Monday, March 2, 2009

This Week at the Movies

Sometimes we see a bounce in the level of filmgoing the week after the Oscars. People run out to see the latest lauded pictures. Slumdog Millionaire received a big boost, raking in 12.2 million bucks over the weekend. But have you seen the other top 9? My goodness. Here's the list:
Madea Goes to Jail
Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience
He's Just Not That Into You
Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Fired Up!

What the heck is going on in the USofA? Supposedly, Taken and Coraline are both worthwhile, but the rest is straight up crap. But that got me wondering. I remember a few years back that I ranted about the movie Wild Hogs making 40 million dollars at the box office in its opening weekend. Turns out, that was almost exactly the same time of year. So while Oscar wins may help the "champion" of the evening, it seems that hardly any other worthwhile films get the benefit. Last week, Scene Stealers unveiled a Top Ten Oscar Nominated Films that Didn't Win list. It's a thorough and quality effort, and almost shocking that the wide array of movies didn't get a single win. Look to the comments section for 14 more that were, perhaps unfairly, unrecognized. We'll cover The Wrestler in deep detail in the coming days, but Frost/Nixon may still be playing and plenty of others that didn't get a little statue. Go forth and represent the brainy folks. I know times are tough. Skip the popcorn or something.


Josh said...

Let it be known, You Got Served also topped the box office during this dead period during 2004. Clearly, there is a trend, let us hope The Watchmen breaks it.

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