The Box Office phenomenon ‘The Hunger Games’ easily defeated both myth and magic over the weekend.
Katniss Everdeen just always gets the job done. Her and her fellow Tributes managed to pull in $251M in just ten days!! Making ‘The Hunger Games’ the fourth fastest movie to ever hit the quarter of a billion dollar mark! But, the three films in front of it are all sequels (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and The Dark Knight), which makes ‘THG’ the fastest non-sequel to gross that much money!
In the second position was ‘Wrath of the Titans’, a sequel based on a mediocre remake and that evidently interested very few moviegoers. Despite the wildly improved CGI and 3D effects it just wasn’t enough to get people attracted to this flick. Not even Sam Worthington’s fancy new ‘time-period appropriate’ hair-do could heal the pain caused by his ‘Clash of the Titans’. The poor showing may also have something to do with the fact everyone saw basically the same story in ‘The Immortals’ a few months ago!
But, if you want to dump $150M bucks into a sequel for a movie that no one liked, starring an actor who can’t act and is nothing but Box Office poison lately, don’t be shocked when you only make $34.2M in your opening weekend. Just saying.
Also coming as no surprise to the SurlyGurls, or anyone else, ‘Mirror Mirror’ opened with some pretty lack-lustre numbers too. The Snow White comedy starring Julia Roberts secured the third position; hunting down about $19M. Really the only silver lining here is that the studio was able to throw ‘Mirror Mirror’ into the theatres before ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’.
Finally, in the limited release world of cinema, ‘Bully’ made its big five-theatre debut earning $115,000. For all those “mental math” haters, that’s an average of $23,000/theatre, a pretty solid haul. Considering all the pre-release buzz this un-rated film received, along with the strong reviews and emotional reactions over the weekend, we’ll all be hearing more about this flick.
Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:
|TW||LW||Movie Title||Weekend Gross||Total Gross||Week|
|1||1||The Hunger Games||$61,100,000||$251,033,000||2|
|2||–||Wrath of the Titans||$34,200,000||$34,200,000||1|
|4||2||21 Jump Street||$15,000,000||$93,100,000||3|
|5||3||Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax||$8,000,000||$189,600,000||5|
|7||16||Salmon Fishing in the Yemen||$1,274,000||$3,171,000||4|
|8||5||Act of Valor||$1,006,000||$67,750,000||6|
|9||6||A Thousand Words||$915,000||$16,520,000||4|
|10||10||Journey 2: The Mysterious Island||$835,000||$98,480,000||8|
[Image Credit: Lionsgate]
Mediocrity is the theme with this week’s new releases. Moviegoers will be treated to ‘Wrath of the Titans‘. The follow-up to 2010’s sort of successful ‘Clash of the Titans‘, which was widely criticized for its poor CGI, out-right awful 3D effects and not remaining faithful enough to the 1981 original movie. Not to mention Sam Worthington is a piss-poor Perseus!
If Swords and Sandals isn’t your thing, there is always “Mirror Mirror“, a comedic take on the Snow White fairy tale. With Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and almost no one else of any importance in the movie, things just don’t look promising. Also, the actual visuals in this movie are ugly. The costumes are hideous, the set pieces are unattractive. It just looks like a mess! In fact, the only good looking thing in the movie is Armie Hammer!
Your best best this week is to go see ‘The Hunger Games‘ again!
WRATH OF THE TITANS
“Feel the Wrath.”
Directing: Jonathan Liebesman
Writing: Dan Mazeau, David Johnson (screenplay, story), Greg Berlanti, (story), Beverley Cross (1981 screenplay)
Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Ralph Fiennes
Price of Admission will get you: better 3D, better special effects, and a better hair-do for Perseus… and that is all.
Running Time · 99 min
Genre · Action / Adventure / Fantasy
Rating · PG-13
“One Bad Apple.”
Directing: Tarsem Singh
Writing: Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm (original story), Melissa Wallack, Jason Keller (screenplay)
Starring: Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane
Price of Admission will get you: a $15 version of ABC’s ‘Once Upon A Time’, this time with Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and a lot of really ugly costumes. Basically you’ll be more than happy to chow down on that poison apple by the end!
Running Time · 106 min
Genre · Adventure / Comedy / Drama / Fantasy
Rating · PG
“Meet Doug, The Nicest Guy You’ll Ever Fight.”
Directing: Michael Dowse
Writing: Jay Baruchel, Evan Goldberg (screenplay), Adam Frattasio, Doug Smith (novel)
Starring: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel and Alison Pill
Price of Admission will get you: a good ol’ fashioned Canadian hockey movie full of enough blood and violence to satisfy any moviegoer! Fuckin’ right, eh!?
Running Time · 92 min
Genre · Comedy / Sport
Rating · R
Recently, the SurlyGurls had the esteemed pleasure and privilege of sitting down with the King of the Gods, Zeus. We had a chance to speak with him about the upcoming release of his film ‘Wrath of the Titans’.
SG: Tomorrow, the second installment of your popular ‘Titans’ franchise will be released to theatres, what was it like to play the victim this time around?
Zeus: Well, it was a stretch for me to play someone weak enough to get captured by the likes of Hades and Ares, but I was excited to step out of my comfort zone. When I first read the script, I wasn’t sure audiences would buy into the King of the Gods being the so-called “damsel in distress”.
SG: Now that you’ve seen the final product, do you think audiences will buy you as the hostage?
Zeus: Even I was impressed with my performance, I took the role very seriously and I think that my ability to put aside the fact that something so ridiculous would never happen really brought depth to the character. I think my performance alone is worth the money you’ll pay to see the film this weekend. In the beginning I was afraid that my awesome presence would blow the minds of the mere mortals. Even if that does occur, it will be well worth it.
SG: Well, we’re sure that you did an amazing job, but what about your costars? We’re also hearing some great things about the CGI as well…
Zeus: They did a pretty good job recreating the Titans, those S.O.B’s, because there was no way I was letting them out of Tartarus, their punishment is far from over.
SG: What about your human counterparts? Surely you must agree that Worthington’s hair was 100 times better in this movie?