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Apes Rise Far Over The Change-Up - Week 14

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Hangover 2
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Cars 2
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Captain America: The First Avenger
The Smurfs
Cowboys and Aliens
Crazy, Stupid, Love
The Change-Up

Apparently being a stiff and life-less host at a major awards show is just the type of thing you need to do in order to be taken seriously at the box-office. For all the glowing reviews Hugh Jackman received after hosting the Oscars, we all saw how well Australia did in the theaters.

James Franco got the last laugh of the season as the afterthought "event" movie of the season actually turned into an event. Rise of the Planet of the Apes rose to a $54.8 million opening and shocked just about everyone that wasn't a simian. Certainly, for all those who thought this has "disappointment" written all over it, they made a monkey out of us.

Sure, the last Planet of the Apes reboot opened with $68.5 million in 2001, but that mess left such a terrible taste in film-goers mouths that even after finishing with $180 million, studio execs knew folks wanted no part of a sequel. Apparently, having Franco teaching a chimpanzee all he knew about English Lit went over better than Marky Mark teaching Helena Bonham Carter in monkey make-up about how to form a funky bunch.

The hits for Ryan Reynolds have actually not kept coming. After Green Lantern's disappointing performance, the goofy/frat-guy comedy market doesn't seem to be his bread and butter either… Which is weird since his first hit was the goofy/frat-guy comedy, Van Wilder.

The Change-Up didn't change most people's opinions that body switch comedies only work if you care who's getting switched, and as Jon Stewart pointed out during an interview with Jason Bateman, "So, I'm figuring if you and Ryan switch, nothing much really changes. You're both two good-lookin' guys." Debuting with $13.5 million, I'm pretty sure the film's going to be renamed for the DVD release as The Sinker.

Cowboys & Aliens retreated with a 57% drop while The Smurfs were anything but blue with a 41% slide in their second weekend. Meanwhile, Captain America could only do so much to infuse the economy as he was right down the middle with a 50% drop.

In the "counting their chickens before they're in a chicken pot pie" category, you may now put me. A few weeks ago, things were looking so bright. Transformers looked set as the #1 film, Harry would fall right into #2, Cars would slip in at #5, and even though they were in switched spots, Hangover and Pirates would both be at #3 and #4. I was looking at 8 sweet points, $360 as my tie-breaker total, and I could already hear Louis Armstrong singing in my head "What a Wonderful World."

Now, Harry's only $1 million behind Transformers with about 4 weeks to go. I'm pretty sure that's not going to stand-up. My dreams are dashed and all is lost. Then again, I could be happy that Americans are flocking to an actually good movie in HP instead of rewarding Michael Bay's Chez-Whiz concoction, but I'm not there yet. I need to have the pain fester for a little while longer. Curse you, Harry Potter, and your effervescent wizardly charms!

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Transformers 3 - $344.2 million
#2. Harry Potter 7 Part II - $343.1 million
#3. Hangover 2 - $253 million
#4. Pirates 4 - $239 million
#5. Cars 2 - $184.9 million

This Week
Ooglie Mooglie, we've got four more films we won't have to worry about coming out this weekend!

There apparently is no Final Destination for the Final Destination series as they're already up to #5. You know how there are movies where you never know what's going to happen next? Yeah, this isn't one of them.

The Help may need some help as I can't see anyone other than the Oprah Book Club who cares about this one.

30 Minutes or Less is trying to be the Superbad of this summer. Well done, I say, as right now it does look super bad.

The concert event of the year is finally here… Glee Live! 3D. Yes, in case you haven't heard the songs enough over the past two years, you can hear them all over again in 3D. If Rachel's high notes crack your glasses, consider it a good thing.

by Matt Neuenburg on 08/08/2011

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Captain America: The First Avenger, Cars 2, Cowboys and Aliens, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Change-Up, The Hangover 2, The Smurfs, Transformers: Dark of the Moon
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