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  Did It Bomb? Weekend of 2/15/08
Posted by: Katy on Feb 20th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

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!




  Will It Bomb? 2/15/08
Posted by: Katy on Feb 15th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

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!




  Did It Bomb? Weekend of 2/1/08
Posted by: Katy on Feb 7th, 2008 Leave a Comment »

All right kids! Well, the Super Bowl didn’t turn out the way most of us New Englanders wanted it to, but c’est la vie!

So, how did the flicks do over at the box office this past weekend? Let’s take a look, shall we?

Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour: Mademoiselle Miley Cyrus breaks out her pipes and Hannah Montana wig to bring her concert tour to the big screen so more of her ever-so-devoted fans could enjoy it!
Will It Bomb? This is the most popular performer in the preteen circuit, so this will definitely end up somewhere in the Top 5!
Did It Bomb? Check that out! Apparently, everybody got the best of all worlds! This made it to #1, bringing in $31.1 million!!
Outcome: Score! 1 out of 4.

Over Her Dead Body: Desperate Housewives model vamp Eva Longoria Parker strikes out on her own in this film, as a spirit who isn’t too thrilled that her former flame may have gotten over her. Time to sabotage!!
Will It Bomb? You betcha. While the powers that be are trying to get her more acting exposure outside of the show, this role isn’t the ticket. I doubt that it will make it in, but if so, it’ll be on the Lower end of the 10.
Did It Bomb? You betcha. A wimpy take of $5.4 million. While all the TV spots are hailing the comedic ability of Mrs. Parker, not too many people were running for the door. Better luck next time.
Outcome: Score! 2 out of 4.

Strange Wilderness: Adam Sandler’s shining face and whacked out humor are but a mere presence in this film (his production company backed this one up). One of Sandler’s personal film sidekicks, as well as some familiar faces from recent hits, band together the sweep what’s left of their local wildlife television program and search for Bigfoot. I’m not making that up, folks!
Will It Bomb? I’m thinking it’ll be moderately successful. It’ll make it into the Low to Mid end of the 10, for a nice, refreshing comedic change.
Did It Bomb? With a $3.1 million take? Yeah, it bombed. Like it’s never bombed before! It didn’t grab as much attention as I would have liked it to, I guess.
Outcome: Strike! 2 out of 4.

The Eye: Jessica Alba pulls a Sarah Michelle Gellar and does her first remake of a Japanese thriller. Alba gets a corneal transplant, and while she regains her literal vision, she’s getting some other kinds as well. Creepy ones.
Will It Bomb? I can’t decide. You have the remake of a Japanese psychological thriller with an actress who’s trying to broaden her range in a genre that probably isn’t a good fit for her. Money will be earned, but I think the film will go into the Lower-to-Mid section of the 10
Did It Bomb? Shocker! Coming in at #2 and earning about $12.4 million, that’s not quite a good comparison to what top dog Hannah Montana brought in, but it’s pretty good.
Outcome: Strike! 2 out of 4.

***Official Box Office tallies and positions according to Variety (variety.com), The Hollywood Reporter (hollywoodreporter.com) and the Internet Movie Database (imdb.com).

Well, kids! I called them right down the center, again! Can I do better the next time around? Wait until the newest edition of WIB? comes to call! That should be interesting, as always! See you then!




  Will It Bomb? 2/1/08
Posted by: Katy on Feb 1st, 2008 1 Comment »

Happy Friday, everyone! This weekend may be a biggie in the sports world as our beloved Patriots take on the Giants at the Super Bowl, but it’s always a race to the top in Movie Land! That’s right, kids! Welcome to this week’s installment of WIB?!

Now, are the films that the studios are releasing this week up to snuff? Or are you better off staying home and flipping the channels?

Take a look!

The Eye: For once it’s not Sarah Michelle Gellar doing a Japanese remake! This time it’s Jessica Alba. Hey, somebody new! As a recipient of a corneal transplant, Alba gets her sight back, but also gets the kind of visions not many of us would care to see. Yep, it’s the scary and supernatural kind. Whoopee.
Will It Bomb? It’s debatable. While the remake game will always be in play, and the desire for another psychological shocker is apparent, I am not thrilled with the choice for the lead (we all know that SMG and Naomi Watts are the queens of this genre). However, I think that some revenue will come in. It’ll probably get in the mid-to-low end of the 10, shuffling along with Strange Wilderness (see below).

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