Sunday, February 14, 2010

Box Office Results and Weekly Movie News

Movies coming out this week!

Shutter Island - When a psychotic killer (Mortimer) disappears from a mental institution on Shutter Island, a pair of U.S. Marshals (Ruffalo and DiCaprio) race against the clock in order to track her down.

The Ghost Writer - A ghostwriter (McGregor) hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister (Brosnan) uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.

Movies coming out on Blu-ray and DVD!

Law Abiding Citizen
Coco Before Chanel
Black Dynamite
Halo Legends

Box Office results for the weekend!

1 Valentine's Day$52.4 M

2 Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief$31.1 M

3 The Wolfman $30.6 M

4 Avatar $22.0 M

5 Dear John $15.3 M

6 The Tooth Fairy $5.6 M

7 From Paris With Love $4.7 M

8 Edge of Darkness $4.5 M

9 Crazy Heart $4.0 M

10 When in Rome $3.4 M

I blame films like "Valentine's Day" for ruining relationships for people who love movies. Say a person loves films and are critical of them (and has high standards) and knows that films like "Valentine's Day" are crap and doesn't want to see them. But say that person's significant other wants to see the film because it happens to fall on a romantic holiday, but the movie lover refuses to see crap films and thus arguments ensue.

*sigh*....was not the best weekend. Especially since "Valentine's Day" won the No. 1 spot. I don't know if it was the scores of women dragging their helpless and cowardly boyfriends to the movie, or if Aston Kutcher got all of his followers on Twitter to buy a ticket, but "Valentine's Day" made huge numbers and a sequel is already in the works centering on New Years Eve.

I can't wait for a film about relationships centered around the Fourth of July, Labor Day and Martin Luther King Jr. day!

"Percy Jackson" and "Wolfman" opened to humble numbers considering they are totally different genres from each other and "Valentine's Day."

Other films keep falling, but "Avatar" continues to hang in there, surpassing films that are newer than it is.

To reiterate earlier points's not that I don't appreciate "escape cinema." I do. The issue is that it's impossible to escape if you've seen it a dozen times before. When films start getting into formulas to make money, that is when I get irritated because you can clearly see story is thrown out for hopes of making money. And the formulas work. Only the movie lovers and critics can see behind the veil that are the studios. The GMA (general movie audience) fall prey so easily...

As I said...wasn't the best weekend. Excuse me for my ranting.

Next weekend, "Shutter Island" finally comes out after its long delay!


Mikey said...

Damn, tell us how you REALLY feel. Yowch.

Yeah, I don't really get how "Valentine's Day" got those huge numbers. Every critic review I read just blasted it. Down with rom-coms, I say!! I forget, wasn't there another ensemble-type movie similar to Valentine's Day that came out not too long ago?

On the other hand, I went to see The Wolfman. I liked it pretty well. I figured it would have done better. The theater I went to was pretty much packed with people. It just proves once again that almost every movie I like usually bombs. Oh well.

bandito said...

You had to see "Valentine's Day"'s success coming-it's a chik flik at Valentine's day. Of course chiks are gonna convince their "cowardly and helpless" boyfriends to take them, as well as going in groups to see it if they are single. That doesn't mean it's good cinema, but it's gonna happen-as witnessed by this film.
Sorry bout your weekend man...

Head Hero said...

As I said...bad weekend.

Yes, the earlier ensemble film, that also did well, was "He's Just Not That Into You," which I also refused to see. Yet I love the film "Love Actually," which is a GOOD rom-com ensemble film.

I want to see "Wolfman" badly and will wind up seeing it this weekend.

I think what will happen in the future is that I will have to cave-in, just as other men do, and see these terrible movies because I think the ratio of women who don't fall prey to those films to those who do is like 1:3,000,000.