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Four Strikes And Your Out At The Box-Office This Weekend - Week 5

Iron Man 2
Shrek Forever After
Robin Hood
Sex and the City 2
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Get Him to the Greek
Killers
Marmaduke
A year ago the summer season had already produced six $100 million grossing films (Wolverine, Star Trek, Angels & Demons, Night at the Museum 2, Terminator: Salvation, and Up) with a 7th in the wings as The Hangover just debuted with $44 million on its way to $277 million and becoming the biggest R-rated Comedy of all-time. This year... not so much.

Iron Man 2 and Shrek 4 stand alone as the only films in the $100 million club. Robin Hood, Sex in the City 2, and Prince of Persia cost about $500 million to make and have brought in about $200 million combined so far. We also just had four films debut the same weekend with none of them making more than $20 mill. In fact, you'd have to take the top three debuts of the week combined to equal what The Hangover did last year in its first weekend. Is this a good time to mention that The Hangover only cost $35 million to make (I know, "only" $35 million sounds so wrong in so many ways, but that's dirt cheap for a major studio release).

It's gotten so bad in Hollywood they're talking about making a third Three Men and a Baby film. When we're turning to Seleck, Danson, and Guttenberg to save the box-office day in the 21st Century, something is very, very wrong. They couldn't even save the 20th Century box-office!

With the new four films M.I.A. (They fly like paper, they get high like planes), Shrek Forever After remained the #1 film in the land for the third week in a row. Down only 41% (which is great after a three-day weekend), the Ogre collected $25.5 million and has pitch forked $183.2 million total. Dreamworks has to be loving that the last six main releases have all under-delivered or I'm sure this film would've disappeared much quicker.

So, how did the four new films fare?

Get Him To The Greek made $17.6 million which is almost exactly what it's fore-father film Forgetting Sarah Marshall started with in 2008 before going on to make just over $60 million total. I predict about the same here and somewhere Jack McBrayer is sitting around wondering when his Forgetting Sarah Marshall spin-off movie is going to get green-lit. Hey, I wasn't even in the movie and I'm still waiting for my Forgetting Sarah Marshall spin-off to get green-lit. I think everyone should have a movie based on Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Well, except for Sarah Marshall. Everyone's totally forgotten her.

Killers killed $15.8 million in its debut which is certainly no major summer intake, yet it still proves that Katherine Heigl is one the most bankable woman in Hollywood right now. J. Lo just pulled weaker numbers with a story built to appeal to her rom-com audience two months ago. This movie had nothing going for it, and while it's not as high as her $20 million plus openings for 27 Dresses and The Ugly Truth, it shows she can pull people into the theaters which is more than most of her peers can say. Hopefully, she'll start to use her clout for something good like making a My Father, The Hero sequel because Gerard Depardieu is just not a name we've said enough since Miley Cyrus was born.

A huge sigh of relief went out from all parents as Marmaduke had to pick up his own poop with a $11.6 million. Nothing is worse than a crappy kids movie making a ton of dough and then those kids who don't know any better telling all their friends they saw it and then all those other kids come home begging to see the movie all their other friends saw. This is now known as the G-Force effect. Ironically, I'm sure the producers will just be thinking "If only we'd made the movie in 3D it'd have been a hit" instead of "If only we hadn't made a movie about a character no one ever cared about and turned it into a talking animal flick when the animals never even talked during the comic strip."

I was about to knock Adrien Brody for failing to ever cash in on his Oscars success as Splice was splattered at the box-office with a meager $7.4 million debut, but outside of King Kong, he's never really been in a film that's swung for the fences. He's chosen to stay in the more independent, smaller budget movies, and if those make $3 - $8 million total that's just about what they're expected to do. They didn't even put his face or name on the Splice movie poster, so why blame him that horror films rarely do well during the summer box-office season (unless they're kinda at the end of the season in August). I'll just say it's not his fault on this one and if the Predators movie tanks in July, it'll have a lot more to do with that craptastic Aliens Vs. Predators 2 flick than people going, "Um, wait, Apollo Creed couldn't even take a Predator down 20 years ago and now we're supposed to believe The Pianist can do it?"

In the "There's still sand in my gas tank" department, our two favorite desert films from last week (Prince of Persia and Sex In The City 2) both collapsed 53% and 60% respectively making an additional $14 and $12.3 million. And by "respectively" I mean you can save your money now because they'll be at the $2 discount theater by Father's Day.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:

#1. Iron Man 2 - $291.4 million
#2. Shrek 4 - $183.2 million
#3. Robin Hood - $94.5 million
#4. Sex in the City 2 - $73.1 million
#5. Prince of Persia - $59.6 million

This Week
It's like Return to the Valley of the Go-Go's this weekend at the box-office. There's not one 80's remake being released, no no no… There are TWO 80's remakes being released!

I can barely contain myself. It's like I'm walking on sunshine with 99 luft balloons!

Arguably the greatest TV show in the history of 10 year-olds is finally coming to the big screen, The A-Team. I'm so excited I think I'm going to roll my car off a 500-foot cliff and safely run away from the car before it explodes. I'm not going to let the fact that I actually watched a full episode of The A-Team a month ago for the first time in 25 years and, uh, let's just say it wasn't quite the Charles Dickens of Violent Comedic Carnage as I remembered. The car chase through Vegas looked a lot like the frontage roads of Valencia. Hannibal's disguises were about as convincing as Madonna's British accent. The bad guys seemed about as tough as the Apple Dumpling Gang. Is any of that going to discourage any male who dreamed as a boy of going into their garage and making a tank in about a 30-second music montage from seeing this movie? Not a chance.

And in this corner, weighing in at 70 pounds soaking wet, The Karate Kid! To today's current 10 year-olds, Jaden Smith may be the coolest thing in the world and he hasn't even done anything yet. It's like the Robert Pattinson mania months before Twilight even opened. You put a cool looking kid in a flick that has karate in the title and every boy wants to be THAT kid. Hopefully, they'll spare us the original flick's first hour of everyone hating on Daniel Larusso. I mean, I wanted to beat him up during that part too. Maybe we should do another new version of the film, a la Wicked, from Johnny's perspective where there's this whiny, angsty new kid in town that steals his girl… And Johnny's the bad guy here?! Outrageous.

by Matt Neuenburg on 06/07/2010

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Get Him to the Greek, Iron Man 2, Killers, Marmaduke, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Robin Hood, Sex and the City 2, Shrek Forever After
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