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!
Katy checked out the SNL-fest that is Baby Mama, but wasn’t too impressed. She says,
Unfortunately, despite the chuckles and guffaws (as well as chatter) amongst the good-sized crowd in the theater, I didn’t find it to be all that humorous. As many of us dread, the funniest moments of the film were given away in the trailer.
The weekend has arrived! I know that all of you are jonesing for what I’m about to talk about! What’s coming out at the cinema this week? Oh, my friends, stuff is definitely cooking and the kettle is ready to boil over!
Onto this week’s edition of WIB?! Let’s roll!
Baby Mama: When a single career woman (Tina Fey) hears her biological clock ticking really loudly, she jumps on the baby bandwagon, until she learns she cannot get pregnant naturally. In comes the surrogate mother (Amy Poehler), who acts more like the kid that’s soon to be born! Yep, they bond during the whole process, all right! Will It Bomb? These two ladies are hysterical by themselves, but the combined wits of the former SNL-ers will absolutely send this into the Top 3. It’s going to be a free-for-all between this, Marshall, and Forbidden.
Deal (Limited Release): What the heck is going on with Burt Reynolds? Can he not find any great roles anymore? Here he plays a former professional poker player who latches on to the new kid on the block (Bret Harrison), as they try to earn some serious dough in Vegas. Just as you might guess, they end up taking each other on at the tournament finals! I’d like to point out at this time that there are way too many similarities to that awful movie with Eric Bana called Lucky You. . Will It Bomb? This doesn’t have a chance! Poker and gambling movies are dicey. 21 managed to deliver a complex and compelling story, which make the money. Lucky You had a flat storyline, not-so-great acting, and thus, barely made a dime. Take it from experience, it won’t even break the 10 when it goes into Wide Release.
Deception: As a man recruited into a special underground club by Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor learns it’s all comprised of sex between strangers. When he begins seeing one of the female members (Michelle Williams) on the sly, and she goes missing, Ewan must break the rest of the rules to aid in the search. Only nothing and no one is what they seem! Hugh Jackman hasn’t really played too many evil roles, so I am quite thrilled that he heads on over to the dark side in this film! Will It Bomb? I love a good suspense film, but due to last week’s holdovers and the other newbies, this will probably set up shop in the Low-to-Mid section of the Top 10.
Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay: While the stoners and slackers have been considered almost endearing in some films, I can’t really comment on the appeal of these two. Kal Penn and John Cho reprise their roles here. After attempting to smuggle some drug paraphernalia on a flight to The Netherlands, they accused of being involved in terrorist activity and are sent to a prison on a U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Naturally, the whole point of the movie is how they are going to break out of there! Will It Bomb? I don’t see why not! It’s the sequel to the popular flick and a bunch of the characters from the original are on board! This will get into the 5, no doubt in my mind!
All right, folks! There you have it! I will see you with the official recap early next week over at DIB?! Happy weekend and happy viewing!
The IMDb synopsis for Baby Mama reads, “A successful, single businesswoman who dreams of having a baby discovers she is infertile and hires a working class woman to be her unlikely surrogate.”
It sounds like something I would never want to see, let alone pay for…until you know the cast. SNL and 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey plays the successful businesswoman and SNL‘s Amy Poehler plays the working class (or white trash, if you watch the trailer) surrogate.
The poster (below) is actually quite cute, utilizing the baby blocks for the title.