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    Did It Bomb? Weekend of 12/21/07

Well, guys! The holiday rush hasn’t quite ended at the malls, but there was a bit of a pre-Christmas one this past weekend over at the cinema!

I gave you my predictions, so now let’s find out how they turned out!

Here comes the final edition of DIB? for 2007!

Charlie Wilson’s War: Tom Hanks as one flashy politician who teams up with a couple of people to covertly assist Afghanistan against Russia. Co-starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as a government agent and Julia Roberts as an equally flashy Texas socialite, it gives us an in-depth view into the whole deal.
Will It Bomb? Three A-list actors in a plot that could have been a film before a film was even thought of! It’ll end up in the high-to-middle section of the Top 10.
Did It Bomb? Hey! It managed to crawl up the ranks and make it to the #4 slot, earning $9.62 million.
Outcome: Score! 1 out of 5

National Treasure: Book of Secrets: In this sequel to the hugely popular flick, Nicolas Cage returns as treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates, and this time he’s out for more than gold, jewels, or precious artifacts! He wants to see what kind of involvement one of his ancestors allegedly had with the Lincoln assassination plot, and he gets into business that he probably shouldn’t be dabbling with.
Will It Bomb? The first movie did very well; we needed a new action/adventure; this was the only sequel released this weekend. This will get into at least the Top 3.
Did It Bomb? Absolutely not! Obviously, a stroke of luck wasn’t the only thing clinching this picture’s success! It shot up to #1, making some cash! $45.5 million, to be exact!
Outcome: Score! 2 out of 5

P.S. I Love You: One newbie in a blockbuster film and a two-time Oscar winner pair up as a married couple, who are separated by his death. However, Hilary Swank gets Gerard Butler’s OK to continue to live and love through a bunch of letters that start rolling in the mail.
Will It Bomb? It looks really cute and I like the two leads. Modest amount of bread will come in from this. I vote low-to-mid end of the Top 10.
Did It Bomb? It landed where I thought it would. It had a moderate amount of revenue of $6.5 million, and landed in the #6 spot.
Outcome: Score! 3 out of 5

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Limited Release): Stephen Sondheim’s musical about a batty barber who seeks vengeance could only be portrayed by Johnny Depp. That is my first thought. Add longtime partners Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter, and you have a twisted film that will rack up the acclaim. Brilliant.
Will It Bomb? Hi. You know who Johnny Depp is, right? Who Tim Burton is? It’s in Limited Release, but it will make money.
Did It Bomb? It made it to #5 already?! I told you! $9.35 million earned? It’s well on its way to really bringing it in!
Outcome: Score! 4 out of 5

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story: I love biopics! So, when I heard that Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan were teaming up for this flick poking fun at the genre, I thought it sounded pretty clever. Here, we meet Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly), the musician who’s seen more ups and downs than a see-saw. You can imagine how kooky this should be!
Will It Bomb? These two are at the top of their game right now. I’m very hard to please when it comes to comedy, so, based on the hysterical trailer, I vote it’ll make it into the middle of the 10.
Did It Bomb? Damn! I was doing so well, too! Apparently, not a lot of people wanted to see Reilly “walk hard.” With a #8 position, and this film’s take being only $4.1 million, it should be called Crawl Slowly. Sorry…
Outcome: Strike! 4 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 got four out of five correct this week?! The upwards streak is back on! Major thanks to all of you for checking out DIB? this year! I will be back later this week with the last edition of WIB? for 2007. Here’s to a great year about to pass and the great year to come! See you next week!

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