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Weekend Box Office: Feb.10-12th

Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day approaching and audiences responded, The Vow crushed this weekend with over $40 million in the three day period. I was not really impressed with the trailers for this film, but it wasn’t exactly aimed for me. The bigger surprise is how many people went to the theaters this weekend. Denzel was a draw as Safe House racked in around $39 million. That’s huge. Both movies I feel like are surprise hits, with big opening weekends and smaller budgets the studio’s must be very excited. Especially The Vow since I believe on Tuesday(Valentine’s Day) the film should rake in some more cash.

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D made a solid $23 million at the box office. No matter what you think of these films you can’t really deny the magic of seeing them on the big screen. A sequel that doesn’t really seem like a sequel, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island also did very well this weekend as I’m sure families decided to treat themselves to a 3D eye gasm. The film landed in third with over $27 million. I guess brining in the The Rock was a pretty good idea. Will see how great the legs are for that film and maybe will get Journey 3: The Bumblebee Cover… Yeah I made that up but it sounds good.

Last weeks top films dropped like rocks, Chronicle added another $12 million and easily has made more than its production cost, so it’s a hit, sort of. The Woman in Black added around $10 million to its pocket as well. At a total of $35 million and rising I’d say this film is a big surprise hit. Good for Harry Potter.

The rest of the list is pretty basic, The Grey is still making some cash. Underworld: Awakening is sticking around in the 10th spot. The Descendants is still kicking up some cash and has raised its over all total to a little over $70 million. Glad to see people like to go out and see good movies. Here is the list…

1. The Vow $41.7 million

2. Safe House $39.3 million

3. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $27.5 million

4. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace 3D $23 million

5. Chronicle $12.3 million

6. The Woman in Black $10.3 million

7. The Grey $5.1 million

8. Big Miracle $3.9 million

9. The Descendants $3.5 million

10. Underworld: Awakening $2.5 million


I’m not going to write an official review for a movie that has been released in theaters a decade ago. Star Wars is a beloved franchise, I’m one of its biggest fans. This movie has a lot of haters, but slowly has gained defenders. My stance has calmed, when first released I was not happy with it. I never really have fully enjoyed Jar Jar Binks. I don’t despise the character, many of his bits I actually find funny, but he sure does bring eye rolling moments with it. My biggest problem with the film was deciding to have Anakin be a young boy. Would much rather have had him be like thirteen or even older than that. Give us a little weight to Anakin. Make him angry about being a slave. If older the audience could buy him being a great pilot. As a young child it just never really works. That hands down is the films main problem, not Jar Jar.

Still this movie gets tossed under the bus far too often. The story is strong for what it is. As a starting point everything works from start to finish. The action set pieces on the big screen are some of the best and have yet to be over taken. The pod race in 3D is stunning and a lot of fun. I found myself getting chills during several moments. Th 3D isn’t extreme, and it simply helps everything blend and pop a little stronger than in 2D. The final twenty minutes is very strong. The mix between the major battle/The Darth Maul fight and the space battle is astonishing. I found myself smiling many times in the film. My anger has faded, if you just step back and look at the movie you’ll see that is really just a lot of fun. The action is frankly better than most films that have come out since.

The 3D is strong here, mind you it matters where you see it. I saw this on a digital screen. If concerned I would contact your multiplex and look into how the 3D will be presented. For me though it was a great experience that I would suggest for fans who don’t hate the prequels should totally check out.