By Bassam Tarazi | Image property of 20th Century Fox.
Great Success! Borat ($28.3 million) stayed ontop of the box office this week despite news that everyone and their mother wants to sue Sasha Baron Cohen for something or another. Apparently, people are being clubbed and dragged into seeing The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause on their own dime as it somehow grabbed the #2 spot again ($16.9 million). The clever Flushed Away showed in this horse race ($16.6 million). The 10 day totals for these 3 movies totaled $67.1 million, $41 million and $39.8 million, repsectively.
Borat's Second Great Success
Without Will Ferrell running around with his flabby ass hanging out, Stranger Than Fiction ($13.4 million) wasn’t able to crack the top 3 but it was the highest earner for all the newcomers. The rest were about as entertaining as a public reading of “A Tale of Two Cities”…in Russian. Sarah Michelle Gellar’s apparent infatuation with horror films has not done much for her pockets as The Return opened to a dismal $4.8 million. Fox's A Good Year couldn’t even make it a good weekend as the film brought in an arid $3.7 million. Harsh Times? Seriously. Christian Bale’s new film raked in an anemic $2 million.
According to the exit pollster CinemaScore, Stranger Than Fiction audiences rated Ferrell’s stab at a more dramatic role a B+ . With Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman costaring, it is no surprise that more old folks saw the movie than the optimistic youth did.
Babel was able to draw a rating of B- from CinemaScore even though it’s a surprise that more women weren’t up in arms at the fact that Brad Pitt was on screen for less than a third of the movie. If Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s film was a t-shirt, it would be made of 3 different fabrics and each of a different color, but people seemed to like the visual concoction.
Of the 14 people that did see A Good Year, it seems as if about 12 of them enjoyed it according to CinemaScore. Odds are, those were middle aged divorced females fantasizing over Russell Crowe’s romantic portrayal.
The perplexing Fur also graced its presence on only 4 screens in NYC and LA. Since they thought it bright to release the movie on just 4 screens, I won’t write about how unbelievably weird it is.