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Box Office Hell

Coming Soon | Box Office Guru | Box Office Prophet | EW | Box Office Mojo
Epic Movie | 20.6 | 14 | 19.4 | 16 | 14
Smokin’ Aces | 14.1 | 8 | 11.9 | 7 | 10.3
Night At The Museum | 8.1 | 8 | 8.1 | 8 | –
Stomp The Yard | 7 | 7 | 6.3 | – | –
Catch & Release | 5.7 | 7 | 6.8 | 11 | 4.6
Dreamgirls | 5.6 | 6 | 8.7 | 8 | –
Blood & Chocolate | 3.3 | 4 | 4 | 3 | 1.7

11 Responses to “Box Office Hell”

  1. LYT says:

    Dear lord, are there actually people who want to see Epic Movie? I was paid to see it, and feel like I really earned my money the hard way.
    Smokin’ Aces has its flaws, but I can at least understand what people get out of it.

  2. MattM says:

    SBD has:
    Epic Movie–6.7
    Smokin Aces–5
    Catch and Release–2.7
    Night at the Museum–2.2
    Stomp the Yard–2.1
    Looks like the experts lowballed Smokin’ Aces (unless it melts down today and tomorrow), highballed Museum, and, especially if Catch and Release skews older and gets a bump, substantially underestimated it.

  3. Stella's Boy says:

    I don’t think Catch and Release was “substantially underestimated.” The average of the predictions for it is $7 million, and it will make about $8 million.

  4. Chicago48 says:

    This is a pathetic boxo – especially the BP noms, thought at least DG would be top 5, with Pan’s 6 and others following behind. What does this say about the future of movies? Are we relegated to CGI-big budgeted slab? If the BP noms can’t get people in the door, I am afraid for the future.

  5. jeffmcm says:

    Now that I’ve seen Smokin’ Aces, I can say that it’s okay, good craft (cinematography, editing) at the service of a pretty mediocre script that feels out of date. It’s definitely mired in a post-Tarantino mindset. But it’s better than Domino.

  6. EDouglas says:

    ‘But it’s better than Domino.”
    But couldn’t one say that about every single movie ever made?

  7. Cadavra says:

    You didn’t see MARIE ANTOINETTE, did you? 😉

  8. James Leer says:

    I did, and it’s far better than Domino.

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  10. Lota says:

    Marie Antoinette was as dull as Domino was bad. They both were bad extended commericals really and didn;t seem like feature films at all.

  11. jeffmcm says:

    Domino was worse. But it was still better than Flyboys (now on DVD! Don’t rent it!)

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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
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“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
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