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Déjà Vu All Over The Top Three Again - Week 5

Happy Feet
Casino Royale
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
Flushed Away
Déjà Vu
For the second straight week we have the same top three films and it's the same two films at the top for three straight weeks. Is there anyone else even trying to make a hit movie this year?

The Nativity Story may be hallowed yet its box-office take was hollow. The only thing meek and mild here was the $7.8 million opening. Silent night indeed.

The Brazilian Travel Board was concerned that people who get the wrong impression of their country from watching Turistas, a film about American tourists getting hacked-up (for lack of a better term) to have their organs sold on the black market. Though they might not be familiar with the Portuguese word for "fiction", they have not much to fear after opening with $3.6 million. Theater-goers apparently didn't get the wrong impression that this was a piece of crap movie.

Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj just completed the unholy trinity (along with Let's Go To Prison and Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny) of "dumb young guys will go see anything" movies… except for apparently these three. Taj fared just as poor as the others with a $2.3 million opening, but that's still better than Tara Reid's breast job turned out after the first Van Wilder.

Meanwhile, the top three films of Happy Feet, Casino Royale, and Déjà vu fell around 50% after the holidaze to keep their hopes alive for the final Top Five.

The Top Five if Today was MLK Day…

#1. Happy Feet - $121.5 million
#2. Borat - $116.2 million
#3. Casino Royale - $115.9 million
#4. Santa Clause 3 - $73 million
#5. Flushed Away - $60 million

This Week
One controversial movie and one controversial arrest have put Mel Gibson is a more foreign territory than whatever language he chose to go with for this film, Apocalypto. Can it achieve its chance at moderate success (I don't think anyone, even before the DUI, thought this mysterious picture had blockbuster status) or does it get buried as quickly as Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain?

Fresh off his success with The Departed, Leo is back with another accent in Blood Diamond. The title seems like a Jackie Collins novel, the movie looks like a version of Proof of Life, and as for how it will do, who knows?

Director/Writer Nancy Meyers has nailed the romantic comedy spot in the Holiday Movie Pool twice now with What Women Want and As Good As It Gets. Can she pull off a trifecta with The Holiday? Those last two films starred crème de la crème men with Mel Gibson and Jack Nicholson. I'm not sure Jude Law and Jack Black are quite the next best thing.

Unaccompanied Minors fills that "I need some place to dump my kids for two hours while I go shopping" role. Only time will tell whether the increase in online shopping will decrease the need for this type of film or whether it still provides a vital place in society in order to keep paying for Lewis Black's Ritalin.

by Matt Neuenburg on 12/04/2006

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Borat, Casino Royale, Déjà Vu, Flushed Away, Happy Feet, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
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