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Dinner For Schmucks Has Reservation Cancelled - Week 13

Toy Story 3
Iron Man 2
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Despicable Me
Shrek Forever After
Dinner for Schmucks
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Remember when I mentioned that animated Steve Carrel seems to do better than live-action Steve Carell? The Office star came back down to Earth with a $23.5 million debut for Dinner For Schmucks. Oddly, this is just about what Date Night opened with in April with $25.2 million. I'm guessing if producers want to make a film that's a lock to open in the $24 million range, they just need to cast Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in a movie called Date Schmucks and they'll be good to go… and then they'll have a 3-Movie DVD pack they can sell in time for Christmas!

We must be in the dream inside the dream because time is going very slowly for Inception. It held on as the #1 film of the week with $27.5 million and slipped a meager 36%. With $193.3 million collected already, it's just a yawn away from the $200 million land and will get there shortly.

The Zac Efron experiment may not be over, but it at least they uncovered that dramas dealing with sibling deaths aren't exactly what his sunny, Disney channel fans are asking for. Charlie St. Cloud didn't take long to burn off with a $12.4 million opening. However, maybe there's a movie mash-up possibility here with Charlie St. Cloud and the Chocolate Factory. There the bad children like Augustus Gloop and Veruca Salt actually die and their spirits can talk to Charlie along his journey through the factory! Hey, it makes about as much sense as the scene of a chicken getting beheaded during the drug-trip boat-ride in the Gene Wilder original.

Oil spills, economic downturns, unemployment, unending wars… small potatoes. Where this country was really on the front line was at the box-office. Could America's parents be fooled into making Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of (I can't believe I'm even typing this) Kitty Galore a hit movie. No one saw G-Force coming and I still bear the shame of even supporting that movie by wearing a scarlet G on my shirt. Parents had stood-up to a non-3D talking flick already this summer in Marmaduke, could we talk the kids out of another movie that promised gadgets, 3D, and pooping animals?! The answer is… YES!!!

Cats & Dogs 2 opened with $12.3 million, just a bit more than Marmaduke, and it looks like we'll all be saved from another movie with Bette Midler voicing a shaved cat. If this isn't the pick-me-up America needed, I don't know what is.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:

#1. Toy Story 3 - $389.7 million
#2. Iron Man 2 - $311.4 million
#3. Eclipse - $288.2 million
#4. Shrek 4 - $235.6 million
#5. Inception - $193.3 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 08/02/2010

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Despicable Me, Dinner for Schmucks, Inception, Iron Man 2, Shrek Forever After, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Toy Story 3
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