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!
Happy Thursday, kids! You all know what that means! The weekend is coming and so are new movies! We have a lot to go over, so let’s hit it! Welcome to this week’s WIB?!
Flawless: Michael Caine is a custodian at a London diamond exchange who teams up with a female employee who’s been passed over for many promotions, due to her gender. And to answer what I assume to be your most burning question…Yes, the two people everyone least suspects are planning to rob the diamond vault. Is the female lead a surprise to any of you? While it seems that she couldn’t quite keep a grasp on her British accent, welcome back, Demi Moore! Will It Bomb? I doubt that it will do exceptionally well. There is way too much competition for this to make a major dent. If anything, it should make an appearance in the Lower end of the 10.
Run, Fatboy, Run: David Schwimmer (Yes, that David Schwimmer…the one who used to play Ross Geller) makes his directorial debut in this comedy. Years after fleeing from his bride (Thandie Newton) at the altar, Simon Pegg believes he made the world’s biggest gaffe (probably more-so since she’s now with Hank Azaria). So, to prove to her that he’s not the dip he once was, he decides to shape up and run in the London Marathon. Only, the trouble is, he has to actually get in shape. The shot of him in the spandex hotpants yanking out a wedgie? Priceless! Will It Bomb? Simon Pegg is definitely one of the new Crown Princes of BritCom (along with his constant sidekick, Nick Frost), and if this is even half as funny as Hot Fuzz, it will make the Top 10. I’m still hoping for a spot in the Top 5, though.
Superhero Movie: If you’re into those ubiquitous movies that take every recent film in a single genre to create an over the top parody, you’re in luck! They made another one! What’s this one about? Read the title! Mostly a knockoff of Spider-Man, this stars Drake Bell (from Nickelodeon’s Drake& Josh) as a super klutzy teenager by day, klutzy, bumbling superhero by night. I’m not feeling it… Will It Bomb? I may not be into it, but this will probably make the middle of the Top 10, with a strong chance of creeping into the 5. The masses seem to really like the parodies!
Stop Loss: I have seen Kimberly Peirce’s poignant Boys Don’t Cry a few times, and it’s one of those films that gets me choked up whenever I see it. Peirce directed Hilary Swank in the first of her two roles to earn Oscar gold, but can lightning strike twice with this film? Ryan Phillippe stars as a veteran just about to wind up his stint in Iraq, when the government chooses to send him back over. Needless to say, Ryan thinks he’s done his duty and it’s time for the military to relieve him, but conflict all across the board has everyone around him thinking… Will It Bomb? With the war being a constantly touchy subject, I think this has a decent chance of slipping into the 10, but I think more exposure over time will earn this viewership.
21: The tons of publicity surrounding this movie had better guarantee a knock out of the park, since it’s all I’ve been reading about. For those of you who have been living under a rock, Kevin Spacey, Jim Sturgess, and Kate Bosworth star in this movie, based on the true story of MIT students who put their brains to a different use, through gambling. Actually, to be precise, they were card-counting in Vegas. Well, we know that one of them had a pretty good reason for doing it: he needed money for school! Will It Bomb? This will end up at either #1 or #2, just on the endless hype alone. I think it’ll either cause Horton to take a slight dip, or it’ll ride shotgun. The local connection to our neck of the woods might propel it a bit around here, as well!
That’s going to be all for me, friends! After the Box Office scores are in, you know I’ll be back with the results! Get ready, because come early next week, you get the latest installment of DIB?! Happy viewing!