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  Did It Bomb? Weekend of 5/30/08
Posted by: Katy on Jun 4th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

Hello, people! This weekend flew by, didn’t it? We only had a couple of flicks come out over that time period, but let’s see how my predictions matched up, shall we?

Sex and the City/strong>: Our favorite New York gals are back for one last hurrah. Almost all of the stars of this massively popular series have returned! I don’t know about you, but I was more than eager to see what course their lives have taken.
Will It Bomb? The female demographic will get this into the #2, but I doubt that it will shut out Harrison Ford! It will make a large amount of dough, anyway.
Did It Bomb? Shocker! This went straight to #1, with a take $56.8 million. Sex definitely sells!
Outcome: Mezza-mezza. ½ out of 2.

The Strangers: Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler take their married selves for a little getaway and end up stalked and held against their will. Not one of these kind of movies again! Looks tremendously boring to me…
Will It Bomb? This will get into the Top 5, definitely. I don’t think it will come close financially to the real hits. I vote it will make it to the #5 or #4.
Did It Bomb? Surprisingly this made $21 million, and it was enough to land this in the #3 position!
Outcome: Mezza-mezza.
1 out of 2.

***Official Box Office tallies and positions according to Variety (variety.com), The Hollywood Reporter (hollywoodreporter.com) and The Internet Movie Database (imdb.com).

Well, what do you know? Stumped again! As I often say, if you fall off of the curb, pick yourself up and start anew! Hopefully, I’ll do much better when this weekend’s new flicks are rolled out! See you over at WIB? in a couple of days!




  Did It Bomb? Weekend of 5/23/08
Posted by: Katy on May 27th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

Happy Tuesday, folks! Well, I got my fill of BBQ this Memorial Day…How about you? I’m surprised that my friends didn’t have to roll me out of my seat!

Before I get to our recap of how the Box Office fared, I did want to mention the loss of one of the industry’s most respected directors. Earning several Oscars over the course of his career and having gained a wide fan base, Sydney Pollack made quite an impact in film. Known predominantly for his directing, Pollack also acted occasionally, and I particularly loved his recurring role on Will & Grace. The film world has lost another great visionary, and he will be missed. Onto the results…

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull/strong>: Harrison Ford’s hair may have a little more gray, and he may have aged, but he can still kick ass! Indiana Jones has returned and is still fending off those pesky foes, all while cracking his whip and wearing the trusty fedora! While a group of Russians are investigating their new find, Indy has to fight them off! Cate Blanchett portrays the antagonist, complete with black tresses and a smooth Russian accent; Karen Allen is back as his ex; Shia LaBeouf fills in as the new sidekick.
Will It Bomb? Prepare yourself! This will definitely hit the top spot and it will make a ton of dough. That’s a given!
Did It Bomb? As the entire population expected, this made a phenomenal take! Including the holiday, it pulled in $151 million and naturally hit #1!
Outcome: Score! 1 out 3.

Postal (Limited Release): I thought that In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale/em> would do very poorly when it was released, and it did. Now, director Uwe Boll has returned with this flick about some guy who has to fight against the Taliban and do a whole bunch of crazy stuff.
Will It Bomb? Forget about it. This will probably keep up Boll’s hellacious streak of pathetically bad movies. It’s in Limited Release on top of that.
Did It Bomb? As of today, the tally on this film has not been released, so I will need to hold this one over. I’ll keep you all posted! Har-har, “posted”.
Outcome: To be continued…

The Children of Huang Shi (Limited Release): Based on a true story, British journalistJonathan Rhys Meyershas gone to China right before the second World War. When he meets a group of orphans and mentors them, he really puts his life on the line to get them out of their surroundings, before the trouble really starts.
Will It Bomb? Yep, this is also in Limited Release, but it looks like this will bring in a nice amount of cash.
Did It Bomb?
With showings in 7 theatres in only Los Angeles and New York, this earned a tad over $54,250. Super!
Outcome: Score! 2 out of 3.
***Official Box Office tallies and positions according to Variety (variety.com), The Hollywood Reporter (hollywoodreporter.com) and The Internet Movie Database (imdb.com).

