Another weekend has gone by, and let me tell you, the competition was certainly the fiercest I’ve seen in quite a long time! I made my calls with WIB? right before the weekend. Did I make the right ones?
Read on, kids! It’s time for DIB?!
88 Minutes: Al Pacino’s life is put in danger after he testifies in the trial of a murderer who is sent off to death row. He’s trying to not only fend off whoever is after him within a very short amount of time, but he has to listen to the speculation by the very guy he helped put away! Will It Bomb? Pacino is so highly regarded, it really goes without saying that it will do well! It’ll probably set up shop in the Top 5! Did It Bomb? What a nice start! Earning a decent $6.8 million, this ended up at #4! Outcome: Score! 1 out of 5.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall: Jason Segel is dating A-list star Kristen Bell, or he was dating her in the beginning of this movie. When she leaves him for another guy, broken-hearted Jason jets to Hawaii for some R&R. He wasn’t expecting to run into the ex, with the new guy, was he? Will It Bomb? Everything about this film screams “gold.” With its massive marketing campaign, hot actors, popular production genre. It’s going to take down Prom Night, and hit the top! Did It Bomb? It may have jacked Prom Night from its standing, but stopped short at the #2 position, making $17.3 million. Outcome: Mezza-mezza. 1 ½ out of 5. The Forbidden Kingdom: Jet Li and Jackie Chan together in a film? Sign me up! A teenage martial arts film fanboy gets something unexpected when he wakes up in ancient China. When these two masters have the daunting task of helping him fulfill his destiny and learn Martial Arts, that’s when I get excited! Will It Bomb? Based on the target audience of teens and tweens, I think it shouldn’t get a lot of revenue despite those leads. Middle of the 10. Did It Bomb? Man! I definitely should have called this better! With $20.9 million, it skyrocketed far and fast where? Into the #1 slot! Outcome: Strike! 1 ½ out of 5.
Pathology: Someone within a group of overachieving medical students decide to go off and kill a lot of people for what? Funsies? To one-up one another? Beats me! Will It Bomb? The competition is up there, but I think this should make it into the center of the 10. Did It Bomb? This actually was put into Limited Release, but did make $50,000 from around 46 theatres. Not bad… Outcome: Strike! 1 ½ out of 5.
Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? (Limited Release): Morgan Spurlock has really found his fanbase and a niche in these quirky documentaries! Judging from the trailer, he somehow peppers the topic of terrorism and his talks with Muslims with a little bit of humor. He also goes over to the Middle East to try to track down the elusive person mentioned in the title. Will It Bomb? This should make some money! Spurlock knows a good thing when he sees it! Did It Bomb? In about 102 theatres, this brought in a bit over $143,200. Pretty good! Outcome: Score! 2 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).
I backslid a little bit this week, but I’m confident that it will get better! Come on back later this week for WIB?, where hopefully, I will be able to change it! See you then!
Good evening, everyone! The weekend is on its way, and I hope that you all will take the time and go see one of so many films that the studios have released! Only, are they worth your precious time and dough?
That’s right! It’s time for a brand-new installment of WIB?! How are the choices looking this weekend! Scroll down and see!
88 Minutes: After having given expert testimony at the trial that puts a ruthless killer on death row, somebody’s looking to get revenge on Al Pacino! True to form, he has to figure out who wants him dead, before it’s done. Naturally, he only has, what else, 88 minutes to do that. The crazy part is the hardened criminal that got put away actually seems happy that the tables have turned. Will It Bomb? Guys, it’s Al Pacino! He could read the list of ingredients on a cereal box and it would still be considered brilliant! I think it will make the lower level of the 5, since the rest of them are getting a bit old and not-so-fresh.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall: How can you forget Sarah Marshall? When Jason Segel gets dumped by the aforementioned screen queen (Kristen Bell), he rolls on out to Hawaii to drown his sorrows. Only, guess who’s staying at the resort with her new squeeze? While being around the happy couple is making Segel uncomfortable, he makes new connections of his own. This just may be the ticket to overcome the heartbreak! Will It Bomb? The marketing campaign has been rampant for this comedy, and while it may be a little excessive at this point, it will pay off! Produced by Judd Apatow and written by Segel, it’s a guaranteed success. This will positively dethrone Prom Night. It will make #1, and with a great big chunk of dough!
The Forbidden Kingdom: I am beyond thrilled that two men who are considered to be masters of the martial arts film genre have finally banded together! When a teenager gets transported to Ancient China, he seems pretty skeptical about possibly becoming an elite warrior. However, the two men who wish to become his master must put their own personal feelings aside, especially when one needs rescuing. I know that if I had to pick between Jet Li and Jackie Chan, I’d have quite a hard time! Will It Bomb? I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting for a pair-up like this! While the storyline is geared more toward the tweens and teens, judging by those fight scenes in the trailer, it should bring in the greenbacks! I vote that it will get into the middle of the Top 10.
Pathology: I thought the medical students in Flatliners were pulling something pretty freaky! Milo Ventimiglia stars as a med student who’s in a rivalry with another. Yep, the two overachievers are trying to trump each other. What’s the catch? Somebody in their expanded social circle is a little obsessed with murder. So, what’s the whole point of these senseless killings? Is it to gather up cadavers for genuine medical research or just for kicks? Personally, I don’t want to know! Will It Bomb? This week has very stiff competition, but for those who want to get the living daylights scared out of them, this is the way to go! I vote center of the 10.
Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? (Limited Release): I’ve always thought that Morgan Spurlock is pretty ballsy. What can you expect from a guy who ate nothing but McDonald’s for an 30 days? With this documentary film, the topics venture from attitudes toward terrorism and discussions with Muslims, as well as a trip to the Middle East in search of Bin Laden himself. Will It Bomb? Spurlock has made quite a name for himself with his over-the-top documentaries, so I don’t see why this wouldn’t make a little dough!
Wow, we’ve got quite a variety! Those are my assessments, friends. Want to see if I can still maintain the level of success from last week? There’s only one way to find out! Stay tuned for the next edition of DIB?, which returns early next week. Happy viewing!
The Milo Ventimiglia thriller Pathology dropped off the map after the first poster and trailer were released. But now we have a new poster (see below) and a way-pushed-back release date of April 18th (from the original date of November 30th, 2007).
I especially like how the tagline emphasizes “Every body has a secret,” rather than “Everybody has a secret.” It’s some nice wordplay to remind us that the movie revolves around a bunch of twisted pathology (aka morgue) students.