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Thursday
Jun102010

Has our bromance with Judd Apatow ended? A box office history from VIRGIN to GREEK

Judd Apatow has seen better days. A few years ago he couldn't go wrong with $100 million hits like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, and Superbad. Now his newest feature, Get Him to the Greek, can't dethrone Shrek Forever After, a deflated, three-week-old sequel that continues to top the box office because of the incompetence of every other new release that has followed it. The new comedy took in a weak $17.5 million in its opening weekend, despite being quite hilarious. What's the deal? Are audiences tired of Judd Apatow's foul-mouthed, bromantic comedies? 

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Monday
Aug102009

G.I. Joe blows up the box office, Julie & Julia eat their way to #2 (Weekend Report)

The actual weekend box office numbers are in from all the studios. If you've seen numbers before now, they were estimates.

Despite my condemnation, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra topped it all with $54,713,046 in weekend box office receipts from a very high 4,007 theaters. For those, like me, who think it's only getting attention because of how low expectations are, there are some glimmers of hope. G.I. Joe made $22.2 million Friday, but slid 18% to $18.2 million on Saturday. If word of mouth is good, usually a film will gain momentum on Saturday. Sunday numbers were $14.4 million, but those are usually lower. Studios are claiming it's the fourth best August opening ever, which is probably the best award G.I. Joe will ever receive. It trails The Bourne Ultimatum, Signs, and Rush Hour 2.

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Monday
Aug032009

Hollywood is playing it safe with remakes, sequels, and licenses

Thompson on Hollywood posted up a brief, but very true, article today about the lack of original movies coming out of Hollywood lately.

It’s an age old argument, and has always been a problem, but it’s reaching dangerous levels. The Hobbit is in development, as are 4th installments to the Alien, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Spider-Man franchises, among others. Steven Speilberg is working on a remake of the classic James Stewart film, Harvey Next, as his next project. I can’t see anyone adequately replacing Jimmy Stewart, but he’s looking at Tom Hanks for Will Smith. Robert Downey Jr. is Sherlock Holmes. There are also quite a few classic novels and other licenses in development, including video game movies like World of Warcraft. What we aren’t seeing is original movies, entirely created for the screen, not adapted to it.

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Monday
Aug032009

Funny People tops box office, Harry Potter holds on to #2 (Weekend Report)

It's a decent weekend for Judd Apatow, but Potter fans should be happier. Funny People, starring Adam Sandler as a comedian wrestling with death, managed to reach the top of the box office, but not by much. It made $23,439,565 through the weekend. It will be interesting to see if it trended up or down through the weekend. Final numbers are not out yet. (My review of Funny People is here.) If this follows the trend of the last two Apatow movies, or last three Sandler movies, it will break the $100 million mark, and possibly inch toward $200 million.

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Saturday
Aug012009

Review - Funny People ****1/2

Funny People is a fantastic film, that happens to be funny. If you just want to roll over laughing, and don’t care to feel other emotions, I’d suggest something else—like The Hangover. This runs a bit deeper. It’s not 40 Year-Old Virgin 2 or Knocked Up Again. Funny People is Judd Apatow grown up, and he’s brought Adam Sandler with him.

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