Happy Tuesday, folks! Well, I got my fill of BBQ this Memorial Day…How about you? I’m surprised that my friends didn’t have to roll me out of my seat!
Before I get to our recap of how the Box Office fared, I did want to mention the loss of one of the industry’s most respected directors. Earning several Oscars over the course of his career and having gained a wide fan base, Sydney Pollack made quite an impact in film. Known predominantly for his directing, Pollack also acted occasionally, and I particularly loved his recurring role on Will & Grace. The film world has lost another great visionary, and he will be missed. Onto the results…
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Harrison Ford’s hair may have a little more gray, and he may have aged, but he can still kick ass! Indiana Jones has returned and is still fending off those pesky foes, all while cracking his whip and wearing the trusty fedora! While a group of Russians are investigating their new find, Indy has to fight them off! Cate Blanchett portrays the antagonist, complete with black tresses and a smooth Russian accent; Karen Allen is back as his ex; Shia LaBeouf fills in as the new sidekick. Will It Bomb? Prepare yourself! This will definitely hit the top spot and it will make a ton of dough. That’s a given! Did It Bomb? As the entire population expected, this made a phenomenal take! Including the holiday, it pulled in $151 million and naturally hit #1! Outcome: Score! 1 out 3.
Postal (Limited Release): I thought that In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale would do very poorly when it was released, and it did. Now, director Uwe Boll has returned with this flick about some guy who has to fight against the Taliban and do a whole bunch of crazy stuff. Will It Bomb? Forget about it. This will probably keep up Boll’s hellacious streak of pathetically bad movies. It’s in Limited Release on top of that. Did It Bomb? As of today, the tally on this film has not been released, so I will need to hold this one over. I’ll keep you all posted! Har-har, “posted”. Outcome: To be continued…
The Children of Huang Shi (Limited Release): Based on a true story, British journalist Jonathan Rhys Meyers has gone to China right before the second World War. When he meets a group of orphans and mentors them, he really puts his life on the line to get them out of their surroundings, before the trouble really starts. Will It Bomb? Yep, this is also in Limited Release, but it looks like this will bring in a nice amount of cash.
Did It Bomb? With showings in 7 theatres in only Los Angeles and New York, this earned a tad over $54,250. Super! Outcome: Score! 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).
There you have it! Two out of three, kids! Of course, there are always more films about to be released. Can I still keep up the momentum? Come on back later this week, where I will tell you all about them! Get ready for WIB?!
It’s Memorial Day weekend, already? Man, almost half of the year has flown by!
Well, guys, as we all know, any movie that’s released remotely near a holiday gets the biggest push from the studios! This week should be no exception. Many of you will have this Monday off, so you will have three days in which to spend quality time with your favorite film stars. So, welcome to this week’s WIB?! What’s up for grabs?
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Harrison Ford once again dons the fedora and carries the whip in the fourth Indy film! This time, Indiana is back in commission and has to foil some Russians (including raven-bobbed Cate Blanchett) who are trying to figure out what’s so special about their new discovery. To add to the mix, Shia LaBeouf plays his new sidekick, and Karen Allen returns as our hero’s former flame. However, there may be something to boo at… no Sean Connery! Will It Bomb? Oh, baby! This is a no-brainer. Prince Caspian is not only going to lose his figurative crown, but will be blown away by this film. Without a doubt, this will hit #1!
Postal (Limited Release): The director behind this, Uwe Boll, was also behind the ever-so-lame In the Name of the King: A Dungeon SiegeTale (which starred the seemingly suck-proof Jason Statham). Isn’t it kind of bad to be a director and have minimal success with your films? Just a thought, Anyway, this stars Zack Ward (who most of us remember as the kid that gets beaten up by Ralphie in A Christmas Story) as a guy who has to save the masses from the Taliban, with help from his cult-leader uncle (Dave Foley). A tad over-the-top, I’d say. Will It Bomb? Absolutely. I don’t doubt that for a minute. Even in its Limited capacity, it doesn’t have a chance. The Children of Huang Shi (Limited Release): Jonathan Rhys Meyers starts a as journalist who heads to China in the late 1930s. On the brink of World War II, he encounters a group of orphaned boys and takes them under his wing. That’s not all. It looks like he makes it a point to help them escape from the area, despite the environment. From what I have read, this is based on a true story and much of the film was shot in the beautiful country. Will It Bomb? This is another movie I’ve barely heard anything about. However, I believe that while this is only being shown in New York and Los Angeles, it looks like it’ll earn a decent take this first round.
That’s going to be all for this week, folks. So far, my success rate is becoming steady, so let’s see if I will stay on that track. Better there than back at square one! Already anxious to find out how this plays out? Don’t forget about the official recap, which you can find over at DIB?! That returns, as always, early next week. Have a wonderful Memorial Day and Happy Viewing!