There you have it! Two out of three, kids! Of course, there are always more films about to be released. Can I still keep up the momentum? Come on back later this week, where I will tell you all about them! Get ready for WIB?!




  Did It Bomb? Weekend of 5/16/08
Posted by: Katy on May 20th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

Well, folks… Another weekend has sailed on by! How did these films perform at the Box Office? How close did my predictions come? It’s now time for all of you to find out!

Welcome to this week’s installment of DIB?!

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: The next novel in the Narnia series truly gets the royal treatment, as the Pevensies return to their beloved land to see that much as changed. Damaged terrain, possible full-scale war, and a prince that desperately needs to be in charge!
Will It Bomb? The films currently occupying the second and third spots are absolutely going down! As for our #1, I don’t think this will quite touch it.
Did It Bomb? Well, it climbed up the charts, all right! See you later, Speed! Arrivederci, Vegas! Bye-Bye, Iron Man? All three of these films dipped in the charts! This went all the way to the #1 spot, with a $56.6 million take!
Outcome: Mezza-Mezza. ½ out of 2.

Reprise (Limited Release): In this Norwegian film, two buddies rev up their friendly rivalry when they submit the manuscripts they’ve been working on for quite a while. As you can expect, one does well, the other, not so much. Struggles in life, career, and romance will certainly throw them for a loop!
Will It Bomb? The film festivals are really digging it, so with this limited jaunt, it could be in the cards for it to earn some bank.
Did It Bomb? With just 3 showings in NY and LA, this garnished over $45,400! Excellent! I think this should fare even better when it is expanded to additional markets!
Outcome: Score! 1 ½ out of 2.

***Official Box Office tallies and positions according to Variety (variety.com), The Hollywood Reporter (hollywoodreporter.com) and The Internet Movie Database (imdb.com).

OK, people. I am slowly, slowly getting there. I haven’t arrived yet, but I am as determined as ever! Where will I be later on this week? Why, here, of course! All the juicy details on the newest crop of flicks are coming at you in a few days! Get ready for WIB?!




  Did It Bomb? Weekend of 5/9/08
Posted by: Katy on May 13th, 2008 1 Comment »

Hello, and welcome to a loaded edition of DIB? You guys are not going to believe this. This week’s Box Office scores had a bit of controversy! Aren’t you just dying to know what it is? Before I spill it, we have to see if my predictions proved true and exact for the third week in a row. Have I done it?

Redbelt: David Mamet takes the story of a mixed martial arts fighter who’s battling with money problems, but that’s just the beginning. Add a whole mess of subplots that interweave like a spiderweb, and you’ve got a film that will really sharpen your mind.
Will It Bomb? While the industry buzz is still harping on the outrageous success of Iron Man, this will make cash, but probably won’t get into the Top 10.
Did It Bomb? I was pleasantly surprised. Now in Wide Release after just a week, this came in at #10, earning $1.24 million.
Outcome: Strike! 0 out of 3.

Speed Racer: Emile Hirsch stars as the eponymous lead in this remake of an extremely popular animated series. The Wachowskis follow up their mega-hit Matrix franchise with this colorful and high-speed flick. Boasting a great cast that includes Susan Sarandon and Matthew Fox, a car-racer’s dream is kept alive, despite numerous obstacles.
Will It Bomb? The sheer power of the #1 film isn’t going to allow anyone to steal its thunder. It’ll make the bottom end of the Top 5, however.
Did It Bomb? It was expected to make a lot more than it did. Obviously, many were pretty surprised that this hit #3, bringing in $18.6 million. I know I was!
Outcome: Score! 1 out of 3.

What Happens in Vegas: Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz hit Las Vegas because they’re both pretty down. Well, after all the drinks, partying, and gambling, what’s left to do? Get hitched!! On the brink of an expected breakup, they hit the jackpot. Would you stay with someone for 3 million dollars? Or would you try to make their lives horrible?
Will It Bomb? I vote that this will make it into the center of the 10, but there’s no stopping Tony Stark and his suit!
Did It Bomb? How about that? This brought in $20.2 million, and jumped into the #2 position!
Outcome: Strike! 1 out of 3.

