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Weekend Box Office: Feb. 17-19th

It’s very rare that a film takes the top spot in the box office in its second week… Well not for Denzel Washington! Safe House took the top spot in a big surprise. Even more surprising is that people are really going to the movies recently. Safe House gained another $24 million to its total and could easily break the beloved $100 million mark. The Valentines Day hit The Vow dropped a bit as every couple who wanted to see that film did already, still that movie is a hit.

The Ghost Rider sequel didn’t start a fire at the box office but made a solid $22 million. It will be interesting to see if this film has any legs over the next two weeks until any larger films open. It must be noted the first Ghost Rider made $45 million in 2007 during its opening weekend. That movie was more of tent pole film though. This sequel went down a silly route, so I’m sure the studio wasn’t expecting huge returns.

Amazingly to me the MCG directed This Means War didn’t really catch with audiences. It has only made $17 million so far which surprises me. The adds I thought very much would attract average movie viewers. It’s no secret this film had issues though, rumor is the script and production kicked around for over a decade.

Only other news is The Secret World of Arrietty landed in ninth with almost $7 million. I find that as a good sign since the film was barely even advertised in the United States. Also Journey 2: The Mysterious Island has some solid legs and added another $20 million to its total, good for the Rock.

Here is the list…

1. Safe House $24 million

2. The Vow $23.6 million

3. Ghost Rider: Spirit of… $22 million

4. Journey 2… $20 million

5. This Means War $17.5 million

6. Star Wars: Episode 1 3D $7.8 million

7. Chronicle $7.5 million

8. The Woman in Black $6.6 million

9. The Secret World of Arrietty $6.4 million

10. The Grey $3 million

Movie Review: The Grey

Liam Neeson’s daughter gets kidnapped… No wait… Liam Neeson looses his memory and finds out… No wait this is the one with the wolves. Liam Neeson has become somewhat of a big time action hero. That is the first thing you need to understand about this film, it’s good, but not what you think it is. We follow a group of men working at an oil Alaskan rig, Neeson plays Ottway, a man who has left a woman behind to hunt wolves to protect the workers. After the men’s plane crashes on a return flight, they finds themselves not only dealing with surviving the crash and the cold, but wolves pop up and start attacking them. The men go through a lot as they face death. This movie is one of the grittiest films I’ve seen in a while and I enjoyed it.

The best thing about the film is how real it feels, the plane crash is brutal and real. It really had me taking a deep breath. Ottway is an obvious man’s man and knows exactly what to do as the survivors of the crash try and survive. What stands out though is several characters that only have maybe even just minutes of screen time matter. This makes the death and pain in the film feel real.

What really stands out about the film is the work with the wolves. No real wolves seemed to be used, but at the same time the CGI is limited and not obvious. The wolves are mostly heard and off screen. It makes them scarier. Films seem to be pulling away from the idea that less is more. The film “Alien” is scary as all hell because we barely see the alien attacking the crew. Carnahan uses great techniques to scare the audience with the wolves. A lot of the time we just see their eyes or breath in the cold air. It works.

Another big surprise is what the characters go through, the problems men have with each other. The concept of death and what do you do if when facing death you don’t believe in an afterlife. The film gets deep in places which I’m sure some audiences won’t exactly see coming. For me the film works just on so many levels. It’s scary and intense, but the best thing about it is with not a lot of screen time I really felt for the characters, they felt real, I cared if they lived or died, that with the fact that the film took chances and seemed old school made it a great movie experience.

Rating: 8.5/10

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

 

Weekend Box Office: Jan. 27-29th

Is Liam Neeson now like “the” action star of our times? Audiences might say yes as The Grey ripped it’s way to the top spot like a hungry wolf. The film took in $20 million over the weekend which is rather impressive. With films like Taken and Unknown doing very well, one can say that Liam Neeson is locking down the lead action role pretty well these days. The Grey is gaining a lot of good word of mouth and will see if the film can stick around a while before more big time movies come along.

Kate Beckinsale in leather is just as much of an attraction as Liam Neeson, the film in its second week of release brought in a juicy $12 million. Now mind you the 3D screenings add a little but of a boost. The new Katherine Heigl movie which is being destroyed by critics managed a third place showing with over $11 million.

The big surprise for me is Red Tails which in its second week is still sticking around. It made around $10 million over the weekend. The movie I found to be pretty bad, yet word of mouth might be strong for it. I mean it is an old school movie so maybe people who want to remember the good old days are coming out to see it.

Man on a Ledge I think didn’t advertise itself the right way(Giving most of its plot away in trailers) as it couldn’t step out over fourth place. It struggled to muster up $8 million. ¬†That surprises me with the cast and it’s fun plot, maybe audience felt like they knew everything before going inside.

The rest of the list is pretty basic, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is doing well as it keeps expanding, same goes for The Descendants as it expands into more theaters nation wide. I wish they would do this for The Artist. To me I really do believe people around the country want to see these movies, not just in the big cities. Here is the light…

1. The Grey $20 million

2. Underworld: Awakening $12.5 million

3. One for the Money $11.8 million

4. Red Tails $10.4 million

5. Man on a Ledge $8.3 million

6. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close $7.1 million

7. The Descendants $6.5 million

8. Contraband $6.5 million

9. Beauty and the Beast 3D $5.3 million

10. Haywire $4 million