Hello, and welcome to a loaded edition of DIB? You guys are not going to believe this. This week’s Box Office scores had a bit of controversy! Aren’t you just dying to know what it is? Before I spill it, we have to see if my predictions proved true and exact for the third week in a row. Have I done it?
Redbelt: David Mamet takes the story of a mixed martial arts fighter who’s battling with money problems, but that’s just the beginning. Add a whole mess of subplots that interweave like a spiderweb, and you’ve got a film that will really sharpen your mind. Will It Bomb? While the industry buzz is still harping on the outrageous success of Iron Man, this will make cash, but probably won’t get into the Top 10. Did It Bomb? I was pleasantly surprised. Now in Wide Release after just a week, this came in at #10, earning $1.24 million. Outcome: Strike! 0 out of 3.
Speed Racer: Emile Hirsch stars as the eponymous lead in this remake of an extremely popular animated series. The Wachowskis follow up their mega-hit Matrix franchise with this colorful and high-speed flick. Boasting a great cast that includes Susan Sarandon and Matthew Fox, a car-racer’s dream is kept alive, despite numerous obstacles. Will It Bomb? The sheer power of the #1 film isn’t going to allow anyone to steal its thunder. It’ll make the bottom end of the Top 5, however. Did It Bomb? It was expected to make a lot more than it did. Obviously, many were pretty surprised that this hit #3, bringing in $18.6 million. I know I was! Outcome: Score! 1 out of 3.
What Happens in Vegas: Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz hit Las Vegas because they’re both pretty down. Well, after all the drinks, partying, and gambling, what’s left to do? Get hitched!! On the brink of an expected breakup, they hit the jackpot. Would you stay with someone for 3 million dollars? Or would you try to make their lives horrible? Will It Bomb? I vote that this will make it into the center of the 10, but there’s no stopping Tony Stark and his suit! Did It Bomb? How about that? This brought in $20.2 million, and jumped into the #2 position! Outcome: Strike! 1 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).
So, what’s the dirt, you ask? According to various media sources, there was supposedly an error somewhere in the tabulation regarding the #2 and #3 films (since we all knew what was going to stay at #1). When I checked the takes this past Sunday on IMDb, it claimed that Speed Racer made about $20.2 million and broke into the second spot, with Vegas following in at a close third, with $20 million. Come this past Monday, on another site, the figures themselves were recalculated and it’s been alleged that there may have been a little fluffing going on, possibly by Warner Brothers, the studio that released Speed Racer. I don’t work for the studio, and I cannot speculate what exactly happened, but it’s good to know that someone is keeping an eye open and making sure that the system remains truthful and accurate.
As for my predictions…unfortunately, my luck ran out this time around. Back to the drawing board! A brand new crop of movies are hitting the cinemas in a few days. Can I get my record back up again? Stay tuned for the next installment of WIB? to find out!
Hello everyone! Well, the weather up here in New England is crazy, as usual. The constant changes in temperature around here are par for the course, but I know what many of you are thinking of doing this weekend! The cinemas are calling to you! As always, you’ve got lots of choices, but which ones will give you more bang for your buck?
Check out the latest edition of WIB?! Here we go!
Redbelt: This isn’t some lowbrow action flick with nothing but fight scenes for the entire time! David Mamet directs this drama about a mixed martial arts fighter who is dealing with many issues. Costarring Tim Allen and Joe Mantegna, among the oodles of subplot, you have financial issues, a rigged competition, a woman searching for self-confidence, and even a has-been actor trying to make it big again. What a mouthful! Will It Bomb? I haven’t heard a lot of buzz about this, considering the industry is focused on Iron Man (and rightly so), so I doubt it will get into the 10, but it should make a decent amount.
Speed Racer: How do you top The Matrix? The Wachowskis have returned with their take on a cartoon classic. Do you know what it is? I don’t think I need to tell you too much about it, since the trailer pretty much gives it to you. In yet another remake, Emile Hirsch plays our racing hero living in his high-octane, neon-colored world, where giving up his dream isn’t an option. Losing isn’t one, either! The supporting cast is very solid: Matthew Fox, John Goodman, Christina Ricci, and one of cinema’s grand dames, Susan Sarandon. Will It Bomb? There is no way on earth that this will overtake the #1 film. It’s just not happening. Still, this will probably get into at least the low, low section of the 5.
What Happens in Vegas: As everybody pretty much knows, Las Vegas is o the place where people go to leave their lives behind, whether they’re mundane, cluttered, or just plain lousy. That’s the case for Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher. They each suffer some hardships and take a mini vacay to renew themselves. Only, as history has shown, Vegas + drunkness = marriage. Obviously they want to break up, but something will temporarily keep them together: a $3 million jackpot! Through a judge’s ruling forcing them to stay married, both sabotage each other’s lives and comfort for the dough. But, are they really into each other? Will It Bomb? I’ll say it again! Iron Man is way too hot, so I think this will simply slide into the middle of the 10.
That’ll do it for this installment, friends! Now, my last two columns have resulted in perfect predictions, so can I make it a third? Cross your fingers, toes, and eyes that it will! So, be sure to come back early next week for the official recap over at DIB? I will see you all then!