Sunday, April 20, 2008

FILM: Box Office Results - 4/11/08

Yayy!! I'm so glad the Jackie Chan vs. Jet Li face off, Forbidden Kingdom, did relatively well, grossing $20 mil at #1, and that the hilarious Forgetting Sarah Marshall came in at #2 with $17 mil. Both even did well with the critics, which is a hard thing to do with comedy and action films. Al Pacino's 88 Minutes, however, bombed. EW's Liza Schwarzbaum said it best, "It takes eight minutes, tops, to know that even by the conventionally lax standards of watch-and-toss serial-killer movies, 88 Minutes is a stinker, the more so for the thespian excesses of the accomplished cast." It may have come in at #4, but it only made about $7 mil. Milo Ventimiglia's Pathology, for some bizarre reason, was released as an indie. Perhaps it's R rating and B-list cast proved too risky. But with 46 theaters, it managed $50,000 domestically and more than half a mil overseas. Oddly enough, the other indie Life Before Her Eyes doesn't even have a box office earnings listed yet. Hmm. But surprisingly enough, a documentary featuring Ben Stein about rebel science pioneers called Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed premiered at #9 with $3 mil.

As for the rest of the box office list, Prom Night dropped to #3 with $32.6 mil, Nim's Island dropped to #5 with $32.9 mil, 21 dropped to #6 with $70 mil, Street Kings is floundering at #7 with a disappointing $20 mil, Horton Hears a Who is on it's way out at #8 with $144 mil, and Leatherheads is teetering at #10 with $26.5 mil. Smart People exited the top 10 after its second week with nearly $7 mil and Superhero Movie after it's fourth week with $23.5 mil.

This weekend, I can't wait for Tina Fey's Baby Mama or Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. Although I'm sure the thriller enthusiasts will head in for Ewan McGregor and Hugh Jackman's Deception, action lovers will check out the giant alligator-fest Rogue, and drama searchers will tear up for Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, and Colin Firth's Then She Found Me.

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