By David Poland firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday Estimates by Kladyniss
What can on say and why would one say it?
There is a part of Hollywood that is now much like Broadway has been… people love musicals for which they can enter the theater humming the score. The Hunger Games is much better made than the early Twilight movies (I stopped at #2, which was #2), but it is getting the “it’s not as bad as it could have been” bounce for a piece that is still pretty by the book and tone deaf about its own content.
Dragging Jerry Lewis into this… if you call The Bellboy sophisticated, you are a moron. Skillful, yes. Sophisticated, no. The Nutty Professor also has some very broad comedy as well as some very heavy-handed drama… but it is somewhat sophisticated. Apparently, Jennifer Lawrence being the strong, balanced center of this film primarily by being Jennifer Lawrence is enough for some to see it as sophisticated… especially in combination with the next book.
But I haven’t really heard this from many people who didn’t go in humming the book. Godfather 1 it ain’t. Star Wars it ain’t. But to be fair, those were genre retreads as well, right? In both of those cases, they expanded their universe. In Hunger Games, as seems to have been the case with Twilight, this is a product aimed at a fixed universe of fans that will expand with time, but not as a percentage of the current possible audience.
And so my rant ends.
Congratulations to Lionsgate. May you be sold in 3 years because some bigger company wants to eat your library and this franchise finally causes someone to lose their mind and wildly overpay.
In other news… you’re kidding right? In the Top Ten, a 53% estimated drop was the low.
Sony Classics got The Raid: Redemption (first of a trilogy) off nicely with almost $5k per screen on 14. The film is actually a lot like Hunger Games… 20 or 30 or 50 cops go into a building, will any come out?… but in this one, the audience actually deals with death, even if it’s in a cartoonish way.