It was a disastrous week for producers and studios at the box office. Major releases died, and some didn’t make the Top Ten in a very weak weekend.
“Kick-Ass” was a lame endeavor. Its success was based on Nick Cage’s appearance and comic book fanboys. The fanboys made the film enough of a cult hit to merit production of a sequel. It’s lamer than the first. Premiering in fifth place, the pseudo superhero caper drew only $13 million. It has a long way to go to break even.
Though off by 60%, “Elysium” managed to hold onto the number two slot, proving once again, members of the Hollywood Looney Liberal Left (3Ls) will support anything to spread their propaganda.
Speaking of the Hollywood 3Ls, they helped engineer Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” into the number one slot with only a $24 million take. To demonstrate how desperately the 3Ls wanted this film’s message to be heard, they resorted to something studios haven’t done in decades; they sent the cast and crew out on the interview circuit to cities out of the top twenty markets. Even Pittsburgh, now ignored by three major studios, was privy to an interview allowance of 30 minutes with Daniels. I saw through the ploy and boycotted the event. It was the right move after hearing my fellow ‘burgh critics discuss the fiasco before a recent screening. What can one expect from a film that casts Hanoi Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan?
“Paranoia”, which managed to collect an all-star cast, was nothing but a serving of lame-sauce. (Check my official Outtakes Report Card on the film on this Examiner page). It, despite the presence of Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Richard Dreyfuss, Liam Hemsworth and Amber Heard, couldn’t break the top ten, opening in the 13th spot. This one will be gone in the next two cycles.
Finally, Wood Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” has been in release for a month, but it is opening here in Pittsburgh this week. So far, it has garnered only $9 million in box office totals and continues to fall out of the top twenty. The Pittsburgh opening won’t help, proving once again, Allen makes films for actors and not the general public.
This Friday, “The World’s End” opens. It doesn’t matter what else is opening. It’s the funniest movie of the year. Be sure not to miss it.