The Proposal was genuinely hilarious, so I totally understand why it stole the #1 spot with $34 mil. The comedy was a solid B+, from Sandra Bullock's hilarious performance of "Get Low" to the disturbingly funny addition of Oscar Nunez (Oscar from "The Office") as the Alaskan town's token minority. Bullock and Ryan Reynolds' chemistry was also a B+, but the ultimate romantic climax was more like a B-. They weren't really going for grand gestures, but maybe they should've. Together they successfully bumped the testosterone-filled Hangover out of the top spot to #2 with $153 mil, and the heartwarming Up to #3 with $224 mil. Meanwhile, Jack Black and Michael Cera's Year One debuted at #4 with a solid $20 mil. It was a whole lot funnier than I thought it was going to be for a caveman comedy that slowly morphs into a biblical tale.
Rounding out the top 10 are The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 at #5 with a disappointing $43 mil (considering it took $100 mil to make), the mildly funny Night at the Museum 2 at #6 with $332 mil worldwide, Star Trek at #7 with $358 mil worldwide, Land of the Lost at #8 with an embarrassing $44 mil, Eddie Murphy's continued failure Imagine That at #9 with $11 mil, and Terminator Salvation at #10 with $284 mil worldwide. Angels & Demons and Drag Me to Hell retired from the top 10 with $445 mil worldwide and $39 mil, respectively. Next weekend, Transformers will annihilate the box office. lol
In other film news:
• Jim Carrey and Benicio del Toro will have to find another actor to fulfill their trio for the comedy revival of The Three Stooges, since Sean Penn is taking a break from acting to work on his marriage. Who should replace him?
• A Lance Armstrong biopic is in the works and they're starting to cast the lead. Since it'll cover his first tour when he was 21, they've nixed Jake Gyllenhaal and Matt Damon. I think Garrett Hedlund might be an interesting option. He started off pretty well with Troy and Friday Night Lights, and then faltered a little when he appeared in Four Brothers, Eragon, Georgia Rule, and Death Sentence. But he scored the lead in the remake TRON 2.0, so clearly someone thinks he's bankable.