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    Did It Bomb? Weekend of 3/14/08

Good evening, kids. A new week has begun! Since I was definitely off kilter last week with my predictions, hopefully I’ve gotten myself out of that mess.Itching to find out how my assessments matched up with the figures? Look no further! It’s time for this week’s edition of DIB?! And, we’re off!

Doomsday: Tapping into the essence of multiple genres, a fighter in the future needs to save the masses! I got a lot of vibes from three specific film franchises that could totally fit into this!
Will It Bomb? Rhona Mitra isn’t a household name yet, but the odds are great that this will pull into the Top 5.
Did It Bomb? Well, it didn’t sail to into the top tier, as I thought. Pulling in $4.74 million, this wound up at the #7 position, where it will probably stay.
Outcome: Strike! 0 out of 5.

Funny Games: When a director remakes his own film, its rate of success can be a crap shoot. Then you put high flyers like Tim Roth and Naomi Watts in the front seat… Portraying a couple who head for their cabin with their child, their vacation gets a little soured. How’s this for an idea? Some seemingly nice boys come knocking, and then start knocking heads. Not so soothing, is it?
Will It Bomb? I’m not the remake type, but this should do well. This seems sinister enough, without the overt shock value. Probable position in the middle of the 10.
Did It Bomb? I guess no one was feeling anything toward this flick! With screenings in close to 290 locations, it only brought in about $520,000.
Outcome: Strike! 0 out of 5.

Horton Hears a Who: What Dr. Seuss fan hasn’t been waiting for this one? An elephant tries to teach his friends about all the little things around us in this great, big world. With such talented actors on the roster, who could resist?
Will It Bomb? The response I have is short and to the point: Top 5, baby!
Did It Bomb? Nope! This went straight to #1, earning $45.1 million!
Outcome: Score! 1 out of 5.

Never Back Down: High schoolers battle against each other at Fight Club-style parties? Sheesh… Of course, there’s always the outsider that has to take on the top dog because somebody’s ego was damaged! Let’s learn how to fight, shall we?
Will It Bomb? This looks really bad! But with the market it’s geared toward, it’ll more than likely make it into the super low end of the Top 10.
Did It Bomb? As I said last week, I’m going to regret my assessment, and I do, because I was wrong! This climbed into the #3 slot, and brought along $8.61 million.
Outcome: Strike! 1 out of 5.

Sleepwalking (Limited Release): A girl about to hit adolescence is basically abandoned by her mother. Now, when Charlize Theron takes off, her brother steps into instant fatherhood, and the rest of family members have to reevaluate themselves and revisit a painful past.
Will It Bomb? This looks very true-to-life and the marketing has been pretty heavy. This should bring in a nice chunk of change in its Limited Release.
Did It Bomb? I should say not! With screenings in about 30 theaters, this made a cool $50,000! Well done!
Outcome: Score! 2 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).

Well, guys, it was another off week! I think my magic needs a little fine tuning. I have a feeling my luck is about to change, though! Let’s see how well I do after this coming weekend! Later on in the week, you get to learn all about the newbies over at WIB?! I will see you then!

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