As the old Mamas and the Papas’ tune goes, it’s “Monday, Monday!” Alas, the weekend has gone by, but the films that came out this past weekend made different levels of impact. So, how did they all do, you ask? Read on! Welcome to DIB?! Let’s begin!
Flawless: Demi Moore and her muddled British accent and Michael Caine’s con man/custodian pair up to rob their place of employment: a diamond exchange in merry old England. Does anyone even guess that they are even up to something? Will It Bomb? Lots of competition doesn’t help, so I don’t think it’s bringing in the bucks. Possible Lower end of the 10, but doubtful. Did It Bomb? Surprisingly, with showings at only 35 locations, it still pulled in $180,000! Not bad! Outcome: Mezza-mezza. ½ out of 5
Run Fatboy Run: Sporting some tight spandex shorts and a bit of a tummy, Simon Pegg has to get his butt in shape if he wants to win back the woman he left five years earlier! Directed by Ross himself, David Schwimmer, Pegg’s only got a few weeks to get into gear and run a local marathon! Will It Bomb? Considering that I (along with countless others) think Pegg is a riot, it should propel this into the 10! Even better, can it make the 5? Did It Bomb? Damn! This was shut out of the Top 10, making only $2.4 million. Nice try… Outcome: Strike! ½ out of 5
Superhero Movie: Another mishmash of parodies, featuring your favorite superheroes! Predominantly borrowing from the Spider-Man films, Drake Bell is an awkward teenager both in and out of his Dragonfly costume. Will It Bomb? These films really aren’t my bag, but it should get into the Top 10, and very likely, into the 5. Did It Bomb? Nope! As I thought, the audience seems to eat these parodies up! It earned a nice $9.51 million, and climbed up into the #3 slot! Outcome: Score! 1 ½ out of 5.
Stop Loss: Kimberly Peirce tries to repeat her success (as in the widely acclaimed Boys Don’t Cry) with this picture, all about veterans of the Iraq War (including lead soldier Ryan Philippe) who are sent back, even though their tours of duty are considered completed. Will It Bomb? Despite its controversial and delicate subject matter, this will probably get into the 10. Did It Bomb? It crept into #8, and earned a tidy $4.53 million. Outcome: Score! 2 ½ out of 5.
21: The book and film about those card-counting, Vegas-bound MIT students racked up more than their fair share of publicity these last few weeks. You can chalk most of it up to the story, as well as the great casting, which includes Kevin Spacey, Jim Sturgess, and Kate Bosworth. Will It Bomb? It’ll battle with Dr. Seuss’ little elephant friend for the Top Dog award! Did It Bomb? We have a winner! Making $23.7 million, it sailed up to the #1 position! If it made $21 million, that would be even freakier! Outcome: Score! 3 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).
That’s it for this week’s recap, folks! This weekend’s new films will be introduced to all of you later on this week over at WIB? I can’t wait! I hope you can’t either. See you in a couple of days!