Sunday, February 01, 2009

FILM: Box Office Results - 1/30/09

Taken took the #1 spot from Paul Blart this weekend, grossing $25 mil. No worries for Kevin James though. Since the movie managed to gross $83 mil in 3 weeks, the studio has already greenlit a sequel. I saw it and it was pretty damn funny, but I don't exactly see the sequel potential. I'd rather watch a sequel to Hitch. Think about it. He could take Will Smith's character out of retirement and un-dorkify his chubby son. Meanwhile, horror flick The Uninvited opened at #3 with a pitiful $11 mil. Critics were not loving it. But at least it opened higher than Renee Zellweger's rom-com New in Town, which debuted at #8 with nearly $7 mil. It isn't really a big screen splurge I'd recommend--more of Lifetime channel weekend gem.

Last week's entries, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and Inkheart slid down the top 10 substantially. Underworld dropped from #2 to #7 with $32 mil, and Inkheart dropped from #7 to #10 with $13 mil. I think people are starting to notice how bizarre Brendan Fraser is behaving lately, and they're steering clear so they don't become enablers. Unfortunately, the film won't be clearing that $60 mil budget it forked over to create what I'm sure would've been a magical journey for children if parents would take them to see it. And exiting the top 10 are The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($117 mil), Bride Wars ($54 mil), and Notorious ($35 mil).

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