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Box Office Breakdown: Bring On The Fuzz

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This weekend’s Top Ten saw the introduction of several new movies:  Fracture, Vacancy and In the Land of Women.  But no star-wattage combination (Gosling/Hopkins, Wilson/Beckinsale) could bring down the LeBeouf.

But that’s not to say Indy’s newest sidekick shouldn’t be worried.  Hot Fuzz, the latest movie from the makers of Shaun of the Dead, had an impressive debut—bringing in an average of $7000 per theater.  With Grindhouse already off the map, here’s how the rest of the contenders fared:


1. Disturbia, DreamWorks-Paramount, $13,010,778
2. Fracture, New Line, $11,014,657
3. Blades of Glory, DreamWorks-Paramount, $7,677,569
4. Vacancy, Sony Screen Gems, $7,603,376
5. Meet the Robinsons, Disney, $6,967,089
6. Hot Fuzz, Focus, $5,848,464, 825 locations
7. Are We Done Yet?, Sony, $5,181,426
8. In the Land of Women, Warner Bros., $4,712,341
9. Perfect Stranger, Sony, $4,104,808
10. Wild Hogs, Disney, $2,820,440


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Box Office Breakdown:  Oscar Winners Fail to Prevail

Perfect Stranger

DISTURBIA [di-stur’-bee-uh), noun:
A rare state that occurs when three previous Oscar winners (e.g. Berry, Swank, Tarantino) struggle to remain in the Top Ten.  This anomaly often coincides with the meteoric rise of a 20-year-old star (e.g. Lebeouf).


1. Disturbia, Paramount, $22,224,982
2. Blades of Glory, Paramount, $13,826,386
3. Meet the Robinsons, Disney, $12,467,155
4. Perfect Stranger, Sony, $11,206,163
5. Are We Done Yet?, Sony, $8,952,686
6. Pathfinder, Fox, $5,001,214
7. Wild Hogs, Disney, $4,676,734
8. The Reaping, Warner Bros., $4,567,478
9. 300, Warner Bros., $4,454,355
10. Grindhouse, Weinstein Co., $4,331,372


Blades of Glory Still Slicing Competition

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: DreamWorks, Comedy, Box Office,

Will Ferrel He’s tall, he’s funny, he’s great for a laugh - Will Ferrell is box office gold. Though his newest flick, Blades of Glory, didn’t open with numbers as big as those gained from Talledega Nights, the former SNL funnyman is still on top of his game. After only a decade with the hit skit comedy show, Will Ferrell is officially a big, big, big star. Joined by the hilarious Jon Heder in Blades, Ferrell is enjoying the winning feeling of being number one at box offices around the country. Grossing twenty-three million over the past weekend, Blades is enjoying the limelight above the animated Meet the Robinsons (17 million), Ice Cube’s sequel Are We Done Yet? (15 million), Tarantino’s bloody Grindhouse (11 million), the biblical thriller The Reaping (10 million), special effects extravaganza 300 (8 million), funny flick Wild Hogs (which almost, almost got 7 million), Shooter (5 million), and family films TMNT and Firehouse Dog (5 million and 4 million respectively). King of the box office? It doesn’t get more Glory-ous than that.


Box Office Breakdown:  Metal Blades Take Down Machine Gun Leg

Grindhouse

Not even the combined directing muscle of Team Tarantino/Rodriguez could take away the gold medal from Team Ferrell/Heder.  Despite the publicity onslaught, Grindhouse didn’t even score a silver.  Heck, it didn’t even make the medal platform.  But I guess it could have been worse.  Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank not only placed fifth—but she too was beat out by a family friendly Ice Cube.  I think it’s now safe to say that the plagues have officially commenced..


1. Blades of Glory, Paramount, $22,522,330
2. Meet the Robinsons, Disney, $16,715,437
3. Are We Done Yet?, Sony, $14,262,724
4. Grindhouse, Weinstein Co., $11,596,613
5. The Reaping, Warner Bros., $10,025,203
6. 300, Warner Bros., $8,368,382
7. Wild Hogs, Disney, $6,644,971
8. Shooter, Paramount, $5,856,494
9. TMNT, Warner Bros., $4,825,445
10. Firehouse Dog, Fox, $3,838,916


Box Office Breakdown:  Blades Has The Cutting Edge

Blades of Glory

It really shouldn’t have been hard to predict that a Will Ferrell movie—or frankly a better movie—would take the top spot away from those fightin’ turtles.  Audiences simply love watching him mock their beloved sports.  It’s also worth nothing that TMNT sunk so low…it was even surpassed by the old fave, 300Cowabunga?#$%!

Here’s how the rest of the weekend broke down:

1. Blades of Glory, Paramount, $33,014,202
2. Meet the Robinsons, Disney, $25,123,781
3. 300, Warner Bros., $11,434,437
4. TMNT, Warner Bros., $9,232,362
5. Wild Hogs, Disney, $8,662,893
6. Shooter, Paramount, $8,364,413
7. Premonition, Sony, $5,213,264
8. The Hills Have Eyes II, Fox Atomic
9. Reign Over Me, Sony, $3,835,022
10. The Last Mimzy, New Line, $3,815,600


FilmCrunch 010: School for Scoundrels Review

In this episode, Neil Estep and Veronica Santiago hit you with their theatrical review of School for Scoundrels.

A hapless meter reader (Jon Heder) signs up for a confidence-building course to acquire the self-assurance he needs to win the hand of his dream girl (Jacinda Barrett). But the class turns out to be a bust when it becomes apparent that the teacher (played by Billy Bob Thornton) has designs on the same woman. Michael Clarke Duncan co-stars in director Todd Phillips’s remake of the 1960 British comedy.

Now we want to hear from you - hit the forums and let us know what you think, what you want us to watch next, and any other recommendations you have for the show.


Monster House DVD Review

Monster House

Monster House is the computer animated tale of an awkward young boy, DJ, and his friends Chowder and Jenny, as they investigate the spooky house across the street and the evil old man (Mr. Nebbercracker) residing within.  When Nebbercracker is suddenly injured and hospitalized, the three decide to take a closer look, discovering, to their horror, that the house itself is actually alive, its intentions quite malicious.  With Halloween soon approaching, the children must destroy the horrible home before unsuspecting trick-or-treaters are caught in its insatiable grasp.  While it may be a bit scary for your preschooler, Monster House is a unique film full of slow, concentrated intensity in a genre often geared toward fidgety children and their fleeting attention spans. 

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FilmCrunch 007: School for Scoundrels, Take The Lead, The Science of Sleep

Neil Estep and Veronica Santiago are back with another full episode of FilmCrunch. In this one, we take a look at the theatrical release of School for Scoundrels, starring Billy Bob Thornton, and Michel Gondry’s Science of Sleep. We also hit you with a review of the DVD release of Take the Lead, which stars Antonio Banderas.

Now we want to hear from you - hit the forums and let us know what you think, what you want us to watch next, and any other recommendations you have for the show.


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