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Evan Mini-Mighty While 1408 Checks In - Week 8

Spider-Man 3
Shrek the Third
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Knocked Up
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Ocean's Thirteen
Evan Almighty
1408
What happens when you make a sequel that most people don't even realize is a sequel? Usually, not good things. There's the classic Pitch Dark 2 sequel that went in a completely different direction, let alone title, with The Chronicles of Riddick. Not even C.S. Lewis could've sold those Chronicles.

Enter Evan Almighty. Featuring a Steve Carell, who wasn't even a name when Bruce Almighty opened (unless you were a really big fan of all nine episodes of that Julia Louis-Dreyfus classic Watching Ellie), Evan was able to at least reach filmgoers to the tune of $31.2 million. Sadly that's less than half of Bruce Almighty's $68 million debut and this flick cost more than twice as much to make. Granted, there aren't a lot of live action/CGI animal movies coming out for awhile, so there shouldn't be much direct competition. However, for Universal it's turned into one of those, "Wait we paid how much to make a light family comedy?"

On the success side of things (at least compared to expectations), 1408 apparently had nothing to do with what the price of gas will be three years from now. The John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson ghost story went for a "creepy" PG-13 vibe which resonated with summer audiences instead of gore fests like Hostel 2. Making a reservation for $20.2 million, unlike the Almighty, this flick should definitely turn a profit.

It was a wipe-out for the Silver Surfer and a flame-out for the Human Torch. In it's second week, the World's Greatest Heroes fell 66% and look to be more invisible than Sue Storm by the time Transformers hits in another week.

With the "little film that could" countdown, Knocked-Up slipped 30% and stayed making double-digit millions for the forth weekend in a row.

The Top Five if Today was Labor Day
#1. Spider-Man 3 - $332.5 million
#2. Shrek 3 - $307.8 million
#3. Pirates 3 - $287 million
#4. Knocked-Up - $109.3 million
#5. Fantastic Four 2 - $97.5 million

This Week
The same stuff happens to the same guy for the fourth time this week as John McClain returns to the cineplexes with Live Free or Die Hard. At least most people can understand the concept of Living Free. I'm still confused on the last pic's With A Vengeance tagline. I guess I thought the concept of the term Die Hard is that it's something/someone that wouldn't quit or is hard to kill. However these titles are starting to make me think that that's all wrong. Instead it's about someone dying in a hard/gruesome/difficult way? Yet, if that's the case, it also makes no sense.

So, Dying Harder for Die Hard 2 means you're killing someone even harder than they would've been killed if they just died a normal hard death? Killing someone hard because you have a vengeance makes sense, but the "staying alive" version of Die Hard doesn't computer here. I'm going to stay alive with a vengeance because that'll show you how mad I am at you? Now that leaves us with Live Free or be something that doesn't quit? Aren't those both kinda good things? Or is this supposed to be Live Free or I'm going to make you die in a very hard way (and then we're supposed that it's not ironic that you're telling someone to live or you're going to kill them)? Besides, if you're killing someone, doesn't that just about do the job there? Isn't throwing someone off a roof or smashing them in a hydraulic press just details? It's not like they're going to be going around remembering how hard you killed them and telling all their friends about it.

Obviously, I'm totally confused here and why they're not trying to figure this out in Congress instead of something trivial like troop withdrawal timelines is beyond me.

Thankfully, Disney only confuses me with Ratatouille when I actually have to read the word in French and try to pronounce it correctly. Spelling it like Ratatooie makes things so much simpler for me. However, the hundred and tens of hundreds of kids that attend French boarding schools in the U.S. will be beaucoup with this. That's a market you don't want to miss out on.

by Matt Neuenburg on 06/25/2007

Movies Mentioned in this Post: 1408, Evan Almighty, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Knocked Up, Ocean's Thirteen, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Shrek the Third, Spider-Man 3
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