Let's All Go To the Movies.. Or Not (6/25)
And this week's winners were....
#1 - Brave (Opening weekend - $66.7M).. Kids movies kill in the summer, so this is no big surprise. I'm not gonna lie, I don't know the exact plot of Brave, and I'm sure I can find that out on RT or imdb, but I can't say that I really care. I did, see a commercial though, and it looks like Ariel the mermaid grew legs and traveled back in time to battle in the hunger games. Don't quote me on that. I do know that Walt Disney pictures needed a hit movie after their 2012 failures John Carter and Battleship.
#2 - Madagascar 3:Europe's Most Wanted: (Week 3 - $20.2M, $157.6M total).. I learned something about this movie in my research. It stars Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Sacha Baron Cohen. Wow wow wee wow. Also, this is a huge franchise in the 4-6 year old demo. It's seriously like heroin to them. I also found a perfect example of why movie critics are d-bags, courtesy of Michael O'Sullivan of the Washington Post "[It] may be the best of the bunch, simply because it busts the leash that tethers it to anything resembling reality." It's a fu**ing cartoon with talking animals. If that's not enough to bust the leash that tethers it to reality, you have serious issues.
#3 - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer: Opening Weekend - $16.5M).. Quick, tell me another movie Benjamin Walker was in. Ok, that's not really fair, I don't even know who he is, and I see everything. Chalk it up to that being your lead, the weak trailers, and the 37% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it's not hard to see why this movie had a rough go at the box office. I really don't see this one earning more than half it's estimated budget of $70M. I'm still gonna see it though, but probably on Blu-Ray
#4 - Prometheus: (Week 3 - $10M, $108.5M total) Really, just see it
#5 - Snow White and the Huntsman: (Week 4 - $8M, $137.1M) No further comment
Of other news and notes - There were two other movies opening, both, I'm curious about seeing, mainly due to the awful word of mouth they are generating. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley took in $3.8M and Woody Allen's newest, To Room With Love with an all-star cast cashed in $0.4M on just 5 screens.
The Avengers tally: $598.3M
Opening this week:
Magic Mike (you thought Florida was wet this past weekend? Wait until you see the theater seats around the country after groups of lonely or unsatisfied women read their chapters of 50 Shades of Gray then head to the theaters to cap off their night on the town)
Beasts of the Southern Wild
People Like Us
Take This Waltz
Madea's Witness Protection