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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

 

Just to make this clear, this is the fourth Underworld film. The original, then the sequel, then a prequel and now this other sequel. This might be hard to follow so I’ll put it simply there is a war between Vampires and Warewolves(Lycans) that has been going on for a long time in the shadows. Mankind hasn’t really known about this. Awakening brings back the lead Selene(Kate Beckinsale) who is a “Death Dealer” which means she’s super hard core. In the first film she falls in love with hybrid named Michael who has the best of both worlds. The vampire leadership turns against them, so she kills them. The sequel essentially is a pure action film that wraps up the open story lines from the first film. The prequel shows us how the battle between the vampires and Lycans began, and frankly the vampires were being pricks. Still after that film ended I assumed the Underworld universe was finished. I was wrong.

Awakening opens fast and never really slows down. The story is rather simple. The war has changed. Mankind has figured out vampires and Lycans exist. So they attempt to wipe them out. Selene is captured a frozen to be used for testing. Twelve years pass before someone frees her. Once out of the ice Selene instantly goes into kick ass mode and fights anyone who stands in her way. She attempts to find Michael who she believes is still alive.

One thing I like about this movie is the trailers, you heard me right, there are some cool story elements in this film that was left out of the trailers. That really helped the film as I was generally surprised by some choices. I will not really reveal any spoilers for you. The movie has a lot of issues, but they are minor, first off I’m guessing the actor who played Michael(Scott Speedman) wasn’t interested in returning. So anytime we see Michael we don’t get a lot of close up or we get him in flash backs. That hurts the romantic element of this film since Selene’s entire drive is focused on her love for him.

Minus a pretty basic script the movie is a breath of fresh air. If you enjoy violence this movie gives it to you in truck loads. The movie doesn’t really ever try to scare you. It’s pure comic book violence. Lots of bullets and knives, stabbing, blood, body parts being ripped off. It never is really realistic but come on look at the material. Beckinsale is a great hero and Selene is a fun character to follow. The villains don’t really get a lot of screen time, when they do they have their moments. Just understand that this movie is a pure chase/action film. It rarely slows down to even take a breath.

I hope they make a fifth film and ground it a little more. Most of the action scenes are like a video game. Endless amount of bad guys getting cut down. Make it smaller. Make is scary. These are vampires and warewolves! This should be a little scary. Also Selene is starting to get the 80’s action vibe, she’s just invincible and never really seems phased by her opponents. Awakening is fun and crazy but can’t touch the first film. If you’re looking for something dark and impressive, you should probably avoid. If you’ve enjoyed this franchise and all its pieces, you won’t be let down here.

Rating: 6.5/10

 

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. ┬áThat 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

Weekend box office: Jan. 20-22nd

This might not come as a surprise to any of you but Kate Beckinsale in tight leather shooting guns really gets people into the theater. Underworld:(Should have just used 3 but instead we just put a word we found in the thesaurus)Awakening took in over $25 million in it’s first weekend. I’m sure the 3D screens helped it out a bit. Pretty good take for a franchise I thought was dead… Get it?… Movie is about vampires… I’ll move on. Landing in second place surprisingly was the WW2 Tuskegee airmen film Red Tails. Doing much better than expected with about $19 million, that’s without 3D screens if you were wondering. I’m sure this makes George Lucas smile as he’s been trying to get this film made for decades(that’s right decades) and many believed it would be an epic flop.

The rest of the list is pretty basic, Contraband is performing pretty well as it landed in third with about $12 million. It’s total is close to $50 million which is way above what I personally was expecting this film to make. Maybe people are ready for just some gritty action films. Steven Soderbergh’s new action flick Haywire scored only about $9 million over the weekend. Some might say that’s not good, for me though it’s lead is an MMA fighting woman, the advertising was minimal at best. I think that is a win.

The crying inducing film Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close landed in fourth with $10 million bucks. This film has been slowly expanding and the plan seems to be working as more people flock to the theaters for the film.

What is odd to me is that some of the award grabbing films aren’t getting a boost. The Artist and The Descendants should be bringing in the bucks but just aren’t on enough screens. I think studio’s need to expand their models for films like these and release them nation wide. It’s great the L.A. and NY and Chicago get films early but cities in the South and middle of the country don’t even get a chance to see them on the big screen. That’s a shame and frankly I think the films would do better if they did.

It should also be noted that Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is on it’s way to $200 million and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is close to $100 million, which many thought couldn’t happen. Here is the list…

1. Underworld: Awakening $25.4 million

2. Red Tails $19.1 million

3. Contraband $12.2 million

4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close $10.5 million

5. Haywire $9 million

6. Beauty and the Beast 3D $8.5 million

7. Joyful Noise $6 million

8. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol $5.5 million

9. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows $4.8 million

10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo $3.7 million