***Official Box Office tallies and positions according to Variety (variety.com), The Hollywood Reporter (hollywoodreporter.com) and The Internet Movie Database (imdb.com).

So, what’s the dirt, you ask? According to various media sources, there was supposedly an error somewhere in the tabulation regarding the #2 and #3 films (since we all knew what was going to stay at #1). When I checked the takes this past Sunday on IMDb, it claimed that Speed Racer made about $20.2 million and broke into the second spot, with Vegas following in at a close third, with $20 million. Come this past Monday, on another site, the figures themselves were recalculated and it’s been alleged that there may have been a little fluffing going on, possibly by Warner Brothers, the studio that released Speed Racer. I don’t work for the studio, and I cannot speculate what exactly happened, but it’s good to know that someone is keeping an eye open and making sure that the system remains truthful and accurate.

As for my predictions…unfortunately, my luck ran out this time around. Back to the drawing board! A brand new crop of movies are hitting the cinemas in a few days. Can I get my record back up again? Stay tuned for the next installment of WIB? to find out!




  Did It Bomb? Weekend of 5/2/08
Posted by: Katy on May 7th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

Hello, ladies and germs! We are now into the month of May, and thanks to last week’s releases, we got a nice introduction into the impending hits and misses! Now, I really hit the nail on the head last time with my predictions… Did I manage to keep them on point like last week? Was it just a freak occurrence? There’s only one way to find out!

Welcome to this week’s installment of DIB?!

Iron Man: Robert Downey Jr. has it all: money, brains, looks…you name it. Since he’s definitely a public figure, known the world over for his technological prowess, it’s kind of a given that he would fall prey to some bad guys. That’s when he turns the tables and creates a virtually indestructible metal suit. Time to fight back!
Will It Bomb? Action packed comic book movie? Who isn’t going to see this! It will absolutely hit #1!
Did It Bomb? Not only did it hit #1, but with a whopping $104 million! I expected it to do well, but that’s beyond all expectations!
Outcome: Score! 1 out of 3.

Made of Honor: Patrick Dempsey steps into the Julia Roberts role in what I have dubbed the male version of My Best Friend’s Wedding. Here it’s his gal pal that he’s pining away for, after she announces her engagement to a dashing Scotsman.
Will It Bomb? Hot lead actor? Yes. Rehashed plot? Yes. That doesn’t mean it will totally flop. It will make the Middle of the 10, and possibly the 5.
Did It Bomb? While this earned a solid $15.5 million. and landed at #2 , it drastically trailed beyond the juggernaut that is Iron Man! Don’t you think?
Outcome: Score! 2 out of 3.

Son of Rambow (Limited Release): Cute little British moppets make a sequel to Rambo and strengthen their unlikely friendship. With their peers on the bandwagon, what can’t they do?
Will It Bomb? This looks so adorable! I vote this it will bring in a nice chunk of dough in its limited capacity.
Did It Bomb? A little over $52,500 in limited runs in NY and LA? That amount of money with showings in about 5 theatres? That’s beyond impressive! How much could this earn?!
Outcome: Score! 3 out of 3.

***Official Box Office tallies and positions according to Variety (variety.com), The Hollywood Reporter (hollywoodreporter.com) and The Internet Movie Database (imdb.com).

How about that, guys? I am so stoked! Two weeks in a row! Let’s see if the third time is the charm. Come on back later this week for the newest WIB?! I will see you then!




  Did It Bomb? Weekend of 4/25/08
Posted by: Katy on Apr 29th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

All right, ladies and gents! The new film releases from this past weekend blew in and out like a swift wind. Did they achieve the great levels of success expected of them? Or did they fall flat on their faces?

Let’s get the results! It’s time for this week’s edition of DIB?!

Baby Mama: A straight laced professional (Tina Fey) is unable to get pregnant, so she enlists a wacky, free-spirited surrogate mom (Amy Poehler). Craziness ensues, all right! They do have fun and do learn a lot from each other, but something not-so-savory is right under the surface…
Will It Bomb? The former SNL-ers were by far the breakouts within the cast, so this will end up in the Top 3. It’s a question as to which of those particular spots this will end up in.
Did It Bomb? They busted though the competition, and reached #1! This earned a tidy $18.3 million to boot!
Outcome: Score! 1 out of 4.

