its 5th week, and the surprising hit 21 at #3 with $62 mil in its 3rd week.

Next week, there are a couple good prospects. Al Pacino reenters the game--after that over-the-top performance in Ocean's Thirteen and lackluster film Two for the Money--with the suspense thriller 88 Minutes. I've seen it and if you know nothing about serial killers and rarely watch shows like "CSI," "Law & Order," or any other cop procedural, it will deliver a twist you'll never see coming. Otherwise, you might want to skip it and check out the sadistic thriller Pathology starring Milo Ventimiglia or the action first-time face off between Jackie Chan and Jet Li in The Forbidden Kingdom, or even go for some laughs with Jason Segel's Forgetting Sarah Marshall. For those interested in a little seriousness, there's the Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood drama The Life Before her Eyes and Super Size Me's documentarian Morgan Spurlock's latest effort Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?

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