Three major releases this weekend, none of which will set the movie world on fire with desire. The one minor release I love opens in a monstrous seven theatres in NYC and L.A. These bastards can only open bad films wide. That’s the problem with Ghana right there. Okay, so let’s chat new releases and then just to appease my shattered soul we’ll get into that one release that only four people can see..
Date Movie is the most promising of the wide releases. It’s got Alyson Hannigan and Fred Willard so it might deliver on the funny. Plus, let’s face it, romantic comedies have deserved a send-up for about three decades. I don’t think this will be a great effort but it will be enough to win a weak February.
The next contender for the crown is Eight Below. It is getting nice word of mouth which is weird because it’s pretty bad. I read one review that said Paul Walker got out acted by the dogs. Not nice people, not nice. I think at least one of those dogs phoned it in.
Freedomland is the other entry and I’d have to call it a darkhorse. I’ve seen the trailers and have been underwhelmed but there seems to be just enough mystery there to bring in some curious souls. It will need a big splash because word of mouth should be slight.
The other film opening which you’ll never hear of again is Winter Passing. This flick has gone through serious distribution problems over the past couple years but I have no idea why unless the subject matter isn’t considered inspired enough. In a perfect world films like this would be Oscar nominated. It this world few will appreciate it.
1. Date Movie $19.7m
2. Eight Below $16.5m
3. Freedomland $15.1m
4. The Pink Panther $11.5m
5. Final Destination 3 $10.4m
6. Curious George $7.7m
7. Firewall $6.2m
8. Nanny Mcphee $5.0m
9. Big Momma’s House 2 $4.5m
10. When a Stranger Calls $3.7
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