Good evening, everyone! It is officially Spring, but up here in New England, winter is lingering for a bit too long!
This weekend brought a couple of new movies, so now it’s time to see if they lived up to their hype! Did I get it right this time or is it back to the old drawing board?
Welcome to this week’s edition of DIB?! Off we go!
Drillbit Taylor: Starring Owen Wilson and co-written by Seth Rogen, high schoolers are jonesing for a bodyguard and hire, you guessed it, Drillbit Taylor. In order to keep an eye on his charges, he also poses as a teacher and might get some love as a result! Will It Bomb? Not a lot of positive feedback towards this, but it should do well, regardless. It’ll make it into at least the middle of the 10, and possibility into the #5 slot.
Did It Bomb? It did much better than I thought it would! It landed in the #4 spot, bringing along a decent $10.2 million. Outcome: Score! 1 out of 3.
Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns: Or as I like to call it, When Angela met Madea. Single mother Angela Bassett journeys to Georgia to meet the family of the father she never knew. This features an impressive supporting cast, including Perry as his alter ego. Will It Bomb? Tyler Perry has the touch, so this one will do just as well as his other flicks. Absolute Top 5 contender. Did It Bomb? I got another one! This earned a tidy $20 million, and blasted into the #2 position! Outcome: Score! 2 out of 3.
Shutter: OK. I’ll spell this one out in three short bursts. Remake of another Asian thriller (what else is new?)…starring Joshua Jackson…apparitions show up in pictures that have been developed. Any takers? Will It Bomb? With a vague trailer and an unoriginal story, it’ll make the Low-to-Mid end of the Top 10. Did It Bomb? What a shock! This glided into #3 and made a nice $10.7 million. Outcome: Strike! 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).
As the old saying goes, two out of three isn’t bad! It’s a lot better than before, let me tell you! It’s looking up! Everything should hopefully go smoothly all through this season!
The question is, can I pull it off again? Later on this week, you’ll get a whole new set of assessments over at WIB?! That’s where the test will lie! I will see you then!
Happy Thursday, everybody! As always, the new releases are unleashed on the world tomorrow, so it’s time to talk a little bit about them! Are they worth the money? Are they worth your time? I’m ready to tell you!
Welcome to an ever-so-informative installment of WIB?! Let’s get started!
Drillbit Taylor: With Seth Rogen co-writing the screenplay and Owen Wilson being front and center, moviegoers might not know what hit them! Three high school kids are desperate to hire a bodyguard for protection against the cool kids. The man they end up hiring poses as a teacher as well to impress a lady! Will It Bomb? While the recent publicity has been less than flattering, I don’t see why this would completely tank. I’m thinking it’ll get at least the center of the Top 10, with a possibility of hitting #5.
Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns: Oh, Angela Bassett, I miss those days when your roles were nice and meaty… You played Tina Turner, for pete’s sake! In yet another adaptation of a Tyler Perry play, Bassett plays a single mom who learns of the death of the father she never knew and trots on down to Georgia to meet the rest of the family. Expect an appearance by Perry as Madea, as well as former Boston Celtic Rick Fox in a supporting role! Will It Bomb? It seems that Perry’s films have the golden touch, so let’s just say that this one will as well, if only for just one weekend. It will land in the Top 5; I can feel it.
Judd Apatow officially disowned Drillbit Taylor in a press conference on Wednesday, March 19th. According to Rope of Silicon, Apatow received a producing credit on the film, but claims to have nothing to do with the movie creatively. The producing credit was, “just a courtesy.”
During the press conference Apatow explained his change of heart:
When I was originally pitched the concept I was told it would be funny and there would be plenty of senseless homeless man on high school bully violence. Unfortunately that is not what we got. On top of that there are no dick jokes and the word ‘f***’ isn’t uttered once. I mean, ‘f***’ is funny! This movie isn’t.
He then goes on to say,
However, Forgetting Sarah Marshall was all my idea and I wish Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller the best of luck. I am glad I could help them make such a great movie.
Apparently Judd Apatow has a similar sense of humor as myself. While the commercials for Drillbit Taylor have left me bored, I’ve been anxiously awaiting Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Incidentally, the tagline for Drillbit Taylor is “You Get What You Pay For.” Hmmm…indeed.
Taylor stars Owen Wilson and a bunch of unknowns and will be in theaters March 21st, 2008. Forgetting Sarah Marshall stars Jason Segel and Kristen Bell and will be in theaters April 18th, 2008.
Head over to Rope of Silicon to read about the studio’s reaction to Apatow’s statements.