This week’s new releases are completely different from each other. We have the action-thriller Jumper starring Darth Whiney and Sammy L. Then comes The Bucket List starring two of the finest actors the screen has ever known – Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. And then comes The Other Boleyn Girl starring Eric Bana, Natalie Portman, and Scarlett Johansson.
Hey, everybody! I’m back! It’s time to find out just how close my predictions came to the reality of the Box Office scores! Are you ready? I know I need to tell you all about it, or I’ll burst!
Welcome to this week’s DIB?!
Definitely, Maybe: Soon-to-be divorced Ryan Reynolds is trying to explain to his daughter (Abigail Breslin) why his relationships didn’t go the way he hoped. The girl also adds her two cents to help them both heal. Will It Bomb? Very sweet film, plausible Top 5 slot, bringing Juno ahead and The Eye will fall behind. Did It Bomb? Not a bad call! This landed at #5, and brought with it $12.8 million! Outcome: Score! 1 out of 5.
Diary of the Dead: George Romero is back with his never-ending parade of the undead. Student filmmakers shooting a horror film come across those ever-so-popular zombies! Will It Bomb? There is nothing fresh or new in the horror horizon, so that should allow this to pull up a seat in the middle of the Top 10. Did It Bomb? Nobody was biting or chewing on this one (another pun intended). Screened at just over 40 theaters, this made a lackluster $275,000. Outcome: Strike! 1 out of 5.
Jumper: Anybody catch on to this film’s throwback to Quantum Leap? This stars Rachel Bilson as the semi-suspecting girlfriend and Darthy himself, Hayden Christensen, as the man who can move through time and space as his mood strikes him. Will It Bomb? Without a doubt, this will get into the 5, and will probably end up at #1. Did It Bomb? #1! Total $33.9 million! Outcome: Score! 2 out of 5.
Step Up 2 the Streets: Take the first Step Up movie. Switch the actors, switch a little of the background. Boom. Ready-made sequel. Will It Bomb? More than you will ever know! No hope whatsoever. Did It Bomb? Talk about a complete and utter surprise! This wound up at #2? Following the weekend, this made $26.3 million? Am I dreaming? Outcome: Strike! 2 out of 5.
The Spiderwick Chronicles: A family, including Freddie Highmore and his twin (also played by Freddie Highmore) puts up stakes in a big, dusty house that’s chock-full over whatever exciting fantastical being you can think of! Will It Bomb? Nice chance of it getting into the low end of the Top 10, because of the kids who aren’t flocking to see Miley Cyrus. Did It Bomb? Here’s another one that performed above my expectations! This landed at the #3 position, with a total weekend take of $21.4 million Outcome: Strike! 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).
Ouch! That didn’t play out the way I thought it would! Catch me later on this week with all the newest films over at WIB?! I hope this set will come out a little rosier! I will see you all then!
Good evening, everyone! The weekend has arrived! Am I excited!! As I do every week, I discuss what’s coming to the theaters! Are the flicks that are being thrown out there worth your hard-earned dough? Are you better off sitting on your couch with a nice, big bag of chips and a DVD?
Let’s break it all down, shall we? Welcome to this week’s installment of WIB?! Let the commentary begin!
Definitely, Maybe: Ryan Reynolds plays a single father to peanut Abigail Breslin, and to help them heal both their souls, the lass wants to help her dad figure out just what went wrong in his long term relationships (including that of his pending divorce from her mother). Cute kid, cute story. This gives me a nice, warm feeling. Will It Bomb? It does look really sweet, and Ryan could use another hit. I vote it’ll get in to the 5, probably knocking The Eye out of its spot, and bringing Juno up a notch or two.
Diary of the Dead: While the legacy of George Romero’s long-running zombie series has been heralded by many a horror filmmaker and fan, it may be time to hang it up…Only, that’s not going to happen anytime soon! While a bunch of students are making a little movie about zombies, they run into the flesh-eaters themselves, in the flesh (pun intended). Will It Bomb? There is no major horror flick shocking the public right now, so I think that the timing of this release will be to the film’s advantage. I believe that this will end up in the center of the Top 10.
Jumper: Hayden Christensen stars as someone who has the innate ability to travel through time to anywhere he pleases. Yes, there are obstacles (those trying to track him and his fellow jumpers down and do away with them) and possible romantic entanglement (with Rachel Bilson, who doesn’t know what’s going on, but only that her man is a little “different”).
Will It Bomb? From the moment this film was announced and the first trailer was released, I had only one thought in my mind: the classic late‘80s/early ‘90s series Quantum Leap! I am expecting this to end up in the Top 5, with a very strong possibility of the #1 slot.
Step Up 2 the Streets: Another step/dance-off movie? Arrrrggghhh. Another sequel? Arrrrggggggghhh. Just like the first one, we have a guy and a girl who are totally different, who come together through the international language of dance. That’s all you have to know. Will It Bomb? Bombs Away! If you saw the first one, you can tell that this is absolutely another rehash. There’s no point of even thinking this will go anywhere. It won’t. That’s showbiz.
The Spiderwick Chronicles:Freddie Highmore pulls double duty as twins in this fantasy flick. Based on the novel, the Grace twins, along with the rest of their family move into a humongous house and uncover all the secrets. You name it, they exist: fairies, ogres, the whole lot! Will It Bomb? I think this will make it into the low end of the 10. Target audience? That would be the older kids who have gotten over the Hannah Montana mania, as well as those who need another boost of the mystical and fantastical.
That’s going to do it for this week, kids! If you want to find out if I got these assessments right(and I’m sure that you do), come on back early next week and check out the official companion column, Did It Bomb?! Itching for more? WIB? returns late next week with the newbies. I will see you all then!
Two posters have surfaced for the time-warping Hayden Christensen flick Jumper. In the movie, Christensen has the ability to teleport and Samuel L. Jackson is a bounty-hunter of sorts sent to kill him. The trailer is pretty awesome too. Check out the two posters below.