Deal (Limited Release): Screen legend Burt Reynolds plays a former cards champ who offers to “tutor” the baby-faced newbie in the cutthroat world of pro poker. This film is basically a ripoff of last year’s pathetic excuse for a movie called Lucky You, with Burt and co-star Bret Harrison filling in for Robert Duvall and Eric Bana.
Will It Bomb? It’s as though I drew two aces, and hollered “Hit me!” It’s going to bomb so hard! It isn’t even in Wide Release, and I already know it will drop to the ground like a safe.
Did It Bomb? $31,000 from around 50 theatres? You do the math. Bombs away!
Outcome: Score! 2 out of 4.

Deception: Hugh Jackman tries to play the slick man as he gets one of his friends (Ewan McGregor) to join a very special organization, where the notion of “hooking up” has a whole new meaning. When Ewan breaks a few of the long standing rules as he starts an outside relationship with one of those ladies, here comes the darkness.
Will It Bomb? Although there is a good amount of competition, this should still make it into the low-to-mid portion of the 10.
Did It Bomb? I kept up my end of the bargain! This ended up coming in at #10. While it was technically dead last, it still brought in $2.23 million.
Outcome: Score! 3 out of 4.

Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay
: John Cho and Kal Penn reteam as the aforementioned stoners who are detained at a prison at the U.S. base in Cuba, for alleged paraphernalia smuggling and alleged terrorist behavior. They gotta bust out of there!
Will It Bomb? The first one did well, and the sequel was brought out within a timely manner. It’s making the Top 5!
Did It Bomb? I told you! This made a solid $14.6 million and sailed on up to #2!
Outcome: Score! 4 out of 4.

***Official Box Office tallies and positions according to Variety (variety.com), The Hollywood Reporter (hollywoodreporter.com) and The Internet Movie Database (imdb.com).

Yeah, baby! That’s more like it! My perfect record has now been reinstated. I hope that I can keep that level of excellence, as this week’s new releases are right around the corner. But, you all are going to have to hold off until later this week. That’s when I bring you all the details over at Will It Bomb?! I will see you all then!




  Did It Bomb? Weekend of 4/18/08
Posted by: Katy on Apr 23rd, 2008 Leave a Comment »

Another weekend has gone by, and let me tell you, the competition was certainly the fiercest I’ve seen in quite a long time! I made my calls with WIB? right before the weekend. Did I make the right ones?

Read on, kids! It’s time for DIB?!

88 Minutes: Al Pacino’s life is put in danger after he testifies in the trial of a murderer who is sent off to death row. He’s trying to not only fend off whoever is after him within a very short amount of time, but he has to listen to the speculation by the very guy he helped put away!
Will It Bomb? Pacino is so highly regarded, it really goes without saying that it will do well! It’ll probably set up shop in the Top 5!
Did It Bomb? What a nice start! Earning a decent $6.8 million, this ended up at #4!
Outcome: Score! 1 out of 5.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall/em>: Jason Segel is dating A-list star Kristen Bell, or he was dating her in the beginning of this movie. When she leaves him for another guy, broken-hearted Jason jets to Hawaii for some R&R. He wasn’t expecting to run into the ex, with the new guy, was he?
Will It Bomb? Everything about this film screams “gold.” With its massive marketing campaign, hot actors, popular production genre. It’s going to take down Prom Night, and hit the top!
Did It Bomb? It may have jacked Prom Night from its standing, but stopped short at the #2 position, making $17.3 million.
Outcome: Mezza-mezza. 1 ½ out of 5.

The Forbidden Kingdom/em>
: Jet Li and Jackie Chan together in a film? Sign me up! A teenage martial arts film fanboy gets something unexpected when he wakes up in ancient China. When these two masters have the daunting task of helping him fulfill his destiny and learn Martial Arts, that’s when I get excited!
Will It Bomb? Based on the target audience of teens and tweens, I think it shouldn’t get a lot of revenue despite those leads. Middle of the 10.
Did It Bomb? Man! I definitely should have called this better! With $20.9 million, it skyrocketed far and fast where? Into the #1 slot!
Outcome: Strike! 1 ½ out of 5.

