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Bridesmaids Always A Bridesmaid, Never A Thor - Week 2

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BRIDESMAIDS ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID, NEVER A THOR

It was like a VH1 Divas Night at the box-office this weekend only like with Ke$ha and some other people where you're like, wait, what'd they do to get on the same bill as Tina Turner?

In a world where comedic actresses are usually resigned to be the quirky best friend in a rom-com (aka, the Joan Cusack Hall-of-Fame), Kristin Wiig led her cast of normally supporting characters to a surprising $26.2 million opening weekend. The last comparable time two comedic actresses headlined a movie, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler debuted with $17.4 million for Baby Mama. Considering those two names are way bigger than anyone involved with Bridesmaids, Universal has to be thrilled that audiences welcomed the chance to see the sisters doing it for themselves.

P.S. If anyone tries to claim that, "Hey, the Sex and the City movies were comedies," I can only assume those people haven't actually seen those films. The scene with Liza Minnelli singing Single Ladies in SATC2 is more horrifying than anything Jigsaw ever thought-up in the Saw series.

Priest looked like a poor-man's summer action movie and unsurprisingly performed the exact same way. Let's just say, when the world wants Maroon 5, they're not going to settle for James Blunt. A $15 million opening would be nice for a real religious non-profit group, but it's "just ok" for Sony who's very much a for-profit company. Maybe the studio should've cooked up some Da Vinci Code-like controversy and had people protesting that the film shows vampire-slaying priests in a negative light.

Thor demonstrated he had some thunder in him after-all as it held 48% in its second weekend for a $37.4 million weekend. With the $119.5 million it's stormed so far, I hope they've built a stable for those horses the Asgardians rode across the Rainbow Bridge that weren't ever seen from again. That's the problem with living in the land of the gods. There's never enough parking spaces. Still, the biggest challenge Thor will face won't come from the frost giants, but the pirates that are sailing into theaters this weekend.

[For those new to the pool, a film normally drops about 40% from weekend to weekend. So, when a film drops by less than that (usually due to positive word-of-mouth), it's seen as a good thing and if a film drops by more (usually due to negative word-of-mouth), it's seen as not so good. The caveat for "blockbuster" films is that they tend to frontload and get so many people in the first weekend that they naturally have larger drop-offs. With this is mind, a 50% fall would still be grand, but anything more is a sign that the film will be coming to DVD sooner than you might think.]

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:

#1. Thor - $119.5 million
#2. Bridesmaids - $26.2 million
#3. Jumping The Broom - $25.8 million
#4. Something Borrowed - $25.5 million
#5. Priest - $15 million

This Week
Johnny Depp returns to the role that turned him into a box-office icon as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Pre-2003, Depp was toxic to big studio execs and now he's the face they want attached to any project where he'll say "yes." All of the previous Pirate movies have made more than $300 mill and #2 even passed $400 mill. That's a lot for this film to live up to. While I'm still a little bitter they never got Davy Jones from The Monkees to actually play Davy Jones in this series, as long as they can get the mermaids in this movie to hum a few bars from Part of Your World, all will be forgiven.


by Matt Neuenburg on 05/16/2011

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Bridesmaids, Jumping the Broom, Thor
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