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Mar 23, 2009

$24.8 million?

The top films at the box office each weekend for 2009:

Jan 2-4: Marley and Me, $24.2 million
Jan 9-11: Gran Torino, $29.5 million
Jan 16-18: Paul Blart: Mall Cop, $31.8 million
Jan 23-25: Paul Blart: Mall Cop, $21.6 million
Jan 30 - Feb 1: Taken, $24.7 million
Feb 6-8: He's Just Not That Into You, $27.8 million
Feb 13-15: Friday the 13th, $40.6 million
Feb 20-22: Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail, $41 million
Feb 27 - Mar 1: Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail, $16.2 million
Mar 6-8: Watchmen, $55.2 million
Mar 13-15: Race to Witch Mountain, $24.4 million
Mar 20-22: Knowing, $24.8 million

Here are the Rotten Tomatoes scores for each of those movies:

Marley and Me: 60%
Gran Torino: 80%
Paul Blart: Mall Cop: 32%
Taken: 57%
He's Just Not That Into You: 43%
Friday the 13th: 26%
Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail: 26%
Watchmen: 64%
Race to Witch Mountain: 39%
Knowing: 25%

"No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public." - H.L. Mencken

Are you proud, America?

9 people have chosen wisely: on "$24.8 million?"

Nic Cage said...

You love me!! You really love me!

Farmacy said...

I put me and the fiancee's $6.50 towards "I Love You, Man" and it was money well spent.

blake said...

I hate it. I hate it.

And what the hell is Rose Byrne doing slumming it with Cage?

Fletch said...

Nic - Yep, you and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Good company you keep there...

Farmacy - same here, though it was our combined $19.00. Wise choice.

Blake - you and me both. As for Byrne - who knows. Perhaps she was hypnotized by...THE HAIR!!!

Anders said...

I get free movie tickets to media screenings, so i rarely feel guilty for wasting money on giving money to crap. :)
The rest of you should obviously be ashamed....

Anh Khoi Do said...

Well, if you guys, in the USA are ashamed, I also have to tell you that I share your pain. In fact, here are the box office figures for Canada (note: unlike the USA, Canada has about 33 million inhabitants):

1. Knowing: $2.03M
2. I Love You, Man: $1.71M
3. Duplicity: $1.30M
4. Race to Witch Mountain: $1.20M
5. Watchmen: $813,792
6. The Last House on the Left: $448,805
7. Slumdog Millionaire: $439,611
8. Coraline: $420,428
9. Met Opera: La Sonnambula -> $404,723
10. Taken: $293,314

There are certainly some good movies in this top 10, but I'm asking myself this: Are you proud, Canada?

PIPER said...

It's time to get on the Cage Wagon, Fletch.

Daniel Getahun said...

THat picture of Cage makes it so much worse.

Fletch said...

Anders - Believe it or not, part of me is actually dying to see Knowing (for the comedy aspect)...but I just can't become part of the problem and encourage Hackalas Cage to make more.

Anh Khoi Do - hey, at least Knowing wasn't as big a winner in Canada, percentage-wise. It's what, 20% better than number 2? I think it topped the #2 film in America by a good 30-35%. Boo.

Piper - as you can see by my picture, I'm getting there...

Daniel - ditto. I don't know why, but this picture cracks me the hell up. I even made it my Facebook avatar, much to the dismay of some friends. I was actually looking for a pic of Cage with his thumbs up, but no dice. :(