Pathology: Someone within a group of overachieving medical students decide to go off and kill a lot of people for what? Funsies? To one-up one another? Beats me!
Will It Bomb? The competition is up there, but I think this should make it into the center of the 10.
Did It Bomb? This actually was put into Limited Release, but did make $50,000 from around 46 theatres. Not bad…
Outcome: Strike! 1 ½ out of 5.

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? (Limited Release): Morgan Spurlock has really found his fanbase and a niche in these quirky documentaries! Judging from the trailer, he somehow peppers the topic of terrorism and his talks with Muslims with a little bit of humor. He also goes over to the Middle East to try to track down the elusive person mentioned in the title.
Will It Bomb? This should make some money! Spurlock knows a good thing when he sees it!
Did It Bomb? In about 102 theatres, this brought in a bit over $143,200. Pretty good!
Outcome: Score! 2 ½ out of 5.

***Official Box Office tallies and positions according to Variety (variety.com), The Hollywood Reporter (hollywoodreporter.com) and The Internet Movie Database (imdb.com).
I backslid a little bit this week, but I’m confident that it will get better! Come on back later this week for WIB?, where hopefully, I will be able to change it! See you then!




  Did It Bomb? Weekend of 4/11/08
Posted by: Katy on Apr 15th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

If you’ve never ventured up to New England, you have no idea how crazy and unpredictable the weather is here! Over the weekend, not only was it positively gorgeous and unseasonably warm, but many decided to venture out and see the latest flicks! The last few weeks have been a bit touch and go, but have I broken my losing streak? There’s only one way to find out!

Welcome to this week’s DIB?!

Chaos Theory (Limited Release): Ryan Reynolds’ life is beyond organized. He plans every single detail down to the minute. Well, apparently, that can’t last forever, because he dumps the datebook and goes for glory!
Will It Bomb? Will a limited release, this looks pretty interesting! I vote it’ll bring in a nice chunk of dough!
Did It Bomb? With showings in less than 15 theatres, this made a bit over $222,500. Not bad!
Outcome: Score! 1 out of 4.

Prom Night: While many of us shake our heads at the endless number of remakes, lo and behold, they made another one! Based on the ‘80s flick about deaths at a prom, I guessed that those who saw the ultimate “deathly prom” film (Carrie, of course) would not even go near this.
Will It Bomb? All personal opinion of this movie’s stupidity aside, it will get viewership. It’s putting up stakes at the bottom of 10, in my book, but more people will probably run to it.
Did It Bomb? I had a feeling that I was going to be wrong about this anyway! Wouldn’t you know! Earning $22.7 million, this skyrocketed to #1!
Outcome: Strike! 1 out of 4.

Smart People: As an unusual professor who’s sidelined by a medical condition, Dennis Quaid is joined by a bunch of his kooky relatives and may also bring a girlfriend into the fold.
Will It Bomb? It’s great that Dennis Quaid got back into film after his family’s horrific ordeal recently. The cast is quite hot, so this will make the center of the Top 10.
Did It Bomb? Just as I expected! This ended up at the #7 slot, and made a tidy $4.2 million.
Outcome: Score! 2 out of 4.

Street Kings: Keanu Reeves is back! In this tale of corruption in the LAPD, all the players use a kind of force that I doubt was taught to them in an academic setting!
Will It Bomb? Action and crime galore! That’s just the kind of film many of us are in the mood for! This is absolutely going in the Top 5!
Did It Bomb? I got another one! With a take of $12 million, this blasted into #2!
Outcome: Score! 3 out of 4.

***Official Box Office tallies and positions according to Variety (variety.com), The Hollywood Reporter (hollywoodreporter.com) and The Internet Movie Database (imdb.com).

I can’t believe it! I think I’ve been doing pretty well lately, don’t you? Let’s see if I can continue with this good fortune this coming weekend! As always, I’ll be back later this week with the latest installment of WIB?! I’ll see you then!




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