Monday, August 25, 2008

Monday Movie Box Office Recap!

I'm back baby.....and so is the Monday Movie Box Office Recap.

So Tropic Thunder, my pick to finally take The Dark Knight down from the number one spot, did that and then some. Hindered by the high performance of the 2008 Olympics, which ended up being the highest rated television program in history, Tropic Thunder has remained at the number one spot for the second week in a row. With no real strong competition this past weekend other than Michael Phelps and surprisingly The House Bunny, Tropic was a shoe in for the number one spot. The Hollywood skewering film within a film is freaking hilarious and was one of the only things that cheered me up post surgery last week. Robert Downey Jr., is as expected brilliant in a performance that could be one of the most hilarious self-satirizing in Hollywood history. Ben Stiller and Jack Black are for bad or worse Ben Stiller and Jack Black, but I can say that Stiller’s directorial hand in this did help to make himself look much more appealing on the screen. Standouts were Danny McBride as a buffoonish special effects man, Brandon T. Jackson as Alpa Chino, a rapper cum actor, and Jay Baruchel, MY FAVORITE, who reminded me of a young Tom Hanks. His portrayal of the na├»ve, yet intelligent newcomer to Hollywood felt authentic and managed to steal a lot of screen time from the big guys on campus. So Hollywood, if you are looking for the youthful version of Tom Hanks, I say look no farther.

This movie is truly a crowd pleaser if you enjoy you enjoy satire, action, screwball comedies and Hollywood. In other theaters around town, The House Bunny, starring the always funny Anna Farris and up and coming stars like Emma Stone and Kat Dennings came in a strong second and will hopefully remain in strong numbers with the young female demographic and the shitastic looking Death Race came in third, which is not surprising to anyone. Dark Knight comes closer to the $500 Million mark with each day and Star Wars: The Clone Wars is up on their heals. I think crazier than anything is Mamma Mia!'s staying power. I guess once the Phelpps nonsense died down, moms headed out for some fun in the theater with Meryl Streep and ABBA.

Here is the rest of the Box Office Top ten, courtesy of Box Office Mojo.
1. Tropic Thunder - $15 million
2. The House Bunny - $12.3 million
3. Death Race - $16 million
4. The Dark Knight - $10.3 million
5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars - $5.7 million
6. Pineapple Express - $5.6 million
7. Mirrors - $4.9 million
8. The Longshots - $4.35 million
9. Mamma Mia! - $4.3 million
10. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor - $4 million


movie junkie said...

i've gotta see Tropic Thunder

spielster said...

Movie Junkie...Yes you do! While it's received mixed reviews I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. To be honest, it seemed that there were someparts of the movie edited out that might have been helpful, but please see it alone for Jackson and Downey Jr.'s interactions. Also, I did forget to mention that my favorite Scientologist Tom Cruise plays a malicious Hollywood player in the movie and its funny up until he dances. For those of you who have seen it, you know what I'm talking about.