Monday, June 23, 2008

Monday's Movie Box Office Recap - Who won the battle of the funny?

Well this weekend’s battle of the box office draws confirmed a new comedians pull and could possibly mark the beginning of the end for another.

As expected, “Get Smart” snagged the number one spot at the box office this weekend, with draw of $39 million, which is quite substantial for a flimsy comedy remake of a television show most people who were born after 1975 never saw an episode of. But the big news really is that “The Love Guru”, Mike Myers’ return to the big screen after about 5 years time off, fell far below its expected second place rank, raking in only $14 million, making it the fourth highest grossing film this weekend. The movie, which Myers vigilantly worked on the past few years, was universally panned last week by the nation’s critics, but it was expected to come in at least second. In actuality, it was beaten, not only by rival comedian’s Steve Carell’s “Smart”, but also a cartoon that has been open for two weeks, ”Kung Fu Panda” and the lackluster Marvel action flick “The Incredible Hulk. And with this showing the first weekend out, things can only go down hill from here for Myers and his meditation master Pitka. The movie might win a second place just yet though, as the second biggest blockbuster flop, after the sad performance of “Speed Racer, the big flop of the summer. It seems that any possible future for “Love Guru” sequels has been squashed with this weekend’s totals. Congratulations should be given to “Iron Man” and “Sex and the City” for sticking it out in the top ten.

Also surprising is the $220 thousand dollars Kit Kittredge: An American Girl pulled in this past weekend with a limited release of 5 theaters. The highly reviewed first installment of the main screen adaptations of the lives of the American Girl brand is set to have a larger release in July, but if this is any indication of its pull, New Line Cinemas’ might have really hit pay dirt , possibly their last pay dirt with two films this summer, whose target audience is women. You hear that Warner Brothers and the rest of Hollywood?

Here is the rest of the Box Office Top ten, courtesy of Box Office Mojo.
1. Get Smart - $39 million
2. Kung Fu Panda - $22 million
3. The Incredible Hulk - $21.5 million
4. The Love Guru - $14 million
5. The Happening - $10 million
6. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - $8.4 million
7. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan - $7.2 million
8. Sex and the City: The Movie - $6.5 million
9. Iron Man - $4 million
10. The Strangers - $2 million